May 2002 News

Jammu attack aimed at triggering Indo-Pak conflict: JKNAC

19 May 2002
The Hindustan Times

London: A London-based Kashmiri organisation has condemned Tuesday''s attack by terrorists near Jammu in which 32 people were killed, saying it was intended to undermine efforts to solve the Kashmir issue peacefully and trigger an Indo-Pak conflict. ''It is evident that there are elements who plan to worsen the already strained relations between the two countries and their actions are aimed at sabotaging the efforts made by sensible people from both sides to ease tension and solve the Kashmir problem peacefully,'' Director of the Jammu and Kashmir National Awareness Campaign (JKNAC) MA Raina said here. Urging India and Pakistan to start the dialogue process, Raina said ''right thinking'' people from both sides should work towards promotion of peace and good neighbourly relations. ''It is high time the gun should yield place to dialogue. Both India and Pakistan should work together to uproot terrorism of all kinds from their land,'' he said. Stressing the need to create conditions so that the ''guns are replaced with the political process'' and ''a peaceful settlement reflecting wishes and aspirations of Kashmiri people'' is found, Raina said there was a need to ''demonstrate patience and political maturity when provoked.'' ''Should the leaders fail in starting negotiations and demonstrate will and courage to take a decision, killings of innocent people will continue leading to the deepening of hatred and unending rancour of revenge,'' Raina warned.


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