May 2002 News

Expelled HM leader to support steps to resolve Kashmir issue

11 May 2002
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: Breaking his week-long silence after being expelled from the Pakistan- backed Hizbul Mujahideen , the militant outfit’s former commander chief Abdul Majid Dar today said he will support any political initiative aimed at resolving the vexed Kashmir issue through peaceful means. ''If at any time, a genuine political process is initiated to resolve Kashmir issue, we will support the process as unnecessary bloodshed is neither our hobby nor our profession'', he said in a statement. However, we consider the armed struggle a need till the resolution of the problem'' Dar added in his first comments after being expelled alongwith two former divisional commanders by PoK-based Command Council of Hizbul Mujahideen for their alleged contradictory approach towards the policies of the outfit and also for disobedience on May 4. The statement, written in Urdu, was issued by Dar to a local news agency here today. Dar described the allegations levelled against him as ''baseless and concocted'' and said he is with the Hizbul Mujahideen and has no idea to leave the group and the armed struggle. He challenged those who stood against his ideology and said ''baseless allegations won’t make us afraid''.'' Putting speculations at rest that he is forming a political party, Dar said he was not going to form any such party. ''We have not even thought of forming the political party''. Appealing ‘Mujahideens’ (militants) in Kashmir and PoK to avoid creating an atmosphere of confrontration, Dar said he had worked for the unity among Mujahideen and would strive to do so. ''Mujahideen are urged to keep the outfit (HM) united in pursuance of its goal,'' Dar said and expressed his gratitude to those belonging to Command Council of the outfit who rejected his expulsion on the basis of justice. Dar said he was monitoring the situation closely and would come out with his future course of action shortly. ''If need be, we will come out with concrete witnesses before the people and Mujahideen about the real situation,'' he said. Dar shot to prominence in August 2000 when he declared a unilateral three-month ceasefire and initiated a dialogue process with New Delhi. However, the ceasefire was called off by the PoK- based Hizbul Mujahideen supreme commander Syed Salahuddin just less than three weeks time, but not before the Hizb commanders held two rounds of talks with the Centre. Last year, Hizb relieved Dar and all his colleagues of vital posts and replaced them with new faces.


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