Jaipur blasts spark global outrage

May 15th, 2008 - 12:31 am ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Pervez Musharraf

New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) The deadly serial bomb blasts in Jaipur Tuesday evening have sparked shock and outrage across continents as countries like the US, Britain, Canada, Japan Israel and Australia pressed for joining hands against the common scourge of terrorism. The US was one of the first few countries to condemn the blasts with a sharply worded statement saying there can be “no possible justification for murderous attacks on innocent people.”

US Ambassador to India David Mulford Wednesday met Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and offered all assistance in probing the serial blasts that rocked Jaipur Tuesday killing 63 people and inuring more than 200.

The US envoy offered “assistance in analysing and understanding the aftermath of the tragedy.”

“The United States stands with the government and people of India in their ongoing fight to eliminate the scourge of terrorism, and to ensure an open, democratic, peaceful, and prosperous society,” US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said in Washington.

Republican Co-Chair of the Congressional India Caucus on India and Indian Americans, Joe Wilson, called the bombings “senseless”.

The 2-million strong Indian diaspora in the US was also quick to condemn the blasts and asked Indians back home to “stay vigilant” against anti-social elements that are seeking to foment discord and disturb communal harmony in the country.

The Indian American community and the US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) condemned the bomb blasts and hoped that the authorities would be able to bring the perpetrators to justice as soon as possible.

Indian National Overseas Congress (INOC) condemned the multiple bomb blasts in Jaipur and appealed to all communities to maintain harmony.

Britain, Canada, Australia, Israel and Japan joined the chorus of global outrage against the Jaipur blasts and called for a unified fight against terrorism.

“The bombings in Jaipur have shown again the horrific destruction which terrorism brings,” British Foreign Minister David Miliband said while underlining Britain’s solidarity with India in the common fight against terrorism.

Canada’s Foreign Minister Maxime Bernier said his country stands “firmly united with the government of India, a proud and strong democracy, in condemning these acts of terror.”

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) said it was a “reprehensible act, for which there can be no justification… The attack on a democratic, tolerant, open society is repugnant… Australia hopes the perpetrators are brought to justice quickly”.

India’s neighbours shared the sense of global outrage against terror attacks against innocent civilians in Jaipur.

In separate messages to their Indian counterparts, Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani condemned the blasts and sympathised with the Indian people.

Bangladesh’s foreign affairs adviser, Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, said the bomb explosions in Jaipur were “a mindless and shameful act that deserves condemnation in the strongest terms”.

India has blamed the Jaipur blasts on a “well-planned state-sponsored conspiracy hatched in a neighbouring country to disrupt our communal harmony”.

Minister of State for Home Shri Prakash Jaiswal, however, refrained from naming the “neighbouring country” or the group responsible for the outrage.

Terming the blasts as “an act of terrorism”, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the people of Afghanistan, who have suffered from terrorism over the past several years, shared “the pain and sadness of the people of India”.

Israel, a country that has suffered much at the hands of terrorism, called upon the international community to wage a united fight against terrorism.

“Terrorist acts can never be justified under any circumstances and it is incumbent on the civilised international community to act in a concerted and unified manner to stamp out the scourge of terror whenever it rears its head,” the Israeli embassy in New Delhi said in a statement condemning the attack.

There were outraged reactions from West Asia - home to a 4.5 million strong Indian diaspora. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) extended its support to India in its fight against terrorism. UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan also conveyed his country’s and the people’s sympathies with those injured in the bomb attacks in Jaipur.

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