July 2000 News

Jehad body suspends Hizbul

26 July 2000
Hindustan Times

Islamabad: THE UNITED Jehad Council (UJC) today disassociated itself from the announcement of unilateral ceasefire and talks offer to the Indian Government made by the biggest militant Kashmiri group Hizbul Mujahideen in Sri Nagar on Monday. It suspended the membership of Hizbul Mujahideen from UJC and removed supreme commander of HM Syed Salahuddin as its chief in retaliation. A press release issued to the newsmen stated that Mohammed Usman who is currently Amir of little known Muslim Janbaz Force, has been appointed as the new chief of the Council. The above decision was made at a meeting of 14 militant Kashmiri groups held today in Rawalpindi. The UJC included Muslim Janbaz Force, Tehrikul Mujahideen, Jamiatul Mujahideen, Harkatul Mujahideen, Lashkar-i-Tayyaba, Al barq Mujahideen, Tehrik-i-Jehad, Al Umar Mujahideen, Islamic Front, Al Fateh Force, Harkatul Mujahideen Al Islami, Al Badr Mujahideen, Hizullah, Al Jehad, Hizbul Momineen and Liberation Front. The Council called upon Hizbul Mujahideen to reverse its decision and resume its armed struggle to prove that all the jehadi groups are united. ''We refuse to accept the ceasefire offer made by Hizbul Mujahideen to the Indian Government and vow to continue jehad against India,'' the press release stated. The UJC accused India for creating a division in the jehadi groups. The council stated that the jehad would continue unless India announces withdrawal of its troops from Kashmir. ''We will not announce unilateral withdrawal which only affects our jehad in Kashmir. These kinds of decisions will only benefit India which has been making malicious propaganda against the freedom fighters,'' the statement said. The council further stated that the sacrifices of 70,000 Kashmiri freedom fighters would go in vain if the jehadi groups bow before India.


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