December 2000 News

Hizb lashes out at APHC leaders for their dual stand

5 December 2000
The Pioneer
Rashid Ahmad

Srinagar: Hizbul Mujahideen has issued a stern warning to All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) leaders for speaking in different languages over the issue of cease-fire. Sensing a rat in the snack, the Hizb threatened that it would not allow anyone to betray the people in the name of ''so-called peace''. It asked amalgam leadership to ''work together for the final resolution of Kashmir issue rather than temporary peace''. The Hizb statement was faxed to newspaper offices here on Tuesday evening after the outfits Command Council - the apex decision making body - held a day-long session in Muzaffarabad, PoK. The meeting was chaired by Syed Salahuddin, the supreme commander of the outfit. The statement said that Command Council delved deep on the developments, which arose in the wake of Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee''s cease-fire offer. The Hizb said that peace could not be restored in the region until the core issue of Kashmir was resolved as per the aspirations of Kashmiri people. ''Cease-fire for the sake of cease-fire will not work'', the Hizb statement said. ''India should come forward, without any delay, for tripartite negotiations to resolving the Kashmir issue''. The statement also asked the Government of India to release all the Kashmiri detenues and call its additional forces back to the barracks. The Hizbul Mujahideen said that gun in Kashmir was the result of India''s stubborn and rigged attitude. ''The people of Kashmir resorted to armed struggle only after India refused to listen to their decades long peaceful struggle. And more than 70,000 Kashmiris have sacrificed their lives during the struggle,'' the statement said. ''We will not allow any person to barter away the sacrifices of the people'', it warned. The Hizbul Mujahideen lashed out at the leaders of APHC for their varying stand on the issue of cease-fire and said that the amalgam leaders lacked coherence and consistency in their views. The outfit made a direct reference to the statements made by Professor Abdul Gani Butt, chairman of the conglomerate and former chairman Syed Ali Geelani and said that the Hurriyat leaders were speaking in different tunes. Prof Gani had recently said in Delhi that it was the last chance for peace in the region and had put forth his readiness for holding talks with the government. Geelani, for his part, described the cease-fire offer as a ''mischievous act aimed at sabotaging the ongoing movement''. Hizb asked the Hurriyat leadership to shun the different voices and work together for Kashmir cause. The Hizbul Mujahideen statement sounded close to the sentiment Syed Ali Geelani had expressed in his statement.


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