Peace activists from Pakistan, India condemn Mumbai terror strikes

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Karachi, Dec 1 : Peace activists from India and Pakistan have jointly condemned the Mumbai terror strikes that killed 195 people.

They demanded the governments of both countries to stop all hostile propagandas against each other.

In a joint press statement issued on Sunday, Pakistan Peace Coalition (PPC) members demanded that Pakistan and India should act together to curb religious extremism of all shades.

They emphasized on the fact that both countries should focus on normalizing relations and resolving conflicts between them, the Daily Times reported.

"We are deeply shocked and horrified at the bloody mayhem in Mumbai that claimed more than 125 lives and hundreds of people were injured," said peace activists.

"It sent a wave of panic and terror across South Asia and beyond. We convey our profound feelings of sorrow and sympathies to the grieving families of the unfortunate victims."

It is extremely important to remind the Pakistani and Indian leaderships that issuing statements and signing agreements will only have meaning when they are translated into actions that are implemented, in letter, spirit and without further loss of time.

The press statement went on to say that there is a possibility that many different forces prone to religious, sectarian and other forms of intolerance and violence, may be looking for ways to arm themselves with more and more sophisticated weapons of mass murder and destruction.

"At this tragic moment, the first thing we call upon the governments of India and Pakistan to do is to acknowledge the fact that an overwhelming majority of people of India and Pakistan ardently desire peace, therefore, a peace process must be pursued with speed and determination on both sides," the statement said.

It also welcomed the opening of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad and Poonch-Rawlakot borders for trade and also the opening of the road between Kargil and Skardu that is still being developed.

ANI

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