Hizb chief admits Pakistanis operate in J&K
23 November 2001
The Times of India
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
SRINAGAR: The head of Kashmir''s dominant militant group, Hizbul Mujahedin, on Friday admitted that there were Pakistani militants operating in the region.India has long accused Pakistan of pushing Pakistani and even Afghan militants into Kashmir to fight against Indian rule. Islamabad denies the charge.Chief commander of Hizbul, Saif-ul-Islam, said that the Pakistani militants had a right to be there because they were originally from Kashmir.''Even if some of the Mujahideen belong to Pakistan, they are also basically Kashmiris displaced in 1947 and 1965,'' Islam said, referring to 1947 partition of the sub-continent into India and Pakistan, followed by the Indo-Pak war of 1965.''These people have settled in different parts of Pakistan, but today they are active in Kashmir to liberate their motherland,'' he told a local news agency.