The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks today in Quetta, including the bombing at the Civil Hospital that killed dozens of Pakistanis and wounded many more, and the murder of Bilal Anwar Kasi, president of the Baluchistan Bar Association. We send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those killed and injured, and we offer our assistance to Prime Minister Sharif as his government investigates and works to bring the murderers to justice.
Today, terrorists targeted a hospital, as well as the judiciary and the media, two of the most important pillars of every democracy. The victims at the Civil Hospital, many of them lawyers and journalists, were gathered as free citizens to mourn the murder of Mr. Kasi. These brutal and senseless attacks only deepen our shared resolve to defeat terrorism around the world, and we will continue to work with our partners in Pakistan and across the region to combat the threat of terrorism.