February 2002 News

Hizb hails Hurriyat decision on J&K elections

1 February 2002
The Indian Express

Srinagar: Welcoming Hurriyat Conference''s proposed move to contest elections to determine its representative character, the Hizbul Mujahideen has asked the conglomerate to elaborate on the mechanisms of the polls to make it more clear to people. Hailing the move as being a “step towards Kashmiris’ long-time demand of plebiscite”, Hizbul Mujahideen spokesman Saleem Hashmi said the Hurriyat should have come up with more explanations on the issue. “The Hurriyat executive council decision is praiseworthy. It is in the right direction. But the alliance should have spelt out the dynamics of the elections in order to make it comprehensible to the people,” said the Hizb spokesman. The Valley''s biggest militant group has decided to wait and watch initially and said it would react to the decision only if it reflected the aspiration of the people of Kashmir. On Friday, Hashmi said Hurriyat proposal was discussed at a meeting of Hizbul Command Council, which was presided over by its supreme commander Syed Sala- ud-din. “By announcing the elections, the Hurriyat has now thrown the ball in India’s court. it is now India’s turn to reciprocate,” Hashmi said. The meeting urged upon the international community to pressurise India to hold parleys with principle parties for the resolution of Kashmir. The Hizb spokesman also noted that they will not declare ceasefire and expedite the armed movement, which he termed as just and logical. He said New Delhi is engaged in gross human rights violations in Kashmir and the youth have taken gun to achieve the goal of self-determination. Terming the Indian''s army build-up on borders as ''topi ka drama'', Hashmi said it will have no impact on the continuing armed struggle in Kashmir. He appealed to the international community to probe the riots on Indian soil in which hundreds and thousand of Muslim, Sikhs and Harijans were massacred at the hands of Hindu radical groups. “The international community should take cognisance of the role played by Hindu fanatics like L.K. Advani and Bal Thackeray in these riots and bring them to justice,” the meeting said. Meanwhile, Al-Umar Mujahideen, in its statement has rejected the Hurriyat decision and criticised the conglomerate “for harming Kashmir cause”.


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