August 2000 News

Dar Was Misquoted: Salahuddin

23 August 2000
Times of India

Muzaffarabad: A day after the Jammu and Kashmir-based leader of Hizbul Mujahideen Abdul Majid Dar said that a fresh ceasefire would be enforced within the next two months, the militant outfit''s supreme leader Syed Salahuddin in Pakistan said Dar had been ''misquoted,'' indicating a rift in the group. What Dar meant was the ''situation will be clear within two months,'' Salahuddin said here, asserting ''the ceasefire will be resumed only after India accepts our basic demands, whether in two days, two months or in 10 years.'' Hizbul was ready to take a step ''bigger than the ceasefire'' if India met its demands and ''Pakistan will back us in that step,'' he said, refusing to elaborate. ''Our basic aim is to resolve the long-standing (Kashmir) issue and not to indulge in bloodshed,'' Salahuddin said.

 

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