October 2001 News

Kashmir ultras condemn attack on Harkat militants

24 October 2001
The Times of India

SRINAGAR: Kashmiri separatist groups on Wednesday condemned US airstrikes that killed 35 Harkat ul-Mujahideen militants in Kabul and accused the United States of targetting innocent people.''In my view, all those who are getting killed in Afghanistan are innocent,'' Shabir Shah, a separatist who has spent years in jails, said. ''Enough is enough; there should be an end to the bombing on Afghanistan,'' he said.Aasiya Andrabi, the leading woman separatist in Kashmir, said the attack on Harkat ul-Mujahideen members was a ''highly condemnable act.'' ''America does not want to end terrorism, it wants to eliminate pious Muslims,'' she charged.US strikes on Monday on a house in Kabul killed 35 Harkat militants, a Muslim cleric said in Karachi. A senior Indian intelligence official in Kashmir said indications were that all those killed were not Kashmiris, but Pakistanis opposed to Indian rule in Kashmir.Also on Wednesday, the heads of the top Muslim organisations in Kashmir called for an end to the US-led strikes on Afghanistan, which they denounced as ''naked aggression.'' In a statement to the Greater Kashmir newspaper, the religious leaders also demanded an end to the ''atrocities'' afflicting Kashmiris and Palestinians.


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