Pakistan offers 'deepest sympathy' over Delhi blast

Presid­ent Zardar­i and Prime Minist­er Gilani condemn blast.


Afp September 07, 2011

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.

COMMENTS (19)

Straight_Talk | 10 years ago | Reply

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.

from india | 10 years ago | Reply

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

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