Fazl Betrayed Mujahideen: Jamaat Al-Dawat
22 July 2003
The News International
Islamabad: The Jamaat al-Dawat on Tuesday accused Maulana Fazlur Rahman of doing politics on the 'blood of martyrs' to gain popularity during a trip to India. Fazl has been meeting with Indian leaders, including Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. He has stirred some controversy at home by saying that Pakistan's Islamic clerics want a peaceful and political solution to the two countries' bitter dispute over Kashmir. 'Fazl has tried to give the impression that the freedom movement in Kashmir is not Jihad,' said Hafiz Khalid Walid, spokesman for the Jamaat al-Dawat. The Jamaat al-Dawat is the successor organisation of the Lashkar-e-Taiba. Hafiz Saifullah Mansoor, the group's leader, said that some Pakistani newspapers reported that Fazl has criticised the Kashmiri 'freedom fighters' during his speeches in India. Fazl's party, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, said that he was misquoted. 'Fazl and his party are doing politics on the blood of martyrs,' said Mansoor. 'They are using the language of Vajpayee.'