Strong condemnation from Guterres of Pakistan’s tragic mosque assault

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Strong condemnation from Guterres of Pakistan's tragic mosque assault

  • News by AUN News correspondent
  • Wednesday, February 01, 2023
  • AUN News – ISSN: 2949-8090

Summary:

  • According to news sources, a terrorist group has taken responsibility for the attack, which took place at a busy mosque.

  • According to reports, the roof collapsed onto those within due to the blast.

  • A ‘horrific’ attack on a house of worship is especially reprehensible, said Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement released by his spokeswoman. “

  • Guterres expressed sympathy to the victim’s relatives.

  • Sacred spaces must be secureMiguel Angel Moratinos, the UNAOC’s High Representative, also denounced the attack in a statement, emphasizing that all acts of terror and violence committed against citizens or sacred places because of their faith or beliefs are reprehensible, unjustified, and must be categorically rejected.

According to news sources, a terrorist group has taken responsibility for the attack, which took place at a busy mosque. According to reports, the roof collapsed onto those within due to the blast.

A ‘horrific’ attack

“The attack on a house of worship is especially reprehensible,” said Secretary-General António Guterres in a statement released by his spokeswoman. “Everyone has the right to freedom of religion or belief, which includes the right to worship in peace and safety.”

Mr. Guterres expressed sympathy to the victim’s relatives. He wished those who had been hurt a quick recovery and said the UN would help the Pakistani government and people fight terrorism and violent extremism.

Sacred spaces must be secure

In a statement, Miguel Angel Moratinos, the High Representative of the UNAOC, also condemned the attack. He stressed that all acts of terror and violence against citizens or sacred places because of their faith or beliefs are wrong and must be rejected outright.

Worry about an increase in attacks

He was also apprehensive about the rise of discrimination, intolerance, and violence against people of any religion or other group. “Houses of worship are sacred places where people should be able to practice and declare their faith safely and freely,” he said.

This includes anti-Semitism, Christianophobia, and Islamophobia, which are prejudices against people of different religions, beliefs, genders, or races.

UN Action Plan

He asked governments and other groups to back the UN Plan of Action to Protect Religious Sites, which the Alliance made at the request of the Secretary-General. He also asked people of all religions and faiths to respect each other and work to build a culture of peace and brotherhood.

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