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Terrorists taking advantage of Pakistani flooding, says priest

Catholic World News - September 07, 2010

Following the third terrorist attack in recent days, the national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Pakistan warned that terrorists are taking advantage of the worst flooding in the nation’s history to destabilize the nation.

“There is a clear strategy: to take advantage of the tragedy that the country is suffering,” Father Mario Rodrigues told the Fides news agency. “The government is at a weak moment and has to respond to this emergency, as well as the controversy and discontent. The army is working to contribute to relief operations and civil protection. The terrorists want to take this opportunity to stand up and lead an attack on a nation that is already devastated.”

“The fury of floods is intensified with the nightmare of terrorism: two disasters that strike us to the heart,” added Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha of Lahore. “There is great suffering in the population on account of these two evils. As Christians, we continue to work to care for displaced persons, to offer a word of hope, and to pray.”

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