August 2000 News

Mercenaries train their guns on Hizb

2 August 2000
Deepak Sharma

New Delhi: After unleashing unprecedented violence in the valley, foreign mercenaries have now trained their guns on Hizbul Mujahideen cadres. In a desperate bid, Lashkar-e-Toiba on Wednesday threatened Hizb leaders to backout from ''talks'' or be prepared to face bullets. Intelligence sources said that Lashkar''s threat to Hizb cadres have put the security forces and the state police in a fix. ''It''s now an inter-militant group war as Hizb- the biggest constituent of Kasmiri ultras-has been thrown out of the United Jehadi Council. The rivalry can trigger more bloodbath in Kashmir,'' said a senior J & K police official while speaking to The Pioneer on phone. Sources said that what provoked Lashkar-e-Toiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) to strike terror was the announcement of Lahore based Jamaat-e-Islami chief Qazi Hussain who dubbed Hizb leaders as traitors. JeM is the new outfit floated by Maulana Masood Azhar which comprises of Al-Badar, Al-Umar and Harkut-ul-Mujahideen. Sources said that while Lashkar''s hand in a recent massacres is obvious, the preliminary reports indicate that JeM cadres were involved in serial killings. Fresh inputs from military and Intelligence Bureau suggests that Lashkar''s new gameplan is to swoop down on Hizb cadres and attack them in army uniform to create more confusion. Later the blame can be put on the Indian security forces to sabotage the ongoing peace process in the valley. In fact, as Hizbul Mujahideen opts for a ceasefire agreement, the insurgency in Kashmir has moved solely in the hands of Pakistan based foreign mercenary groups. The move has placed ISI in a more comfortable position to intensify its proxy war against India. Meanwhile after a top level meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday evening it was decided that entire Amarnath Yatra route will be covered by Army while para-military and state police will intensify patrolling and random checking of vehicles at strategic points on highways, urban and rural areas. Simultaneous combing operations have been launched in the dense forests and high reaches around the valley.


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