July 2002 News

Jamiat plan to eliminate Farooq, Omar

3 July 2002
The Times of India

Muzaffarabad: Ghulam Rasool, Pakistan-based chief of the Jamiat-e-Mujahideen said on Tuesday that it had set up a ''death squad'' to eliminate Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, his son and top aides. ''Our prime target is puppet chief minister Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah and ministers of his government,'' Rasool said. JeM was banned in April under its controversial anti-terror laws and is also a member of the main anti-India United Jehad Council (UJC) guerrilla alliance. ''Apart from top leadership, the squad has been given the task to target...those office-bearers and supporters of the National Conference who continue to play a role to perpetuate Kashmir''s subjugation,'' Rasool also said. He said the squad led by JM deputy chief commander Tahirul Islam would not target those National Conference members ''who are inactive and have ceased to play any role in the (Kashmir) state''s subjugation by Indians''. In a separate warning, an alliance of anti-India militant groups said that those trying to take part in elections due in Jammu and Kashmir in October would face ''exemplary punishment''. A UJC statement on Tuesday also called on the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), the main separatist alliance based in Jammu and Kashmir, to take a clear stand on the planned elections for the state Assembly. The APHC says it will not take part in the elections, but said last month its leaders should be allowed to visit Pakistan to negotiate a truce with militants to help resolve the dispute. ''If they adopted a confused policy because of any pressure then the Kashmiri people would remove them from their political leadership and...would be free to decide their course of action on their own,'' said UJC statement issued in Muzaffarabad.


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