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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 26 March 2019

Prayers for the victims in Christchurch attacks

Our readers have their say on New Zealand, Fraser Anning and crumbling Indian infrastructure

Well-wishers light 49 candles as they pay respects to victims of the attacks in Christchurch. Anthony Wallace / AFP 
Well-wishers light 49 candles as they pay respects to victims of the attacks in Christchurch. Anthony Wallace / AFP 

I write in reference to your article Christchurch shooting: New Zealand PM promises gun reform as 49 dead from terror attack (March 15). Places of worship across the world need constant protection now, as terrorists know no religion at all. People must shun them completely, and their false and diabolical ideologies.

Name withheld by request

This brutal attack has been condemned across the globe. The motives of the perpetrator will need to be thoroughly investigated, but it appears that religious hatred is the main cause for this tragic incident. New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern expressed deep sorrow for this incident and promised the guilty won’t be spared. I join the rest of the world in praying for the victims.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

Shame on Australian senator for inflammatory comments

I write with reference to your article Christchurch shooting: Outrage at Australian senator’s racist tweet (March 15): Such misguided leadership only creates more violence. The racist attitude of Australian senator Fraser Anning showed how extremist ideologies are able to fester today. Shame on him.

Name withheld by request

Crumbling infrastructure is costing lives in India

The horrendous collapse of a bridge outside Victoria ­Terminus railway station in Mumbai on Thursday, resulting in the death of six pedestrians, is another instance of crass neglect and poor workmanship by various agencies and officials. Innocent lives are being lost, due to the crumbling infrastructure of ­Mumbai city.

The malady afflicts many towns in India. The key priority should be to review all major bridges in Mumbai city and other towns and undertake drastic repairs and maintenance.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

Updated: March 16, 2019 06:46 PM

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