New York diplomatic community takes to Pakistani consulate in solidarity with nation’s Easter terror
Source: New York Daily News
“This incomprehensible savagery has been felt very strongly here,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said at the gathering at the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the Union Nations on E. 65th St.
“We are here today united to combat terrorist attacks in the world.”
At least 72 people were killed — many of them women and children — when a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up in a Lahore park where Christians were celebrating Easter.
Some 216 suspects were in custody Tuesday after Pakistan authorities carried out two days of sweeping raids, Reuters reported.
“This is a brave nation, a resilient nation,” said Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN. “We always bounce back.”
“No blood that has been spilled will be in vain,” Lodhi added.
CUNY Professor Ameena Zia called the attack “senseless.”
“Since so many of the victims were women and children, as a woman, my heart hurts,” Zia said.
Adeel Rana, president of the NYPD’s Muslim Officer Society, said the terrorists are bent on spreading death and chaos.
“They want to create animosity between communities and tarnish the great religion of Islam,” Rana said.
“Good needs to step up and destroy evil.”