May 2001 News

Shah's envoy to Pant survives asassination bid

14 May 2001
The Hindustan Times

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (JKDFP) Secretary General Maulvi Mohammad Abdullah Tahri, who held talks with Centre's interlocutor on Kashmir K C Pant last week, escaped an attempt on his life by unidentified attackers who hurled a grenade at the party's office on Thursday. The grenade fell short of the intended target and exploded mid-air just outside the party's headquarters at Kursoo- Rajbagh here at around 1445 hrs causing no casualties, official sources said. The attack took place when Tahri was engaged in organisational matters with party workers in the courtyard of the building. A caller introducing himself to be a spokesman of hitherto unknown Al-Hamas Mujahideen claimed that his outfit was behind the attack. He told a local news agency that the attack was just a warning to those who try to involve themselves in parleys with New Delhi on Kashmir, At least two militant outfits - Al-Umer Mujahideen and Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen - taking exception to JKDFP's stand to enter into dialogue with the Centre have threatened to take action against party chief Shabir Ahmad Shah and his close associates who went to Delhi recently with a letter from Shah to Pant seeking certain clarifications. JKDFP spokesman Saleem Geelani said those who attacked Hurriyat Conference's headquarters recently were behind today's attack.


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