Network of Sikh Organisations – Westminster Terror attack

London, 24 March 2017. The Network of Sikh Organisations (NSO) extends its sympathy and condolences to the victims of Wednesday’s terror attack in Westminster. We are saddened to hear about the death of PC Keith Palmer, a 48-year-old husband and father. We pay our respects to the civilians who lost their lives.

British teacher and mother of two Aysha Frade, and American Music studio owner Kurt Cochran, he and his wife had been celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary.

It has been reported a 75-year-old named Leslie Rhodes died of his injuries. Others including a group of French students have suffered horrendous injuries; we wish them a swift recovery.

We pay homage to the bravery of our security and emergency services in the face of an atrocity at the heart of our democracy. It is thanks to their dedication, vigilance and commitment that a day on, Parliament was able to operate and function unhindered.

Individual acts of heroism like that of Foreign Office Minister Tobias Ellwood (who lost his brother in the 2002 Bali bombings) stand out, giving us hope in humanity.

The Prime Minister’s dignified statement yesterday makes it clear Britain “is not afraid.” However we must get to the root cause of the problem without succumbing to the fear of being labelled ‘Islamophobic’ or ‘racist’.

To this end, the NSO is heartened by the Muslim Council of Britain’s (MCB) statement condemning the terrorist attack, however we feel this doesn’t go far enough.

Our Director Lord Singh who was in Westminster on Wednesday, said: “The government must urgently work with Britain’s Muslim leaders to identify the doctrinal motivation and the specific verses from religious scripture which are responsible for inciting a small section of the Muslim community to carry out terrorist attacks against non-Muslims.”

Posted to Sikh News Discussion

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