Militants Tell Mush: Meek Surrender Before India
18 April 2005
The Times of India
Srinagar: Militant groups and hardliners in Kashmir are angry that Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf had a successful India visit and they are predictably accusing him of selling out Kashmir's interests. But moderate Kashmiris are ready to celebrate what they see as a harbinger of peace between the two neighbours. 'The person, who is referred to as hero of Kargil war, has knelt before India. There is no precedent of such a meek surrender in the history of Pakistan,' Samir Abdullah, spokesman for four militant groups, Al-Nasireen, Al- Arifeen, Save Kashmir Movement and Farzandan-e-Millat said. 'Musharraf Bharat ke saath tijarat (business) seeyahat (tourism) and shetani sakafat (cultural exchange) ke badle Kashmir ka sauda tay kar chukka hai,' said the statement. The four groups have vowed to disrupt the new bus service across the LoC and claimed responsibility for attacking Srinagar's tourist reception centre the day before the first bus was to be flagged off. 'These new CBMs would dilute Pakistan's stance vis-a-vis Kashmir,' said Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the leader of the hardline Hurriyat faction. He expressed unhappiness over the increase in frequency of buses between Srinagar and Muzaffarabad, besides making trucks operational on the route. Criticising Musharraf, the militant groups said he had surrendered over the Kashmir issue with an eye on trade.