A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (20 January) on the attack on a university in Pakistan, which media reports say claimed the lives of at least 21 people:
The German Government condemns today’s attack against teaching staff and students of a university in north-west Pakistan in the strongest possible terms. I would like to convey our profound sympathy to the families of the victims, and to wish those injured a speedy recovery.
In the attack, not only were further innocent people targeted by terrorists – so were the country’s efforts to educate young people, a very important goal for Pakistan. Once again, it is blatantly obvious that the attackers and people behind such attacks are only interested in their own criminal aims and not in the country’s development and future. Germany will continue to support Pakistan resolutely in its education and economic development endeavours and in the fight against terrorism.