Islamabad (Staff Report): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday condemned the deadly terror attack at Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve which left 39 people dead and dozens injured.

PM Nawaz expressed his heartfelt condolences to the Government and people of Turkey on the loss of precious human lives in the attack.

The premier said that the Pakistani government and nation stand in solidarity with Turkey in its time of grief.

He further added that Pakistan has also suffered terrorism and paid a heavy price.

PM Nawaz said, “Pakistan will continue to take steps to exterminate terrorism.”

39 people, including many foreigners, were killed when a gunman reportedly dressed as Santa Claus stormed the Reina nightclub in Istanbul as revelers were celebrating the New Year, the latest carnage to rock Turkey after a bloody 2016.

Turkish officials said, the attacker shot dead a policeman and a civilian at the entrance to the Reina club, one of the city's most exclusive nightspots, and then went on a shooting rampage inside.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said, the attacker escaped and was now the target of a major manhunt, expressing hope the suspect "would be captured soon". Soylu said in televised comments that of 21 victims who have been identified so far, 16 are foreigners and five are Turks. Another 69 people are being treated in hospital.