Pakistan offers 'deepest sympathy' over Delhi blast

By AFP
Published: September 7, 2011

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani expressed hope that "the perpetrators of this heinous act will be brought to justice." PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s president and prime minister condemned the deadly bomb attack on New Delhi’s High Court on Wednesday and said they hoped those responsible would be brought to justice.

The powerful bomb, hidden in a briefcase, ripped through a busy crowd outside the court, killing at least 11 people and wounding almost 76 people.

A foreign office statement attributed to President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani condemned the attack on traditional enemy India.

“The Pakistani leadership has expressed their deepest sympathies to the families of the victims of the bombing, to the government and people of India.

“They have expressed the hope that the perpetrators of this heinous act will be brought to justice.”

The device had been placed near an entrance gate reception area, where more than 100 people were queueing for passes to the court complex, located in the heart of the Indian capital.

It was the first major attack on Indian soil since triple blasts in Mumbai on July 13 killed 26 people.

Relations between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan remain severely strained over the Mumbai assaults in 2008, which left 166 people dead and were blamed on militants based in Pakistan.

The Pakistani and Indian governments have made advances in thawing strained relations this year with an exchange of foreign ministers and the pledge of sending a judicial commission from Pakistan to further prosecution of Ajmal Kassab, the main accused in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Reader Comments (19)

  • Bilal
    Sep 7, 2011 - 8:36PM

    Good gesture but how many sympathies do we get in return?

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  • 3footninja
    Sep 7, 2011 - 8:42PM

    You offer your sympathies to your people on power shortages, water shortages, gas shortages, food shortages, recession, sky-rocketting prices, extra taxes, suicide killings, target killings, drone attacks, more target killings – and yet do nothing about it. Your words mean nothing to the people of Pakistan, and will not mean anything to the people of India either.

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  • Ahmad
    Sep 7, 2011 - 8:58PM

    @3footninja:
    Good comments,,

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  • Ahmad
    Sep 7, 2011 - 8:59PM

    Pakistan really needs a sincere, honest, and effective leadership.

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  • Rock
    Sep 7, 2011 - 9:16PM

    Proactiveness will save your state as well as improve peace in the region. Can’t expect more than sympathy. We are already fed up with our indian politicians.

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  • Mirza
    Sep 7, 2011 - 9:25PM

    An honest show of sympathy from the Pakistani leaders, should be seen as a goodwill gesture. Let us wait and see who is actually responsible for this criminal killings. Once the facts are out, we should not protect the culprits and their parent organization. What a shameful and cowardly act!

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  • Ali
    Sep 7, 2011 - 9:26PM

    Everyday ppl die in Pakistan by bomb blasts when has any Indian shown sympathies???? Stop being a slave to India…

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  • See Below
    Sep 7, 2011 - 9:29PM

    Pakistani politicians r very gud at condeming and showing regreats even to their own peopleRecommend

  • Sep 7, 2011 - 10:41PM

    Vienna,07-09-2011
    I did not expect to read the phrase “traditional enemy” inside
    the news. If the President or Prime Minister had used the
    phrase, then it is a different matter.I am aware the report
    is sourced to the agency AFP, Agence France Presse. But
    the editors could have deleted the words in the context of
    easing tensions.The rest, India has its own hooligans
    who are capable of violence.They had begun with the
    shooting of Mahatma Gandhi on January 30,1948. Before
    that on January 20,1948 Ramachandra Badge had exploded
    a bomb just near Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi. I had
    met and interviewed the remorseless man. He was not
    hanged because he helped in the trial of killer Nathuram
    Godse as approver.
    Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM India
    –Kulamarva Balakrishna Recommend

  • Vinayak
    Sep 7, 2011 - 10:47PM

    @Ali:
    If Indians keep showing sympathies, we will not have time to do anything else.

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  • Hindu Indian
    Sep 7, 2011 - 11:01PM

    I think its time that we Indians start making our politicians answerable to us. Why is it that human life is so cheap here?

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  • RUKHBAN
    Sep 7, 2011 - 11:02PM

    are they express their condolences for QUETTA blast.

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  • AJ
    Sep 7, 2011 - 11:26PM

    Everyday several Pakistanis die due to the lawlessness of our country, these political goons show no sympathy for them but whenever something happens in India they behave as if it happened in their own home. May God save Pakistan from it’s politicians.Recommend

  • Analyzer
    Sep 7, 2011 - 11:54PM

    Meaningless words. The words of the leadership are worthless to both their own people and those abroad. I can’t wait for 2013 election when I can vote against these people.

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  • from india
    Sep 8, 2011 - 11:36AM

    @ Kulamarva Balakrishnan – Nathuram Godse was no hooligan. He was a great admirer of Gandhi himself. Please read his speech – “Why I killed Gandhi”.

    However, RSS then and RSS now are totally different and present day RSS activists are no less than hooligans.

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  • from india
    Sep 8, 2011 - 11:39AM

    If you are really concerned about terrorism, then why don’t you just crush the offices of HUJI in Pakistan ?Recommend

  • d2412412
    Sep 8, 2011 - 4:49PM

    @from india:
    If it was seriously that easy we would have destroyed the organizations that have martyred 30 thousand plus of our own first , firstly i seriously doubt that these clowns even if they exist have the capacity to carry out such a large scale attack. but its easy to say words like you just have , and very very hard to implement

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  • from india
    Sep 8, 2011 - 7:45PM

    @ d2412412 – its not easy for them bcoz they are afraid of their life and are coward to the core !!

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  • Straight_Talk
    Sep 18, 2011 - 12:56PM

    This is all so hollow and void of substance. Such condolences does not mean much. Non-the-less i would like to THANK them in return. Such condolence messages, even if cosmetic, probably is a step in the right direction. For those Pakistanis who are thinking that by sending a condolence message they have given away too much to India for very little in return, i ask them to save themselves from such trouble. We don’t care much about your gestures. They have no tangible value. I think the Pakistani authorities do this to hedge themselves against further controversies. This is all directed to the international audience and is in Pakistani national interest. For Indians this is just like the murderer coming in the funeral with a condolence message to appeal to the nice side of our character. However keeping aside these nasty feelings that we have in our minds for each other, if by these gestures Pakistan is seeking a new beginning with India and for which a dialogue process is already on LETS GIVE PEACE A CHANCE. Peace be upon you.

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