Kashmiris feel insecure in PoK: Surrendered ultra
2 October 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: 'Despite great sacrifices, Kashmiris are not trusted in Pakistan- occupied Kashmir (PoK). They are pawns in the power game being played by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and militants there,' a surrendered ultra claimed today. Maluk Tedua, a resident of Kalaroos in border district of Kupwara, along with his wife Shameema, a resident of PoK, and son Bilal were apprehended by the Army when they were trying to cross over the Line of Control (LoC) in the Uri sector yesterday. The Army produced the family before the media here today. Interacting with the media here, Maluk Tedua claimed that the ISI and Pakistan-based militants organisation forcibly picked up Kashmiri youth from various refugee camps in PoK to give them arms training and then send them across the LoC for carrying out terror and subversive acts on the Indian side. He said the life of a Mohajir (refugee) was insecure due to the threat from the Pakistani Army, the ISI and the militants. Maluk Tedua claimed that the Kashmiris in PoK have started believing that they actually belong to the Valley and India. 'They have their family and relatives in Kashmir and get true self-respect. Kashmiris cannot dream of a secure future with Pakistan. There is no 'Azadi' (freedom) in so-called 'Azad Kashmir' (PoK),' he claimed. Maluk Tedua said he was forcibly taken to Muzaffarabad, the capital of PoK, by few Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants from Kalaroos area of the Kupwara district in September last year. He stayed at Garhi refugee camp in PoK for three months and later married Shameema, a resident of Muzaffarabad. She had lost her first husband in the earthquake that hit both sides of the LoC on October 8 last year and has a two-year-old son, Bilal, from him. Maluk Tedua claimed that he was under pressure from the ISI and the militant oufits to join arms training. He was asked to be ready to cross over to India after the holy month of Ramzan. Maluk Tedua said he felt insecure and later fled from PoK along with his wife and son. He said conditions in PoK were not good especially after the earthquake. Talking to journalists, Shameema said life was a burden in Muzaffarabad and looked forward to leading a happy married life in the Kashmir valley. The couple claimed that their desperation to flee from PoK was evident from the rigorous walk undertaken by them for three days and as many nights in rugged jungle terrain.