Interlocutors’ Claim Baseless: UJC2 November 2010
Srinagar: The United Jehad Council (UJC), the Muzaffarabad-based alliance of militant groups operating in Kashmir, on Tuesday said that New Delhi’s interlocutors had been appointed to weaken the freedom struggle in Kashmir and sow doubts in the minds of the people, and stressed that the reports of detained militants having expressed a desire to propose a peace plan were totally baseless and negative propaganda. “Having failed to garner support and endorsement from Kashmiris, New Delhi’s interlocutors have taken undue advantage of the helplessness of detained militants in an unsuccessful bid to prop up their falling credibility,” UJC spokesman, Syed Sadaqat Hussain, said. “The detained militants are at the mercy of the usurping enemy, and have been condemned to a struggle of life and death. The peace plan claim has been thrust on the heads of these helpless people under a planned conspiracy,” the spokesman said. “All Kashmiris languishing in Indian jails and torture cells are an asset of the freedom struggle who have dedicated their lives to the movement. They have been enduring untold hardships for years on end, and are not in a position to give a policy statement on Kashmir because of the physical and mental torment inflicted constantly by the enemy,” he said. “People who have offered such immense sacrifices can never give a statement that threatens to harm the freedom movement,” he said. “An established leadership exists at the political and the militant level to frame policy and make statements,’ he said. “A broad-based struggle is currently going on with the comprehensive endorsement and consultation of the leadership, and India is trying tooth and nail to sabotage it,” he said. “Negotiation teams are being dispatched to Kashmir in quick succession to mislead the world into believing that talks are on with Kashmir, and to create doubts between mujahideen and the people, and between detainees and the leadership to weaken the movement,” he said. “But Kashmiri people can see through this ploy, and will continue their peaceful struggle under the Hurriyat leadership, particularly Syed Ali Shah Geelani,” he said.