October 2002 News

Mujahedin chief dares Mufti to form J-K govt

24 October 2002
The Indian Express

Muzaffarabad: A top commander of a Pakistan-based militant outfit on Thursday warned PDP chief Mufti Mohammad Sayeed against joining the new government in Jammu and Kashmir. Al-Omar Mujahedin commander Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar, one of the three militants released by India in the hijacking of the Indian Airlines plane in 1999, said Sayeed had ''used the name of fighters to muster public support''. ''Mufti Sayeed will have to face the music, if his party continues attempts to muster support by using the name of the mujahedin,'' Zargar said in a statement Muzaffarabad in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. ''The statements of Mufti Sayeed that his party supports the mujahedin are pack of lies and part of propaganda to gain the sympathies of the people of Kashmir,'' Zargar said. Zargar said Al-Omar rebels would ''take forceful action'' against the PDP if it joined Congress in forming the government in the state.


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