Banned militant group calls strike in Kashmir over Israeli assault
10 April 2002
The Indian Express
Srinagar: Banned Al Umar Mujahideen militant group has called a strike in Kashmir on Friday to protest against what it called the suppression of Muslims in Israel and Afghanistan. ''The Supreme commander of Al Umar Mujahideen, Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar, has called for a complete shutdown on Friday to protest the subjugation of Muslims by Western forces in Palestine and Afghanistan,'' an Al Umar Mujahideen statement said. KASHMIRLIVE: Complete Coverage of News From The Valley Zargar, a prominent Kashmiri guerrilla leader and chief of Al Umar Mujahideen, was released at the end of 1999 by Indian authorities in exchange for the passengers of hijacked IC-814 plane in Afghanistan. ''Zargar called upon Muslim countries to unite and fight against the Western onslaught on them all over the world,'' the statement said. Israeli troops have launched incursions into Palestinian cities and towns in a bid to halt a wave of suicide bombings. Al Umar group was banned under the new anti-terrorism law introduced after the September 11 NY attack.