Saudi Arabia, UAE condemn attack on religious seminary in Pakistan

Security officials examine the site of a blast at a religious school in Peshawar on October 27, 2020. At least four students were killed and dozens more wounded on October 27 when a bomb exploded during a class at their religious school in Pakistan, officials said. (AFP)
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Updated 28 October 2020

Saudi Arabia, UAE condemn attack on religious seminary in Pakistan

  • Tuesday bombing in Peshawar killed at least eight students and injured more than 130 others
  • UN office says shares in Pakistan’s “shock and grief” over attack on place of prayer and learning

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia has condemned Tuesday’s bombing in Pakistan on a religious seminary in which at least eight students were killed and more than 130 others injured. 

The bombing happened as a prominent religious scholar was delivering a lecture about the teachings of Islam in the main hall of the Jamia Zubairia madrassa, police told media, adding that initial investigations suggested the bomb went off minutes after someone left a bag at the school.

“We condemn and denounce the terrorist attack that took place in a religious school,” the Saudi Embassy in Islamabad said in a Twitter post. “We reiterate our rejection of these criminal acts that are inconsistent with all religious principles and all moral and human values.”

In a separate tweet, the embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Islamabad also condoled with Pakistan: 

“Shocked to learn the tragic blast in Peshawar city this morning, sincere condolences and sympathies to our brothers in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, wishing speedy recovery for the wounded, security and stability for the brotherly Pakistani people.”

The United Nations office in Pakistan said it shared in the “shock and grief” of the people of Pakistan. 

“We are appalled by this attack on children while they were in a place of prayer and learning,” the UN said in a statement.

Ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s mother to be laid to rest in Lahore today

Updated 28 November 2020

Ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s mother to be laid to rest in Lahore today

  • Begum Shamim Akhtar passed away in London last Sunday
  • Her elder son attended her funeral prayers in a mosque in Britain before her body was flown back to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: A leading Pakistani political family has made funeral arrangements in Lahore for an elderly member who passed away in London last Sunday and whose body was brought back to Pakistan earlier today.
Begum Shamim Akhtar, whose sons Nawaz and Shehbaz Sharif have spent decades in national politics, will be laid to rest after her family offers her funeral prayers on Saturday.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) founding leader and the country’s former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, prayed for the departed soul in a small congregation at a mosque in London where he currently resides after securing a medical bail and flying out of Pakistan in November 2019.
The Sharif family has been facing a slew of corruption allegations since the Panama Papers were leaked in April 2016.
The country’s top court disqualified Nawaz Sharif from holding public office in July 2017, and he was convicted by an accountability court the next year.
His younger brother, Shehbaz, and nephew, Hamza, have also been facing corruption references and were released from prison on a five-day parole to perform Begum Akhtar’s last rites.
The elder Sharif also missed his father’s funeral in 2004 since he was denied permission to return to his country from exile in Saudi Arabia by the administration of General (r) Pervez Musharraf.