Jehad Not Required In Kashmir: Captured Militant

25 April 2009

Srinagar: A captured Pakistan militant of Hizbul Mujahideen has said that jehad (holy war) is not required in Kashmir, where everything is normal. 'I was motivated to join the jehad after being told that the Indian army was committing oppression in Kashmir and killing and harassing the common Kashmiris. We were told that people were not being allowed to offer prayers and the chastity of women was being attacked,' said the captured militant identified as Syed Moinullah Shah of Dir, NWFP Pakistan, who was arrested by the army while trying to infiltrate into Kashmir from the Gurez sector. He was produced before the media by the army on Saturday. Shah, 31, who underwent training in Manshera, said after his infiltration into Kashmir, he saw that things were normal. 'I saw people busy in construction and I did not see any soldier preventing anybody from offering prayers. 'I realised that there was no need for Jehad (holy war) in Kashmir and wanted to return to Pakistan. I contacted the brother of a Kashmiri militant, who brought us here. I gave him Rs 1000 and told him to make arrangements for my return to Pakistan. During this process, I was arrested by the soldiers,' he said.