Enemies Of Peace Behind Violence: Mufti
18 October 2003
The Pakistan Tribune
Aligarh: Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed has said that elements who do not digest peaceful conditions in Jammu and Kashmir are engineering incidents of violence to derail the peace process in the State . Talking to media persons here after the militant attack in Srinagar on Friday, the Chief Minister asserted that these elements would not succeed in their designs. He said violent incidents have happened in the past and may occur here and there in future as well but cannot succeed in subverting the peace process, according to Daily Excelsior . 'We would firmly pursue our peace initiative despite sporadic violent incidents, as the people want restoration of peace in the State', Mufti Sayeed said. He asserted that against the people's yearning for restoration of normalcy, a handful of desperate elements inimical to peace could not do anything . On a question whether Pakistan was behind today's militant attack at Srinagar, the Chief Minister said that it was obvious who is behind such incidents. He said those who come from across the border do not want peace to dawn in the Valley. He, however, maintained that there is no need to be panicky and 'we are sure to steer the State out of this situation' . Replying to another question regarding strategy to deal with terrorism, Mufti Sayeed said that it is an international phenomenon, adding that it is well known that terrorism defeats even the right cause.