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(2017-01-13) The Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Mr. Sartaj Aziz, and the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi, visited the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Islamabad today to express condolences on the martyrdom of five Emirati diplomats in a bomb attack in Kandahar, on 11 January 2017. The Ambassador of the UAE in Afghanistan was also injured in the attack.

The Adviser and the SAPM signed the condolence book placed in the Embassy. While strongly condemning the terrorist attack, they noted that theGovernment and people of Pakistan have been deeply saddened over the tragic incident. Sadly, diplomats of a friendly country have been targeted while they were on a humanitarian mission for the benefit of common people. While offering their condolences and prayers for the Maghfirah of the departed souls, they also prayed for the early recovery of H. E. JumaMohammad Abdullah Al Kaabi. They also prayed to Almighty Allah for grant of solace to the bereaved families.

Pakistan stands shoulder to shoulder with the leadership and people of the United Arab Emirates in this hour of grief. The UAE has remained at the forefront of humanitarian assistance in the world. Pakistan considers an attack on those seeking to alleviate human suffering as an attack on humanity itself. Pakistan also condemns this heinous atrocity in the strongest possible terms while reiterating its unwavering solidarity with the UAE in countering terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

13 January 2017

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