April 2003 News

Support to Kashmir Jihad reaffirmed

5 April 2003
The Dawn
Our Staff Correspondent

MUZAFFARABAD: The president of the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal, Punjab, Hafiz Mohammad Idrees, on Saturday warned India that if it went for any misadventure , the nation would bury its political differences and fight vigorously for the country's defence alongside the armed forces. He was speaking to people gathered in K.H. Khurshid mini- stadium to offer funeral prayers of Saiful Islam, the operational chief of the Hizbul Mujahideen, who was killed by the Indian army in held Kashmir on Wednesday. 'If India committed the folly of attacking Pakistan at the behest of the United States, the whole nation would fight for the country's defence shoulder-to-shoulder with the army, regardless of internal political differences,' he said. He said the MMA's supreme council had recently reaffirmed its support to the Jihad in Kashmir. Witnesses said around 3,000 people attended the funeral prayers. Strict security measures had been taken on the occasion. 'I want to ask US President George W. Bush that does the Geneva Convention also apply to the Muslims? No one has the right to kill the prisoners of war through cruel methods. But Indian troops have been doing so with every Muslim prisoner and commander Saiful Islam was also tortured to death by them,' he said. 'I want to convey to the Mujahideen and the mothers and sisters in held Kashmir that even if the Pakistani rulers committed any mistake, we will not leave you alone. Pakistanis will shed their blood with your blood,' he said. Hizbul Mujahideen Supreme Commander Syed Salahuddin said his group was not opposed to talks, diplomacy or political process to resolve the Kashmir issue. But it was a recognised fact that only that party emerged successful at the negotiating table which was dominant in the battlefield, he said. He said the Jihad was being carried on to break India's intransigence and bring it to the negotiating table. 'Jihad will continue as long as India does not recognise the whole of Kashmir as a disputed territory, accept the role of Pakistan and the Kashmiris in meaningful tripartite talks and resolve the issue in the light of the UN resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiris,' he declared. Bangladesh Jamaat-i-Islami Assistant Secretary-General Mujeebur Rehman paid tribute to Saiful Islam and expressed his best wishes for the success of the Mujahideen. The slain commander's son, Shahid Iftikhar Khan, called upon the Kashmiri leaders on both sides of the Line of Control to unite for the liberation of their motherland. JIAJK chief Sardar Ejaz Afzal, and deputy Amir of the Hizbul Mujahideen, Javed Kasuri, also spoke. Click to learn more...


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