The spiritual leader of the Ismaili community His Highness Aga Khan expressed shock and sorrow over the attack on a bus carrying Ismailis near Safoora Chowk in Karachi which left 43 dead and 13 wounded.
“This attack represents a senseless act of violence against a peaceful community. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families of those killed and wounded in the attack,” said a statement posted on the Aga Khan Development Network website.
The statement said that Ismailis are a peaceful global community that live in harmony with various other ethnic and religious groups across the world.
The statement added that other Ismaili leaders in Pakistan are currently involved in an emergency operation to help the survivors of the attack.
Gen Raheel telephones Aga Khan
Army Chief General Raheel Sharif telephoned Prince Karim Aga Khan and offered his heartfelt condolences on the killings of innocent people in the terrorist attack near Safoora Chowk in Karachi.
“Our heart goes out for the bereaved families. No efforts will be spared to apprehend and punish the perpetrators of this terrorist act and their abettors, General Raheel assured.
At least 43 members of Ismaili minority were killed and 13 others were wounded today when gunmen opened fire on their bus in Karachi today.
Ahmed Marwat, a spokesman for Jundullah which is a splinter group of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), talking to Reuters claimed responsibility for the attack.
News courtesy: DAWN
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