Hizb, Hum Criticise Pro-cable Ban Groups
14 May 2006
The Indian Express
Srinagar: In a new twist to the ban on cable television in the Valley, Hizbul Mujahideen and Pakistan-based Harkat-ul- Mujahideen has asked the cable operators to resume their services. Hizbul Mujahideen has castigated the militant outfits, who called for ban on cable television, for threatening the 'sincere separatist leadership'. The pro-freedom militant group has said 'these threats will not be tolerated.' The statement comes a day after four militant outfits - Al Madina Regiment, Al-badr Mujahideen, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Harkat- ul-Mujahideen - in a joint statement warned the cable operators with dire consequences in case they fail to abide by their diktats. The militant outfits had also criticized Hizbul Mujahideen, Dukharan-I- Millat and hardline Hurriyat Conference who had urged them to revoke the ban. 'The ban on cable television, in present circumstances, would only help the people involved in the sex scandal,' spokesman of Hizbul Mujahideen, Junaid-ul-Islam told a local news agency. 'The cable operators should resume their services immediately.' Junaid-ul- Islam has asked those militant outfits, who have called for ban on cable television, to reconsider their decision. 'The ban holds no logic when the people across the valley have DTHs and Dish televisions,' he said. None of the militant outfit associated with United Jihad Council (UJC) has banned the cable operations in Valley. Meanwhile, two persons were killed and 23 others injured when militants hurled a grenade on a protest rally organised by BJP at a bus stand in Doda.