Militants Threaten Massive Strikes
14 August 2000
B. Muralidhar Reddy
Islamabad: The Pakistan-based militant organisations continue to issue statements threatening major strikes against the Indian forces to coincide with the Independence Day. A spokesman of the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen has said that activists of his organisation would launch massive and fierce attacks on the military concentrations in Kashmir to turn the Independence Day into "destruction day". The Lashkar-e-Taiba, has claimed that suicide squads had been assigned missions to sabotage Independence Day celebrations. "We will give a big surprise for India on her Independence day, notwithstanding the tight security arrangements. India"s security arrangements are not a point of concern for us. We can attack any of their camps anytime and we have proved it in the past", a spokesman of the group has claimed. In another development, the Pakistan President, Mr. Rafiq Tarar, has urged the international community to persuade India to agree to resolve the Kashmir problem. In a brief address at the flag- hoisting ceremony on the occasion of Pakistan Independence Day Mr. Tarar said the international community should take note of the volatile situation in the sub-continent and help towards solution of the Kashmir dispute. Kashmir was a "nuclear flash-point", he said and added that both India and Pakistan could save precious resources and energies on defence and divert them to the progress and prosperity of their people if the Kashmir issue was resolved. Pakistan would continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to Kashmiris in their fight for a solution on the basis of U.N. Security Council Resolutions.