CAIR condemns killings in Iraq, Pakistan
A prominent national Islamic civil rights and advocacy group today condemned as “senseless and shameful” terror attacks on Shia Muslims in Iraq and Pakistan that killed almost 200 people and injured hundreds.
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said Muslims worldwide should respond to the attacks with actions designed to promote religious unity and political stability.
In Iraq, three suicide bombings killed at least 143 worshipers in Baghdad and Karbala. Some 44 people were also killed in an attack on a religious procession in southwestern Pakistan. (A similar attack left one person dead in Afghanistan.) All those targeted in Tuesday’s attacks were Shia Muslims commemorating Ashura, the 10th day after the Islamic New Year and the anniversary of the martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson.
In its statement, CAIR said:
“We condemn these senseless and shameful attacks in the strongest terms possible and call for the swift apprehension and punishment of the perpetrators. Both acts of terror were made particularly repugnant because those responsible targeted worshipers during religious observances.
“One obvious motive for the killings was to create sectarian divisions and promote intercommunal hatred. The only proper response to these despicable attacks is a redoubled effort by all Muslims to promote religious unity and political stability in the Islamic community worldwide.”
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has 25 regional offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada.