|US Congress Condemns Mumbai Terror Attacks; Urges Pakistan to Cooperate Fully with India
USINPAC commends Congressional Action and looks to keep Congress focused
Washington, DC. The U.S. Senate late last night unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and George Voinovich (R-OH) condemning the terrorist attacks in Mumbai. The resolution applauded the restraint exhibited so far by the Indian government as it investigates the attacks and strongly urged the Pakistani government to root out all extremist groups operating on its territory. Today, the U.S. House of Representatives, in another bipartisan resolution, strongly condemned the "senseless and barbaric terrorist attacks" in Mumbai. This House resolution also expressed sympathy for the "innocent victims from India and around the world."
The U.S.-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) commends the passage of these two resolutions condemning the recent attacks in Mumbai. "USINPAC has urged Congress to take this kind of action ever since the horrific attacks occurred," said Sanjay Puri, Chairman of USINPAC. "This action truly demonstrates that Congress and the United States, is fully behind the Indian-American community and desires to strengthen U.S.-India relations."
The House Resolution was supported by key Members of Congress who have a record of supporting the Indian-American community including House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-CA-28), House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-CA-18), and India Caucus Co-Chairs Jim McDermott (D-WA-7) and Joe Wilson (R-SC-2), Reps. Steve Israel (D-NY-2), Paul Hodes (D-NH-2), and Mike Honda (D-CA-15). USINPAC briefed many of these Members immediately after the Mumbai attacks occurred to coordinate an effective and forceful U.S. response.
"The text of the Resolution includes everything USINPAC advised Congress to include: (1) a condemnation of the attacks, (2) condolences to the victims, (3) a promise to improve U.S.-India counterterrorism cooperation, and (4) a call for Pakistan to fully cooperate with India and prevent their country from being a safe-haven for terrorists," said Puri.
Chairman Berman reiterated the need for Pakistan to cooperate with India. "The international community, including the Government of Pakistan, must work fully and transparently with India's government not only to bring those responsible to justice, but to secure stability and democracy within Pakistan." said Berman. "Such horrific acts of violence have no place in civilized society. As the Government of India's investigation moves forward, the United States stands ready to help."
"I said at the time and I say again, today we are all Indian, and we stand by your side just as you stood by America on 9/11," stated Rep. McDermott, a longtime friend of India who led the effort to author and pass the resolution.