Statement on Pakistan and Iraq Attacks

Religions for Peace Religions for Peace is filled with sorrow for the innocent people killed in Pakistan and Iraq. We stand in solidarity with with those who suffer. Secretary General, Dr William F. Vendley gives a message on occasion of the Pakistan and Iraq shootings.

29 March 2016


The devastating attacks in Pakistan and Iraq plunged our hearts into grief once again for the innocent civilians killed and wounded. Religions for Peace condemns these attacks, and we stand in prayerful solidarity with those affected.

We categorically reject the misuse of religion to justify violence and terror. The Pakistan and Iraq attacks are painful examples of the abuse of Islam, a religion of peace.

In our sorrow, we commit ourselves further to respect religious differences and to take concrete multi religious action to honor human dignity and advance the common good. May we be renewed in our resolve to build a just and peaceful world even as we mourn.

Dr. William F. Vendley
Secretary General
Religions for Peace International

Religions for Peace is the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition advancing common action for peace by working to advance multi-religious consensus on positive aspects of peace as well as concrete actions to stop war, help eliminate extreme poverty and protect the earth. The global Religions for Peace network comprises a World Council of senior religious leaders from all regions of the world; six regional inter-religious bodies and more than ninety national ones; and the Global Women of Faith Network and Global Interfaith Youth Network.

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