September 2000 News

ISI Moves To Stop Ultras'' Squabbles

20 September 2000
The Statesman

SURANKOTE: The increasing differences among militant outfits in J&K have forced the Pakistani Intelligence agency ISI to constitute a local jehad council to iron out the conflicts. Though such councils have been in existence in Kashmir Valley for sometime now, it is the first time that these have been formed in Jammu division. Local militants head the councils set up in every tehsil. Haider Bhai of Hizbul Mujahideen (local) is the chief of the Jehad Council with the Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen''s Mudassar as deputy. The CO of 6 sector RR headquartered at Surankote, Brig. Karan Yadav, said the jehad council also has two representatives of the Tanzeem, operating north of Peer Panjal ranges. Though the council is only three-month old, it has been coordinating operations in the Jammu region besides solving the disputes of mercenaries operating in the area, Brig Yadav said. In the past there have been differences between Hizbul and Lashker-e-Tayiaba. Now, things are not working out between the Hizbul and Al-Badr. The HM and Huji (Harkat-ul-Jehad-Islami) are also caught in unresolved disputes, said Maj Gen Richard Khare, GOC, Romeo Force. The issues are rifts over women, money division, distribution of arms and ammunition. The rift between local militants and foreign mercenaries is also quite wide. ''Local terrorists are averse to atrocities like rapes and killing of old people by Lashkar men, mostly foreign mercenaries,'' said Maj Gen Khare.


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