Islamabad - Defence Minister Khawaja Asif yesterday extended his condolences to the French for the lives lost during the coordinated November 13 terrorist attacks which hit different parts of Paris.

Asif wrote a message in a condolence book at the French Embassy in Islamabad and observed a minute of silence alongside the staff in honour of the victims of the attack. French Ambassador to Pakistan Martine Dorance looked on as the defence minister added his condolences to the book.

At least 129 people were killed in the attacks claimed by the self-styled Islamic State. Gunmen and suicide bombers attacked various locations, including a concert hall, restaurants and the national stadium.

Pakistan had earlier strongly condemned the attacks and reiterated its condemnation of terrorism in all forms and manifestations. “We stand with them in their hour of grief,” the Foreign Office said in an earlier statement.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to France Ghalib Iqbal had said there were no Pakistanis among those killed or injured in the attacks.