November 2001 News

90% of militant groups in J&K fake

4 November 2001
The Times of India

NEW DELHI: Stating that 90 per cent of militant groups operating in Jammu and Kashmir were ''fake'', former Pakistan''s ISI chief has said leaders of fundamentalist parties in Pakistan were only amassing wealth and would ''jump out of the bus'' if they were sent to Afghanistan for fighting, media reports said.''Ninety per cent of the organisations engaged in jehad (armed crusade) in Kashmir were fake,'' quoting ex- ISI chief Javed Ashraf Qazi, The Friday Times said in its nuggets section.Qazi said leaders like Maulana Fazalur Rehman and Maulana Samiul Haq were ''interested only in amassing funds and advancing their political ends.''If they were sent to Afghanistan to fight they would jump out of the bus and run away,'' he said.Taking a dig at the Taliban, the former intelligence chief said, ''In the past the Taliban were warned many times that because of them Pakistan was being labelled a terrorist state but they did not listen.''


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