Pakistan President vows to punish perpetrators of terrorist assaults


Islamabad : Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday assured the visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister that perpetrators of heinous terrorist assaults on Lankan Cricket team will be unearthed and dealt with iron hands.

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Sri Lanka Rohita Bogollagama dashed to Islamabad as special envoy of the Sri Lankan President in the wake of Lahore terrorist attack on Sri Lankan team on Tuesday, which killed at least six policemen and injured at least five Lankan players.

Zardari underlined the need that both the brotherly countries of Pakistan and Sri Lanka to jointly devise a mechanism for promotion of peace, development and progress of the region, a statement from the President office said.

He expressed deep sympathies with the Sri Lankan cricket team especially those who sustained injuries as a result of dastardly attack.

The President suggested that the two countries hold a workshop to learn from each other’s experiences in fighting terrorism with a view of devising a mechanism for enhancing cooperation between them for fighting militancy.

He said that the incident was a serious set back that had also undermined the sports of cricket in Pakistan.

He added that the attack had once again underlined the fact that terrorism was not confined to any country and was a global problem which needed cooperative international efforts to root it out.

The President said that progress has been made in the investigation and the perpetrators will be exposed and brought to justice.

He also welcomed the statement of Sri Lankan government stating that the incident would not cause any restraint on the mutual relationship of both these countries.

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister was accompanied with Marshal Jayalath Weerakody, High Commissioner designate Sri Lanka and other senior officials of the foreign office of Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan Foreign Minister thanked Government of Pakistan for taking all possible measures for evacuation of Lankan players and immediate medical treatment was provided to injured players.

He emphasized that close brotherly relations exist between the two neighbouring countries which are vital for peace, stability and progress in the region.