Mumbai terror strikes stun South Asia

November 30th, 2008 - 1:13 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Nov 30 (ANI): Even as the Mumbai terror strikes have stunned the entire South Asia, a number of Pakistani-American organisations have issued strong condemnations of the outrage and expressed sympathy for those who lost their lives.

The Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America (APPNA) denounced the brutal attacks in which around 200 people are feared dead. The group said it believes that no cause justifies indiscriminate attacks against civilians and no religion endorses terrorism.

The APPNA said it views these despicable acts in the context of global terrorism and considers them a vicious effort to further destabilise the region. While offering its deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and the wounded and expressing its solidarity with the people of India, APPNA urged Indo-Pak physicians living in North America to join hands and work towards bringing peace and prosperity to South Asia.

Expressing its profound sense of grief over the loss of precious lives in Mumbai, the American Muslim Alliance has condemned the coordinated terror attacks on Indias premier city. We urge the authorities to bring the culprits to justice. We also urge all concerned communities and countries to help restore calm and work for the eradication of the root causes of this violence, the Daily Times quoted APNA as saying in a statement.

The Islamic Medical Association of North America also condemned the terror strikes in Mumbai in the strongest possible terms, while expressing solidarity with the families of the victims.

President of the association Dr Hafeezur Rehman, said, No religion breeds terrorism and terrorism serves no good cause. Such heinous acts are crimes against humanity and they should be countered with the most severe response. Those responsible for these crimes against humanity must be brought to justice swiftly. Islam considers the use of terrorism for any purpose totally unacceptable.

Similarly, the Pakistani American Leadership Centre strongly condemned the Mumbai attacks, which have left nearly 200 dead and close to 370 wounded. Our immediate thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and their loved ones, it said in a statement.

The group also said it was encouraged by the immediate repudiation of the attacks by the Pakistani government and noted that Pakistans Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had just concluded talks in India with his Indian counterpart on terrorism, trade, and the loosening of visa restrictions between the two countries. (ANI)

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