Attempt To Derail Peace Process: Omar

4 December 2009
Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: Condemning the attack Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said it was an attempt to derail the peace process. “It is the most unfortunate incident and a clear attempt to derail the peace process. Qureshi was one of the separatist leaders who wanted to find a solution to Kashmir problem at the negotiating table,” Omar said. Asked as to who could be behind the heinous crime, Omar said, “things will unfold in due course of investigations but definitely it is the handiwork of those who do not want peace to return to the state.” “This is the work of enemies of peace,” the chief Minister said, adding “this incident won’t be an impediment in the quiet diplomacy that is going on between the Centre and the separatists.” The Chief Minister said Qureshi was offered security on various occasions but he turned it down. Union Minister Farooq Abdullah also condemned the incident and said, “it is a great tragedy. Those who do not want peace have started targeting such people who are interested in peace.” CM CANCELS ENGAGEMENTS The Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, has cancelled most engagements in and around Srinagar scheduled for tomorrow in connection with the celebration of Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah’s birth anniversary, official sources said. CHIB SHOCKED Minister for Medical Education R S Chib, condemned the attack on Fazal Haq Qureshi. He told Greater Kashmir that he had asked the SKIMS Director to ensure that Qureshi was provided every possible and specalized treatment. “The attack has shocked us,” he said.