Bombing in Quetta, Pakistan

Media release

18 February 2013

Foreign Minister Bob Carr will request the Government of Pakistan take swift action against those responsible for the bombing of a local market in Quetta, Pakistan on February 16 which reportedly killed more than 80 people and injured 200.

Senator Carr said he would seek to raise the issue with Pakistan's Foreign Minister Ms Hina Rabbani Khar this week.

The bombing follows a similar attack in Quetta on January 10, which killed 92 people and wounded 121. Both attacks were in predominantly Hazara areas of the city.

Foreign Minister Bob Carr said the bombings were acts of terrorism against civilian communities.

"All Australians would be appalled at the barbarism involved in bombing innocent civilians going about their lives," Senator Carr said.

"I welcome the condemnation of these attacks by the Government of Pakistan and urge swift action to bring the perpetrators to justice.

"Our thoughts are with the friends of families of those killed and injured."

Senator Carr said the Australian High Commission in Islamabad regularly met with political leaders, senior officials and non-government organisations to advocate the promotion and protection of human rights in Pakistan, including for the minority Hazara community.

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