Will Talk To India If It Accepts Kashmir As Dispute, Says UJC

7 July 2015
Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: The United Jihad Council-a conglomerate of various militant organizations-Tuesday said there is 'no harm in holding talks with India provided it accepts Kashmir as a dispute.' 'We are not just for fighting We are open to all positive steps to achieve our goals. If India acknowledges Kashmir as a dispute with some international guarantee and invites the United Jihad Council for talks, we are ready to enter into a purposeful process,' said UJC's Secretary General, Shaikh Jamil ur Rehman. He was talking to media persons during a visit to the office of Capital Journalists Forum (CJF) here. However Rehman regretted India had 'never been serious' towards holding meaningful parleys with stakeholders-militant groups, pro-freedom leaders or the Government of Pakistan. 'We need to keep an eye on India's double dealings,' he said, without elaborating further. On accusations by former RAW chief AS Dulat, the UJC Secretary General maintained 'it was a failed attempt to tarnish the image of pro-freedom leadership; something India has been persistently doing for long out of sheer frustration.' 'Since Kashmiri nation is fully aware of the motives behind this fresh vilification campaign, it will fail to mislead people,' he said. Rehman said in a situation where Kashmiris were 'at war with India, reconciliation with the enemy at the cost of sacrifices by Kashmiris is impossible.' 'Our militant and political leadership has a character. It has always resisted temptations by India,' he asserted. He said the struggle in Kashmir was an 'ideological movement and has nothing to do with worldly gains.' 'One of the purposes of this smear campaign by RAW is to create confusion among people of Kashmir,' he said. 'Our enemy is out to create misunderstandings between us and people. We have to defeat this by staying on the same page.' 'Politicians in Pakistan must also realize that the movement in Kashmir is the movement to safeguard the future of Kashmir's future generations. So it is incumbent upon Pakistan to support our movement. The fighters in Kashmir are more precious than Pakistan's armed forces,' he said. To a question, he said 'India is habitual of blaming ISI and Kashmiri fighters for things that have no distant connection with them. But Pakistan is not exposing India's involvement in unrelenting acts of terrorism in its territory.' 'Pakistan should tell its own people and the international community about RAW's activities on its soil,' he said. Meanwhile, PaK Minister for Finance, ChoudharyLatif Akbar, also condemned the allegations by former RAW chief as 'pack of lies.' 'He (Dulat) has leveled allegations to divert attention from human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir which have also been verified by some international organizations, such as the Amnesty International,' he said at a press conference.