August 2003 News

HM warns more suicidal attacks

2 August 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR: Pro-Pakistan militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen today warned of intensifying suicide attacks within and outside Jammu and Kashmir and rejected to acknowledge the ceasefire proposal of separatist amalgam Hurriyat Conference. It is for the militant leadership to decide on the timing of calling off operations, the pro-Pakistan militant outfit’s spokesman Junaidul Islam told a local english daily in a telephonic interview. 'Ceasefire has its own time and political people cannot decide it. Only militant leadership know how and when to announce a ceasefire,' Islam said. He said the outfit did not feel the necessity for a ceasefire for dialogue as talks could go on simultaneously. Hurriyat chairman Maulana Mohammad Abbas Ansari and newly-elected Amir (Chief) of Jamaat-e-Islami had called for a ceasefire between militants and security forces to put an end to bloodshed in the state. 'If we feel that India is sincere in its approach (to resolve Kashmir issue), then we can think of it. However, at the moment, the Mujahids will intensify their operations against security forces especially fidayeen (suicide) attacks and expand them to other parts of the country as well,' he said. 'Hizb leadership has decided to carry out suicide attacks comprising Pakistani and Kashmiri militants in the coming days. Scores of deadly attacks will be carried out,' he claimed. Islam said India and Pakistan cannot resolve the issue bilaterally and called for world powers, notably the US to intervene in resolving the dispute. He parried a question on whether the outfit was involved in the attack on Akhnoor Army Camp recently and claimed that Hizb cadres were 5000-strong with 'negligible presence of foreign militants.' Referring to the ceasefire announced by the slain Hizb leader Abdul Majid Dar, he said, 'we gave peace a chance a few years ago, but were forced to call if off because of Indian attitude.' (PTI)


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