November 2001 News

PoK militant group sees red at Hurriyat ceasefire offer

13 November 2001
The Indian Express
Nazir Masoodi

Srinagar: The United Jehad Council (UJC), an amalgam of over a dozen militant groups based in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), on Tuesday opposed the ceasefire offer by the Hurriyat Conference terming it an ''intentional or unintentional attempt at harming the armed struggle in Kashmir''. ''If these Hurriyat leaders are tired or fed up, they should detach themselves from the ongoing freedom struggle, go into hibernation, but desist from harming the movement,'' stated a unanimous resolution adopted by the UJC. The resolution was adopted on Tuesday at a meeting chaired by Hizbul Mujahideen supremo Syed Salah-ud-din in Muzaffarabad. Without blaming the entire Hurriyat leadership, The UJC apparently warned only those Hurriyat leaders, including its chairman Professor Abdul Gani Bhat, who attended the press conference and proposed the ceasefire. ''The proposal of ceasefire by some Hurriyat leaders is untimely, unwise and unnecessary and an attempt to weaken the ongoing armed struggle intentionally or unintentionally,'' the UJC meet said. ''These leaders are requested to desist from making meaningless and irresponsible statements.'' The meet reiterated the UJC''s commitment to forcefully continue the armed struggle and asked Hurriyat leaders not to make such statements which ''weaken the cause''. The meeting stated that the prescriptions of ceasefire have already been tried and found to be injurious rather than helpful to the freedom movement. Contrary to this assertion, the Hizbul had earlier reiterated that the July 2000 ceasefire had helped their cause. At a press conference on Monday, Hurriyat chairman professor Abdul Gani Bhat had underscored the need for a dialogue between India, Pakistan and the ''true representatives of Kashmiri people''. Others who attended the press conference were Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Abass Ansari, Bashir Ahmed Bhat and Sheikh Ali Muhammad. Interestingly, the separatist conglomerate has rejected ceasefire by Hizbul Mujahideen on July 24, 2000, terming it a decision made in haste. Today, the Hurriyat received it in the same coin from the Hizbul.


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