Mushtaq-ul-Islam Asks Separatist Organisations To Be United
31 December 2004
The Times of India
Srinagar: Chairman of the Muslim League Mushtaq-ul-Islam today asked all the separatist organizations to shift their offices from Rajbagh and other places to the Batamaloo area so that there is cohesiveness in their actions while taking the ongoing movement to its logical conclusion. He was addressing people outside the Ziyarat Batamaloo after being released from the jail. Mushtaq remained in different jails for more than 14 years and was set free in the lower court here this afternoon. 'The separatist organizations irrespective of their ideologies should come forward and set up their offices in the Batamaloo area. This would intensify and strengthen our efforts for achieving the goal of complete independence or accession with Pakistan for which thousands of people have offered their sacrifices', said Mushtaq. The chairman of Muslim League said that the Batamaloo area has offered sacrifices from time to time during the 15 years of the armed struggle and it would be befitting that all the separatists assemble at this place and carry out their operations from this place. 'I would prefer to embrace death instead of budging from my principled stand. I have made it clear so many times and today I want to renew my pledge. I would like to see Kashmir free or face death. In no way would I compromise, let be it loud and clear to one and all', said the chairman of Muslim League who was a former commander of Hizbullah. Being nostalgic about his arrest, Mushtaq remembered the exact date and said that it was on June 18, 1990 that he was arrested from the Batamaloo area. He added that during the 14 year old jail term he never felt tired and that he would continue in ensuring that the ongoing movement reaches its logical conclusion. 'Just yesterday I met some of the officers at the Hari Niwas interrogation centre and I asked them to fulfill the promises which have been made by the government of India. The Kashmiris have been fighting for a just cause and they would continue with their struggle unless their wishes as well as aspirations are fulfilled', said the chairman of Muslim League. Mushtaq said that the separatist organizations have different ideologies but as far as the goal is concerned it is same. He added that the people are the real fountain heads of the ongoing movement and it is they who would give the final verdict when given the chance. 'We accord utmost respect to the sentiments as well as emotions of the people and the decision taken by them would be accepted by all and sundry. If they want to accede with Pakistan we would welcome it and in case they want to remain independent we would have no objection', said the chairman of Muslim League. Mushtaq said that the Batamaloo area has been a witness to many violent incidents not only during the 15 year armed struggle but before that. He added that more than 650 youth of the area have offered their lives during the 15 years of militancy and that the people of the area should be ready to play a more responsible role in the coming days. The former militant commander said that it was in 1983 that he began his struggle during the one day international cricket match between India and West Indies. 'During that match which was held in November 1983, I asked the government of India to keep the promises made with the people of state according to the UN resolutions', he added. The chairman of Muslim League said that people should follow the cause and support that leader who is expected to take the ongoing movement to its logical conclusion. 'It is the duty of the people to follow the footsteps of that leader who is bound to take the ongoing movement to its logical conclusion. One who deviates from the stand should not be taken care of and people should boycott him wholeheartedly', he added. Senior separatist leaders Javed Ahmad Mir, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Shakeel Ahmad Bakshi, Mohammad Saleem Zargar and Mohammad Abdullah Tari were also present on this occasion.