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Guterres strongly condemns deadly mosque attack in Pakistan

Extending his condolences to the victims’ households and wishes for a quick recovery to those injured, Mister. Guterres reiterated the solidarity of the United Nations with the Federal government and people of Pakistan within their efforts to address terrorism and violent extremism.

‘Abhorrent’ attack

“Houses of worship are almost holy places where worshippers should be able to practice and declare their faith safely and openly, ” he said, also expressing deep concern at the overall within instances of discrimination, intolerance and everything acts of violence directed against members of any religious or even other communities. Calling for shared respect of all religions plus faiths and for fostering a culture of fraternity and peace, he asked government authorities and other stakeholders to support the particular UN Strategy to Safeguard Religious Sites ,   which has been developed by the Alliance, at the request from the Secretary-General.

‘Sacred places’ must feel safe

Also condemning the particular attack, the High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), Miguel Ángel Moratinos, emphasized in a statement that will all types of violence and acts associated with terror against civilians plus religious sites on account of their particular religion or belief, are intolerable and unjustifiable and should be positively condemned.

Concern more than rise in attacks

This includes incidents motivated simply by Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and Christianophobia and prejudices against persons of other religions, beliefs, gender or even race. News reports stated that a militant group has claimed responsibility for the assault, which occurred at a packed mosque. Reports showed that the bombing caused the roof to collapse on top of those inside.

UN Plan of Action

“It is specially abhorrent that the attack occurred at a place of worship, ” the Secretary-General António Guterres said in a statement issued by his Spokesperson . “ Freedom of religion or even belief, including the ability to praise in peace and safety, is a universal human right . ”


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