Militants vow to continue their operations from PoK
20 January 2002
The Indian Express
New Delhi: As the Pakistani regime continues its crackdown on militant outfits, militant groups have made it clear that they would continue their operations from Pak- occupied Kashmir as it did not fall within the ambit of Islamabad and warned they could wage ''jihad'' against President Pervez Musharraf, media reports said. The Friday Times quoted intelligence agencies as indicating that the religious clerics may not go down without fighting and were making efforts to instigate students of seminaries they controlled into starting a ''holy war'' against Gen. Musharraf. ''The state erected this structure over a period of two decades. It will take at least three to four years before things calm down,'' the weekly quoted an analyst as saying. The analyst pointed out that the government cannot hold the militants for long in jails and there was a need to change the climate in which this kind of intolerance bred. India has been alleging that the arrested militants were quietly released, following which they went to PoK to start their operations from there. This would also help Pakistan in showing to the world that it no longer indulged in cross border terrorism. Hizbul Mujadieen supremo Syed Salahuddin had recently stated that banned outfits like Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar- e-Toiba could continue their activities from PoK.