European Union External Action

Statement by the Spokesperson on the bomb attack targeting an electoral rally in Balochistan, Pakistan

Bruxelles, 13/07/2018 - 19:25, UNIQUE ID: 180713_21
Statements by the Spokesperson

The suicide attack today in Balochistan's Mastung district killed at least 85 people and injured 120 more. Tragically, this was just the latest in a series of attacks targeting electoral campaign events across Pakistan in the run-up to the general elections on 25 July 2018. We express our sincere condolences to the victims' families and to the people of Pakistan and to the Pakistani authorities. A full investigation into these attacks is needed; furthermore, we expect the Pakistani authorities to take all the necessary steps to ensure that electoral activities in all parts of the country take place in safe and secure conditions. Political contestants and citizens must be able to exercise their constitutional rights to participate in the forthcoming general elections without intimidation or fear for their security. The European Union has deployed an Election Observation Mission to Pakistan to assess the process and conduct of the elections.