Ansari Vows To Carry On Peace Process
30 May 2004
The Times of India
Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference chairman, Moulvi Abass Ansari strongly condemned the twin attacks on Saturday. Moulvi Ansari while talking to Times News Network said such attempts by the elements were the implications of the sense of defeat that has prevailed upon them after the mass support to Hurriyat's 'cause'. He said that Hurriyat was committed to take the peace process to the logical end and solve the issue as per the wishes of the people. 'We won't be cowed down by such attacks carried by some who are opposed to peace process. We are committed to our cause and will continue with it undeterred,' Ansari said. Meanwhile, the militant attacks on Moulvi Mushtaq and Mirwaiz's house have been widely condemned by both separatist and mainstream leaders. Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed while condemning the attack has termed it as unpardonable and said incidents like this were aimed at vitiating the atmosphere and derail the peace process. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday evening also spoke to Chief Minister on telephone and expressed his condemnations over the incidents. Singh expressed his concern and sympathies with the families. Hizbul Mujahideen too has condemned the attacks terming them as the handiwork of some elements aimed at sabotaging the movement at a crucial juncture. Meanwhile Al Umar Mujahideen, once a strong militant outfit in downtown too has condemned the attacks.