PM Shehbaz Condemns Moscow Concert Attack, Expresses Solidarity with Russia

In a shocking incident that has left the world in mourning, a concert hall in the outskirts of Moscow was attacked by armed gunmen, resulting in the death of over 60 people and leaving more than 145 injured. The attack, which took place on Friday, is the deadliest terror incident in Russia since the 2004 Beslan school siege.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif of Pakistan was quick to condemn the heinous act. In a statement posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, he expressed his strong condemnation of the attack and offered his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. “I strongly condemn the heinous attack in Moscow last night that has resulted in the loss of many precious lives,” he stated.

The Prime Minister also affirmed Pakistan’s solidarity with Russia during this difficult time. “Pakistan stands with Russia during this difficult time,” he added.

The Foreign Office of Pakistan also echoed the Prime Minister’s sentiments. Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, on behalf of the government, expressed Pakistan’s deepest sympathy to the families of the victims. “We strongly condemn the attack on a concert hall in Moscow,” the statement read. Baloch further added that Pakistan stands with the Russian people and government in this difficult time.

The attack occurred moments before the Soviet-era rock group “Picnic” was set to perform to a full house at the 6,200-seat Crocus City Hall located west of the Russian capital. Among those injured in the attack, at least 60 are in critical condition.

The militant group Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attack. Russian President Vladimir Putin has been receiving updates about the situation from security chiefs, including Alexander Bortnikov, the head of the Federal Security Service (FSB), as per the Kremlin.

Russian investigators have released pictures of a Kalashnikov automatic weapon, vests with multiple spare magazines, and bags of spent bullet casings, providing chilling evidence of the terror that unfolded.

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