August 2001 News

Mujahideen vow to step up attacks on Indian troops

30 August 2001
The Dawn

ISLAMABAD: Kashmiri Mujahideen on Thursday expressed doubts over a planned summit between India and Pakistan, and vowed to step up their armed struggle against Indian forces in the Valley. ''We will organize and increase our attacks on the Indian forces in occupied Kashmir during the meeting of Pervez Musharraf and Atal Behari Vajpayee'', said Yayha Mujahid, spokesman for the Lashkar-i-Taiba, one of the main Mujahideen groups fighting the Delhi rule. He was commenting on the proposed summit between President Musharraf and Prime Minister Vajpayee in New York in September on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. ''We will not decrease or stop our activities in Kashmir during the meeting of the two leaders,'' he added. '' The Indian forces are under pressure in Kashmir by the Mujahideen and we are not ready to give relief to the Indian forces. Instead, we will bring them under more pressure so that they are forced to quit Kashmir,'' Mujahid added. Farooq Kashmiri, chief of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen group, said he did not see what talks could achieve in resolving the 54-year-old dispute that had triggered two of the three wars between India and Pakistan since they gained independence. '' We don''t see any development on Kashmir in the proposed talks between the president of Pakistan and the Indian prime minister,'' Kashmiri said, explaining that there was no flexibility in Mr Vajpayee''s stance on Kashmir.


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