Global condemnation of Jaipur bombings (Roundup)

May 14th, 2008 - 11:32 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Pervez Musharraf

New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) The serial bombings in Jaipur Tuesday evening that claimed 63 lives have evoked global condemnation and calls Wednesday for a concerted and unified fight against terrorism. Leading the chorus of global condemnation, the United States said it stands by the government and people of India in their ongoing fight to eliminate the scourge of terrorism.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said there was no justification for the murder of innocent people.

Expressing solidarity with India in the common fight against terrorism, Britain said it will continue to stand with the government and people of India against terrorism in all its manifestations.

“Bombings in Jaipur have shown again the horrific destruction which terrorism brings,” British Foreign Minister David Miliband said.

Neighbours Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, condemning the Jaipur blasts, expressed sympathy with the bereaved families.

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”.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, terming the blasts as “an act of terrorism”, 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 unbridled terror, 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 Isreali embassy in New Delhi said in a statement condemning the attack.

Both Canada and Australia, condemning the terror attacks, reiterated their shared commitment to fighting terrorism.

“Canada and India have a shared commitment to freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Among our mutual priorities is close cooperation to fight terrorism,” Canada’s Foreign Minister Maxime Bernier said.

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”.

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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