December 2006 News

Jihad Council concerned at Pakistans Kashmir shift

17 December 2006
The Daily Times
Mohammad Imran

Islamabad: The United Jihad Council (UJC) has decided to step up its political and diplomatic activities to push for Kashmirs accession to Pakistan, after what it sees as Pakistan shifting its stance on Kashmir. Sources privy to a two-day meeting of the UJC held recently in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, told Daily Times that the councils leadership expressed serious concern over a recent Foreign Office statement that Pakistan has never called Kashmir an integral part of the country. The leaders opined that it was time for the UJC to come out of its slumber the sources said. Most of the council members and close aides of Syed Salahuddin, the chief of the UJC and Hizbul Mujahiddeen, asked him to come forward and play his role, the sources said. The leaders felt that this would also strengthen Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chief of a hardline All Parties Huriyat Conference, who is facing isolation as other Kashmiri leaders are directly or indirectly engaged in talks with India and Pakistan. The sources said that as a first step, the UJC decided that Salahuddin would interact with the media and contact the political leadership of the country. The meeting also decided to continue the freedom movement in Kashmir regardless of any shift in Pakistans Kashmir policy, the sources said.


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