August 2002 News

Hurriyat is against Jehad: Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen

9 August 2002
The Times of India

Srinagar: Defending the presence of foreign militants and justifying political killings, radical pro-Pakistan militant outfit Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen (JuM) on Friday accused the Hurriyat Conference of being practically against jehad (holy war) in Kashmir. ''No doubt, it (Hurriyat) is a forum consisting of different parties, but we don''t have any good hope with it as the forum is practically against practical struggle - jehad - directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally'', supreme commander of JuM, Ghulam Rasool Shah alias General Abdullah told NAFA, a local news agency, in an interview from Pakistan- occupied Kashmir (PoK). Abdullah, who escaped to PoK after giving the slip to police guards while being escorted to a hospital from central jail in Srinagar in February 2000, said that any visit of Hurriyat leaders to PoK would have no impact on the ongoing movement in Kashmir. The Hurriyat had recently proposed to the Centre to allow a team of its leaders to visit PoK to persuade militant commanders based there to announce a ceasefire prior to the initiation of a meaningful dialogue to resolve the Kashmir issue. About the killing of ruling National Conference activists by JuM, Abdullah said ''our principal stand is clear and categorical that everybody who is directly participating in forthcoming Assembly elections in Kashmir is our target.'' Defending the presence of foreign militants in Jammu and Kashmir, the JuM commander said that the role of ''guest militants'' in Kashmir was genuine. ''Mujahideen from the whole world are one and we are part and parcel of each other,'' he said. Asked to comment on his recent statement that a number of militants had successfully crossed into Kashmir despite restriction from the Pakistani government, Abdullah said ''we do not respect the Line of Control (LoC). In fact, LoC is a ceasefire line.''


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