November 2003 News

Hizbul flays ceasefire, advertises recruitment

29 November 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent

ISLAMABAD: Opposing the Indo-Pak ceasefire, Pakistan-based militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen has announced a new recruitment and training schedule of militants in spite of the Governmentís recent crackdown against extremist groups. Hizbul, which announced its opposition to the ceasefire yesterday issued a schedule for 'Jihad' training in Pakistanís north west frontier town of Peshawar. The militant group publicly distributed a four-page pamphlet at an Eid Milan hosted by Islamist party Jamat-e-Islami at Peshawar yesterday, Pakistan daily The Nation reported today. In the pamphlet, Hizbul published its training schedule, which included 21-day preliminary training and three-month guerilla training, the newspaper said. It further stated that during training, food, accommodation, medi-care and arms would be provided by Hizbul while the Mujahideen fighters would bear the travelling expenditure up to the training Centre. Flaying the ceasefire, Hizbul spokesman Salim Hashmi said that 'the ceasefire is by the two armies and not by the Mujahideen.' In the absence of a permanent solution to the festering issue, all such steps will prove to be cosmetic and transitory,' Hashmi told reporters at Muzaffarbad, the capital of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK). Hizbulís new recruitment and training programme comes after the proscription of six militant outfits by the Jamali Government during the past two weeks. They included Khuddam-i-Islam, headed by erstwhile Jaish-e-Mohammad leader Masood Azhar and Jamat-i-Furqan, headed by Jaish rebel leaders and Jamat-ul-Anzar. All these are renamed outfits formed from groups banned in 2002. Meanwhile, Jamat- i-Islami (JI) has said the new truce between India and Pakistan amounted to 'abandoning' Islamabadís hold on Kashmir and Siachen. JIís chief, Qazi Hussain Ahmad told an Eid congregation in Lahore two days ago that there was no justification for Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamal in declaring unilateral ceasefire with India. Local daily Dawn quoted Hussain as terming the ceasefire as 'the worst kind of defeatism' and amounted to 'abandoning Pakistanís hold on Kashmir and Siachin. He claimed the anti-Islamic forces were bent upon crushing the urge for Jehad, branding it as terrorism, which spread to various parts of the world after Afghanistan. 'Oppressed people fighting for their rights were being labelled as terrorists and it was regrettable that the Pakistani rulers were also serving the enemyís interests,' he said. Addressing another Eid rally JI secretary general Syed Munawwar Hassan criticised Jamali for offering 'one-sided' ceasefire along LoC. Instead of Pakistan, India should have announced a ceasefire against Kashmiris, he said. (PTI)


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