WELLINGTON, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark on Sunday expressed concern and sadness at the bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Pakistani capital of Islamabad.
"New Zealand offers its sympathy to the people and government of Pakistan at this sad time. I know this is also a very worrying time for members of the Pakistani community in New Zealand, who fear for their loved ones, friends, and communities at home," she said in a statement.
"New Zealand condemns such acts of terrorism without reservation. They are horrific and cowardly acts causing death and misery to innocent people," she added.
The death toll from the bombing is now over 50 and still rising.
"New Zealand and Pakistan have a longstanding relationship, through the Commonwealth. We welcomed the restoration of democracy in Pakistan, and its return as a full participant in the Commonwealth family," she said.
"We recognize, however, that Pakistan has difficult challenges ahead of it. Its problems with internal terrorism, and the insecurity and instability in the border area with Afghanistan, are key concerns for Pakistan and the wider international community," she said.