September 2000 News

Army Condoles Death Of Foreign Mercenaries

9 September 2000
The Hindu
Shujaat Bukhari

Srinagar: In a rare gesture of goodwill coinciding with the Millennium Session of the United Nations, the Army today condoled the death of 47 Pakistani and two Afghan nationals in various encounters in Kashmir during January-March this year. In a condolence message to ''Pakistan-sponsored foreign mercenaries,'' a Defence spokesman here said ''the Army extends its sincere condolences to the families of foreign nationals killed between January 1 and March 31, 2000, whilst working as mercenaries at the behest of Pakistan''s unscrupulous intelligence agencies. Their tragic end was but a forgone conclusion. May God have mercy on their souls.'' The spokesman mentioned the names of 13 Pakistani nationals each from the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and the Lashkar-e-Toiba. Ten militants were from Al-Badr and 11, according to him, were ISI sleuths. The two Afghan nationals have been identified as Saifullah Diwani of ISI and Shauqat Jaffar of Harkat-ul- Mujahideen.


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