Don"t compromise on Kashmir, militants warn Musharraf
10 July 2001
The Hindustan Times
Muzaffarabad: TOP LEADERS of Pakistan-based Islamic militant groups on Tuesday vowed to intensify fighting against Indian troops in Kashmir and warned Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf against any compromise on the issue. "Pakistan and India talks are a conspiracy to harm jihad for the liberation of Kashmir," Lashkar-e-Tayyeba leader Hafiz Saeed told hundreds of his supporters in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani Kashmir. "The jehad will continue... those who will try to stop it, will themselves perish," he said. Leaders of several key guerrilla groups attended the meeting organized by the Lashkar-e- Tayyeba. Saeed said Pakistan should not try to improve ties with India until New Delhi pulls its forces out of Kashmir. Another militant outfit Hezb-ul Mujahideen asked Musharraf to remain firm in talks. "The Mujahideen will continue fighting despite Gen. Musharraf's talks," Mohammed Javed, deputy commander of the group said. "They will escalate their attacks on Indian soldiers." The militants also rejected an Indian proposal for easing travel restrictions between India and Pakistan, saying that it was an attempt to divert attention from their goal. "Our sacrifices were not to get travel facilities. Our objective is Kashmir's freedom," Saeed said.