February 2001 News

AJK govt closes offices of four Jihadi groups

19 February 2001
The News International

MUZAFFARABAD: Authorities in Azad Kashmir on Monday asked four little-known fighters' groups to close their offices, according to the leader of one the affected group who vowed to defy the order.The groups were named as Mujahideen Jammu and Kashmir, Karwan-e-Khalid, Zarb-e-Momin and Zarb-e-Islami, some of the more than a dozen fighter group involved in the uprising against Indian occupation.'I cannot understand the motives behind this order but I am not going to accept it,' chief of Mujahideen Jammu and Kashmir Zahoor Ahmad Butt said. 'We are in the field for Jihad and we will continue our mission.' None of the four groups is part of the Muttahida Jihad Council, the 18-party alliance of Mujahideen groups, which has its headquarters here.The order, which has not been confirmed by military authorities here, follows Interior Minister Moinuddin Haider's announcement of tough measures against the Jihadi groups last week.


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