Hizb flays US ban on two militant outfits
17 October 2001
The Indian Express
Islamabad: Pakistan-based Kashmiri militant group, Hizbul Mujahideen has strongly criticised the US for its ban on Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Muhammad and said such action made little difference as Washington did not wield any control over the outfits. ''The US decision regarding the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and Jaish-e-Muhammad is deplorable because these two groups are fighting against illegal Indian occupation and have no link with terrorism,'' Hizbul chief, Saeed Salahuddin told reporters on Tuesday in Muzafarabad. The US administration by listing the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen as terrorist organisation and ordering the freezing of Jaish''s accounts last week has ended up increasing the list of the its enemies, he said. ''Such bans made little difference to the militant outfits because US did not wield any control over the militant outfits,'' Pakistani daily The Dawn quoted him as saying.