Hizb Chief appeals to Hurriyat to stop infighting
5 March 2001
The Asian Age
Srinagar: Militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen has appealed to leaders of Hurriyat conference to desist from raising trivial issues and refrain from “mutual bickering” so as not to endanger the “movement” in Kashmir. “Hizb was aware that there never existed ideological unity among the Hurriyat leaders, but for the sake of movement it is the need of the hour to maintain the mutual tolerance which has been preserved since the last eight years,” operational chief of the outfit Abdul Majid Dar said in a statement published in some local newspapers on Monday. In a veiled reference to the controversy over whether Kashmir was a political issue or a religious one, Dar said, “it is shameful that the Hurriyat leaders who are supposed to forge unity among the people are themselves engaged in mutual bickering and mud-slinging over unimportant and meaningless issues.” He said by raising such issues, the leaders have created confusion in the minds of the people. “This is likely to prolong the dawn of freedom,” he added. Dar also appealed to the centre as well as the Pakistani government to solve the Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes of Kashmiri people. Meanwhile, three militants of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad outfit and a boy were killed and four wounded in the Kashmir Valley. A five-year-old boy was killed and his mother injured when they were caught in a shootout between militants and counter-insurgents at village Chattibandi in Baramulla district on Sunday night, the spokesman said.