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Sunday, November 30, 2008
Indian Muslim leaders: Mumbai "terrorist attacks a crime of the most serious nature"
The coordinated terrorist attacks in Mumbai are thankfully over, but not after raking up a ghastly body count of nearly 300 people. The attacks came three weeks after we reported that 6,000 Indian Muslim clerics had endorsed an anti-terrorism fatwa. Now many of those same clerics are speaking out to condemn the "beastly act" in Mumbai. The Hindu reports:
“The whole Indian Muslim community is saddened by the terrorist attacks. We unconditionally and with all the force at our command condemn this beastly act and consider it a crime of the most serious nature,” said the All-India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, the umbrella body of Muslim organisations.
In a joint statement, the leaders urged everyone to rise above politics and unitedly face this threat and refrain from using it for petty political ends.
They requested the authorities not to rush to any conclusion, as was the routine in the past, but take time to patiently probe the matter taking into account the various local and foreign powers, including foreign intelligence agencies, which might benefit from chaos and insecurity in India.
[...] All-India Milli Council general secretary Mohammed Manzoor Alam said the attacks were a “dangerous signal” and “it is a criminal act of demented terrorists. He said the country was at a crucial juncture and the government should fight the menace with courage and determination.
Let's hope we see Muslims around the world follow the example of these Indian Muslim leaders and forcefully condemn these and all acts of terrorism and call for their perpetrators to be brought to justice.
(h/t Joshua Snyder)
(Picture: Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, President, All-India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat)
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Posted by: Marc Scott Emery | 2008-11-30 6:23:48 AM
The incompetence of the Indian police during these attacks has been staggering, but unfortunately not surprising to those who have been to Mumbai recently.
The Indian Home Minister has already tendered his resignation (http://edition.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/asiapcf/11/30/india.attacks/) but many, many, more should follow.
Posted by: Kalim Kassam | 2008-11-30 6:35:54 AM
Do you think that this event will escalate into an attack on Pakistan?--media this a.m are pointing that way
Posted by: anon | 2008-11-30 8:16:54 AM
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