Rep. Maloney and Pakistani Ambassador Dr. Lodhi Mourn Victims of Sunday’s Terror Attack in Lahore
NEW YORK—Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) joined Pakistan’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr. Maleeha Lodhi today, along with representatives from Pakistani-American organizations to stand in solidarity with the Pakistani people after the horrific attacks in Lahore on Sunday that left 70 dead and hundreds wounded. The event began with a moment of silence for the victims of the attack. Rep. Maloney relayed information from the State Department, and provided information on how to contact the U.S. Consulate in Karachi and the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad. Ambassador Dr. Lodhi provided information on how residents can contact their loved ones in Pakistan.
“Over the past week we have witnessed two devastating terror attacks, first in Brussels and now in Lahore,” said Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney. “But we are here today as a community to say we will not let the terrorists win—a sentiment echoed across the globe as we hold candlelight vigils to honor the victims. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Pakistan, and we wish a speedy recovery, in both body and mind, to the innocent victims and their families targeted at the park. These attacks are meant to demoralize us and drive us apart. That will not happen. Our response must be to come together, and with one voice say we denounce those who attempt to spread terror across the globe. We will continue to work with our neighbors worldwide so that all people can live without fear regardless of their race, religion or nationality.”
"My country is united in its grief and also in our determination to defeat the dark forces of terrorism,” said Pakistani Ambassador to the U.N. Dr. Maleeha Lodhi. We appreciate the expressions of solidarity from the international community."
On Sunday evening, a suicide bomb killed 70 and injured hundreds in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal public park in Lahore, Pakistan. Lahore is the capital of Punjab, and the political base of power for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. A splinter group of the Pakistan Taliban has taken credit for the attack, and has indicated that the target was Christians celebrating the Easter Holiday.
An active Travel Warning for Pakistan, issued in August 2015, remains in place, and U.S. citizens are urged to defer all non-essential travel to Pakistan. Consular services in Pakistan are available in Karachi and Islamabad. The consulates in Lahore and Peshawar are not providing consular services at this time. Individuals looking for information on loved ones in Pakistan are encouraged to contact the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, located at Plot No. 3-5, TPX Area, Mai Kolachi Road, Karachi, at +92 21 3527 5000 (calling within Pakistan, dial 021 3527 5000.) This number is available 24 hours a day for emergencies involving U.S. citizens in the provinces of Sindh and Balochistan. You may also contact the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, located at Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5, +92 51 201 4000 (calling within Pakistan, dial 051 201 4000.) This number also is available 24 hours a day for emergencies involving U.S. citizens in other parts of Pakistan.