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
Lahore (/ləˈhɔər/) (Punjabi: لہور, Urdu: لاہور) is the capital city of the province of Punjab, the second-largest metropolitan area in Pakistan and with a population of 10,052,000 people, it is the 15th-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, ancient Lava Puri named after Lava - son of Rama, 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. The city is credited is home to some of Pakistan's leading universities including the Government College University, Forman Christian College and LUMS.
Modern day Lahore consists of an old city, which is home to several world and national heritage sites, surrounded by larger suburban communities towards the southeast. The city has an important cultural influence over Pakistan including through the Sufi inspired Qawwali Music, status as home to Pakistan's film industry and a popular domestic and foreign tourist destination. More recently, the city is home to Pakistan's technology sector and is ranked as a Gamma+ world city. The total GDP of the city is estimated at $102 billion contributed by the presence of 9,000 industrial units.