The Speaker of the National Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq thanked on Monday the Chamber of Deputies’ Speaker Valeriu Zgonea for the condolence message conveyed to the people of Pakistan after Sunday’s attacks, adding that Pakistan relies on the support of other countries to combat terrorism.
A suicide attack took place on Easter Sunday in a busy park in Lahore, eastern Pakistan, killing 72 and injuring around 300, mostly women and children, BBC News and AFP report.
On Monday, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar – a Taliban faction in Pakistan – claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that it targeted Christians who were celebrating Easter.
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq called his visit to Romania in response to the invitation of his Romanian counterpart a privilege, and he referred to the fruitful discussion which he had with Chamber of Deputies’ speaker on issues related to parliamentary cooperation, economic and trade relations between the two countries, considering that the latter must be improved.
He added it was the first visit of a Pakistani delegation in the past 20 years.
Speaker Sadiq promised to return to Romania and extended his Romanian counterpart the invitation to visit Pakistan.
Although Sadiq is the first Speaker of Pakistan’s Parliament of to have visited Romania, he promised his visit would not be the last and said he was looking forward to his Romanian counterpart’s visit to Pakistan soon.
Chamber Speaker Zgonea: We are with Pakistanis; cruelty against innocent citizens mustn’t go unpunished
The Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Valeriu Zgonea voiced condolences on Monday to the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq for the victims of the Lahore bloody attacks, mentioning that Romania is with the Pakistani people.
“I conveyed to His Excellency, on behalf of the Parliament of Romania and the Romanian people, condolence for the victims of yesterday’s bloody attacks in Lahore. The cruelty against innocent citizens, women and children, in particular, on the very Holy Easter Day of the Catholic community must not go unpunished. We are in solidarity with the Pakistani people these very delicate moments and we are with them and we have manifested our entire availability to combating all forms of extremism and violence,” Zgonea said at the Parliament Palace after a meeting with Sadiq, who is on a visit to Romania, leading a parliamentary delegation.
Zgonea also said that his counterpart’s visit is a step forward to “enriching” the bilateral relationships between the two states, both at parliamentary and commercial level.
“It is a step forward to establishing an action plan, of cooperation between the two parliaments in order to transfer the know-how Romania has accumulated in the field of the development of the national elected structures and transfer it to the friend parliaments. At the same time, it is a step forward to strengthening the relations of cooperation and of trade exchanges between the two states,” added Zgonea.
He has also emphasized the very good relations between Pakistan and Romania, ever since the ’80s.
“We are one of the industry promoters in Pakistan. We have refineries built by Romanian specialists, we have cement plants that were built in the ’80s by Romanians and we wish to further transfer know-how to this area in the next years. Our most important talk aimed at the swap at parliamentary level to have the opportunity to set the memorandum of cooperation and very good commercial exchanges between the two states,” he detailed.
Zgonea also said that the talks with Speaker Sadiq have focused on aspects in connection with the regional stability and security, emphasizing that Romania supports the EU consolidation in its relations with the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
President Iohannis sends message of condolences to Pakistani counterpart
President Klaus Iohannis sent condolences on Monday to his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon Hussain and condemned on behalf of Romania the deadly terrorist attack that hit Lahore on Easter Sunday.
“I was distressed to hear about the terrorist attack that hit Lahore during Easter celebrations. I am outraged by this act of cruelty, which caused many victims, mostly women and children. I want to express, in these difficult times, the compassion and solidarity of the Romanian people with the Pakistani people and with the victims’ families, and to wish a speedy recovery to those injured,” the Romanian head of state said in his message.
According to Iohannis, “Romania firmly condemns such attacks and remains committed to the international fight against terrorism.”
MAE condemns Pakistan terrorist attack and sends condolences to the victims’ families
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) firmly condemns the deadly terrorist attack in Pakistan this Sunday and sends condolences to the victims’ families.
”The Ministry of Foreign Affairs firmly condemns the March 27 terrorist attack in Pakistan, which made numerous innocent victims and affected the Christian population in Lahore in a significant way. The Romanian authorities convey sincere condolences to the families of those who lost their lives, mostly women and children, and express hope that those injured will make a quick recovery,” a MAE statement sent to Agerpres on Monday reads.
MAE reiterated Romania’s firm commitment to fight against terrorism and the need to intensify international efforts to combat it in all its manifestations.