Labour MEPs voted today for a resolution that unequivocally condemns the attacks on a playground in Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore on March 27 where a suicide bomb attack caused the death of more than 73 people and injured more than 300, including many women and children.
Neena Gill MEP substitute Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee said:
"I strongly condemn the attack in Lahore and extend our deepest condolences to families and friends of the victims.
"As we feel the shock of terrorist atrocities in Paris and Brussels, let us reflect that the Global Terrorism Index shows only 0.5 per cent of its victims are in Europe and the West, and more than 80 per cent of those killed by terrorists in the last five years have been Muslims.
"So we mourn the 72 victims in Lahore. Terrorists who targeted a children's playground at the height of holiday celebrations, to inflict most harm on those who are most innocent.
"With all countries with whom we cooperate in fighting terrorism we seek to uphold human rights and the rule of law, and we say the same to our friends in Pakistan today in our resolution.
"We oppose the death penalty and ask Pakistan again to consider whether all executions are genuinely linked to terrorism, especially in the light of research by the Justice Project and Reprieve that they are not.
"We call for clemency in the case of Abdul Basit - but we do so in steadfast opposition to terrorism and in full solidarity with Pakistan and all countries who suffer its victims."