FM Qureshi expresses solidarity with terror victims and their families on the occasion of International Day of Remembrance

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday, expressed solidarity and support to terrorism victims’ families on the occasion of International Day of Remembrance.

FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi in a statement, on the occasion of International Day of Remembrance has expressed solidarity with the victims of terrorism and their families on Friday (today).

“I would like to thank and honor Pakistani citizens and families of martyrs of our law enforcement agencies and armed forces who have rendered immense sacrifices for the freedom, safety and security of Pakistan and its people,” he said.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi highlighted that the people of Pakistan have suffered the most from terrorism with a loss of more than 70,000 lives along with an economic loss amounting to US$ 120 billion.

Thousands of valiant soldiers and law enforcement officials have laid down their lives in defending the motherland, he noted.

Furthermore, the minister reiterated that despite the losses, Pakistan and its people have stood their ground against terrorism and have reflected undeterred, unmatched resolve, commitment and determination in the face of such adversity and various crisis.

“The resilient Pakistani nation has shown that the values of enlightenment, compassion and empathy that bind us together are much stronger than the forces of intolerance, hatred, and violence that aim to divide,” he added.

In addition to it, Qureshi stressed upon the significance of remembering the struggle of Kashmiri people against illegal Indian occupation and atrocities in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).

Since 1990, India’s occupation army has martyred over 100,000 Kashmiris, widowed over 22,000 women, orphaned around 108,000 children and raped more than 11,000 women. India’s state terrorism has intensified since 5 August 2019 military siege of 8 million Kashmiris in the Valley, with the imprisonment of political leaders; the abduction and torture of 13,000 Kashmiri youth; brutal force against peaceful protestors; collective punishments and extra-judicial killings, he said.

Moreover, Shah Mahmood Qureshi reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment and resolve to cooperate and assist other countries and international organizations in tackling the menace of terrorism across the globe.

“The Government of Pakistan stands with the International community to eliminate the menace of terrorism. We reiterate our commitment to take joint actions to extend all support to those who have been the victims of terrorism.”