Lahore: At least a dozen people including police personnel were killed and more than sixty others injured Monday evening when a suicide bomber struck protesters outside the Punjab Assembly building on Mall Road, reported 24 News HD.
Condemnations started pouring in immediately after the attack.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was reported as saying that such cowardly acts cannot deter the resolve of the Nation to stand against terrorism
Such cowardly acts cannot deter the resolve of the Nation to stand against terrorism and our govt is committed to root out this menace: PM
— PML(N) (@pmln_org) February 13, 2017
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, in his message on social media, said that he was shocked and saddened and that his prayers are with the families of the victims:
Shocked & saddened by the blast in Lahore. My prayers go to the families of the victims and for speedy recovery of the injured.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) February 13, 2017
Former president of Pakistan and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari offered condolences to the families of those martyred:
آصف زرداری نے شہداءکے لواحقین سے ہمدری اور افسوس کا اظہار کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ پاکستان پیپلزپارٹی کی قیادت اور کارکن آپ کے دکھ میں شریک ہیں۔
— PPP (@MediaCellPPP) February 13, 2017
Political commentator and academic Mosharraf Zaidi said expressed his shock:
— (((MosharrafZaidi))) (@mosharrafzaidi) February 13, 2017
PPP leader Senator Sherry Rehman expressed her grief and prayed for the affected families:
PTI’s lawmaker Shireen Mazari said that it is time for Rangers’ operation in Punjab:
State must move resolutely beyond mtgs/statements against all terrorist/extremist gps. Rangers action also needed in Punjab NOW. https://t.co/NqAWa94JLb
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) February 13, 2017
Pakistan’s Ambassador to The Kingdom of Bahrain Javed Malik reiterated government’s resolve to root out terrorism:
Thoughts & Prayers with the victims of the #LahoreBlast. The government stands committed to root out extremism from its core.
— Javed Malik (@JavedMalik) February 13, 2017
PTI’s lawmaker Asad Umar stressed that we need to acknowledge the sacrifices of the policemen:
We rightly acknowledge bravery of army personnel who give their lives to defend the nation. Must also recognize policemen doing the same
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) February 13, 2017
PMLN leader Khurram Dastgir Khan stressed that the Lahore blast should help unite the nation:
Lahore Terrorist attack should unite us
United in prayers for deceased & bereaved families
United in resolve against murderers of Pakistanis
— Khurram Dastgir-Khan (@kdastgirkhan) February 13, 2017