Ban Ki-moon condemns Peshawar church attack

Published: September 23, 2013
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned Sunday’s “atrocious” terrorist attack on a church in Peshawar and called on the government to bring the perpetrators to justice.  

A statement issued by UN Spokesman Martin Nesirky said that the secretary general was “appalled” by the attack, which had reportedly killed more than 75 people and wounded over 100 others as they were attending Sunday mass.

“The secretary general condemns this atrocious bombing attack in the strongest possible terms,” the statement said.

The secretary general said these acts of terror cannot be justified by any cause, and urged the government “to do everything possible to find and bring the perpetrators to justice”.

“The secretary general extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, the people and Government of Pakistan.”

He reiterated the solidarity of the United Nations with the government’s ongoing struggle against terrorism and extremism and urges the government to continue taking steps to build tolerance and strengthen relationships between diverse religious and ethnic communities in the country,” the statement added.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • JD
    Sep 23, 2013 - 11:40AM

    We all condemn the attack too, and want the culprits to be hanged till death.

    Now – how about condemning the drone attacks and bringing ‘those culprits’ to justice as well?


  • Sarmad
    Sep 23, 2013 - 11:42AM

    Ban Ki-Moon ever had time to condemn Drone attacks?


  • Sad at the moment
    Sep 23, 2013 - 11:59AM

    Today’s incident is definitely sad but why does he not speak on drone strikes in which hundreds of innocent women and children are killed.


  • Ali
    Sep 23, 2013 - 12:12PM

    It is none of his business.


  • Sunny
    Sep 23, 2013 - 12:24PM

    @JD & Sarmad, have u guys ever condemned F-16 strikes by our army in tribal belt as they are more deadly than drones,


  • Bhai Log
    Sep 23, 2013 - 12:37PM

    @Sad at the moment:
    Drones are intended to kill terrorists who use innocent people as shield. Sadly its a collateral damage.


  • Justice Denied
    Sep 23, 2013 - 1:00PM

    Did you ever condemned the regular killing of innocent people by drones strikes?????????


  • Sep 23, 2013 - 1:41PM

    The Government is busy releasing perpetrators from jails and is initiating a dialogue with these perpetrators to appease them. Only drone attacks against these perpetrators can bring justice to the innocent lives lost in KP and Karachi.


  • Parvez
    Sep 23, 2013 - 1:48PM

    People who connect killing of innocent non-Muslims with the drone attacks not only have their logic wrong but also their morals…………and display a naive sense of understanding of matters.


  • Dajjal
    Sep 23, 2013 - 1:55PM

    Simply condemning this act of terrorism is not good enough, Pakistan must be made to pay for not protecting its minorities, either the rest of the World must impose sanctions on Pakistan, or Nawaz Sharif should be made to stand in the corner holding his ears during the entire UN Meeting…


  • Sarmad
    Sep 23, 2013 - 1:56PM

    @Sunny… the thing is not what you and I think. The thing is that these so-called United Nations, G-20 and super powers come up only when they have their own objectives not when people need them. Otherwise Palestine and Kashmir were more important and older issues than Darfur, Iran and North Korea.


  • JD
    Sep 23, 2013 - 2:21PM

    And what is the civilian death ratio in the F-16 strikes conducted in the tribal belt by our army?


  • Turbo
    Sep 23, 2013 - 2:32PM

    kindly condemn the massacre of 700 Egyptians by their military as well!


  • Saleem
    Sep 23, 2013 - 2:43PM

    Do not just condemn Mr Ba Ki Moon. Warn the government and put them on notice. If this continues put sanctions on the country.Recommend

  • Student
    Sep 23, 2013 - 2:45PM

    This incident is really Condemn able but this man should poke his nose is same incident which happen agaisnt Muslims. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Saleem
    Sep 23, 2013 - 2:48PM

    @Sad at the moment:
    You people are really sick like most of the society.Recommend

  • Somnath Temple
    Sep 23, 2013 - 2:49PM

    so is Balochistan ,Kurdishtan,Western Sahara etc……


  • B
    Sep 23, 2013 - 3:47PM

    He will not talk about drone strikes as Pakistan is letting use of its terrority to terrorists.


  • Sarmad
    Sep 23, 2013 - 4:30PM

    @Saleem… yes we dont belong to a minority of the society who do personal attacks :) . The states which have been supporting such acts like India and Burma did you requested UN to give them on notice and put the sanctions on them?

    yes i am with you! Killing of innocent people should not be allowed in any case!


  • Jibran
    Sep 23, 2013 - 4:56PM

    Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned Sunday’s “atrocious” terrorist attack on a church in Peshawar and called on the government to bring the perpetrators to justice.

    Both the provincial and the federal governments have refused to mention that they will bring the the perpetrators to justice, despite one having “justice” in its name. What a shame both parties are for Pakistan. As far the drones go, currently they are the only tool which does some justice to the terrorists involved in the heinous war crimes. Their scope as well as their frequency should be enlarged.


  • Sep 23, 2013 - 5:48PM

    We send our deepest heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families. We hope that they will find the strength to deal with this tragedy. We cannot use words to describe the barbaric nature of this attack. We hope the culprits will be caught and punished to the fullest extent of the law. We repeat what Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said: “The terrorists have no religion, and targeting innocent people is against the teachings of Islam and all religions. Such cruel acts of terrorism reflect the brutality and inhumane mind set of the terrorists.” The terrorists remain fully focused on destabilizing the region with these acts of terror. But we will not let them break our shared will and desire to restore peace in the region.

    Ali Khan
    DET, United States Central Command


  • Zarghun Shah
    Sep 23, 2013 - 8:25PM

    The culprits are most likely those secret hands against any political settlement and peace in Pakistan. These elements must be brought to justice.
    But why this south Korean ex. general do not condemn innocent Muslims being killed from Palestine to Myanmar and this man is utterly speechless. American stooge.


  • Abid P. Khan
    Sep 23, 2013 - 11:19PM

    ET, Where is my rejoinder to @Sarmad’s fallacious claim about Ban Ki moon not bothering to condemn drone attacks?


  • Razi
    Sep 26, 2013 - 10:27AM

    if ur children or family members die in drone attack would you call them a terrorist?


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