April 2005 News

Hizb warns of fidayeen attacks

4 April 2005
The Hindu
Shujaat Bukhari

Srinagar: The pro-Pakistan Hizb-ul-Mujahideen opposing the Srinagar- Muzaffarabad bus service has warned of fidayeen attacks. The Hizb spokesman, Junaidul Islam, said: 'There was no serious attempt by the Indian Government in the past to resolve the Kashmir issue and at present also has no plans to solve the problem or fulfil its promises.' In a write-up in the Urdu weekly, Chattan, he said that to run the bus was 'an attempt to give an impression of being the torchbearers of peace and divert attention from the real issue by the Indian Government.'Referring to the External Affairs Minister, Natwar Singh's reported statement that 'Azad Kashmir was an integral part of India hence there was no need to have passports to travel there,' he said 'it should be an eye-opener for those who are strongly supporting the bus service.' The Muzaffarabad bus is clearly 'an attempt to sabotage the ongoing freedom movement,' he said.


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