COPAA, FOP and MPAC Condemn Terrorist Bombing in Mumbai

Los Angeles, CA: The Council Of Pakistan America Affairs (COPAA) joins the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf in strongly condemning the “despicable” and “shameful” act of terrorism which occurred on several crowded rush-hour commuter trains in the Indian financial capital of Mumbai, July 11, 2006, says a COPAA Press Release.
“We are extremely offended, saddened and disturbed by these callous terrorist acts. COPAA offers its deepest and heartfelt sorrow to the victims, their families and their friends.
“The innocent victims of these heinous acts were citizens representing many different age groups, socio-economic groups, professions, cultures, religions, beliefs and nationalities. This was truly a reprehensible and shameful act of terrorism against the world community. Terrorist acts like this are not just against one country, but against the whole world community.
“COPAA agrees with Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf who responded to the news of these barbaric acts saying, ‘Terrorism is the bane of our times and it must be condemned, rejected and countered effectively and comprehensively’
“COPAA urges the world community to unite and condemn the perpetrators of these shameful and atrocious acts. We must unite against the perpetrators, their leaders, their supporters and the people who condone these terrorist acts,” the Press Release concludes.
Another prominent Pakistani organization in LA -Friends of Pakistan (FOP) - has also strongly condemned the bomb blasts in commuter trains in Mumbai. “We offer our sincere condolences to our Indian friends on this tragic event,” says a Press Release issued on behalf of the organization by FOP President Sarfaraz Khan. The Washington-based Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) also condemned the attacks. "We at MPAC extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and the Indian people. As Americans, we are familiar with the imminent and the long-term repercussions of terrorism," said Executive Director Salam Al-Marayati. "Here at home, we stand in solidarity with law enforcement to maintain security, and we remain committed to combating, rejecting and effectively countering the scourge of terrorism in all forms."
“Those responsible for these brutal and immoral attacks should be swiftly brought to justice. Islam considers the use of terrorism to be unacceptable for any purpose. Any individual or group that claims that these heinous actions serve as a redress for legitimate grievances is dreadfully mistaken. MPAC condemns the exploitation of people and issues, regardless of the perpetrators and their justifications.”


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