New York, 30 September 2023 (TDI):  Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) has expressed strong condemnation for the terrorist attacks in Mastung and Hangu, Pakistan.

He has called for the perpetrators of these attacks to be held accountable through legal means. During the routine press briefing held at the Headquarters in New York, UN Chief’s Spokesperson, Stephane Dujarric strongly denounced the terrorist attacks.

The terrorist attacks resulted in the loss of over fifty lives. He emphasized that the occurrence of these killings during peaceful religious ceremonies renders them even more atrocious.

Simultaneously, the UN Security Council has strongly condemned the despicable and cowardly suicide attacks that occurred in Mastung and Hangu. This statement has been conveyed through a press release issued by Security Council President, Ferit Hoxha.

The Security Council members conveyed their profound sympathy and condolences to the victims’ families and the nation of Pakistan, extending their wishes for a swift and complete recovery to those who sustained injuries.

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The Security Council reiterated its stance that terrorism, in all its forms and manifestations, represents one of the gravest threats to global peace and security.

The members of the Security Council emphasized the importance of ensuring that those responsible for these reprehensible acts of terrorism, including the perpetrators, organizers, financiers, and sponsors, are held accountable and brought to justice.

They called upon all nations to actively cooperate with the Government of Pakistan and all other relevant authorities, following their obligations under international law and pertinent Security Council resolutions.

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The Security Council members restated that acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation and who commits them, wherever and whenever they occur.

The Security Council reiterated the necessity for all nations to employ all available means, under the UN Charter and their other international legal obligations, to address threats to global peace and security resulting from terrorist actions.