January 2001 News

Al-Badr to step up attacks in Kashmir

2 January 2001
The Asian Age

Islamabad: Pro-Pakistan militant outfit Al-Badr on Tuesday warned that it would step up militant operations in Jammu and Kashmir and rejecting the offer of talks with India, media reports said here on Tuesday. A statement quoting Bakht Zamin, a leader of Al-Badr, which favours Kashmir's accession to Pakistan, rejecting any proposal for talks with India said the issue of Kashmir could be solved only through Jihad, Pakistan daily, the news, said. 'We have set up targets for 2001, we will step up our operations,' Zamin said in the statement. Al-Badr is an outfit supported by Pakistan's ISI and has been generally used to create rift within Kashmiri militant outfits. Recently, Al-Badr was used to engineer division with Hizbul Mujahideen. AP adds: Meanwhile, the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen warned it will continue its activity despite political talks. 'We won't reduce our attacks against the Indian Army nor we will allow New Delhi to use meaningless talks as a delaying tactics,' Farooq Kashmiri, Chief of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen said in a telephonic interview on Tuesday. Despite his scepticism, Farooq Kashmiri said the visit of Hurriyat leaders was a good beginning. He said the numbers of Kashmiris allowed by Indian to travel to Pakistan will be show of New Delhi's sincerity towards the peace process. 'India should allow all leaders to come here,' he said. 'If they don't do this, it would show that India is insincere and wants to divide Kashmir's liberation movement.' 'Our leaders are coming to Pakistan to take into confidence the government of Pakistan and Mujahideen of leadership before holding talks with India. We eventually want tripartite talks with India, Pakistan and the Kashmiris,' said Ghulam Mohammad Safi, a Hurriyat Conference spokesman in Pakistan.


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