UJC rules out ceasefire in J&K

New Delhi, June 20: A day after Hurriyat Conference offered to send a delegation to Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir to broker a ceasefire with militants, an umbrella of 13 militant Pakistan-based outfits today ruled out any ceasefire and pledged to continue their armed struggle in Jammu and Kashmir.

New Delhi, June 20: A day after Hurriyat Conference offered to send a delegation to Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir to broker a ceasefire with militants, an umbrella of 13 militant Pakistan-based outfits today ruled out any ceasefire and pledged to continue their armed struggle in Jammu and Kashmir.
No one should pester the militant groups for ceasefire, chairman of the United Jehad Council and Hizbul Mujahideen supremo Syed Sallahuddin told Urdu service of BBC.

"I have not been consulted. If a delegation of Hurriyat Conference comes here, we will welcome but they should know that there will be no talks on ceasefire," he said.

"We will never initiate this action and even thinking that ceasefire should be a pre-condition to initiate talks is wrong," Sallahuddin said.

He said talks and armed struggle went hand-in-glove during the Afghanistan crisis and "Kashmir is no different."

The Hizb leader said India should first announce that Kashmir was a disputed territory and must in principle agree for a tripartite solution to the issue in accordance with the United Nations resolution.

Hurriyat conference chairman Abdul Gani Bhat had said in Srinagar yesterday that its delegation would try to broker a ceasefire with militant groups in Pakistan.

Bureau Report

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