Hizb offers to stop operations if troops repositioned
28 September 2006
The Daily Times
New Delhi: The Hizbul Mujahideen said on Thursday that there was no sense in the Ramzan ceasefire, and offered to stop its operations in Jammu and Kashmir if army troops in the state moved to the position they were in before the outbreak of militancy. There is no sense in a Ramzan ceasefire. It means that there will be no violence for only a month, but for the rest of the 11 months, forces will continue with their killings and so will militants, Hiz chief Syed Salauddin told a Muzaffarabad news channel. So if the government is sincere, they should withdraw their forces to the pre-1989 position as a good gesture and we will stop operations ... I assure you, he said, and backed a long-term ceasefire in the state.