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UN Security Council condemns ‘in strongest terms’ attacks in Karachi, Orakzai

The United Nations Security Council condemned “in the strongest terms” Friday’s terrorist attacks in Karachi and Orakzai that claimed dozens of lives and left many more injured.

The members also appreciated the authorities’ swift response.

Three armed terrorists attacked the Chinese Consulate in Karachi on Friday, killing two policemen and two civilians before being killed by security forces. No consulate staff were injured in the attack.

The same day, 33 people were killed and 56 injured in a blast at a Friday bazaar in lower Orakzai, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The explosion was a suicide bombing.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the members of the council stressed that “terrorism in all its forms and manifestations” was one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.

“Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” read the statement. It highlighted the importance of holding the perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of terrorist acts accountable and bringing them to justice.

The Security Council also called upon all UN member states to cooperate actively with the Pakistani government and all other relevant authorities in this regard.

In the statement, the council also stressed the importance of diplomatic and consular premises, and the obligations on host governments to protect those premises and their officials.

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