JKLF threatens govt of dire consequences
21 December 2001
The Times of India
M SALEEM PANDIT
SRINAGAR: After having overtly dumped their guns some years ago, the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front has warned the government of dire consequences in case harassment of Kashmiris in the Valley is not stopped.Coincidentally, the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit also has threatened the Centre of attacks across the country in the coming days. In a statement issued to the local newspapers here, the JKLF spokesman Tahir Ahmad Mir has expressed concern at the reports of harassment in various parts of the country of Kashmiris engaged in business, studies or getting medical treatment. He said the government of India was using the attack on Parliament as a pretext for harassment, which included demands of heavy ransoms over actual and threatened arrests. India should prevent its security agencies from targeting the Kasmiris and must instruct them to stop their hate campaign against them, otherwise, he threatened in the statement, consequences would be devastating. Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir police have released Mufti Abdul Rahim Geelani, the brother of Delhi- based college teacher A R Geelani, allegedly involved in the terrorist attack on Parliament. Mufti, an Imam of a local mosque at Baramulla, was arrested by the police along with 10 others on December 18. The police also released two persons with identical names, Ashiq Hussian. One of them is studying computer science in Bangalore while the other is a cable operator in Sopore. The computer student was picked up when he had returned from Bangalore to celebrate Id with his parents at Sopore. In the other statement, the Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit has said that it will carry out attacks across the country and intensify militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir. Quoting a Jaish spokesman, Abu Hamza, a local news agency reported that the outfit would launch shocking attacks in major cities of India so that the BJP loses power. The ''retaliatory'' attacks will create history, they have been quoted to have threatened.