US reiterates support to Pakistan, condemns shrine bombing
WASHINGTON: Reaffirming its support to Pakistan in the war against terrorism, the United States condemned the blast at the shrine of the Sufi saint Shah Noorani on November 12 in Quetta, the provincial capital of Balochistan, that killed scores of devotees.
During a regular briefing at the United States Department of State, spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau on Monday said, “The United States condemns the attack in the strongest term that killed 52 innocent worshipers and wounded over a hundred more.”
“We extend our condolences to the victims and their families. Attacks like this only deepen our shared resolve to defeat terrorism and end the targeting of religious minorities,” she said in her opening statement.
“We stand with the people of Pakistan at this difficult hour and remain committed to supporting religious freedom. We’ll continue to work with our partners in Pakistan and across the region to combat the threat of terrorism,” the US spokesperson added.
The shrine of Shah Noorani which was hit by a huge bomb attack on Saturday was later closed for visitors until safety measures were in place in order to prevent such dangerous incidents from happening in the future.
Official sources said on Monday that a section-144 was also imposed, which forbids the gathering of more than four people at any public place.