PM Imran condoles with Sri Lankan premier after Easter carnage
In a telephonic conversation with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Imran strongly condemned the terrorist attacks that took place on Easter Sunday and conveyed condolences to the bereaved families and profound prayers for the speedy recovery of the wounded.
“Terrorism knows no boundaries, no religion and threatens the peace of the entire region and the world,” he underscored adding that Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and will continue to provide every possible support for the elimination of this menace.
Imran reiterated Pakistan’s offer of assistance to Sri Lanka towards counter-terrorism measures and maintained that the people of Pakistan were deeply grieved over the loss of precious lives and stood with their Sri Lankan brethren at this hour of grief.
“Being the worst sufferers of terrorism, we can feel the pain of our Sri Lankan brethren,” the premier stated.
The death toll in a series of suicide bomb blasts on Easter Sunday targeting hotels and churches in Sri Lanka rose to 359 on Wednesday.
The additional deaths were the result of the wounded dying of their injuries. At least 500 people were injured in the attacks.
The blasts have been claimed by the Islamic State group, with Sri Lanka’s government pointing the finger at the little-known local group National Thowheeth Jama’ath, but saying the group likely had ‘international’ help.
Nearly 60 people have been detained since the Sunday blasts, which ripped through high-end hotels and churches packed with Easter worshippers in the capital Colombo and beyond.
It is the worst violence in the country since the end of a Tamil insurgency a decade ago.