February 2002 News

India, Pak unrealistic in easing tensions: Hizbul

2 February 2002
The Daily Excelsior

Srinagar: Differences between Hizbul Mujahideen and its Pakistani backers surfaced for the first time today when the dominant Kashmiri militant outfit accused both Islamabad and New Delhi of being ''unrealistic'' in their approach to ease border tensions. The Pak-backed outfit urged the leaders of the two countries to resolve the Kashmir issue as per the UN resolutions and wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir vying this issue was the main reason for their confrontation. It is for the first time that pro-Pak Hizbul Mujahideen had criticised Pakistan since the outfit had always been supportive of all the moves of Pakistan on Kashmir. ''Neither withdrawal of troops from the border nor the repeated demand for ending the cross-border terrrorism will ease the tension between India and Pakistan as the heads of the two Governments are unrealistic in their approach to ease the border tension,'' the commander-in-chief of the outfit said in a statement here. In an apparent reference to the stepped up anti- militant operations in J and K, he said the ''ongoing freedom struggle cannot be crushed by force. Those who are talking of crushing the ongoing struggle by military might are living in fool’s paradise.'' ''If Kashmir issue was not addressed and steps were not taken to resolve this long-pending issue a nuclear war will not only destroy the South Asia but will engulf the entire world,'' he said. He had a dig at the Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah saying ''those who are advising India to crush the ongoing freedom struggle with force are not faithful but enemy of India’s integrity as they are concerned for their power only''.


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