UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the Wednesday’s terrorist attack on a bus in Karachi, killing at least 45 members of the Ismaili community and injuring several others.

He called on Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of this despicable act.  “Taking note that a number of attacks against the Shia and Christian minorities have taken place in the recent past in Pakistan, the Secretary-General urges the Government of Pakistan to take swift measures aimed at effective protection of religious minorities in the country,” a statement by Ban’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

“Creating a climate of tolerance, understanding and respect will greatly contribute to achieving this objective,” the spokesman told reporters at the regular noon briefing.

“Pakistan, as a responsible member of the international community, must uphold its obligations and commitments towards protecting its citizens, including all minorities,” he said.

The Secretary-General extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the government and people of Pakistan. He wished a speedy recovery to those injured in the attack.