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Pakistan strongly condemned the terrorist attack in the Besiktas district of Istanbul in which 38 people were killed and 166 wounded. Pakistan expressed complete solidarity with Turkey in its fight against terrorism and reaffirmed the belief that those seeking to disturb Turkey’s peace, stability and internal harmony would never succeed. Pakistan also reiterated its condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Turkey has declared a one-day morning after twin blasts ripped through the heart of Istanbul killing 29 people and wounding 166 others. The first bomb went off just outside the facility known popularly as Besiktas Stadium. The second blast that came moments later was attributed by authorities to a suicide bomber. The co-ordinated attack targeted police shortly after a match between two of Turkey´s top teams. First a car bomb exploded outside the Vodafone Arena, home to Istanbul´s Besiktas football team, leaving flaming wreckage on the street. Forty-five seconds later, a suspect wearing explosives detonated them while surrounded by police in an adjacent park, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told a news conference. Interior minister Suleyman Soylu said 13 people have been detained in relation to the bombing and Kurdish militant PKK appears to be responsible for the attack. Total of 155 people are being treated following Istanbul bombing, of whom 14 are in intensive care, he said.President Tayyip Erdogan described the blasts as a terrorist attack on police and civilians. He said the aim of the bombings, two hours after the end of a match attended by thousands of people, had been to cause the maximum number of casualties.The attack shook a football-mad nation still trying to recover from a series of deadly bombings this year in cities including Istanbul and the capital Ankara, some blamed on the Daesh group and others claimed by Kurdish militants. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. But the blasts came less than a week after Daesh urged its supporters to target Turkey´s “security, military, economic and media establishment”.Turkey is a member of the NATO military alliance and part of the US-led coalition against Daesh. It launched a military incursion into Syria in August against the radical Islamist group. It is also fighting a Kurdish militant insurgency in its own southeast. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg condemned what he described as “horrific acts of terror”, while European leaders also sent messages of solidarity. The United States condemned the attack and said it stood with its NATO ally. The bombings come five months after Turkey was shaken by a failed military coup, in which more than 240 people were killed, many of them in Istanbul, as rogue soldiers commandeered tanks and fighter jets in a bid to seize power. Turkey is badly suffering from terrorism and this year is particularly a bloody year for it. Turkey needs to review its security policy. No ordinary citizen deserves to die as a potential weapon in the ongoing warfare by these militants anywhere in the world. Facing these threats is clearly a multifaceted challenge, which would need all of us to act together in all aspects. We hope that Turkey along with all countries hit by terrorism would soon overcome their respective security threats. Terrorism has become global threat and coordination and cooperation at international level is necessary to eliminate this menace from the world.

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