Al-Faran warns Kashmir political parties
5 June 2001
The Times of India
SRINAGAR: Al-Faran, which shot into limelight by kidnapping six foreign tourists im Jammu and Kashmir in 1995, on Tuesday warned some newly- floated political outfits in the state of serious consequences, accusing them of trying to defame the separatist movement. 'some conscienceless people are working on various plans to defame the ongoing freedom movement and the Mujahideen at the international level, thus trying to convert the Kashmir issue into a political mess," the outfit said in a statement. It asked the leadership of the recently formed Jamiat-ul-Saliheen, Republican Party, Political Freedom Party, Youth Front and Kashmir Salvation Movement to close their offices or face the consequences. Accusing the five organisations of playing with the sentiments and sacrifices of the people, it said it will not tolerate the anti-movement activities indulged in by such organisations. Considered an offshoot of the Harkat-ul-Ansar outfit, which was declared a terrorist outfit by the US, Al-Faran vanished from the scene of militancy after attracting media attention for nearly six months following the kidnapping of the six tourists from the hill resort of Pahalgam in South Kashmir. It, however, remained silent on the mystery shrouding the disappearance of the tourists. While one of the hostages escaped from their clutches, another was murdered. The fate of four others - Keith Mangan and Paul Wells of Britain, American Donal Hutchings and Diprk Hasert, a German, has remained unknown.