Kashmir jihad helped Musharraf politically
25 June 2000
New York: An American magazine has said that the jihad in Kashmir is of tremendous political help to Pakistan''s military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf. ''In a fractious country like Pakistan, the jihad in Kashmir unifies people like no other issue does'', said a cover story titled ''Inside Jihad'' by Geffrey Goldberg in the New York Times Magazine dated June 25. Gen. Musharraf also defends the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen a group that the US state department has labelled a terrorist organisation that has been identified as waging a violent jihad against India.The group is believed to have hijacked an Indian airliner last December. Speaking of Khalil-ur-Rehman, the leader of the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, Musharraf said, ''These people are not terrorists, They are fighting a jihad''. Khalil-ur-Rehman, who was also quoted denied his group had ever killed indian civilians in Kashmir. ''No one should worry about us,'' he said. ''Only the oppressors of islam''. Samiul Haq, the chancellor of Haqqania ''madrassa'' or seminary in the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan, alleged that America''s policy towards muslims is directed by a Jewish-Hindu conspiracy. A former chief of Pakistan''s intelligence services Gen. Hamid Gul is quoted as saying that Aipac, a pro-Israel lobby, sets America''s policy towards Pakistan. ''The Jews and Brahmins have a lot in common,'' said Gul referring to high caste hindus. When he was asked to name one thing they have in common, he replied, ''Usury.''