Pakistani American Public Affairs Comm. Condemns Times Sq. Attack
Some fear backlash against Pakistani-American community, racial and ethnic profiling, after Times Square Terror plot
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The Pakistani American Public Affairs Committee (PAKPAC) has made a public statement on their website, condemning the Times Square attempted attempted bomb plot over the weekend.
In the written online statemement, PAKPAC asserted its appreciation for the New York City Police Department and the FBI for their vigilance and swift action which staved off potential devastation and casualties.
PAKPAC is shocked and saddened to learn that the prime suspect is of Pakistani heritage. Though details of the case are still being uncovered and investigations are on going, we denounce this attempted attack on our soil and seek that this individual or any accomplice, to be tried and punished under American Judicial system. Whether this is an act of a lone individual or a group, it harms everyone and benefits no one. As a community, we should have zero tolerance for such acts as they damage and disrupt the way of life of Americans.
PAKPAC further stated that it is in full agreement with President Obama’s call for all citizens to be vigilant and that PAKPAC and Pakistani Americans are committed to protect and defend the United States of America. It asked Pakistani Americans and American Muslims to " demonstrate an iron resolve" against terrorism and to continue to report anything that is illegal or suspicious to law enforcement agencies.
Fear of coming backlash against Pakistani-American community
As many are expressing fear of a backlash against Pakistani-Americans, PAKPAC reminded the greater community that the Department of Homeland Security has warned against premature labeling of any group as suspect, and reiterated its commitment to working with law enforcement and the Obama Administration for a safe and free America.
There has been increased concern regarding racial and ethnic profiling following the May 2 incident.
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