October 2016 News

Hizbul Head Salahuddin Seeks Pak Military Help Over Kashmir Issue

21 October 2016
The Hindustan Times

Islamabad: Hizbul Mujahideen head Syed Salahuddin has sought Pakistan military's help over Kashmir issue and mocked India's claims of 'surgical strikes' in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. 'The festering (Kashmir) issue is not going to resolve through talks or resolutions Pakistan should militarily support Kashmiris by providing resources to the mujahideen,' Dawn newspaper quoted Salahuddin as saying. 'When the world is paying no heed to us, the only option left with us is the armed struggle,' added Salahuddin, who has been living in Pakistan for many years. Originally a resident of Budgam district in Jammu and Kashmir, Salahuddin unsuccessfully contested assembly elections in the state in 1987 and later went over to Pakistan. Salahuddin, who is also chairman of and United Jihad Council (UJC), also promised to change the map of the region. 'If the mujahideen get military support, not only Kashmir will clinch freedom but the map of the subcontinent will also undergo a change,' he said. Without elaborating the details of military support he asked for, Salahuddin said Indian military power cannot be defeated through diplomacy. Mocking India's 'surgical strikes' claims, he said Indian troops did not have the courage or capability to cross the Line of Control (LoC) to conduct any such operation. 'The propaganda has made India a laughing stock in the comity of nations,' he said.