New Delhi: Centre`s interlocutors on Jammu
and Kashmir on Friday condemned the killing of two girls by
militants in Kashmir and hoped that the guilty would be
The panel appreciated the State government`s efforts to
punish the guilty.
"The condemnation expresses a growing disgust of violence
perpetrated against innocents for political or ideological
ends," the three-member group -- Dileep Padgaonkar, Prof Radha
Kumar and M M Ansari -- said in a statement.
Arifa (19) and Akhtar (17), daughters of Ghulam Nabi Dar,
were gunned down by three militants, including a Pakistani, at
around 10 PM at Muslim Peer in Sopore town, 52 kms from
Srinagar on January 31.
"Our group commends the state government for its vigorous
efforts to bring the guilty to book and hopes that this is
done swiftly and in a transparent manner," the interlocutors
They said that those who shed the blood of innocents
violate the most basic of human rights - the right to life.
"This is the message that the kith and kin and neighbours of
the slained girls have sent in unison to the perpetrators of
this heinous crime," the group engaged in talks to restore
peace in Kashmir said.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has also
condemned the cowardly act of militants to kill two innocent