November 2004 News

LoC proposal slammed

11 November 2004
The Dawn
Our Staff Correspondent

Muzaffarabad: Kashmir's largest fighter group Hizbul Mujahideen on Thursday took strong exception to the support lent by 'a self-exiled Pakistani leader' to the conversion of the Line of Control into a permanent border between India and Pakistan. 'We strongly condemn the statement of MQM chief Altaf Hussain and want to make it clear that the Kashmiris are not sheep and goats that any person would put on sale,' said Hizb spokesman Salim Hashmi. The belated response to Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief's proposal is contained in a statement issued by the Hizb Media Centre. Mr Hussain, a coalition partner in the PML- led government, had said at a seminar in New Delhi last Saturday that the dividing line in the Himalayan region should be accepted as border. 'The state of Jammu and Kashmir, either this part or that part, is one entity and no one would be allowed to disintegrate it,' Mr Hashmi said. Hizbul Mujahideen, he said, was at a loss what message Mr Hussain wanted to convey with such remarks that were completely against the wishes and aspirations of the divided Kashmiris. For the past 57 years in general and 15 years in particular, the unprecedented sacrifices rendered by the Kashmiris were not aimed at conversion of the LoC into a border, Mr Hashmi said. 'The objective of the sacrifices is to gain complete independence from Indian subjugation and the struggle would continue with full force till the achievement of that goal.' The Hizb spokesman was of the opinion that the 'line which the Pakistani functionaries had taken over the past five or six months was bound to benefit India.' 'India will take direct benefit of Pakistani leaders' new approach by creating hatred among the Kashmiris against Pakistan and (thus) dragging them away from the freedom struggle.' He said the people of Kashmir were fully alive to every move with regard to their long-running issue and would never let the blood and honour offered by them for the sacred cause be sold out.


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