Hizbul To Wait For Hurriyat Decision
19 August 2000
B. Muralidhar Reddy
Islamabad: The Hizbul Mujahideen would like to wait for the decision of the Hurriyat''s Executive Committee on Prof. Bhatt''s suggestion before making any comment on the proposal. ''We have nothing to say at the moment. Prof. Bhat has said he is making the suggestion in his personal capacity for consideration by the Hurriyat executive council. We would be in a position to offer our comments only after it takes a decision'', the Hizb spokesman, Mr. Salim Hashmi, told The Hindu. In Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, the Hizb chief, Syed Salahuddin, said that his group was prepared to halt its operations against troops in Kashmir if India was willing to recognise Kashmir as ''a disputed territory'' and hold talks with Pakistan to find a solution. He told correspondents that the ceasefire move had ''benefited the Kashmiris'' in many ways and also strenghened the position of Islamabad. In another development, the Pakistan Chief Executive, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, said that he had no intention of retiring as Chief of Army Staff when his term ended in October 2001.