Kazakh President Pays Tribute to Memory of Victims of January Events

NUR-SULTAN – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took part in a memorial event dedicated to those who lost their lives during the January attacks at the Khazret Sultan Mosque in the capital on Feb. 13. 

President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev delivered remarks after a Muslim prayer service at the country’s largest mosque Hazret Sultan Mosque on Feb. 13. Photo credit:Akorda.

The President said that state integrity, citizen security and the future of the country were under threat. “We managed to deter terrorists and their attacks. Unfortunately, this disorder has claimed the lives of many people. This is a tragedy. The authorities thoroughly investigate each such case as part of my instructions. Human rights issues are important,” said Tokayev.

Tokayev noted that January 10 has been declared the National Day of Mourning and now 40 days have passed since the tragic events. 

“I came to honor the memory of the victims. I express my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims. I set a task to help families who lost their loved ones,” he said.

Assistance will also be provided through the Qazaqstan Halqyna (to the people of Kazakhstan) foundation. 

The President urged people to build a New Kazakhstan for the younger generation.

“We will not allow this to destroy the unity and harmony of our people. This is our common duty. This tragedy must never happen again,” he said.

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