March 2001 News

Govt urged to specify "formula" on JK

1 March 2001
The Indian Express

Srinagar: Pakistan-based militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen today said the Centre should specify its "formula" to resolve the long standing kashmir issue. Claiming that Kashmir was a "disputed territory", a Hizb spokesman said in a statement here that if India accepted this, Hizb militants would stop their activities in the state. He alleged that the ceasefire offered by New Delhi was "Nothing but a farce aimed at misleading international opinion and a conspiracy to create differences among the people of Jammu and Kashmir". Meanwhile, Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad outfit said Jehad (holy war) was the only solution to Kashmir problem and any outfit which had welcomed the ceasefire was "Aiding and abetting state-sponsored terrorism". He also criticised former Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani saying 'since Hurriyat has welcomed the ceasefire, the conglomerate cannot escape responsibility for the increase in custodial deaths in Kashmir".


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