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Washington DC, Feb 26, 2010. The U.S.-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) condemns today's terrorist attack in Afghanistan that has claimed the lives of 17 people in central Kabul. The attack was made in an area full of hotels and guesthouses popular with foreigners. It was also an area frequented by Indians, who suffered disproportionately in this attack with 9 of the dead being Indian nationals.

USINPAC Chairman, Sanjay Puri, expressed his outrage at the attacks. "Clearly, this attack was designed to hit the international community in general and the Indian community in particular. Indians are in Afghanistan as part of civilian reconstruction and humanitarian projects to aid the people of Afghanistan. That the Taliban would target them once again shows their callous disregard for human life and their determination to do anything to prevent the peaceful development of Afghanistan into a modern state".

The attacks come at a time when the United States and NATO are conducting major military operations against the Taliban in Helmand province. They also come after the arrest of the senior Taliban military commander, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, in Karachi, Pakistan's commercial capital. President Karzai has condemned the attack, while India has called it barbaric.

USINPAC's National Security Coordinator Manish Thakur said "These attacks must be seen in light of other attacks focused on Indians, including the particularly horrific blast at the Indian embassy. There is now clearly a disturbing pattern of violence against Indians in Afghanistan." Thakur went on to say that today's attack once again reinforces the notion that there is no "good" Taliban or "bad" Taliban. "All terrorism is bad" said Thakur.

About USINPAC: The U.S.-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) is the political voice of 2.7 million Indian-Americans. USINPAC provides bipartisan support to candidates for federal, state and local office who support the issues that are important to the Indian-American community. For more information, go to http://www.usinpac.com

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