ISLAMABAD - The government is considering the US offer made by its ambassador Richard G Olson Tuesday that his country stands ready to provide any appropriate aid to assist authorities investigating terror attack at Islamabad’s District Court Complex on March 3.
“If we need any help, interior ministry would ask,” Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam told The Nation in response to a query regarding the offer Ambassador Olson made while extending condolences to families of the terror attack in a statement earlier.
The US ambassador expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the “despicable act of terrorism” that took place in the district courts of the Capital on Monday. “We strongly condemn this brutal act,” he said, adding with this attack on innocent civilians, terrorists continue to demonstrate blatant disregard for life and wished those, who were injured, a full and speedy recovery.
He said that United States remains steadfast in its commitment to the people of Pakistan in their efforts to curb terrorism and build a peaceful future. Pakistan has already launched multileveled judicial and official investigation into the gory incident, which claimed 11 lives including a senior judge and a lady lawyer and injured dozens others.
At the official level a joint investigation team is busy probing the incident with a parallel judicial commission constituted by the Supreme Court.
During the ongoing war against terror the United States has been assisting Pakistani authorities in various cases of terrorism as part of counterterrorism cooperation, which analysts believed, might wane with drawdown of the US and NATO troops from Afghanistan later this year.
The government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during the recently ministerial level huddle in Washington has made it clear to President Obama’s administration that Pakistan and the US would need fresh agreements for cooperation after 2014.
Islamabad and Washington which have resumed strategic dialogue process are currently reviewing progress of various working groups to set direction for future bilateral cooperation between the two countries.