October 2003 News

Hizbul Mujahideen operating under Shabab-e-Milli?

22 October 2003
The Daily Times
Amir Rana

LAHORE: The Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) in Pakistan is working under the Shabab-e- Milli (SM), the youth wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Hizb sources told Daily Times on Wednesday.However, HM Kashmir spokesman Abdul Saleem Hashmi denied that Hizb had or has any link with the JI. 'We share a common ideology, but otherwise we do not have an organisational link with the Jamaat,' he said.Sources said the Jamaat had ordered officials to make sure word that Hizb is a wing of the Shabab-e-Milli should not get out. 'The decision was taken nine months ago to show that the HM is an indigenous movement in Occupied Kashmir, that it is a Kashmiri organisation which has no links with the Jamaat and all its workers are Kashmiri,' sources said.When this decision was taken, the HM based in Kashmir was also separated from the Jamaat and the HM in Pakistan was told that its role in the Kashmir jihad was only to collect donations and recruit volunteers. 'It was decided that the HM in Pakistan would recruit Mujahideen from the Kashmiri community in Pakistan,' sources said.Hizb earlier worked under the direct patronage of the Jamaat and its offices were in JI offices around the country. 'A while ago they closed all HM offices in Pakistan, leaving just a media office in Rawalpindi.' Sources said the JI chief ran the HM in Pakistan through a Kashmir committee, but now the Shabab-e-Milli is responsible for its affairs. The Jamaat is reportedly under pressure to renounce all jihadi groups to improve the Muttahida Majlis-e- Amal's image. 'There has been pressure from outside the JI since some Al-Qaeda operators were arrested in JI workers' homes,' sources said.


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