Sultanate condemns blast in Pakistan

MUSCAT: The Sultanate on Monday strongly condemned the terrorist bombing in Quetta city in the friendly Islamic Republic of Pakistan which killed dozens and injured many innocent civilians.
According to the statement released by the Foreign Ministry, the Sultanate affirmed its solidarity with Pakistan, as well as with all international efforts confronting the menace of violence and terrorism.
The statement expressed sincere sympathy to families of the victims, the friendly Islamic Republic of Pakistan; its government and people, praying to the Almighty for the speedy recovery to the injured.
Provincial home minister Sarfraz Bugti said earlier that the blast hit as a paramilitary patrol passed by on the road, adding the patrol may have been the target.
Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa said terrorists were trying to disrupt Monday’s celebrations of 70 years of independence.