UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres “strongly” condemned Monday’s terrorist attack on the Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi, reported Associated Press of Pakistan today. “The Secretary-General conveys his condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and government of Pakistan,” his spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in response to a question at the regular noon briefing in New York.
Canada’s High Commissioner to Pakistan, Wendy Gilmour tweeted, “Terrible news from #Karachi right now: my thoughts and prayers are with the police and security forces who respond and protect the community with their lives, and for the staff of KarachiStockExchange
China condemned the terrorist attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi and expressed its firm support to Pakistan’s efforts in combating terrorism and upholding national security and stability.
“We firmly oppose any form of terrorism and firmly support Pakistan’s efforts in combating terrorism and upholding national security and stability,” Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said during his regular briefing while responding to a question about the terrorist attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi.
British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner called it an appalling attack and tweeted, “Appalling attack on #KarachiStockExchange. My thoughts, on behalf of Pakistan’s British friends, are with the victims & their loved ones.” Pakistan will be stronger, not destabilised as a result, he wrote on Twitter.
Turkish Ambassador in Islamabad, Mustafa Yurdakul, tweeted from his personal account and said, “I strongly condemn the attack on #Karachistockexchange which reportedly has a motive of #terrorism behind it. Stay safe and strong #Pakistan.”
Governor of Pakistan’s Sindh province tweeted, “Strongly condemn the attack on PSX aimed at tarnishing our relentless war on terror. Have instructed the IG & security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators are caught alive & their handlers are accorded exemplary punishments. We shall protect Sindh at all costs.”
Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi tweeted, “Strongly condemn attempted terrorist attack on #PakistanStockExchange, thwarted by valiant security personnel, 4 of whom sacrificed their lives protecting Pakistan. We have repeatedly warned about externally supported terrorism. PSX is safe & open for business.“
Spokesperson for the Foreign Office Aisha Farooqui Tuesday took to her twitter account to extend gratitude to a number of ambassadors, foreign embassies and foreign ministries of different countries who had expressed solidarity with the government and people of Pakistan over a terrorist attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) in Karachi yesterday.
In a series of tweets, she separately thanked ambassadors of Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, High Commissioners of the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Embassy of the United States, foreign affairs ministries of China and Turkey for their support and solidarity with the government and people of Pakistan.
The Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi is Pakistan’s largest and oldest stock exchange. Trading continued uninterrupted at the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) in Karachi and the market further strengthened as the benchmark KSE-100 index according to various media reports.
Four terrorists had carried out the gun and grenade attack on the Pakistan Stock Exchange in one of Karachi’s high-security zones on Monday morning.