Terror grips France

In what was the deadliest day of violence in France since the World War II, a wave of coordinated attacks in French capital Paris left at least 130 people dead. The militant group Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attacks. According to law enforcing agencies at least eight attackers were dead by the end of the violence. The Paris metro railway was also closed and schools, universities and municipal buildings were ordered to stay shut on Saturday. French President Francois Hollande declared the attacks as ‘cowardly’ and an ‘act of war’. The President further added that he would address the parliament on Monday in an extraordinary meeting and the country would observe three days of official mourning for the victims of Friday’s attacks.

Condolences, condemnations poured in from across the globe as the world reacted in shock and grief over the deadly attacks. Pakistan said it strongly condemns the Paris attacks and reiterates its condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a statement said that, “Pakistan stands firmly behind the people and Government of France in this hour and extends its support to bring the perpetrators to justice.” President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain while expressing solidarity with people of France termed the terrorists “enemies of humanity”.

Many insist on calling the militant group Daesh, that has accepted the responsibility of the attack the Islamic State (IS), despite the fact that neither the group is of the faith nor does it has any standing as a state. The fact is that the group is a militant organization that has nothing to do with Muslims or Islam. This attack is the latest in which the perpetrators claim refuge in religion, despite having nothing to do with it.

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