Attack a setback to Kashmir peace: Malik
20 December 2001
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Yasin Malik said the attack on Parliament was carried out by those who did not want a peaceful solution to the Kashmir problem and it was a setback to the peace process in the State. ''The attack on Parliament has been carried out by those who do not wish to solve the Kashmir problem peacefully and amicably'', Malik a senior Hurriyat leader told reporters here yesterday. It has been proven time and again that whenever a mechanism regarding a solution to the Kashmir problem was being talked about, ''some people having vested interests'' do something abominable which takes us back to square one, he said. At a time when some solution is in sight, someone comes from nowhere and commits such acts of terror, thus sabotaging the whole process, Malik said. Malik said the attack has hampered the peace process but added that Hurriyat Conference is not presently involved in any kind of talks. Referring to Pakistanís offer of a joint investigation into Parliament attack, he said ''Indian Government has to show statesmanship and should accept Pakistanís offer of a joint investigation''. ''There is nothing wrong in a joint investigation'', he added. Asked if Parliament attack came as a setback to the Kashmir cause, Malik said it affected peace talks but not the ''freedom struggle of Kashmir''.