Texas Sen. Ted Cruz on suicide bombing in Lahore, Pakistan: 'Once again we are reminded there are no holidays from this enemy, and no one -- not commuters going to work in Brussels, not mothers and children celebrating Easter in a park in Lahore -- are immune from its wrath' - @tedcruz
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on Lahore suicide bombing: 'First a soccer game in Iraq, now a park in Pakistan. Terrorism is a virus that goes after the innocent. Sending prayers and solidarity' - @BilldeBlasio
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Lahore bombing: 'I am outraged to learn about the multiple suicide attacks targeting the Christian community and innocent Pakistanis from all walks of life and faith in Lahore. Religious intolerance, sectarian violence and blatant terrorism is destroying the very core of our social fabric. In a plural Islamic Society, which is what we must aspire and strive to become, there is no place for intolerance, violence and appeasement of extremist groups who are trying to make our nation hostage to their obscurantist ideology' - @P_Musharraf
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Pakistan suicide bombing: 'We are grieving today for the families affected by the deplorable attack in Lahore. No one should ever fear taking their children to a park' - @BernieSanders
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani: 'The Government of Afghanistan condemns today's terrorist attacks in Lahore, Pakistan in which many innocent civilians lost their lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, people and Government of Pakistan. We reiterate that the scourge of terrorism has no boundaries and must thus be confronted jointly through increased regional cooperation' - @ARG_AFG
Spokesman for Taliban splinter group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar says: 'We proudly take responsibility for the suicide attack in a park in Lahore. Members of the Christian community who were celebrating Easter today were our prime target' but that 'we didn't want to kill women and children. Our target were male members of the Christian community' - NBC News
Ohio Gov. John Kasich on suicide bombing in Lahore, Pakistan: 'Coming on the heels of the terrorists attacks in Belgium, it is further confirmation that radical terrorists are at war with our culture our values and our way of life. This type of terrorism is an existential threat to all who share our values. It must be defeated' - @JohnKasich
US National Security Council spokesman Ned Price on Lahore: 'The United States condemns in the strongest terms today's appalling terrorist attack in Lahore, Pakistan. This cowardly act in what has long been a scenic and placid park has killed dozens of innocent civilians and left scores injured. We send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those killed, just as our thoughts and prayers are with the many injured in the explosion. The United States stands with the people and Government of Pakistan at this difficult hour. We will continue to work with our partners in Pakistan and across the region, as together we will be unyielding in our efforts to root out the scourge of terrorism' - @Price44
Lahore (/ləˈhɔər/) is the capital city of the province of Punjab, the second largest metropolitan area in Pakistan and the 18th most populous city in the world. It is an important historical centre in South Asia. With a rich history dating back over a millennium, Lahore is a main cultural centre of the Punjab region and Pakistan, and is the largest Punjabi city in the world. Lahore remains an economic, political, transportation, entertainment, and educational hub of Pakistan.
Lahore served as the regional capital of the empires of the Hindu Shahi kingdom in the 11th century, the Ghaznavids in the 12th century, the Ghurid State in the 12th and 13th centuries and the Mughal Empire in the 16th century. From 1802 to 1849, Lahore served as the capital city of the Sikh Empire. In the mid-19th and early 20th century, Lahore was the capital of the Punjab region under the British Raj. The traditional capital of Punjab for a millennium, Lahore was the cultural centre of the northern Indian subcontinent which extends from the eastern banks of the Indus River to New Delhi. Mughal structures such as the Badshahi Mosque, the Lahore Fort, Shalimar Gardens, the mausolea of Jehangir and Nur Jahan are some of the major tourist attractions in the city. Lahore is also home to many British colonial structures built in the Indo-Saracenic style, such as the General Post Office, Lahore Museum and many older universities and colleges.
Lahore is referred to as the cultural heart of Pakistan as it hosts most of the arts, cuisine, festivals, music, film-making, gardening and intelligentsia of the country. The city has always been a centre for publications where 80% of Pakistan's books are published, and it remains the foremost centre of literary, educational and cultural activity in Pakistan. It is also home to hundreds of temples, mosques, churches and shrines.
According to the latest 1998 census, Lahore's population was 6,319,000. In July 2014, Index Mundi put the population of the city at 7,566,000. An estimate in January 2015 gave the population of the Lahore agglomeration as 10,052,000. It is ranked 34 in the most populated urban areas in the world and the 8th largest city within the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. The area of Lahore has almost doubled in the last 12 to 14 years, nevertheless any population estimate should be taken with a grain of salt as the census has been missing in action, one is scheduled for 2016. In 2010, Lahore was ranked as a Gamma+ world city. The Guardian has rated Lahore as the 2nd best tourist destination in Pakistan after Taxila.