The world reacts to the heinous attacks that shock the defacto capital of European Union, in the heart of Brussels. Those who struck Belgium have targeted the heart of Europe itself for the city is home to EU Parliament, NATO, international agencies and Belgium’s government itself.
It would not be wrong to say that Belgium is facing darkest days known since World War Two ended. This cowardly act has resulted in both loss of lives and hundreds wounded in critical situation. What has been brewing in Belgium and the Islamic State was already hinting something of this sort could happen, as many Belgian nationals were expecting a response from jihadists.
Right after the news broke on Pakistani channels, many locals scrambled to learn more as Belgium shares a friendly bilateral relationship and Pakistanis are the highest Asian recipients of Belgian citizenship and the country hosts a large number of overseas Pakistanis residing there, some 15,000 in total.
The Government of Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain have condemned the attack and offered condolences. The Pakistani Foreign Office released the official statement as, “Pakistan condemns this terrorist act in the strongest terms and expresses solidarity with the government and the people of Belgium and Pakistan reiterates its condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestation.”
Moreover, a minute silence was observed on Wednesday at a Pakistan Day ceremony at the Embassy of Pakistan in Brussels, Belgium to honor the victims of these horrifying terror attacks. And all other activities in connection with Pakistan Day celebrations were cancelled.
The Parliamentarians, Opposition parties leaders and civil society activists have all come out to condemn the brutal attacks that ripped Brussels apart. The condemn for Brussels attacks has also come from Pakistan Ulema Council in harshest words and declared that it violates the tolerant teachings of Islam.
We, people of Pakistan stand in sincere solidarity with Belgian nation in this most trying time.