"The terrorist attacks on two churches in Lahore this morning, resulting in the loss of innocent lives and scores of seriously injured, is another instance of violence aimed at innocent victims. Those responsible for the attacks must be brought to justice. It is essential that Pakistani authorities take swift action against all groups preaching hate and sowing division within society. Freedom of religion or belief is a central tenet of democratic societies.
The EU stands with Pakistan in its fight against terrorism and with religious minorities whose rights have to be guaranteed all over the world."