Pakistanis on LI hopeful bias will be avoided

Muslims and Pakistanis who live on Long Island say they hope there won't be bias against them after a Pakistani-American was accused in the failed Times Square bombing.

As of 2005, an estimated 600,000 Pakistani-Americans lived in the United States, with about 100,000 residing in New York. Congregants at the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury say their religion does not condone terrorism and they believe Americans are educated enough to resist intolerance.

"There's no room for aggression, there's no room for suicide bombing, there's nothing like this," Tahir Mian, a Pakistani-American from Hicksville, says.

Other residents at the center say they are confident the non-Muslim community won't blame all Pakistani-Americans for the Times Square attack.

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