July 2000 News

LET admits active involvement in aggression

15 July 2000
The Daily Excelsior

New Delhi: For the first time since the Kargil conflict, Pakistan based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET), engaged in subversive activities in Jammu and Kashmir, has admitted to its active involvement in the aggression. Lashkar, which is working under the Markaz Al Dawah Wal Irshad (Centre for religious learning and propagation) blames deposed Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for forcing them to withdraw from Kargil. ''We were shamed by Nawaz Sharif, who made us withdraw'', says Prof Zafar Iqbal,Vice Chancellor of the Centre situated at Muridke near Lahore. The actvities of LET has also caused great concern for the United States, which proposes to brand it as a foreign terrorist organisation. The legal procedure in this regard is now underway, Mr Michael Sheehan, US Coordinator for Counter Terrorism said on Thursday. Testifying before the International Relations Committee of the House, he acknowledged that Pakistan had become a fertile ground for ''Jehad factories''. Prof Zafar said in a recent interview with Pakistan newsmen that many of the students of the Markaz Al Dawah go to Muzzafarabad for training where several camps have been set up. These camps are out of bounds for the common people. He said there has been no let up in the activities of the militant organisation and the aim is to attain ''independence for Kashmir or absorption into Pakistan''. But he is quick to point out that ''we don''t fight in India'', claiming that Kashmir was an integral part of Pakistan.


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