Prominent citizens of India and Pakistan jointly condemned the
serial blasts that rocked three areas of south and central Mumbai
Wednesday killing 17 people and injuring 131 others.
"We the citizens of India and Pakistan strongly condemn the
inhuman and dastardly serial blasts in Mumbai on July 13, 2011. We
offer our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the bereaved
families and pray for quick and complete recovery of all those
injured," said the citizens in a statement released here Thursday.
The prominent Indian signatories include film makers Mahesh Bhatt
and Anand Patwardhan, former navy chief Admiral L. Ramdas, senior
journalist and activist Jatin Desai, actor and director Nandita
Das from Mumbai, rights activist Sandeep Pandey from Lucknow and
academicians Monisha Behal from Assam and Amitabh Matoo from
Jammu, among others.
From Pakistan, they include MP and former minister Sherry Rehman,
retired judge Nasir Aslam Zahid from Karachi, peace activist B.M.
Kutty, Aman Ki Asha (Jang Group) editor Beena Sarwar, musician and
ad-man Shahyar Ali Khan, and journalists Murtaza Razvi, Gul
Bukhari and Mohsin Sayeed, among others.
"It is clear that these blasts are a well-orchestrated heinous
conspiracy to derail the resumption of the dialogue and peace
process between India and Pakistan that was stalled following the
terrorist attack in Mumbai in 2008," the statement said.
"With the resumption of dialogue in the last six months, both the
countries had made significant progress towards normalisation of
relations and resolution of a number of outstanding issues through
a series of high-level meetings and exchange programmes," the
According to the statement, an important meeting of the foreign
ministers of India and Pakistan is scheduled at the end of this
month to address a number of crucial issues and the blasts seem to
be engineered to disrupt this meeting and derail the peace process
The citizens urged the investigating agencies to probe the matter
fully with an open mind to unravel the conspiracy, expose all
these involved and punish the guilty.
"We urge agencies of all countries, especially India and Pakistan
to cooperate fully in thorough investigation of all terror attacks
anywhere to frustrate and decapitate all the groups and forces
engaged in these inhuman and criminal actions that are a danger to
all countries and create an atmosphere of security for all," it