Islamabad: Several banned jihadi groups,
including the Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, on Thursday
opposed Pakistan`s move to grant Most Favoured Nation (MFN)
status to India.
Leaders of the groups, including Muttahida Jihad Council
chairman Syed Salahuddin, told a gathering of hundreds of
supporters at Aabpara Chowk in Islamabad about their movement
to "liberate" Jammu and Kashmir.
"We will continue our struggle on the political,
diplomatic and, most important of all, jihadi fronts till the
last Indian soldier leaves Kashmir. We will continue till
Jammu and Kashmir becomes independent," said Salahuddin, who
is also the chief of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.
A spokesman who addressed the gathering on behalf of LeT
commander Iftikhar Haider said his group would take "revenge"
for the killing of Muslims in Gujarat in 2002 and the 2007
bombing of the Samjhauta Express cross-border train.
"The relationship between Pakistan and India is one of
guns and bullets, not of trade," the LeT spokesman said while
opposing the granting of MFN-status to India by Pakistan.
The gathering was held in a market located less than two
kilometres from the headquarters of the Inter-Services
Intelligence agency in the heart of Islamabad.
Jihadi leaders, including Salahuddin and Al Badr
Mujahideen leader Bakht Zameen, too opposed Pakistan’s
decision in principle to grant MFN-status to India.
Salahuddin claimed bilateral relations could not improve
and Pakistan could not confer MFN-status on India as long as
Indian troops remained in Jammu and Kashmir.
Several leaders of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen,
Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and other groups also addressed the
gathering that was organised to mark the "Youm-e-Siah" (Black
The day is observed across Pakistan on October 27 every
year to protest the entry of Indian troops in Jammu and
Kashmir in 1947.