May 2002 News

Pak fears losing control over Kashmiri militants

10 May 2002
The Hindustan Times

New Delhi: Pakistan has reasons to be worried: It''s fast losing control over Kashmir secessionists in India. On Thursday, four members of the Hizbul Mujahideen''s central command council decided to distance themselves from Islamabad by joining commander Abdul Majid Dar, who was expelled from the outfit. Shamsher Khan, Majid Jehangir, Riaz Gilani Rasool and Khalid Saifullah - the four CCC members - met at a secret location and threw in their lot with Majid Dar. Sources say these leaders have been frustrated by the way the ISI has manipulated Hizb supremo Syed Salahuddin, who is based in Rawalpindi. Some of them even want to come overground and contest elections in J&K. ''People are saying that they have had enough of leaders living in air-conditioned comfort in Islamabad and Muzaffarabad. They said they want peace,'' a diplomat said.


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