Attack widely condemned

Srinagar, Jan 11: Cutting across party lines, the mainstream camp has termed the killing of a Sarpanch in Sopore as an inhuman act and direct attack on democracy.
Reacting to the killing, Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand said that such acts are the attempts of certain elements to keep the people away from democracy, adding, “their nefarious designs will be defeated at all costs.”
Minister for Agriculture, Ghulam Hasan Mir and Minister of State for Home, Nasir Aslam Wani have expressed profound grief and shock over the killing. In a joint message, the Ministers described the killing as coward and inhumane act “which only will lead to self destruction and havoc thus derailing the peace process in the state.” “Innocent killings reflect the frustration of disgruntled elements who are least bothered about the welfare of people but are hell bent to create disturbance in the state which is witnessing a new era of peace and development”, they added.
Minister for Rural Development, Ali Muhammad Sagar has also condemned the killing of Sarpanch. Sagar said that killing of innocents serves no purpose and the perpetrators of this heinous crime should understand the fact that bloodshed leads to nowhere.
National Conference spokesman Tanvir Sadiq said that anybody killing an elected person is killing the whole humanity and undermining the power of all those electorate who have voted them to redress their grievances. “Overwhelming majority of people turned out to elect these members and anyone attacking them is attacking the democracy,” Tanvir said in a statement. He demanded punishment to all those who are involved and appealed to the government to take all measures to ensure that all these elected people feel secure.
Tanveer also conveyed sympathies to the bereaved family and prayed for peace to the departed soul.
President J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) Prof. Saifuddin Soz termed it a dastardly act of murderers who should be brought to justice immediately. He has also extended condolences to bereaved family.
While condemning the killing, PDP President Mehbooba Mufti lashed out at the government for “failing to provide security to Panchayat members facing threats”.
She accused the government of turning “irrelevant” the democratic institutions in the state. “It was the responsibility of the state government to ensure their security and bring the perpetrators of such heinous crime to justice,” she said.
Senior party leader Molvi Iftikhar Hussain Ansari, Party General Secretary Muhammad Dilawar Mir, Dr Shahzad Asim also condemned the killing, expressing sympathies with the bereaved family.
Chairman Democratic Peoples Front Hakeem Muhammad Yaseen, CPI (M) State secretary M Y Tarigami and Vice-Chairman Awami National Conference Muzaffar Shah have also condemned the killing.
MLC Ghulam Nabi Monga has expressed his deepest anguish over the killing.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 11 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 11 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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