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PoK, Gilgit leaders condemn Srinagar attack

Terrorists attacked a Cong rally in Srinagar killing seven persons and injuring many others on Sunday.

india Updated: May 21, 2006 19:10 IST

Leaders from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Gilgit, who had gone to Agra on Sunday to visit the Taj Mahal, have strongly condemned the attack on the Congress rally in Srinagar.

The rally was organized to observe the 15th death anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi who was killed by Dhanu, an LTTE suicide bomber, in Sriperumbudur.

Leaders said that the violence perpetrated by the terrorists could not be condoned. Terrorism in all its manifestations had to be condemned, whether it was in Srinagar or elsewhere.

Professor Rasik Batti, All Party National Alliance leader, Muzaffarabad, PoK said, "We denounce terrorism in all forms. We want peace in India, in Pakistan and in Kashmir. People in India and Pakistan are one. Humanity is one and we should all work for peace and prosperity of the region".

"There are people who are trying to disrupt the peace process between India and Pakistan and this is bad," Batik added.

"People are trying to sabotage the peace process but we won't let this happen," Sardar Rasin Iqbal, JKLF leader from Muzaffarabad, added.

Gilgit-Baltistan National Front chairman Wazahat Hasan said that violence could never be a viable solution for any problem and that dialogue should be continued.

"We believe in peace. We never believe in violence, whether it is state sponsored or perpetrated by any individual or a group. We believe in the dialogue process for solving contentious issues and that is our policy," said Hasan.

Earlier during the day, terrorists attacked a Youth Congress rally at Sher-e-Kashmir in Srinagar, killing seven persons and injuring many others.

First Published: May 21, 2006 19:10 IST