New York, 1 February 2023 (TDI): The members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) have denounced the Peshawar mosque suicide bombing in the strongest terms.

Moreover, the UNSC has demanded that those responsible for the heinous and cowardly act be brought to justice. In this vein, Japan’s President of the 15-member Council, Ishikane Kimihiro, issued a statement.

He expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims and the Government of Pakistan and wished those who were injured a speedy and full recovery.

Statement released by UNSC

UNSC noted that the attack was claimed by the Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP). They reaffirmed that terrorism, in all its forms, is one of the most serious threats to international peace.

“The UNSC emphasized the importance of holding perpetrators of these heinous acts of terrorism accountable and bringing them to justice.” The statement read.

They urged all states to actively cooperate with the Government of Pakistan by their obligations under international law.

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“The member reiterated that any acts of terrorism are unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, and by whomsoever committed.” The statement further said.

Condemnation by UNAOC

The High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), Miguel Angel Moratinos, also condemned the attack.

He said that all acts of terror against civilians and religious sites because of their religion or belief are intolerable and unjustifiable.

“Houses of worship are sacred places where worshippers should be able to practice and declare their faith safely and freely.” Moratinos reiterated.

He asked governments and other stakeholders to support the UN Plan of Action to Safeguard Religious Sites, which has been the Alliance, at the request of the Secretary-General.

Peshawar terrorist attack

The death toll from a suicide bombing at a mosque in the northwestern city of Peshawar has risen to 100.

The roof of the mosque, which was located inside a government security compound, collapsed in the bombing. The rescuers had to remove mounds of debris to recover many of the bodies.

The attack is the deadliest in a decade and took place during a surge in violence against the police.

Various questions are rising as to how an attacker wearing a suicide vest was able to access the heavily fortified area. As the area includes the headquarters of the provincial police force and a counterterrorism department.

Shortly after the explosion, Omar Mukaram Khorasani, head of the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a TTP splinter group said his group committed the attack.

He further said that the attack was in retaliation for the killing of the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar’s former leader Omar Khalid Khorasani in Afghanistan.