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Dharamsala, November 28: Exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama Thursday offered his condolences and prayers to victims of Mumbai terror attacks.

In his condolence letter sent to the Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Nobel Peace laureate said he was “deeply saddened and shocked by the series of deadly attacks in different parts of Mumbai that has resulted in the loss of many precious lives and injury to many others”.


The Taj Hotel in Mumbai, India, Nov. 26, 2008.(Photo: AP)
“I would like to convey my deep condolences to you and through you to the members of the bereaved families as well as to all those affected by these dastard acts,” the Dalai Lama added.

Saying he had always admired the resilience of the people of India, the Dalai Lama added that he had no doubt that they would not be deterred by “such anti-human activities.”

“I would like to reiterate my solidarity with the Indian people, particularly the people of Mumbai, as you confront the menace of terrorism and violence,” the Dalai Lama wrote in the letter.

According to latest news reports, the death toll in the India’s financial capital has climbed to at least 143. Heavily armed militants attacked at least 10 sites across Mumbai, including two five-star hotels, a hospital and a Jewish center, since late Wednesday night reportedly injuring hundreds of people injured.

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has “no physical health problems” and is expected to be released from hospital late Sunday, a senior aide said.

The 73-year-old leader was taken to hospital in Mumbai on Thursday after complaining of “abdominal discomfort,” according to his aides.

“Doctors say he has no physical health problems except that he is physically exhausted,” Tenzin Taklha, secretary to the Dalai Lama, told AFP on Saturday.

“The Dalai Lama will be in hospital until tomorrow (Sunday) evening and after that he will be out of the hospital,” he said.

“He may stay in Mumbai for a few more days of rest,” Taklha added.

The Buddhist monk had joined Tibetans in a 12-hour fast on Saturday to draw attention to the human rights situation in their homeland and pray for world peace.

“He has started his fast from his hospital bed,” Taklha said.

In recent months, the Dalai Lama pursued a gruelling travel itinerary as he campaigned for improved human rights in Tibet while China readied to host the Olympic Games in Beijing.

In 2002 the leader of the Tibetan Buddhists was admitted to hospital after falling ill with stomach pains. An infection was later diagnosed.

China sent troops into Tibet in 1950 and “liberated” it the following year. The Dalai Lama fled into exile in India in 1959 following a failed uprising against Chinese rule.

The Dalai Lama has been pursuing a “middle-path” policy — which espouses “meaningful autonomy” for Tibet, rather than full independence as many younger, more radical activists are demanding.

But China has vilified him as “mastermind” of what it called a drive to sabotage the Olympics and destabilise the country.

Violent protests against Beijing’s rule broke out across Tibet in March, sparking a heavy Chinese crackdown that has drawn global condemnation.