Ceasefire had Pak backing: Jamaat
31 July 2000
The Daily Excelsior
Islamabad: The Chief of Jamaat Islami Qazi Hussain Ahmad today alleged that the ceasefire announcement by the Hizbul Muzahideen had the backing of Pakistan. Addressing a news conference here, he said that it appeared that Islamabad was aware of this development. However, Pakistani Information Minister Javed Jabbar dismissed Qazi Hussain Ahmed''s claim saying that ''Pakistan has no role behind Hizbul Mujahideen''s offer for ceasefire . Neither it is our bomb nor it is our shell. The Government of Pakistan he said has no role in it , he told newspersons here. Qazi Hussain Ahmed said, the Chief Executive Gen Pervez Musharraf should clarify his Government''s position about the Hizbul Mujahideen''s announcement.'' Rejecting the ceasefire, he said the Hizb commanders did not inform the Jamaat before they announced unilateral ceasefire . He said Kashmir political leadership as well as the APHC is also not happy over the Hizb''s decision. ''The ceasefire declaration by a few commanders show their childish imagination which is not acceptable to majority of the Hizb people as well as Kashmiri freedom fighters, he said. ''Jehad is continuing in Occupied Kashmir and the freedom fighters will not give up struggle at the announcement of few commanders.'' He said Hizbul Mujahideen had rendered unprecedented sacrifices during years of freedom struggle and these sacrifices could not go waste due to the announcement by a few commanders. He asked the supreme leader of Hizbul Mujahideen Syed Salahuddin to immediately withdraw the ceasefire declaration and take measures to overcome the damage caused to Kashmir cause. ''Jamaat is with the Jehad and will never become part of ceasefire announcement''he said. Qazi Hussain Ahmed said dialogue with India could be considered only if India admitted Kashmir as a disputed territory. ''How can the talks be held with India if it does not consider Kashnmir as disputed territory.'' He said India has not positively responded to the ceasefire announcement and has reiterated her old stand of dialogue under the framework of the Indian Constitution. Meanwhile, Javed Jabbar dismissed any linkage between the visit of US President Bill Clinton to the region and Hizb''s ceasefire offer. ''I don''t see any direct connection'', Mr Jabbar added. Jabbar said,''Pakistan recognizes All Parties Hurriyat Conference as true representatives of Kashmiri people and will respect any initiative acceptable to its leadership. It is upto the leadership of indigenous movement to comment on the offer of Hizbul Mujahideen.''