Militants Maligning Islam On Jehad's Name: Qayoom
23 September 2005
The Daily Excelsior
New Delhi: Flaying terrorists for 'maligning' Islam in the name of 'jehad', former Pakistan occupied Kashmir PoK 'Prime Minister' Sardar Qayoom Khan has expressed apprehension that the weapons of mass destruction might fall into their hands and completely derail the ongoing peace process. 'There is no jehad in Jammu and Kashmir. Terrorists are tools in the hands of vested interests. Jehad is waged to protect destitutes and the downtrodden and not to kill women and children. The purpose of jehad in Jammu and Kashmir has been defeated,' Mr Khan told mediapersons at a reception hosted by the Kashmiri community here last night. He said violence will not resolve the complex Kashmir issue and the terrorists were a threat to peace in South Asia. 'Guns have no place in Jammu and Kashmir. And the blood of innocent people must not be spilled,' he added. The PoK leader said the worst impact of the violence in the State was the mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits which severely damaged the secular fabric of the Kashmiri society. 'The gun spared nobody. It has killed people from all communities,' Mr Khan, who was here to attend an Intra Kashmir conference, said. Reiterating that the complex Kashmir issue cannot be resolved overnight, former Hurriyat chairman Abdul Ghani Bhat, who also attended the reception, said everyone must contribute to establish peace in the State. 'Everyone must contribute in the resolution of the Kashmir issue and establishing peace in the State.... No miracle can be worked out over night,' he added. The reception was attended by prominent Kashmiris, including Jammu and Kashmir CPI(M) secretary general Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami, Panthers Party chief Bhim Singh, senior leaders Mian Altaf and Abdul Rasheed Shaheen, lawyer Ashok Bhan, veteran journalist P N Jalali, academician Riaz Punjabi and Peoples Conference leader Sajjad Lone. Later, Mr Bhan presented a shawl to Sardar Qayoom Khan and Mr Shaheen gifted Kashmiri handicrafts as a memento to the PoK leader.