April 2005 News

World condemns Srinagar attack

6 April 2005
The Daily Times

Islamabad: World on Wednesday condemned an attack on a building housing Kashmir bus passengers. 'Pakistan strongly condemns the attack in Srinagar. The Kashmir bus service is a humanitarian gesture meant to alleviate the suffering of those who are longing to meet their loved ones,' Foreign Ministry spokesman Jalil Abbas Jilani said. Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri said 'We condemn the incident and those who targeted innocent people.' He added that no religion allowed violence against innocent people. 'Pakistan strongly condemns attacks on innocent people. What is their crime? Their only wish is to meet their relatives. They are not politicians,' he said. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said 'It is an unfortunate incident. These are desperate acts of desperate people.' Mehbooba Mufti, president of People's Democratic Party, said, 'This is a war of nerves. We can't give in at any cost. This bus, God willing, is going to roll on Thursday.'The US also condemned the attack. In a statement, State Department Richard Boucher called it 'a wanton act of terror on a powerful symbol of rapprochement between India and Pakistan.' Condemning the attack, a spokesman for UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said 'The secretary general strongly condemns the attack that took place on a complex housing passengers for the inaugural bus service between Muzzafarabad and Srinagar.'


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