PoK-based Jehad Council Rejects Surrender Offer
23 November 2005
Srinagar: The Muzaffarabad-based United Jehad Council (UJC), an umbrella organisation of several militant groups operating in Jammu and Kashmir, has rejected Army Chief General J.J. Singh's surrender offer to militants. 'We did not take up arms for perks and privileges. We will never go for a sell-out,' UJC Chairman Syed Salah-ud-Din said in a statement to the media here. Salah-ud-Din, who also heads the Hizbul Mujahideen, the single largest indigenous militant group operating in Jammu and Kashmir, dismissed the Army chief's suggestion to militants to lay down arms and join the mainstream. 'For the past 58 years, India has been trying to hush up the Kashmir issue. But they (India) will never succeed in it,' he said. On November 21 at Charunda in Uri near the Line of Control (LoC), Gen Singh appealed to militants to abjure violence and join the mainstream and also promised them of suitable rehabilitation. 'If they (militants) shun violence and join the mainstream, we will rehabilitate them suitably. After all the misguided youth are also part of our family,' he added. Gen Singh said those militants, who surrender and adopt the path of peace and reconciliation would be absorbed in the armed forces. The Army chief said militancy had ruined lives of people of the state. 'The gun has brought only death and destruction in Jammu and Kashmir. There will be peace and progress in the state only when the militancy ends... Let us all resolve to move on the path of peace and prosperity,' he added.