Militants threaten APHC over talks offer

JAMMU AUG. 26. Militants have expressed resentment over the latest stand of the All-Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) not to press for the inclusion of Pakistan in the first stage of talks on the Kashmir issue.

The Jamait-ul-Mujahideen, in a press statement, warned Moulvi Ansari of serious repercussions if he decided to enter into talks with New Delhi without the involvement of Pakistan. Sheikh Abdul Basit, chief of the outfit, said the Hurriyat had become a major threat to the movement and Mr. Ansari was instrumental in issuing `anti-movement' statements.

He said unless Pakistan was involved in the talks, a lasting solution to the Kashmir issue could not be found. The outfit asked him not to follow the path of late Sheikh Abdullah who "had betrayed the cause of the people of Kashmir."

The Hizb-ul Mujahideen's chief operations commander, Gazi Naseer-ud-din, has asked the conglomerate not to `deviate' from its stand as the people had not given it any mandate to do so. Stating that the Hurriyat's attitude to New Delhi was `contemptuous', he said: "Any conspiracy against the freedom struggle would not be allowed."

In the last 13 years of turmoil in Jammu and Kashmir whenever a separatist leader expressed readiness to talk to the Central Government without including Pakistan, militant outfits have instantly issued threat calls.

Just before the last Assembly elections, the People's Conference leader, late Abdul Ghani Lone, was also issued threat calls when he hinted at participation in the elections and repeatedly asked foreign militants to leave the State as they were bringing a bad name to the cause of Kashmir.

A few months before his death, Lone had a narrow escape in Doda when a grenade was fired on his vehicle.

The Jamat-ul-Mujahideen, which has issued the threat to the Hurriyat leadership this time, was allegedly involved in the killing of Mirwaiz Moulvi Farooq, father of the present Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on May 21, 1990, at his residence.

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