April 2004 News

Actions against India to continue: Jihad Council

18 April 2004
The Dawn
Our Staff Correspondent

MUZAFFARABAD: The Muttahida Jihad Council on Sunday has ruled out a ceasefire with Indian troops in the occupied Kashmir and threatened to continue 'effective actions until achieving freedom'. The council in a statement issued here, reiterated its resolve in this regard at a meeting held here with Syed Salahuddin in the chair. The meeting expressed satisfaction over the 'progress of liberation movement on military, political and diplomatic fronts' and paid tribute to the freedom fighters and Kashmiri people for their 'bravery, patience, perseverance and will for emancipation'. It noted that some people were 'pointlessly circumambulating the Delhi Darbar by ignoring sacrifices rendered by 500,000 people, of molestation of thousands of ... women and arson and loot of hundreds of towns.' 'We call upon them to ... re-join the liberation movement and we make it clear that we will never allow anyone to betray the martyrs' blood,' it declared. Though the statement did no mention any names, but the MJC statement seemed to be referring to Maulana Abbas Ansari-led faction of the All-Parties Hurriyat Conference, which entered into dialogue with India earlier this year. Though the moderate faction said earlier this month that it would ask people to stay away from the parliamentary polls yet mujahideen outfits appeared to be skeptical about their announcement. 'We also appeal the freedom loving people, government servants and transporters in the (Indian) occupied Kashmir not to participate in or extend any sort of cooperation to the so-called polls,' the MJC said, reiterating its earlier appeal to the people as well as the freedom fighters' commitment to lend unconditional support to the anti poll campaigners. 'Those taking part in the farcical process would be taken as blatant traitors of the oppressed Kashmiri nation...,' the MJC said. The statement urged mujahideen released from various prisons in the occupied Kashmir and India not to 'spoil their sacrifices by joining the groups which operate under the dictates of Indian agencies and get support from them,' alluding to an outfit headed by a former Hizbul Mujahideen commander, which had been expelled for activities that were termed 'against the policies and the interest of the freedom movement.' 'Instead, they should affiliate themselves with the movement under the patronage of the sincere leadership if they want to play any role in the freedom struggle.'


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