J&K condemns blast in Samjhota Express
The blast has been termed as the worst kind of terrorist action.india Updated: Feb 19, 2007 18:36 IST
The blast in Samjhota Express, which killed 65 passengers and injured dozens others, has evoked a strong condemnation across the Valley. The blast has been termed as the worst kind of terrorist action.
Syed Ali Geelani, chairman of the hard-line faction of Hurriyat Conference expressed grave concern over the loss of life in the blast and said that targeting innocent people was an inhuman and a terrorist act. "No normal person can indulge in such a bestial act," Geelani, in a statement said. Geelani alleged that there were several terrorist groups operating in India, "who can go to extremes to achieve their ulterior motives." Geelani demanded that the incident be probed by some independent agency as "government sponsored probe cannot be impartial".
JKLF leader Javaid Ahmad Mir said that the blast was carried out to derail the dialogue process between India and Pakistan. Condemning the attack, Mir urged New Delhi and Islamabad not to give in to these tactics and carry on with the dialogue process.
Awami Action Committee of Mirwaiz Ummer Farooq has also condemned the blast. A spokesperson of the Committee on Monday alleged that the blast appeared to a be "conscious effort" as the blast has taken place at the time of the proposed India visit of Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri. "The perpetrators of the beastly act want to creat confusion among the common people and sabotage the efforts of India and Pakistan to resolve the issue of Kashmir".
The spokesperson expressed sympathy with the injured and the families of the dead persons.