August 2000 News

Hizbul Threatens To Intensify Struggle

28 August 2000
The Hindu
B. Muralidhar Reddy

Islamabad: The Hizb-ul-Mujahideen has threatened to spread out its activities to other parts of India if the Indian troops do not stop ''increasing atrocities'' on Kashmiris. A press statement by the Hizb chief, Syed Salahuddin, said here that the Supreme Council of his organisation met in Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir, today and took a series of decisions on the ''struggle'' in Kashmir on the basis of recent developments. It restated the Hizb''s stand that there could be no talks with the Indian Government unless it agreed for involvement of Pakistan and Kashmiris and was prepared to discuss outside the framework of the Indian Constitution. The statement said the unilateral ceasefire by the Hizb had exposed the hollowness of the claims of the Indian Government that it favoured a peaceful solution to the Kashmir problem. The Supreme Council took note of statements by some individuals suggesting a split in the ranks of the Hizb and warned them to desist from such ''disinformation'' campaign. The statement specifically referred to the reported statement of Syed Ali Shah Geelani that the July 24 ceasefire was announced by Mr. Abdul Majid Dar without consulting Syed Salahuddin and denounced it as baseless.


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