August 2002 News

Nobody can stop us from entering J-K: Militants

27 August 2002
The Indian Express

Muzaffarabad: A Kashmiri militant leader said on Tuesday no amount of troops could stop the movement of Kashmiri militant into Kashmir. Sheik Jameel-ur- Rehman, commander of Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen, said the geography of the region made this an impossible task even if India and Pakistan were to cooperate. ''Even if the entire armies of both the countries, including a United Nations force, were deployed on the ceasefire line, they would still be unable to check the movement of Kashmiri militants across the Line of Control,'' he said in an interview. Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen is part of United Jihad Council, an alliance of several Kashmiri militant groups. Rehman is secretary general of the council, which has called for a boycott of Kashmir elections scheduled for September. ''For the past 13 years, 75,000 well-equipped Indian troops with the latest technology provided by Israel to monitor cross-border activity tried their utmost to block the routes... but they failed to stop the Mujahideen travelling across the ceasefire line. How can a comparatively small force of 60,000 troops of the Pakistan army check our movement across the ceasefire line?'' ''During the past 13 years we have never sought permission from Indian soldiers to cross the ceasefire line nor do we need to get permission from Pakistan army soldiers,'' he said. ''Kashmiris living on both sides of the ceasefire line are one, and there is no law in the world which can stop travelling across it or divide them,'' he said. Rehman said the militants were unhappy with Pakistan''s decision to ban movement of militants across the Line of Control but added it had made little difference to militant activity. ''It has been proved to the world that the ongoing movement in Kashmir is indigenous and it has no external support,'' he said. ''We will continue our activities until the liberation of Kashmir.''


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