Anila Ali, Pakistan Chair of IRF Roundtable, Pakistan, expressed grave concern regarding the rise of extremism in Pakistan following a terrorist attack committed against the Shia community in Peshawar that has killed 56.
Anila Ali, vehemently condemned the heinous attack committed against the Shia community in Peshawar.
The bombing was meant to yield maximum casualties as it was committed on Friday, during prayers.
“As a Pakistani American, I am concerned at the escalation of hate and extremism by Islamists in Pakistan. Recently, two Christian pastors were attacked in a nearby church and one was killed. It is time for Muslim faith leaders, government of Pakistan, and civil society to speak up. Silence is complicity. Pakistanis cannot stay silent about the spread of hateful and intolerance that is raging on the streets of Pakistan. It is time for all of us to step and muffle voices of hatred. Not only have the Islamic extremists hijacked Islam, they have hijacked humanity from Pakistan, “ said Ali.
The Pakistani government has to play a more effective role in protecting its minorities. The founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, assured the minorities: “You are free to go to your temples. You are free to go to your mosques or any other place of worship in the state of Pakistan.” And yet, Pakistan’s minorities feel more and more unsafe with each passing day, added Ali in a media statement.
Anila Ali heads the American Muslim & Multifaith Women’s Empowerment Council which works on interfaith issues in the United States and around the globe. Ali offered prayers from her organization to the grieving families in Peshawar who are shocked and dismayed by the violation of their most sacred place-a house of worship.
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