Statement by Minister Fantino: Condemning cowardly violence against development professionals and women in Pakistan

January 1, 2013

The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation, condemns the cowardly and senseless acts of violence against women and development workers in Pakistan who are working towards a better life for their people.

"The work of development professionals and teachers is crucial to ensuring that the people of Pakistan acquire the knowledge and skills they need to help build a stable and prosperous society. These acts of violence are reprehensible and I urge Pakistani authorities to seek out those responsible and bring them to justice."

"Canada continues to stand with those who reject violent extremism and are committed to improving the quality of life for their fellow citizens."

"I extend my thoughts and prayers to the families of those killed," said Minister Fantino.

Julian Fantino
Minister of International Cooperation

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