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Attack on Qureshi is an attempt to derail peace process: Omar

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today condemned the attack on separatist leader Fazal Haq Qureshi saying that it was an attempt to derail the peace process in the state.

india Updated: Dec 04, 2009 20:09 IST

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today condemned the attack on separatist leader Fazal Haq Qureshi saying that it was an attempt to derail the peace process in the state.

"It is the most unfortunate incident and a clear attempt to derail the peace process. Qureshi was one of the separatist leaders who wanted to find a solution to Kashmir problem at the negotiating table," Omar said here.

Asked as to who could be behind the heinous crime, Omar said, "things will unfold in due course of investigations but definitely it is the handiwork of those who do not want peace to return to the state.

"This is the work of enemies of peace," the chief Minister said, adding "this incident won't be an impediment in the quiet diplomacy that is going on between the Centre and the separatists."

The Chief Minister said Quereshi was offered security on various occasions but he turned it down.

Union Minister Farooq Abdullah also condemned the incident and said, "it is a great tragedy. Those who do not want peace have started targeting such people who are interested in peace."

Senior CPM leader Mohammed Yusuf Tarigami said this was carried out by frustrated people who did not want Kashmiris to live in peace.