February 2001 News

Counter insurgency groups join against terrorism

2 February 2001
The Hindustan Times

Jammu: IN A bid to counter the growing menace of foreign mercenaries, militants of yesteryears under eleven different counter insurgency groups have joined hands and formed "Muttahida Quomi Mahaz" (Joint National Front). "This group will give a befitting reply to pakistan's Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) and its mercenaries and agents in the state," chairman of the front and National Conference MLC Javed Hussain Shah told reporters here on Thursday. Shah, who also heads a counter insurgency group, National Security Organisation, said efforts were also on to bring J and K Awami League supremo Jamshed Shirazi alias Kukka Parrey and Liaquat alias Hilal Haider in the new front. He said the Centre should not be soft toward the Hurriyat Conference and demanded arrest of the Hurriyat leaders who he alleged are involved in anti-national activities. Besides holding rallies and mass contact programmes, the Mahaz would appeal to people to come to the streets against the Hurriyat and ISI. Organisations which have joined the Muttahida Quomi Mahaz front include National Security Organisation of Jawed Hussain Shah, All J and K People's Patriotic Front of Nabi Azad, Jammu Kashmir Welfare Forum of Sammad Khan, Militancy Mukhalif Morcha of Ch Jalal-u-Din, Sada-i-Kashmir of Shabnum Shafiq, Aman Conference of Majid Khan, Muslim Mujahideen of Mukhtar-ul-Aziz, Kashmir Liberation Council of Mushtaq Ahmed Lone, Secular Awami Tehreek of Abdul Ahad, J and K Ikhwan of Bashir Ahmed Khan and Awami Tehreek headed by Wali Mohammad Wani


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