President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday sent a message of condolences to his Pakistani counterpart following a deadly terrorist attack in that country, which left at least 70 people dead and more than 100 others injured.
In a statement, department of international relations and cooperation (Dirco) spokesperson Clayson Monyela quoted Zuma as saying: “The government and people of South Africa extend deepest condolences to the government and people of Pakistan and especially to the families of the deceased and wish the injured a speedy recovery.”
Zuma sent the message to Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain following the terrorist attack that took place on Monday at a hospital in the city of Quetta.
Zuma stressed that deliberate attacks against hospitals were contraventions of well-established international human rights and humanitarian law and constitute a crime against humanity.
“The South African government condemns in the strongest terms the inhumane and gruesome terrorist attack against a hospital in Pakistan. Terrorism in any form and from whichever quarter cannot be condoned,” said Zuma.
“South Africa stands firmly with the international community in condemning all terrorism. We will continue to support regional and international efforts to address the scourge of terrorism in all its forms.”
– African News Agency