Pak. groups to continue support to J&K militants
16 June 2002
Lahore: Pakistan''s conservative political and religious groups today vowed to continue support for Kashmiri militants, despite the Government''s claim that it has stopped militants from crossing into Indian- controlled territory to stage attacks. The vows were made at a rally attended by an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 people here. Fundamentalist groups have expressed increasing disappointment over what they view as the Pakistan President, Pervez Musharraf''s decision to back away from Pakistan''s long-standing support of insurgents in Kashmir. ''The nation will not spare those who took a U-turn on Kashmir. If Musharraf defies national opinion, he will not be able to remain in power,'' said Liaqat Baloc, a senior Jamaat-e- Islami leader, whose group organised the rally. The protest at Iqbal Park drew members of Jamaat-e-Islam, Pakistan''s largest religious party as well as other fundamentalist groups.