Outpouring of Sadness and Solidarity for Pakistan as World Reacts to Lahore Blast – TIME


People from across the globe posted thoughts and prayers for victims of the attack

Terrorism shook the world for the third time in less than a week on Sunday, with a suicide bombing that killed at least 65 at a park in Lahore, Pakistan prompting a global outpouring of grief and solidarity.

Global heads of state, leaders and prominent personalities joined thousands of others in extending their thoughts and prayers to the tragedy-stricken South Asian nation.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first to condemn the attack on Twitter, reportedly calling his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif as well, with several other leaders including French President François Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron following suit.

Heard about the blast in Lahore. I strongly condemn it. My condolences to families of the deceased & prayers with the injured: PM

— PMO India (@PMOIndia) March 27, 2016

A la suite de l’attentat à Lahore au Pakistan, j’exprime au peuple du Pakistan toute la solidarité de la France dans ces moments douloureux.

— François Hollande (@fhollande) March 27, 2016

Translation: “Following the attack in Lahore, Pakistan, I express to the people of Pakistan the solidarity of France in these painful moments.”

I’m shocked by the terrorist attack in Lahore. My thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims. We will do what we can to help.

— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) March 27, 2016

Indonesia mengutuk keras serangan bom di Lahore. Teror atas nama apapun tidak dibenarkan. Dukacita mendalam utk korban, rakyat Pakistan -Jkw

— Joko Widodo (@jokowi) March 28, 2016

Translation: “Indonesia strongly condemns the bomb attack in Lahore. Terror in any name cannot be justified. Deep condolences to the victims and people of Pakistan.”

Canada condemns the deplorable bombing in Lahore, Pakistan. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those killed or injured. #LahoreBlast

— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 27, 2016

U.S. presidential candidates John Kasich, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders all issued statements denouncing the attack, for which a faction of the Taliban extremist group has claimed responsibility.

The evil that is radical Islamism struck in Pakistan today in a shocking display of savagery: https://t.co/IDjIGTVo8F

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 27, 2016

“Let us remember the victims … as we gather strength and resolve to defeat all who threaten our values.” pic.twitter.com/vGOoWzQfLH

— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) March 27, 2016

We are grieving today for the families affected by the deplorable attack in Lahore. No one should ever fear taking their children to a park.

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 27, 2016

Another radical Islamic attack, this time in Pakistan, targeting Christian women & children. At least 67 dead,400 injured. I alone can solve

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2016

Thousands of netizens also added their voices to the chorus of sadness and anger, even as hundreds of others reportedly thronged Lahore hospitals to donate blood for the more than 300 injured by the bombing. Many of them used the hashtag #PrayForPakistan.

What kind of a sick world are we living in ? Disgusting .. Heart and prayers go out for Lahore.. Ya Allah rehem 😔

— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) March 27, 2016

Horrible week. Brussels now Lahore. #PrayForPakistan pic.twitter.com/TCzeeVYuRG

— Jack Moore (@JFXM) March 27, 2016

This is the #Lahore park. So the barbaric nature of these terrorists is not lost in tweets/numbing death-toll stats: pic.twitter.com/u85Vlk6gCH

— Raju Narisetti (@raju) March 27, 2016

prayers for Lahore #MainHoonLahore #MainHoonPakistan pic.twitter.com/WK4rHwCove

— Nashwah Akhtar (@nashwahakhtar) March 28, 2016

65 dead, 300 injured in #Lahore, mostly women & children enjoying the park https://t.co/JK5fLPSILM #PrayForPakistan pic.twitter.com/oUE96aPjcA

— Joseph Willits (@josephwillits) March 27, 2016

#PrayForPakistan I’m just gonna put this here. pic.twitter.com/wN0ZhTb997

— Addicted To Cam (@CamSnuggleBuddy) March 28, 2016

May this get the same amount of attention as Paris and Brussels. #PrayForPakistan pic.twitter.com/H6tz1hv9gN

— Cate Dunn (@catedunn) March 28, 2016

The Lahore attack comes just days after coordinated attacks in Belgium’s capital city Brussels killed more than 30 people on Tuesday and injured almost 200 others and a suicide bomb at a soccer stadium near Baghdad killed 41 people and wounded 105 on Friday.

With reporting by Yenni Kwok

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