Militants would continue war against India: Hizbul chief

Last Updated: Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 10:05

Islamabad: Top Kashmiri militant
commander Syed Salahuddin on Saturday admitted that the activities
of militants in Jammu and Kashmir had increased according to a
"definite plan" and they were continuing their "war" against
Indian security forces.

"In the field, the activities of the mujahideen have
increased and are increasing according to a definite plan. We
are fighting a guerrilla war that cannot be at a constant
pace. There is sit and stop, according to a plan, and we are
continuing our war," said Salahuddin, who heads the Hizbul
Mujahideen and United Jehad Council.

He claimed the "uprising" in Jammu and Kashmir had
never declined and world governments and the media had
"underestimated" it due to pressure in the wake of 9/11 terror
attacks in the US.

He also claimed there was no infiltration by militants
across the Line of Control.

Salahuddin said during an interview with Dawn News
channel that he supported the Taliban`s war against US-led
forces in Afghanistan.

"As far as Taliban`s ideology is that US and other
foreign forces should leave Afghanistan, we support it 110 percent and think it is correct. But it is illegal to conduct any
activities within Pakistan," he claimed.

Salahuddin dismissed a question about the Taliban
being behind attacks within Pakistan, saying: "Any mujahid can
never be involved in disruptive actions in Pakistan."

He claimed there was no proof that militants from
groups like the Hizb-e-Islami or Pakistani and Afghan Taliban
were involved in attacks within Pakistan.

The militant commander also dismissed the
interviewer`s contention that the Pakistani Taliban had
claimed responsibility for attacks within the country and
alleged such attacks were being carried out by "some 40,000
people who were trained in 12 training camps run by India in
Afghanistan".

He alleged India had tried to misguide the world
community and pressurise Pakistan by claiming militants based
in the country were involved in the Mumbai attacks.

The Mumbai attacks had no link to the Kashmir movement
and would make no difference to it, he claimed.

Noting that the Hizbul Mujahideen had attacked the
Wullar barrage in Jammu and Kashmir in 1992, Salahuddin said
the militants could attack other dams in the Indian state "if
there is a need".

He added: "It is not a big issue for us." Salahuddin
claimed the regime of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf
had damaged the Kashmir movement in 2002 by agreeing to talks
with India.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 10:05

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