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Three-day mourning observed in Singapore


To express solidarity with the victims of horrendous terrorist attack in Peshawar, a three-day mourning was observed at the High Commission of Pakistan in Singapore. The national flag remained half-mast at the Chancery and the Embassy Residence. A condolence book was opened for signatures at the Chancery which was signed by Heads of diplomatic Missions and their representatives. The High Commission, in collaboration with the Singapore Pakistani Association, also arranged prayers for the victims on Friday, 19th, December, 2014 at Baalwie Mosque, Singapore. Singapore Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs Mr.Masagos Zulkifli attended the event.  A large number of members of Pakistani and other communities were also present on the occasion.
Singapore media gave significant coverage to the stories relating to the incident. The main English daily, The Straits Times, dedicated its front-page to the horrendous terrorist attack along with pictorial coverage of the mournful scene. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s addressed a letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif offering deepest condolences to the families of the victims and the people of Pakistan on the savage and dreadful attack. He said, “Singapore strongly condemns this dastardly act of terror which has killed so many innocent young people.” “I was deeply saddened to learn that many of these victims were students, who were seeking an education to better their lives”, the letter added.   The Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “the attack by the Taliban on the Army Public School in Peshawar was a "heinous crime" which Singapore "strongly condemns".  "We express our deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and the people of Pakistan." Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also wrote on his Facebook to express his condolences and sympathies to the families affected in the attack and to the people of Pakistan. Defence Minister Dr Ng Eng Hen said on his facebook that he was "lost for words" upon hearing about the attack. Foreign Minister Mr. K Shanmugam also expressed his views on the attack on his facebook page. Ms Grace Fu, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, also wrote on her Facebook page that she was "saddened" by the loss of 132 innocent young lives in Pakistan.
The High Commissioner Mr.Tanveer Akhtar Khaskheli was also interviewed by Channel News Asia. The High Commissioner in his interview pointed out that the country is united to eliminate the threat from Taliban and observed that the military action against them will be stepped up in the wake of this atrocious attack. Government of Pakistan’s resolve and commitment to wipe out terrorists and to eliminate terrorism from the country was highlighted during private discussions with the members of diplomatic corps and journalist community. 
            Pakistani and other communities expressed their solidarity with the people and Government of Pakistan at this time of grief and sorrow.