Pak police seals Harkatís office
22 January 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Islamabad: Police today sealed the Islamabad office of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, the Pakistan-based militant outfit active in Kashmir. Reports said the district magistrate sealed the militant outfitís office here in the presence of heavy police contingents. Harkat was not part of the five militant groups banned by President Pervez Musharraf recently but was declared a terrorist organisation by the Unites States last October for its alleged links with Al-Qaeda and terror mastermind Osama bin Laden. Reports from across the country also said besides Jaish-e- Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Toiba, the two groups blamed by India for the attack on the Indian Parliament, police detained members of Harkat and Al Badar groups and sealed their offices. They said police were looking for one Khalil who had gone underground. Hizbul Mujahideen, which was considered to be a Kashmiri militant group headed by Saeed Salahuddin, has so far escaped the crackdown. Commenting on the crackdown, diplomatic sources here said that though Pakistan authorities have banned and arrested Jaish and Lashkar members, the thrust of the crackdown was mostly confined to the three sectarian outfits óSipha-e-Sehbha of Pakistan, Tehriya-e-Jafriya of Pakistan and Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi.