We, condemn the bomb blast which shook the crowded Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad near the historic Char Minar this afternoon. Such henious attacks aimed at terrorizing people have absolutely no place in civil society.
We sympathize with all those who have lost a loved one and we pray that those families who are affected in any way will be provided with the necessary solace and relief.
Attacks on places of worship are particularly despicable, since they deeply hurt the religious sentiments of people and will only widen the communal divide.
We, call upon the Central Government and the Government of Andhra Pradesh to act expeditiously and impartially and to bring to book all those involved in this heinous act.
We also urge political parties from across the spectrum, to immediately stop indulging in petty politicking and desist from activities that are bound to endanger the secular fabric of our country. Working unitedly and objectively on the more important issues of security and peace should be the priority of all parties and peace loving citizens.
Finally, we urge the Central and the State Governments and all our fellow-citizens, to join hands to ensure that there is justice for all and that every citizen in our country is able to live in security, in harmony and in peace.
Fr. Cedric Prakash sj
Friday, 18th May 2007