Following message of condolence has been sent today to H. E. Mr. Hekmat Khalil Karzai, Deputy Minister for Political Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, by H. E. Mr. Amjad Hussain B. Sial, Secretary General of SAARC, on the recent terrorist attack in Kabul:
We are deeply saddened to learn about the terrorist attack in Kabul on the 31 May 2017. We strongly condemn this gruesome act of terrorism.
On behalf of the SAARC Secretariat and on my own behalf, I wish to express our deepest condolences to the people and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on the loss of more than 80 innocent civilians and over 460 injured.
We express our sincere sympathies to the members of the bereaved families and pray for speedy recovery of those injured in this heinous terrorist act.
The scourge of terrorism remains the main obstacle for the prosperity and development of the SAARC region. Combating it requires sincere, genuine and concerted efforts. As the people of Afghanistan mourn this tragic incident, our thoughts and prayers are with the people and Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in this hour of grief.
Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.
Kathmandu, 01 June 2017.