Attention: news editors, ethnic media, interfaith media, social affairs and community writers Wednesday, December 17 2014
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The Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) and the United Muslim Migrant Association (UMMA) would like to express its sorrow at the massacre in Peshawar, Pakistan yesterday, which resulted in 141 deaths of mainly school children. The heart-breaking news has impacted on the Muslim community in Victoria and the ICV has contacted the leaders of the Pakistani community today to express its sympathy and sorrow.
The ICV, in conjunction with UMMA, strongly condemns this callous and senseless act of violence. ICV believes that retributive acts of violence between groups who are in conflict are not the solution to the problem.
ICV president Ghaith Krayem said, "This is a horrific and unjustifiable act that has disturbed the community across Australia. Our thoughts are with the victims and we all hope that there will be a resolution to this protracted conflict soon so that the people of Peshawar can live in peace and security."
The school student body included some of the country's finest educators and future leaders.
UMMA President Aslam Kazi, said, "I am deeply shocked by the news. This type of act goes against all principles and ethics of humanity. Our community is grieving at the untimely loss of these young, innocent members of the community --‐ children, who had the potential to make a positive impact on the future of their country. We pray for them and for their families."
The ICV and UMMA will hold a special Janaza prayer service for the victims after Juma prayers this Friday at the city and Doncaster mosques.
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