No Taliban, Al-Qaeda In Kashmir: Separatist Leaders

6 April 2009

Srinagar: Senior separatist leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani has said that no Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants are present in Kashmir. 'Neither Al-Qaeda nor Taliban militants are present in Kashmir. Indian security agencies are unleashing propaganda that the Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants have sneaked into Kashmir. The agencies are unleashing the propaganda because they are afraid of the people's movements in the wake of the killing of innocent civilians in Kashmir, which has brought the government and its armed forces on the back foot and led to forceful demands for the removal of their camps from Kashmir,' Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Kashmiri hardline leader said. He said 'India does not want to repeal special powers given to its troops in Kashmir. Even pro-India parties are asking for revocation of such laws, which has made New Delhi nervous. They are raising the false specter of Taliban to defame the freedom movement and to create an excuse for committing genocide in Kashmir,' Geelani said. Meanwhile, pro-Pakistan separatist party, Jamaat-e-Islami has also rubbished the claims that Al-Qaeda and Taliban is present in Kashmir. 'Kashmiris are fighting for freedom and such propaganda is floated to label the movement and cause harm to it,' said the chief of Jamaat-e-Islami.