Salahuddin Toes Hard-line Once Again

30 March 2008

New Delhi: Hizbul's supreme Commander Syed Salahuddin is back to his hardline ways. A desperate Hizb Chief has once again raised the pitch saying that they would continue to raise the guns until the Kashmir issue is resolved. Salahuddin has issued a threat saying that the Hizbul Mujaheedin wants the Kashmiris to be given the right to self determination and has slammed the Indian government for showing unwillingness to settle the longstanding dispute. Surprisingly this comes just months after the Hizbul Chief toned down his anti-India rhetoric declaring that the militant group would not resort to violence to enforce poll boycott. Salahudin's turnaround is sure to ruffle feathers in J&K's political circles and cause grave concern for mainstream political parties considering it's election year. The Hizb Chief has also taken a swipe at the new Pakistan government especially Asif Ali Zardari for alleging that the PPP leader was only trying to appease India on the issue. This warning comes in direct contradiction to what he had said a few months back. He said that the militant outfit will lift their guns only, if the Indian forces resort to violent coercion to stage a pro-Indian election in Kashmir. Salahuddin said, 'Guns cannot be silent unless and until the hot blood of half-a-million Kashmiris who were martyred by the Indian troops is respected and rewarded in the form of right to self determination.'