December 2002 News

Hizb vows to continue attacks in Kashmir

28 December 2002
The Hindu

MUZAFFARABAD: The Hizb-ul-Mujahideen today vowed to continue its attacks ''with full force'' in Kashmir, according to a statement hinting at an upsurge in violence in the coming days in Jammu and Kashmir. ''We will continue ''jihad'' (holy war) in Kashmir with full force,'' said Syed Salahuddin, head of the outfit, at a special meeting of top commanders here. The statement came two weeks after an Indian court sentenced three Kashmiri militants to death for aiding the attack on Parliament in December 2001. The statement said the commanders discussed the New Delhi court convictions, and urged the international community and human rights organisations to prevent the death sentences from being carried out. The Hizb head said such harsh sentences would not stop the Kashmir struggle. He said there would be no peace in Kashmir, until the residents of both parts were allowed to decide their own fate. He said India should start a dialogue with ''real representatives'' of Kashmir that includes militant and political leadership in order to establish peace, not only in the State, but also in the entire region. The Government should ''understand the ground reality'' and give up its policy towards Kashmir. The outfit was commenting on the Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani''s statement in Jammu yesterday that the Centre would soon initiate talks with elected representatives of Jammu and Kashmir. PTI


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