24th October 1997
Times of India
Islamabad: Pakistan-based Harkat-ul-Ansar, which the US administration had designated as a "terrorist" organization earlier this month, has warned that any government action against it may result in violence. The group claimed 10,000 of its activists were presently operating in Kashmir. Harkat chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rahman Khalid, said he "did not care being labelled terrorist by the US administrateion." He criticized the Pakistani authorities for launching operations against their activists in various parts of the country.
The Harkat chief, who addressed a press conference at Rawalpindi Wednesday also expressed his apprehension about a crackdown against its activists before the visit of President Clinton. "Government may arrest the leadership of Harkat-ul-Ansar to please the US," media reports quoted him as saying.