Terror Groups Not Happy About Hurriyat's Pak Visit
26 May 2005
The Hindustan Times
New Delhi: An umbrella organisation of Pakistan-based terrorist groups on Thursday opposed the decision of moderate faction of Hurriyat and JKLF to travel to Pakistan, saying it would be 'more detrimental' to the separatist cause in Jammu and Kashmir. 'This (travel plans) is apparently a good gesture. But unless and until the united leadership of Kashmir does not come to Pakistan, this visit will not bear fruitful results,' United Jehad Council (UJC) Chairman and Hizbul Mujahideen Supreme Commander Syed Salahuddin said. 'If half of the leaders come here and half are there, it will be more detrimental to the cause of the (separatist) movement,' he said in an interview in Rawalpindi to Reuters. Salahuddin was obviously favouring the visit by hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani who has not yet accepted Pakistan's invitation to travel to that country. The moderate faction of Hurriyat headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday announced that it wanted to travel to Pakistan on June 2 on invitation from the latter.