Hurriyat condemns Sikh killings in J&K
5 February 2001
The Hindustan Times
New Delhi: FORMER CHAIRMAN of All Party Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has condemned Saturday's killings of Sikhs in Kashmir. Describing the massacre as an act of 'savagery", he said it had been committed with an aim to disturb communal harmony in the Valley. In a statement issued here on Monday, he sought an "impartial" probe into the killings by an international organisation while offering APHC's cooperation in bringing the culprits to book. Extending his condolences to the bereaved families, Mirwaiz said all sections of the society in the State were with them in this hour of grief. Asking the people to remain vigilant, the senior Hurriyat leader cautioned that some elements were trying to take undue advantage of prevailing situation in the troubled State. He urged them to remain calm and not get carried away by the evil designs of the elements bent upon destroying the secular fabric of the Valley. Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Front chairman Bhushan Bazaz while described the killings as an attack on the secular traditions of Kashmir. He expressed hope that the people will remain united in this hour of crisis and thwart the designs to destroy "Kashmiriyat", which is rooted in secularism. Archbishop Vincent Concessao of the Delhi Catholic Archdiocese has also expressed shock over the killings. Expressing solidarity with the victims" families, he said Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs had suffered alike in the Valley over the years. Targeting the Sikhs was a "dangerous escalation" of violence.