April 2000 News

None can stop jehad in Kashmir: Harkat

18 April 2000
Amit Baruah

Islamabad: The Harkat-ul-Mujahideen has said that ''nobody'' could ''dare'' stop its fighters entering India- ''occupied'' Kashmir. The Harkat ''chief organiser'', Fazlur Rehman Khalil, who took exception to the recent statements of the Interior Minister, Lt. Gen. Moinuddin Haider (retd), said neither the Pakistani Government, nor India nor the U.S., could ''stop or control'' the ongoing ''jehad'' in Kashmir. Khalil said his group did not bother about the ''redundant'' statements being issued by the Interior Minister. He described the U.S. as the ''biggest terrorist.'' In another development, the Interior Ministry clarified that Lt. Gen. Haider, at a recent press conference, had said the Government was contemplating action against ''sectarian groups'' and not deeni madrassas (religious seminaries).


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