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Killing of Hamas leader: India calls for restraint

By Our Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI, MARCH 23 . India today expressed apprehension that the killing of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, spiritual leader of Hamas, in an Israeli missile strike on Monday, would exacerbate the cycle of violence not only in Gaza but elsewhere in the region.

In a statement here, the Ministry of External Affairs said the need of the hour was restraint and resumption of the peace process, in line with relevant United Nations resolutions.

Condemning the assassination of the Hamas leader, K. Natwar Singh, MP and Congress Working Committee member, said that Sheikh Yassin was a highly respected leader in the Arab world and beyond.

"His assassination has put in jeopardy the peace process in West Asia. It is extraordinary that a state, which calls itself a responsible nation, should participate in murdering leaders with whom they are supposed to negotiate. What has Israel gained except worldwide condemnation and rightly so,'' Mr. Singh said in a statement.

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