LA Protests on Terrorist Attacks in Pakistan

The Los Angeles Chapter of MQMUSA organized a peaceful demonstration in front of the Pakistan Consulate Los Angeles. The protest was to denounce recent attacks on MQM offices, election candidates and target killings of political workers of MQM, ANP and PPP by the Taliban. The demonstrations were held to extend support to the liberal and progressive parties of Pakistan who have been pushed against the wall in the upcoming general elections.

On a rather overcast day with scattered showers concerned citizens from around the region gathered to demonstrate their feelings. The protest was part of a nationwide series held in Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Fort Lauderdale, San Francisco and Hawaii.

Pakistani Muslims of America, according to an MQM Los Angeles Chapter press release, join their fellow Pakistanis today in condemning these dastardly acts of terrorism and share the grief and sorrow of the nation. Our hearts go out to the friends and families of those who are victims of the unspeakable tragedies caused by Taliban.

Obviously this seems a well-planned and well-coordinated act of terrorism and we are confident that the law enforcement authorities will soon discover the identity of perpetrators responsible for this contemptible act and bring them to task with the full force of the law.

At this moment of confusion, uncertainty and naturally highly charged emotions, we earnestly appeal to the media and human rights watchdog to take note of the situation.

In Karachi Pakistan, mainstream political parties including MQM, are being kept away from taking part in campaigning for the Election that is set for 11 May, 2013.

Let the response of our nation be mature and thoughtful. This is a moment of prayer and unity. We pray to God to give strength to all of those who have suffered during this catastrophe, the press release concluded.


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