"We strongly condemn these cowardly and barbaric acts and the carnage and mayhem inflicted on the innocent people going about their business in Mumbai. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families of those injured and killed. Terrorists have no religion except to terrorize people regardless. Their prime aim is to kill as many innocent people as they possibly can and to further their agenda with violence, death and destruction," the forum said in a statement.
"This is because they cannot achieve their aims on their merits in a secular and democratic India, where equality for all is enshrined in the constitution regardless of colour or religion. These terrorists can only fail as their actions result in the following: Firstly, they are uniting Indians and India with the rest of the world. Secondly, they expose their cowardly ways to the civilized world and only serve to defeat their own objectives. History has shown that India has always emerged united and stronger after atrocities committed against her people," it further said.
"If these terrorists feel that they can derail the peace process underway between the people of India and Pakistan, then they are wrong. Their actions will actually help hasten this process by showing what is in store if people of both countries don't unite to fight this menace. It is now clear that no country is safe from such barbaric and inhumane acts perpetrated by a misguided few. The people of the world must unite to fight this evil. This is our common war and we can defeat them," it added.