October 11, 2005
New York, NY. Indian Muslim Council-USA, an advocacy group working towards protecting and promoting the pluralist and tolerant ethos of Indian society, urges all people to offer humanitarian assistance for the victims of the earthquake in South-Asia.
IMC-USA sends its condolences to the families of the victims of the earthquake in Pakistan, India and elsewhere, and appeals to people of all faiths to pray for those suffering due to this disaster. Dr. Shaik Ubaid, the President of IMC-USA, expressed deep sorrow over this tragedy adding “We pray for the speedy recovery of all the injured and the aggrieved”. He also stated, “We request all people of conscience to provide financial assistance to help in the immediate relief efforts and the subsequent rehabilitation efforts”.
Although IMC-USA is not a relief organization, its office bearers and members have always been active in providing relief to victims of major disasters such as the Asian Tsunami and the US hurricaines through their local mosques and relief organizations. IMC-USA urges its supporters to continue this tradition of providing relief through the local relief organizations.
The official death toll of 850 in Jammu and Kashmir is grossly underestimated, since the toll is increasing with new reports. Hundreds of square miles of the state of have been leveled and the disaster areas are very remote. Scores of villages and towns have not been reached yet. IMC-USA urges the government of India to increase its relief efforts to the affected people.
IMC-USA welcomes the cooperation between India and Pakistan in relief efforts and hopes this will increase the trust among the two countries and help in creating lasting peace in the area.
IMC-USA also requests all Indian Americans to urge the US administration and their representatives in the US congress to be generous in helping the victims and in the rebuilding efforts.
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