— FO says Pakistan ready to partner with Germany, other “like-minded states” to counter Islamophobia, promote greater inter-religious harmony
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday condemned the attack in the German city of Hanau — where a far-right terrorist killed nine people at a sheesha bar and a cafe filled with Muslims — and said it remains “deeply concerned at the rising tide of Islamophobia, xenophobia and racial hatred sweeping across many parts of the world”.
A press release issued by the Foreign Office (FO) said Pakistan stood with the government and the people of Germany. Offering condolences to the families of the victims and to the Turkish government for the Turkish who lost their lives, the FO wished the injured a speedy recovery.
“The attacks once more underscore that violent extremism knows no race, religion or nationality,” the press release added.
“We reiterate our call for concerted efforts to root out ideologies of hate, as well as address the underlying causes of hate crimes.”
The FO said Pakistan was ready to partner with Germany and other “like-minded states” in an effort to “confront and counter Islamophobia and to promote greater inter-religious and inter-civilizational harmony, amity and understanding”.
Thousands of people took part in vigils across Germany on Thursday after the shooting.
Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the “poison” of racism, as anger mixed with grief over the latest and deadliest attack linked to Germany’s extreme right in recent months.
The suspect, 43-year-old German terrorist Tobias R, was found dead at his home after the rampage along with his 72-year-old mother in what appeared to be a murder-suicide.
Hundreds of people, many carrying candles or a white rose, gathered in silence in Hanau in the evening to show solidarity with the victims.
Large crowds also gathered in Frankfurt and at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, some carrying signs that read “Take racism personally” or “Never Again!”, in scenes replicated across dozens of German cities.