Salahuddin Seeks Review Of Kashmir Policy

20 April 2008

Lahore: Urging new Pakistan Government to frame a fresh Kashmir policy through national consensus, Syed Salahuddin, the Chairman of United Jihad Council (UJC) on Saturday supported the decision of Pakistan Government to hang Sarbjit Singh, the Indian national accused of carrying out bomb blasts in Pakistan. “The person (Sarbjit) who is involved in the killings of innocent people does not deserve any relief and should face the decision of the court of law,” the chairman of UJC, a conglomerate of 13 militant outfits operating in the State told Rising Kashmir. Urging new government in Pakistan not to abandon the traditional Kashmir policy, Salahuddin who is also the Supreme commander of Hizbul Mujahideen said, “Pakistan government should frame a new Kashmir policy after consulting all the political forces of the country including those who are in the parliament or outside the parliament. Pakistan should stick to its traditional Kashmir policy.” Asking new Pakistani government not to underestimate Kashmir dispute as it is directly linked with the national security of Pakistan, he said, 'Any negligence in this regard, will have adverse effect on the defence capability of the country.' The UJC chairman said that India has got the benefit of one sided compromise made by Pakistan in recent years. “India has started infiltration in western areas of the Pakistan and government of Pakistan has clear evidences about the involvement of Indian hand in terrorist activities in Balochistan and Waziristan.” Salahuddin said that Kashmir issue has full support of people of Pakistan as well as the newly elected parliamentarians. “Disappearance of Pakistan President Parvez Musharraf from the current political scene of Pakistan will not affect the Kashmir issue,” he said. Referring to the composite dialogue between Pakistan and India next month, he said, “It is an exercise in futility as both countries have held more than 300 rounds of talks during the past 60 years but in vain. Only Kashmir specific talks among Pakistan, India and Kashmiri leadership under the specific time frame can yield positive results.” Demanding an international probe into the recently discovered mass graves in north Kashmir’s Uri area, the UJC chairman said that international human rights organizations specially the Amnesty International should take a serious note of this issue and probe the matter. He said: “Indian troopers have subjected 10,000 to 16, 000 people in Kashmir to enforced disappearance and these graves are of the few of the persons who went missing in past 18 years..' There is possibility of such graves being discovered in other areas of Kashmir too,' he added. Responding to a question regarding proposal of introducing dual currency in Kashmir, he said that it is only an election stunt which has been initiated by a political party just to attract voters. Reiterating that Hizbul Mujahideen will not enforce the poll boycott in the state, the Hizb Supremo said, “We will not keep anyone away from the polling booths on the pretext of a gunpoint. However, all political forces in Kashmir including All Parties Huriyat Conference (APHC) should initiate a public awareness campaign for educating masses not to participate in election process. Polls is just a drama staged to legitimize unjustified actions of Indian government,' he added. However, Salahuddin said that if Indian forces tried to bring people forcibly to poling stations, “Mujahideen will not tolerate it.” Terming the news reports about extraordinary meeting of militant commanders in Muzaffarabad as baseless and wrong, he said “Routine meetings usually remain in progress in which various aspects of freedom movement are discussed. There was no special meeting. It was just a propaganda.”