Human Rights

Pakistan strongly condemns Kandahar attack

ISLAMABAD, – Pakistan on Thursday strongly condemned the “terrorist attack” reportedly resulting in the sad demise of senior security officials and governor of Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province and causing injuries to many others.

According to a press release by Pakistan Foreign Office, Pakistan stands with the Afghan government and people and reiterates its support for the Afghan democratic process. “We hope that the Parliamentary elections due to take place the day after tomorrow would be held peacefully. Strengthening of democracy is key to long term peace and security in Afghanistan,” it added. The Foreign Office said that Pakistan condemns terrorism. We also express our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives and pray for swift recovery of the injured.

Moreover, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan has also strongly condemned Kandahar incident. In a statement, the Prime Minister said people and the security forces of Afghanistan have been paying a heavy price due to continued instability and threats from the enemies of peace.

He said Pakistan stands by the Government and the people of Afghanistan in their quest for lasting peace and stability, adding that “Peace in Afghanistan is critical to the regional peace and development.” Pakistan’s Chief od Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa has also strongly condemned the incident. He said that peace in Afghanistan is essential for peace in the region and Pakistan supports all initiatives towards this end.

Earlier today, a powerful police chief of Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province, General Abdul Raziq; Kandahar spy chief Abdul Momin and provincial governor Zalmay Wesa were killed in an insider attack by a guard shortly after a security meeting. The bodyguard opened fire when officials were leaving the governor’s office and while on their way to a helipad after a high profile security meeting in the city of Kandahar that was also attended by General Scott Miller, the top US commander in Afghanistan. The attack came two days before the parliamentary elections in the country scheduled to take place on October 20.

Source: Kuwait News Agency