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
Lahore (/ləˈhɔər/) (Punjabi: لہور, Urdu: لاہور) is the capital city of the Pakistani province of Punjab. It is the second largest and most populous city in Pakistan, after Karachi, and the 32nd most populous urban city in the world. The city is located in the north east part of Punjab province, near the border with India. Lahore is ranked as a world city, and is one of Pakistan's wealthiest cities with an estimated total nominal GDP of $58.14 billion as of 2014.
Lahore is the historic cultural centre of the Punjab region, and is the largest Punjabi city in the world. The city has a long history, and was once under the rule of the Hindu Shahis, Ghaznavids, Ghurids, Lodis, Marathas and the Delhi Sultanate. Lahore reached the height of its splendour under the Mughal Empire, serving as its capital city for a number of years. The city then became capital of the Sikh Empire, before becoming the capital of the Punjab under British rule. Lahore was central to the independence movements of both India and Pakistan, with the city being site of both the declaration of Indian Independence, and the resolution calling for the establishment of Pakistan. Following the Partition of British India, Lahore became the capital of Pakistan's Punjab province.
Lahore is one of Pakistan's most liberal and cosmopolitan cities with a Muslim majority and a large Christian population. Additionally, Lahore contains some of Sikhism's holiest sites, and is a major Sikh pilgrimage site. The city exerts a strong cultural influence over Pakistan. Lahore is a major centre for Pakistan's publishing industry, and remains the foremost centre of Pakistan's literary scene. The city is also a major centre of education in Pakistan, with some of Pakistan's leading universities based in the city. Lahore is also home to Pakistan's film industry, Lollywood, and is a major centre of Qawwali music. The city is a major tourist destination, particularly the areas surrounding the ancient Walled City which is home to several World Heritage Sites.