Jihadis protest Islamabad's move on MFN status to India

Activists of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) joined other jihadi groups on Thursday to protest against the Pakistan government's move to grant Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India and warned New Delhi that the lull in their activities should not be interpreted as a victory for the Indian government.

At a public meeting organised here to observe ‘Black Day' to mark the arrival of Indian troops in Srinagar this day in 1947 after the signing of the Instrument of Accession, leaders of various jihadi organisations also heaped scorn on Pakistan's federal government for planning to accord MFN status to India though resolution of the Kashmir issue was nowhere in sight.

Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin said the fight against the Government of India would continue till the last of the “occupying forces” left Jammu and Kashmir. “No formula that involves any kind of Indian interference in Jammu and Kashmir is acceptable to us,” he said warning that Kashmir was a potential nuclear flashpoint.

Besides the Hizb and the LeT, the meeting — held in the vicinity of the headquarters of Pakistan's premier spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence — was addressed by a representative of the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammad and al-Badr Mujahideen.

The LeT representative was particularly blunt. The only relationship with India can be through bullets, he said. Besides Kashmir, he called for ‘liberation' of Hyderabad, Junagadh and ‘retribution' for the Gujarat carnage and the Samjhauta Express blasts as part of the unfinished agenda of jihadi organisations.

Meanwhile, the All-Parties Hurriyat Conference put up posters and banners at vantage points of the federal capital to protest against ‘Indian occupation of Kashmir.' Some of these posters and banners included graphic photographs of security personnel beating up people in a bid to show “Indian brutalities'' and “terrorists in uniform” in “India-held Kashmir.'

Earlier, Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua — while sidestepping a question on whether it was appropriate to grant MFN status to India without resolution of the Kashmir issue — said:

“The government of Pakistan is committed to supporting the right of the Kashmiri people to self-determination. Pakistan continues to discuss the Kashmir issue with India at every possible occasion.” It was discussed during the Foreign Minister-level engagement in New Delhi and was also on the agenda of the resumed dialogue process.

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