Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations: FO

Pakistan stands by the Afghan brethren in their struggle against the scourge of terrorism: FO

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Pakistan has strongly condemned terrorist attack in Logar province of Afghanistan, In a statement on Saturday, Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri conveyed Pakistan’s heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for the quick recovery of the injured.

The spokesperson said Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

He said Pakistan stands by the Afghan brethren in their struggle against the scourge of terrorism.

Zahid Hafeez said Pakistan will continue to support Afghanistan on its path to peace, progress and development.

 

It is noted that Students celebrating exam results among 26 killed in minivan explosion at guesthouse

They were in the middle of breaking their fast during Ramadan, rejoicing after passing their university entrance exams, when a massive blast ripped through the guesthouse in Pul-e-Aam, the provincial capital of Logar in eastern Afghanistan, killing 25 people and leaving more than 100 injured.

 

At least 21 of those who died in the bombing on Friday night were school students who had traveled from different villages of an impoverished district of the Azar region to Logar for the exams, and the deadly blast crushed the dreams of several families seeking a better future for their children.

 

“They could not afford to rent hotel rooms and, instead, stayed in a guesthouse of a former provincial council member,” Homa Ahmadi, an MP from Logar, told Arab News.

 

“These were innocent and poor students with dreams for their future. Their families had raised them amid lots of hardship, and hoped to see them finish university and earn a living,” the MP added.

 

A minivan packed with explosives was parked near the guesthouse belonging to Didar Lawang, former head of the provincial council. It detonated a few minutes after several men disembarked, Hassibullah Stanekzai, chief of Logar’s provincial council, told Arab News.

The men reportedly introduced themselves as officials belonging to an aid group, searching for “some food to break the fast.”

 

“The force of the blast was so enormous that it shattered windows in houses up to 1 kilometer away. In total, 25 lost their lives and 110 were wounded,” Stanekzai said.

The explosion also damaged the only public hospital in the vicinity, forcing local officials to rush many of the injured to Kabul, he added.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Aryan told Arab News that a probe had been launched into the incident, but it was too early to say who was being targeted in the attack.

However, President Ashraf Ghani accused the Taliban, describing the attack as a “humanitarian crime.”

 

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