Pakistan has strongly condemned the shooting and suicide attack during Friday prayers at a mosque in the city of Gardez, Paktia province today, that has resulted in loss of over 20 precious lives and injuries to many others.

“We express our deepest sympathies and condolences to the bereaved families and pray for the recovery of the injured. Pakistan stands together with the government and people of Afghanistan in this hour of grief,” says a statement issued by the Foreign Office here Friday.

Pakistan condemns terrorism in all forms and manifestations.

“We also reiterate our solidarity with Afghanistan in their fight against the common enemy of terrorism,” the statement added.