Ban urges Pakistan to do 'all it can' to bring Quetta attackers to justice

Published: June 16, 2013

UN Secretry General Ban Ki-moon said no cause justifies such violence. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday strongly condemned the series of deadly attacks targeting a bus, a hospital facility and a national monument Balochistan, which left at least 20 civilians dead, many of whom were female students.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, Ban said no cause justifies such violence, and noted with dismay that “violence against women and educators has increased in recent years, the aim being to keep girls from attaining the basic right to education.”

The banned militant organisation Laskhar-e-Jhangvi claimed that it had attacked the bus carrying female university students in Quetta via a suicide bombing. As the dead and injured were rushed to hospital, gunmen stormed the hospice. At least 25 people were killed in the series of attacks which also saw the national monument, the Quaid-e-Azam residency being blown up.

Ban called on the Pakistan government “to do all possible to bring the perpetrators to justice” and expressed the UN’s solidarity “in the face of continued terrorist violence in Pakistan.”

Reader Comments (12)

  • Satan
    Jun 16, 2013 - 2:58AM

    LEJ and PMLN. Courtesy of Zia. Not surprised at all.

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  • ivehadit
    Jun 16, 2013 - 3:39AM

    Shouldn’t Nawaz Sharif be addressing the Nation. Young women were killed and the Quaid’s Ziarat Residency was destroyed. What bigger calamity can the Nation face? Are we going to sweep this under the rug as well.

    Who are these “militants” that kill young women, and proudly proclaim their deeds? Is this a new level of cowardice that has befallen Pakistan’s self-proclaimed soldiers of Islam? Cry, my beloved country! Imran Khan and America, bring back the drones!

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  • abdussamad
    Jun 16, 2013 - 4:22AM

    Now even the UN says “do more”!

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  • Muhammad
    Jun 16, 2013 - 4:45AM

    They want to talk with these criminals, now face the music yourself

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  • Alikulikhan
    Jun 16, 2013 - 5:42AM

    What a shame.

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  • Mirza
    Jun 16, 2013 - 7:09AM

    “The banned militant organisation Laskhar-e-Jhangvi claimed that it had attacked the bus carrying female university students in Quetta via a suicide bombing. As the dead and injured were rushed to hospital, gunmen stormed”
    It is clear to the whole world who the real enemies of women and their education and rights are. No organization in the world would specifically target female students and then hospitals and shamelessly claim responsibility. Yet their rightwing allies want to talk to them and make excuses by spreading blame and muddy the issue which is terrorism against women, children, education, minorities and smaller sects.

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  • Sami Ullah
    Jun 16, 2013 - 7:29AM

    You (Ban) are here my dear, really! Well, I am thankful for your comments.

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  • rajah
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:05AM

    Every day so many Innocent children and people are killed in Palestine Iraq Afghanistan, and Burma (Manammar) what is UN doing about that . double standards keep your good advice to your self, Thank you

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  • Polpot
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:07AM

    “Ban urges Pakistan to do ‘all it can’ to bring Quetta attackers to justice”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    And to bring the murderers of Benazir Bhutto also to justice.

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  • Intelligent
    Jun 16, 2013 - 8:21AM

    Like our corrupt government will do anything? Grow up UN..Pakistan is ruled by terrorist. To eradicate terrorism, first all the government parties should be banned.

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  • Truth_Prevails
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:04AM

    What UN solidarity Mr. Ban? The leaders of these gangs have been given asylum by UK & Switzerland from where they plan & execute destruction for the Baloch peolpe.

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  • Pakistani Ostrich
    Jun 16, 2013 - 6:37PM

    Ok! Our generals will play as many 18 hole games as possible in the next week. They will also multi-task and approve several zoning related matters, like isloo DHA cinema complex and the DHA expansions in isloo.

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