Ultras reject truce extension
23 January 2001
New Delhi: Pakistan-based militant groups on Tuesday rejected the ceasefire extension. The Hizbul Mujahideen and the Lashkar-e-Toiba said the ceasefire was a 'fraud' and 'atrocities' against people in Kashmir continued. However, the senior leader of the All Party Hurriyat Conference Abdul Gani Lone and Jamat-e-Islami chief Ghulam Mohammad Bhat welcomed the cease-fire extension. Lone said this would help to create a conducive atmosphere for the final settlement of the Kashmir dispute. Mr Bhat said the unilateral ceasefire should be implemented in letter and spirit. Meanwhile, the Congress was critical of the move and said the rise in terrorist attacks showed the Government had not done its home work. However, the BJP chose circumspection in reacting to the extension of the truce in the state beyond Republic Day hoping Pakistan would rein in militant groups operating from there.