NEW YORK: Appalled by the killing of a group of foreign tourists in Gilgit-Baltistan, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the government to take immediate measures to bring the perpetrators to justice and to ensure security.
Gunmen dressed as paramilitary forces killed nine foreign tourists on June 23 in an unprecedented attack in the Himalayas of Gilgit-Baltistan. The gunmen stormed into a base camp, killing Chinese and Ukrainian climbers in an area of the far-flung north not previously associated with violence or militancy.
According to a press release available on the official UN website, Ban extended his condolences to the victims and their families.
The Secretary-General was deeply concerned by the mounting terrorist attacks and bombings in Pakistan, which in the past several weeks alone have claimed the lives of dozens of civilians.
He reiterated support of the UN to the Pakistani government in the face of terrorism and extremism.
The attack has drawn widespread public condemnation, with many urging the government to expose ‘elements’ threatening security in the region.
Lawmakers from the area have asked the government to monitor routes leading to the area and put an end to the infiltration of terrorists into the region.
Attacking the tourists was seen as an attack on the local tourist industry, which is expected to suffer the consequences.