The Muslim Public Affairs Council (An organization based in USA) today condemned twin bomb blasts which took place yesterday in Hinduism's holiest city, Varanasi, killing at least 20 people and injured dozens more. The attacks took place in a train station and a temple in what is a great religious center for Hindus and one of their most sacred places of pilgrimage, being visited by millions of people every year.
Cities across India were put on high alert as Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealed for calm. Two unexploded bombs were found at a nearby market and defused by police. Security officials found four unexploded bombs at a bathing platform by the Ganges River.
SEE: "Who's Behind the India Bombs?" (TIME Magazine, 3/8/06)
MPAC unreservedly condemns this and all similar terrorist acts and calls upon the Indian authorities to make all possible efforts not only to apprehend the culprits.
"We call on all decent human beings not to lose heart and to stay determined to work together across barriers of race, faith and nationality, to rid the world of the scourge of terrorism," said Executive Director Salam Al-Marayati. "We offer condolences to the families of the victims."
Islam does not tolerate the use of terrorism for any purpose, regardless of the identity of the aggressors or the nature of their motives. MPAC condemns the exploitation of people and issues, regardless of the perpetrators and their justifications.
The Muslim Public Affairs Council is a public service agency working for the civil rights of American Muslims, for the integration of Islam into American pluralism, and for a positive, constructive relationship between American Muslims and their representatives.