Hizb vows more attacks on Kashmiri leaders
14 January 2001
The Indian Express
MUZAFFARABAD: The Hizbul Mujahideen militant group vowed to continue attacks on Kashmir's chief minister Farooq Abdullah and other pro-India elements unless they reversed their treacherous policies. 'We have been attacking Farooq Abdullah and other pro-India elements in the past and we will continue such attacks as long as they continue to betray the cause of Kashmiris,' Hizbul spokesman Salim Hashmi said in a statement. Abdullah, 62, survived an assassination attempt earlier in the day when the Hizbul fighters hurled two grenades in Habba Kadal locality of Srinagar where he had gone to inaugurate a bridge. 'One grenade flew over the bridge where the chief minister and his entourage were standing. It was a lucky escape as the grenade exploded in Srinagar's Jhelum river. No one was hurt,' a police spokesman in Srinagar said. The attack was claimed by the Hizbul. 'Abdullah and other vested interests have been strengthening illegal occupation of Kashmir by India, ignoring the sentiments and aspirations of the people of Kashmir,' Hashmi said. 'Their attitude was nothing but betrayal with the blood of more than 80,000 martyrs,' he said. 'Unless pro-India rulers and politicians (in Indian Kashmir) give up perfidy towards Kashmiris cause and rather join the ongoing struggle, they will continue to face such attacks,' Hashmi declared. The Hizbul Mujahideen and other guerrilla outfits have rejected a unilateral ceasefire by Indian troops in Kashmir, announced in late November for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and extended for another four weeks until January 26. More than 34,000 people have died in a Muslim separatist movement in the Indian held Kashmir since 1989.