Unification Process Of APHC Factions Is Being Closely Watched' Jihad Council

14 July 2008
Kashmir Watch

Srinagar: Asserting that militant leadership is ready to work on “any front” for the cause of resolving Kashmir dispute, head of the Muzaffrabad-based United Jihad Council, Syed Salahuddin Monday said that the moves to reunite Hurriyat factions were being monitored and the elements hampering the process would be dealt with sternly. “We are ready to work on any front to resolve Kashmir issue but the guns won’t fall silent and jihad against India will continue till the goal of freedom is achieved,” a local news agency KNS quoted Salahuddin, who also heads Hizbul-Mujahideen, as saying. Salahuddin said that UJC is keeping a close watch on the “unscrupulous elements” who are trying to create hurdles between the unification of two Hurriyat factions. “Mujahideen are keeping a close watch over the developments that are taking place. Some people are hell-bent to sabotage the unity efforts. We are closely monitoring them and will not allow them to succeed in their designs,” he said, adding, “They will be handled sternly.” He said it was very unfortunate the present Pakistani government is unaware of the background of Kashmir issue. “Pakistan doesn’t know what would be the ramifications if they continue to the stick to the wrong policy on Kashmir,” the UJC Supremo said. About his recent meeting with the Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at Muzaffarabad, the Hizb chief said, “We categorically told Mirwaiz that he should not have supported Pakistan President Parvez Musharraf’s four point formula. This was the only reason why I avoided meetings Mirwaiz during his earlier visits to Pakistan.” Welcoming the bridging of differences between the two Hurriyat factions, Salahuddin said, “Mirwaiz by initiating talks with the veteran leader Syed Ali Geelani has gained more respect.” He urged the both the Hurriyat factions to build pressure on Pakistan to show them that Kashmiri people were against the Pakistan’s anti-Kashmir policy which was going in favour of India. On dialogue process, the Hizb chief said the UJC was never against the dialogue, but the talks should be tripartite. “We are ready to for talks if India accepts Kashmir as a dispute and involves Kashmiri people and Pakistan in talks,” he averred. He said Kashmir struggle is based on various things and the gun is part and parcel of that. About the changing political scenario, Salahuddin said, “Nothing has changed. India is same as it was 20 years before.” The Hizb chief urged both the factions of Hurriyat Conference to speed up their election boycott campaign to ensure complete boycott of upcoming Assembly elections. He reiterated that gun won’t be used to enforce the poll boycott.