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Published:January 23rd, 2014 11:43 EST
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Ban Condemns Spate of Terrorist Attacks in Pakistan

By SOP newswire3

Reiterating deep concern over continued terrorist attacks and sectarian violence in Pakistan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today strongly condemned a spate of deadly violence in the country, including the bombing of a market earlier this week in Rawalpindi, and a series of attacks against polio workers.

In a statement issued by his spokesman New York, Mr. Ban deplored the bombing at a market in Rawalpindi on 20 January that left at least 13 dead, as well as yesterday`s attack in Baluchistan, Pakistan, on a bus carrying Shia pilgrims returning from Iran, which reportedly killed more than 20 people and injured many more, including women and children.

The Secretary-General is also deeply concerned about the recent attacks on polio workers, which have resulted in several deaths, " the statement said, adding that: These unacceptable attacks are hampering efforts to eradicate the disease in Pakistan, one of the last three countries where polio remains endemic. " The number of polio cases in Pakistan increased by 57 per cent last year, from 58 cases in 2012 to 91 in 2013.

The Secretary-General expresses his heartfelt condolences to the Government and the people of Pakistan. He stresses the United Nations` commitment to supporting the Government in its efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism, " says the statement.

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