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Pakistanis join hands to say 'sorry' to Sri Lanka

world Updated: Mar 05, 2009 14:16 IST

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Shocked by the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team, Pakistanis around the world have joined hands to say "sorry" to the island nation.

"I am sorry too, Sri Lanka," said an open letter to citizens of Sri Lanka by Pakistani student Samad Khurram, who created a flutter last year by refusing to accept an award from the US ambassador to protest drone attacks in the tribal areas.

"This letter is our expression of deep sorrow and grief at the savage attacks on the Sri Lankan cricket team while they were touring our country. As Pakistani citizens, we are shocked, angered, and greatly embarrassed at being the source of such anxiety to the people of Sri Lanka," Khurram, currently enrolled at Harvard University, wrote in Sri Lanka's Daily News.

He said there could never be a justification for such horrendous acts of violence, and the Pakistani nation strongly condemns the "evil act".

Khurram said the only consolation was that all the players survived the attack.

"We sincerely pray for the swift recovery of Mahela Jayawardena, Thilan Samaraweera, Tharanga Paranavitana, Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Chaminda Vaas and Paul Farbrace, and hope that they are able to return to cricket soon."