Srinagar, June 12: Several political leaders have expressed sympathy with families of those killed in the Sopore attack and strongly condemned it.
In a statement issued here, National Conference president Dr Farooq, vice president Omar Abdullah expressed grief over the incident. While condemning the attack, Omar Abdullah said such attacks "should be condemned without any reservation". “The terrible news coming from Baramulla about the killing of two cops and three civilians is heart wrenching. I mince no words in my condemnation of the outrageous bloodshed. The violence in all its forms and manifestations constitutes the most serious threat to the dignity of human life and universal peace. I express my deepest sympathies with the families of the victims and pray for peace to the ones who lost their lives in the reprehensible act,” Omar said.
Among others, NC’s general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar, additional general secretary Sheikh Mustufa Kamal, provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani, north zone president and MP Baramulla Muhammad Akbar Lone, spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar, provincial secretary Showkat Ahmed Mir, district president Baramulla Javed Dar have condemned the killings and expressed heartfelt sympathies with the families of the victims, the statement said.
People’s Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti while condemning the attack said, “Bullets cannot resolve the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and dialogue is the only way forward.”
"The issue of Jammu and Kashmir cannot be resolved by gun," Mehbooba told media persons while adding that dialogue is the way forward for all issues.
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Apni Party President Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari has condemned the firing incident and in a statement termed the attack most “gruesome and heart wrenching”. “Violence has never been a solution but a huge impediment in peace and progress of any society. Extremist forces are only adding to the sufferings of people. Regardless of any political, ideological or religious motivations, violence in any of its manifestations is unacceptable,” Bukhari said in the statement. He said that the senseless violence has ravaged all the sections of the society in Jammu and Kashmir inflicting a heavy toll on precious human lives. “Not only a generation of humans has been lost to this barbaric mode of communication but forces inimical to peace have also wreaked havoc to the socio-economic conditions of the people during the last over three decades,” Bukhari said. While extending heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families, Bukhari prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls and courage to their families to bear the irretrievable loss. “Apni Party stands in solidarity with the families of slain cops and civilians in this hard and pressing time. We also wish speedy recovery of the injured and urge the government to facilitate their best treatment available at an earliest,” Bukhari said.
Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) has also condemned the attack and expressed anguish over the loss of precious lives and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families of slain cops and civilians, a statement issued here said.
In the statement, strongly condemning the killings, JKPCC said it condemns the Sopore militant attack in strongest words and expresses solidarity with the families of slain cops and civilians. The party conveyed its heartfelt condolences to bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace to slain cops and civilians.
JKPCC President Ghulam Ahmad Mir, senior Congress leaders and former Minister Taj Mohi U Din, PCC Vice President Haji Abdul Rashid Dar have strongly condemned the attack, the statement said.
Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference (JKPC) has also condemned the loss of precious human lives, said a statement terming such an action “ruthlessly detrimental for peace and tranquillity for Jammu and Kashmir”. The spokesman in a statement said that the vicious cycle of violence has pushed Kashmir to the precipice of a disaster and has been for decades wreaking havoc on people's lives, orphaning children, maiming innocents and making peace alien to this land. It added that “present time in Kashmir is of tough ordeals and strenuous efforts are needed to get the people out of the crises and stop the vicious cycle of violence without delay.” Expressing sympathies with the families of those who were killed in the incident, the spokesman also prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured who are undergoing treatment at present.
While strongly condemning the killings, CPI (M) leader Muhammad Yousuf Tarigami said, “Violence in any form is not in the interest of people of Jammu and Kashmir. Such incidents leave a question before everybody that for how long the blood of people will continue to flow in Kashmir? Violence and killings can never be a solution to any problem. Violence in any form is highly condemnable and must come to an immediate end. While expressing solidarity with the bereaved families, Tarigami urged the authorities to ensure that proper treatment is made available to the injured persons in the incident.
Chairman People's Democratic Front (PDF) Hakeem Yaseen has expressed shock and sorrow saying killing of two civilians and two policemen besides injuries to many others “was yet another shocker for the peace loving people.” In a statement, Hakeem Yaseen while expressing his grief over the killings said, “Violence has brought nothing except death and destruction in the turmoil hit Kashmir.”