July 2003 News

Kashmir leader warns of more suicide attacks

15 July 2003
The Nation

MUZAFFARABAD: A top Kashmiri leader on Tuesday warned of 'largescale' suicide attacks if the international community does not step in to resolve the long running row over Kashmir. Hizbul Mujahideen supreme commander Syed Salahuddin called for the United States to mediate a solution to Kashmir, which is divided between India and Pakistan and claimed in full by both. 'If the international community, particularly the US, does not take steps to rescue us from India's state terrorism and there is no let-up in killing of children, molestation of women, looting and arson of properties, the Hizbul Mujahideen will be compelled to shortly launch fidayeen (suicide) attacks at large scale,' Salahuddin said. The Hizbul leader also supported the use of suicide attacks in the Himalayan region, terming them 'legitimate under the mujahideen's code of conduct.' 'What is the alternative for the Kashmiris, when the US does not help them, the international community is silent on their systematic massacre and Pakistan is being stopped to extend any aid to them?' 'It was purely a military target. The Indian army is killing the Kashmiris and when we kill them, it is dubbed as terrorism. This is unfortunate and unfair,' he added. Salahuddin said his group had never been involved in civilian or communal killings, 'but the military personnel and installations are our target.' His comments on US mediation are in sharp contrast to the position taken by Maulana Abbas Ansari, the new chief of the


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