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President Mamnoon Hussain has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in bomb blasts in Turkey.

In his message, the President commiserated with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and bereaved families and prayed for the eternal peace of the deceased and early recovery of the injured. He also strongly condemned the bomb blasts.

The President said that Pakistan and Turkey will continue joint efforts for the eradication of the menace of terrorism.

He said Pakistan stands by the Turkish government and the people in this hour of grief.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif also strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Istanbul city of Turkey on Sunday.

In his message, the Prime Minister expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives of civilians and police in the attack.

He said the people and government of Pakistan are deeply saddened and stand in complete solidarity with the people and government of Turkey at this critical moment.

The Prime Minister prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls and swift recovery of those injured in the terrorist attack.

He said terrorism is a common threat and must be fought with collective efforts.

The Prime Minister reiterated that Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

Pakistan has strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Istanbul and reaffirmed solidarity with Turkey in its fight against terrorism.

In a statement, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria expressed deep grief and sorrow over the terrorist explosions and extended profound sympathies and condolences to the brotherly people and Government of Turkey.

The spokesperson said those seeking to disturb Turkey's peace, stability and internal harmony would never succeed.

He reaffirmed the belief that the brotherly people of Turkey would decisively defeat the scourge of terrorism with their unshakable resolve and continue on the path of peace, security and prosperity.

He reiterated that Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

In Turkey, thirty people have been killed and 166 injured in two explosions near a football stadium in Istanbul.

According to Turkish officials the blasts, believed to be a car bomb and a suicide bomb, had targeted police officers.

Witnesses heard gunfire after the attack, which happened two hours after fans had left the Besiktas stadium.


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