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Pakistani activist donates blood for Mumbai terror victims

Sumir Kaul in Mumbai | December 01, 2008 12:36 IST

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They came in a boat and rained the city with death while another flew in specially to donate blood for the victims of terror attacks in Mumbai. Both are from Pakistan. This is the tale of 10 suspected Lashker-e-Taiba militants and human rights activist Ansar Burney, who has been instrumental in the release of Kashmir Singh, an Indian national, besides some others from Pakistani jails.

Pakistan's former Federal Minister for Human Rights and Expert Advisor in the United Nations Human Rights Council at Geneva, Burney, who arrived in terror struck Mumbai in the wee hours of Sunday, wasted no time in showing his solidarity with India in its war against terrorism.

"They are beast of jungles and killers of humanity," was Burney's instant reaction about the terror carnage in Mumbai that left 195 dead.

Asked whether he found it ironic that he had come from the same country from where terror groups had rained death, Burney, who was leaving for Karachi, told PTI, "I do not consider them from any country. They (militants) got what they had deserved and now I want their masters also to meet the same fate...for me India is as much my country as Pakistan is."

Burney went to Jaslok Hospital and donated blood for the victims of the recent terror attack, which changed the dimension of terrorism in India.

"We in India and Pakistan are one family and my heart bleeds for those who have lost their near and dear ones for no fault of theirs," Burney said. "For me, terrorists have no religion and these beasts of jungles do not kill any Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, Christian and Jews..they just try and kill humanity," he said.

Burney has earlier alleged that security provided to him and his family has been withdrawn by the Pakistan government for espousing the cause of Indian prisoners languishing in Pakistani jails.

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