The Islamic State terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the series of attacks targeting young concert-goers, soccer fans and Parisians enjoying a Friday night. At least 128 people are dead and the French President Francois Hollande has condemned it as terrorism and pledged that France would stand firm against its enemies. The enemy is not just France’s but it is everyone’s.

The Islamic State (IS) has released an undated video on Saturday threatening to attack France if bombings of its fighters continue. It is assumed that the attacks were committed by Islamic State, planned and organised from abroad with help from inside France. Reports suggest that as many as five attackers were killed, though it was not clear how many there were altogether and how many, if any, were still at large.

Such is the problem of terrorism, we are never sure how many they were, and where they came from- attacking like cowards in the night, oblivious to any standards of human rights and dignity.

In such a time Pakistan stands with the grieving French nation. It is the same mindset that has killed 128 in Paris that attacked our children in Peshawar last year. At the end, we all want the same things, a peaceful and prosperous life, free from fear and harm- we must not lose sight of our common humanity and common innocence.

This is the modern state of geopolitics, and it is hoped that there will be no backlash against the many peaceful Muslims living in France and across Europe. The individual cannot be blamed, no matter what their religion.

We are all victims now, no matter our country. A national day of mourning was held in Beirut, Lebannon, on Friday after two suicide bombers on motorcycles killed at least 43 people and wounded more than 200 others in a predominantly Shia area. Again, IS took responsibility.

IS long ago proved that it goes for the jugular, almost literally. But does the Russian and now the Hezbollah assault on IS also suggest that Isis is under serious pressure, if only temporarily? If so Paris and Beirut are the cost for it. Islamic State’s struggle against the Russians, Hezbollah, the Iranians, the Syrian regime, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s military rule in Egypt and the Sunni Arab Gulf states will consume the innocent anywhere in the region, and outside it.