Pakistan military plans major offensive in Kashmir, says Afghan opposition

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Pakistan military plans major offensive in Kashmir, says Afghan opposition

14 July 1999
Indian Express

LONDON: Major Afghan opposition groups have alleged that Pakistan military has amassed eight to ten thousand mercenaries and its regulars for a major summer offensive in Jammu and Kashmir and Afghanistan, and called on U.S. President Bill Clinton to impose punitive sanctions against the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Labelling the Kargil incursions as only a part of the "hidden agenda of ISI", Afghan opposition groups, including Jamaat-i-Islami of former president Burhanuddin Rabbani, Hezb-i-Wahdat, Ismaili forces and Uzbek groups, said thousands of Pakistani mercenaries and army regulars had begun pouring into Afghanistan for an imminent offensive.

"The pouring in of thousands of army regulars and extremist mercenaries into Afghanistan and Kashmir is a classic game of military intervention by the Pakistan military ISI," they said in a statement.

Wali masood, Afghan ambassador here and the brother of legendary Afghan Mujhaeddin commander Ahmed Shah Masood, released the statement yesterday and said, "what has been unravelling in Kargil in Kashmir today has been the scene of events in Afghanistan for the past seven years. It is Pakistan military intervention in Afghanistan under the label of Taliban and it is a similar double track card which ISI is playing in Jammu and Kashmir by invasion by mixed force of mercenaries and regular army," Masood said, warning India it was not going to end with the withdrawal in Kargil.

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