Hizb chief appears in public
26 March 2006
Islamabad: Hizb-ul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, who was reportedly detained early this month by Pakistan authorities, has appeared in public in the country's Northwest Frontier Province (NWFP). Local channel Geo TV showed a clipping of him addressing a conference, organised by Jamaate-Islami-party in Peshawar on Saturday. The channel quoted him as saying that the United States was pressuring Pakistan to change its policy on Kashmir. The two-day conference was attended by Hamas leader Sheikh Muhammad Sayam and top leaders of Pakistan's Islamic alliance Muthahida Majlis Amal (MMA). Salahuddin was reportedly detained, along with some associates, while going on a hunger strike in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, accusing Pakistan of softening its stand on Kashmir. The reported arrest came around the time when National Conference leader Omar Abdullah and other Kashmiri leaders attended an international conference organised here by the NGO Pugwash.