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Azad says peace process will go on

The J&K CM described the act of terror as "inhuman and most barbaric", reports Arun Joshi.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2007 16:35 IST
Arun Joshi

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has expressed deep shock and grief over the killing of scores of people in the bombing of cross-border   Samjauhta Express on Monday and declared that the Indo-Pak peace process will continue at its pace in the interests of the peoples of both the countries.

In a statement condemning the bombing of the train that was on its way to Attari from Delhi, Azad described the act of terror as "inhuman and most barbaric". He has conveyed his personal condolences to the bereaved families.

Azad, who is the loudest voice against terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and believes in conceding no quarter to terrorists, said that this "act of barbarism  and killing of the innocent needed to be condemned by one and all in  unequivocal terms" to covey "our resolve that these acts are reprehensible and unacceptable."

The chief minister reiterated his government's resolve that peace process between the two neighbhouring countries would continue in the interests of the peoples of both the countries.

Jammu and Kashmir has high stakes in the peace process. Azad has been pushing hard for the success of the peace process between the two nations. He said at this time there was a need to move ahead with the peace process for the interests of the peoples of the state in particular and that of India and Pakistan at large.

"The desperate elements should understand that such inhuman and cowardice acts cannot affect the confidence building measures being adopted at various levels," he said.