British Home Secretary pays respects to the victims of terrorism in Pakistan

Islamabad: The UK Home Secretary, Theresa May paid her respects to the fallen martyrs of the Pakistani police service by laying a wreath at the police monument in Islamabad today, 25th November 2011.

She was joined at the ceremony by Interior Minister, Mr Rehman Malik.

Mrs May met with representatives of the families and victims of those killed and injured by terrorist attacks in Pakistan recognising the sacrifices of those killed in the service of Pakistan and its citizens. She then met with the families and victims of ordinary Pakistani citizens who have been killed and injured in terrorist atrocities.

Speaking to victims of terrorism at the event the Home Secretary said:

“Visiting the Police Lines memorial today in Islamabad and meeting people who have suffered at the hands of terrorists I am deeply moved by the sacrifice of the Pakistani people but also their strength.

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“30,000 Pakistani civilians and 3,500 policemen have been killed by terrorism since 9/11. These shocking numbers speak of immense bravery as well as great tragedy and human suffering.

“Listening to police officers and families whose lives have been so changed by terrorism makes me proud to reaffirm the UK’s commitment to stand alongside Pakistan in tackling this scourge. We will do all we can to help to build a future where extremist violence has no place.”

For more information, contact:
George Sherriff
Press Attaché
Sarah Cowley
Head of Press and Public Affairs
British High Commission
Islamabad
Tel: +9251 201 2000
Cell: +92300 500 5306
Website: http://ukinpakistan.fco.gov.uk

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