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An act of cowardice: Mufti

Attack aimed at increasing communal tensions, says Hizb "It is a direct attack on the secularism and communal harmony deeply rooted in the ethos of India"

Shujaat Bukhari

SRINAGAR: The terrorist attack in Ayodhya has evoked widespread condemnation in Jammu and Kashmir. Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said that it was highly provocative and was aimed at defaming Islam and its followers.

Such attacks could not be tolerated in a civilised society which had no place for extremism.

"Attacking a religious place is an act of cowardice. It is a direct attack on the secularism and communal harmony deeply rooted in the ethos of India," he told The Hindu .

Appeal for calm

Warning the people against divisive forces, Mr. Sayeed said they were out to drive a wedge between different communities. He urged the people to maintain calm and not fall prey to attempts aimed at whipping communal passions.

Islam was a religion of tolerance, compassion and mutual brotherhood and did not countenance acts of violence against other communities.

People's Conference Chairman Sajjad Lone said that such attacks were being carried out by those who were against peace. "But the people are aware of their designs and will not allow them to succeed."

In a statement,the People's Democratic Party president and Member of Parliament, Mehbooba Mufti, said that the attack must have been carried out by the enemies of peace and communal harmony. "These acts are giving a bad name to a great religion [Islam] that teaches harmony and amity among the people."

The Hizb-ul Mujahideen has also condemned the attack. Its `chief operational commander,' Gazi Misbahuddin, said in a statement that such incidents were aimed at kicking up communal tensions. It blamed rightwing organisations such as the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad for such attacks.

Kashmir outfits not involved

The Muzaffarabad-based United Jehad Council said that no Kashmir militant outfit was involved. UJC spokesman Sadaqat Hussain said in a statement that it was aimed at increasing communal tension. The Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have also condemned the attack.Communist Party of India (Marxist) State secretary M.Y. Tarigami said that it was an attack on secularism and the Government should expose those behind it.

Democratic Liberation Party chief Hashim Qureshi; Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik; Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Forum president Javed Mir; and head of the Democratic Freedom Forum Shabir Shah have also flayed the attack.

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