It is with deep sorrow and grief that we have learnt about the terrorist explosions in the Besiktas district of Istanbul in which reportedly precious lives of 27 policemen and 2 civilians have been lost and 166 are wounded.
Pakistancondemns this heinous act of terrorism in the strongest possible terms. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have lost their loved ones. We extend our profound sympathies and condolences to the brotherly people and Government of Turkey. We also pray for the speedy recovery of those injured.
The government and people ofPakistanexpress complete solidarity withTurkeyin its fight against terrorism and reaffirm the belief that those seeking to disturbTurkey's peace, stability and internal harmony would never succeed. We have no doubt that the brotherly people ofTurkeywould decisively defeat the scourge of terrorism with their unshakable resolve and continue on the path of peace, security and prosperity.
Pakistanalso reiterates its condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.