US condemns election rally attack in held Kashmir
10 April 2004
The News International
NEW DELHI: The US embassy on Saturday condemned the killing of 11 people in an attack at an election rally in held Kashmir this week, saying that it was a 'cynical' attempt to derail the democratic process in the restive Himalayan region. 'The United States strongly condemns the bombing of a political rally in Kashmir as well as other recent incidents of political violence,' an embassy statement said. 'Violence will not solve the problem of Kashmir. It only destroys lives and hopes,' the embassy said. 'Resolution must come through a process of engagement between India and Pakistan, that takes into account the wishes of the people of Kashmir.' Meanwhile, violence claimed at least four lives on Saturday, including a political worker of pro-India People's Democratic Party (PDP) in held Kashmir. The PDP worker, Asadullah Bhat was gunned down by unknown assailants at his home in Mattan, a village 60 kilometres south of Srinagar, said police officer Javed Ahmad. Separately, a government employee was killed by the militants in a nearby village, while Indian paramilitary soldiers and police killed two militants in separate shootouts.