ISLAMABAD - Pakistan yesterday strongly condemned the truck attack in Nice, France that killed 84 people and injured many others.

“Pakistan strongly condemns terrorist attack in Nice on their National Day and express solidarity with the Government and the people of France,” the foreign ministry spokesman said.

Politicians from around the world have reacted with horror after a truck smashed into a crowd in the French resort of Nice, killing at least 84 as they watched a Bastille Day fireworks display.

Meanwhile yesterday, former president Asif Ali Zardari strongly condemned the barbaric terrorist attack in Nice, France on Bastille Day celebrations saying the people of Pakistan shared the grief and sorrow of the victims’ families.

“No words are strong enough to denounce the barbarity of the crime and no words are powerful enough to extricate the grief stricken families from the shock of a loss so overwhelming,” he said. “On this sad occasion our thoughts and prayers are with victims and their families,” he.

The rising incidents of terror attacks across geographical boundaries and ethnic and religious divides underlines once again the global nature of the problem and calls for putting our heads together to find a collective solution, he added.

A long term solution to fighting militancy has to be based on fighting the mindset that breeds extremism, he said. “It is unfortunate that in our own country we have ignored the promises made in the National Action Plan on reforming education and curriculum. NAP indeed was ridiculed when public funds in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were recently diverted to a seminary known for sympathies with militants and extremists,” Zardari said.

 

The need for implementing education and curriculum related reforms promised in the NAP had never been as great as it was now, he said.

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