November 2006 News

20 Militants Surrender In J&K

25 November 2006
The Hindustan Times

Baramullah: Twenty militants from different outfits on Saturday laid down arms in front of the general officer in command of the 19 Infantry Division of the army in Baramullah. Trained in Pakistan, most of them had crossed over to Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir for arms training between 1993 and 2002. The militants said they were disillusioned with the treatment meted out at the PoK training camps. Abdul Gaffar, a resident of Lolab in Kupwara district of North Kashmir, said he had crossed over to PoK in 1993 for arms training. 'After crossing the LoC, I was lodged in the Batrasi camp of Hizbul Mujahideen, where I was given weapons training. But everything changed in 1996. My brother was killed and I was told that the Indian army killed him. Later, a letter from my home said he was killed by a member of my own tanzeen (outfit) because of his affiliation with a political party.' Gaffar said he refused to go back to Kashmir after 'coming to know the reality.' He said the 2000 ceasefire declared by Hizbul Mujahideen's Kashmir chief Abdul Majid Dar gave him hope. 'We thought that peace was round the corner when Dar declared truce, but he was branded an Indian agent and killed by Sayeed Sallahudin.' He alleged that 300 Kashmiri militants training in PoK had split from Sallahudin.


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