Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, on Friday, conveyed his condolences to his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani over the deadly attack by Islamic extremists on two mosques in Pakistan's second largest city of Lahore earlier in the day.
The United States and European Union have led international condemnation of attacks in Pakistan in which suspected Islamist gunmen slaughtered at least 80 people at mosques belonging to a minority Muslim sect in the city of Lahore.
A brutal assualt on Pakistan’s Ahmadi community on 28 May has left them feeling more vulnerable than ever before. Armed assailants laid siege to two mosques in Lahore, capital of Punjab Province, where Ahmadis were praying and killed at least 80 people.
Canada on Friday joined its Ahmadiyya Muslim community in condemning the massacre by Pakistani Taliban of 70 members of the minority sect in two Lahore mosques. There are about 50,000 Ahmadiyyas in Canada. At a condolence meeting in Toronto, Lal Khan Malik, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Canada, said, "Once again, seeds of hatred sown by fanatical clergy and supported by the Pakistani government have resulted in death of innocents Ahmadiyyas.
Three United Nations human rights experts today called on the Pakistani Government to take every step to ensure the safety of religious minorities after the killing of at least 70 members of the Ahmadiyyah community, noting that numerous early warning signs had not been properly heeded.