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The Forum blamed the "direct patronage" to extremist elements both in Pakistan and India for the increased attacks on innocent people. The statement issued by I.A. Rehman and Mubashir Hasan of the Pakistan chapter of the Forum and L. Ramadas and Sushil Khanna of the India chapter expressed concern over the hardship to which the common citizens were subjected to following the suspension of rail/road/air links and Army deployment on the borders.
It said that both India and Pakistan proclaimed themselves to be democracies but attacks on commoners were on the increase on both sides. The carnage in Gujarat and the attacks on Christians in Pakistan was a result of patronage by the ruling elite.
The National Congress of Indian Christians, in its statement, contended that Indians in Pakistan were treated as second-class citizens. Christians in that country were living in fear. The attacks were being carried out by organisations such as the Al-Qaeda for taking revenge against the U.S.
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