Kashmir leaders condemn train blasts
19 February 2007
Indo-Asian News Service
Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir political leadership, cutting across party lines, Monday strongly condemned the blasts on the Pakistan-bound Samjhauta Attari special train that left 66 dead and over 50 injured. They called for collective efforts to defeat the designs of the perpetrators of the act of terror, terming it 'horrible' and a 'massive tragedy', especially for the families who lost their near and dear ones. Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad described the incident as 'inhuman and most barbaric'. His predecessor and People's Democratic Party patron Mufti Mohammad Sayeed also condemned the 'act of terror'.The blasts on the train near Panipat, 100 km north of Delhi in Haryana, occurred a day before Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri arrives in New Delhi for high-level talks.Azad said that those behind such terror attacks should understand that the 'peace process between the two neighbouring countries will continue in the interest of the people of both the countries'. He added: 'The desperate elements should understand that such inhuman and cowardly acts cannot affect the confidence building measures being adopted at various levels.' Sayeed urged the people in India and Pakistan to 'stand up against the elements resorting to such diabolic acts of madness'.