New Delhi, Nov 3: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned Sunday evening’s terror attack in Pakistan near the Wagah border. The terror attack has reportedly claimed at least 60 lives.
PM Modi tweeted: “Terror attack in Pakistan near Wagah Border is shocking. I strongly condemn such a dastardly act of terrorism. My condolences to the families of the deceased. Prayers with the injured.”
Deploring the suicide attack on the Wagah border, Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar on Monday urged the international community to jointly fight terrorism.
Javadekar told the media: “This was a very serious blast, and an act of terror which has happened just along the Wagah border in the Pakistan area. I deplore this attack. But this also shows that the great challenge that the world community is facing is combating terrorism and to that the world must make united efforts to combat this challenge and that’s the only way to weed out terrorism from our society.”
According to reports, 55 people, including three security personnel, were killed and nearly 200 injured when a suicide attacker detonated a powerful bomb at Wagah in Pakistan on Sunday, just after the flag-lowering ceremony at the border crossing.
The outlawed Jundullah and the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) affiliated Jamaat-ul-Ahrar outfits have claimed responsibility for the blast.
The terror groups claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was a response to the Pakistani army’s actions against their positions in tribal areas straddling Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.
Pakistan Rangers had reportedly sealed off the area following the incident and security and rescue personnel were rushed to the site. All hospitals in Lahore have also been put on emergency.
The District Coordination Officer (DCO) Lahore told the media that ball bearings have been found at the site, pointing to a suicide attack. The DCO further said that the blast took place around 5.50 pm, after the flag-hosting ceremony had ended and the crowd had started to make its way towards the parking lot.
Pakistan Rangers have reportedly sealed off the area as security and rescue personnel have rushed to the site. All hospitals in Lahore have also been put on emergency.
Wagah, lying on the Grand Trunk Road, is the only road border crossing between India and Pakistan.
Hundreds of people visit the Wagah border crossing near the Pakistani city of Lahore every day to witness the flags of both countries being lowered just before sunset.
(With Agency Inputs)