December 2002 News

Lashkar Trains Gun On Hurriyat

2 December 2002
The Statesman

Jammu: The Lashkar-e-Taiyaba today launched a scathing attack on the Hurriyat Conference saying it was very unfortunate that the Hurriyat leadership was not doing justice with the blood of militants whose sacrifices had made them leaders. It criticised the 23-party conglomerate for having a truck with the Kashmir Committee. This is the first time the Lashkar has publicly criticised the Hurriyat. “Hurriyat leaders do not have time to offer pre-burial prayers for militants who are killed in clashes with security forces but it has time to organise iftaar parties for non-Muslims like Jethmalani,” said a statement issued by the Lashkar in Srinagar today. Former Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had hosted an iftaar party for Mr Jethmalani when he visited Kashmir with his team to hold talks with separatists. The criticism comes close on the heels of a threat by Kashmiri militant leader Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar, supreme commander of Al Umar Mujahideen, to separatists in the state. Zargar had threatened Kashmiri leaders of dire consequences if they met Kashmir Committee members. But despite the threat separatist leaders had meetings with Kashmir Committee members. Zargar’s organisation carried out a grenade attack on Democratic Freedom Party chief Mr Shabir Ahmad Shah’s office. It owned responsibility for the attack and accused Mr Shah of resorting to anti-separatist movement activities. Zargar also threatened Hurriyat leaders of dire consequences if they continued talks with the Kashmir Committee. Separatist groups in the state lodged a strong protest with Pakistan government against the Al Umar chief’s behaviour and subsequently he was arrested.


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