BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A local Pakistani-American organization has condemned theattempted car bombing in Times Square. They're also calling forsupport of Americans of Pakistani descent.
The suspect accused of trying to blow up Times Square is aPakistani-American accountant who just became a U.S. Citizen lastyear.
Faizan Haq said, "One person cannot represent the wholecountry."
Haq was born in Pakistan, too but, doesn't want to stereotypedas a terrorist. He runs his own consulting business in Amherst. Infact, there are a thousand Pakistani-American families just inwestern New York, people like Fatima Lodhi.
Lodhi said, "I just want to urge citizens living here in Americanot to let this lone act of one individual to stereotype an entirerace."
She knows people who have lost loved ones in America's war onterror. In fact, since 9/11, 30,000 people have been killed in thewar in Pakistan. 8,000 of them were Pakistani soldiers fightingside-by-side with U.S. soldiers.
Haq said, "See, when you think of that person, think also ofthose 8,000 people who gave their lives for the safety of U.S. andPakistan who are still fighting in the trenches so this country canbe more secure."
And while the images of Pakistan this week may show theterrorist training camp in South Waziristan that investigatorsbelieve Faisal Shahzad went to, even the other images of Pakistanmay not give us the whole picture of the larger cities there, morelike New York.
"You know, if you walk the streets of Islamabad, there's womenwearing jeans, wearing shirts, wearing skirts, ya know," saidLodhi.
Haq added, "The Pakistani community in America really needs thesupport of society at large. If there was ever a time, this is thetime. One bad apple does not define the character of a nation."
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