HM accuses JeI, Hurriyat of backtracking
29 April 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Hizbul Mujahideen, the dominant pro-Pakistan Kashmiri militant outfit, today accused the leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami and some Hurriyat leaders of backtracking from the chosen path ''for lust of power'' and said the outfit would take action against them at appropriate time. ''These politicians were the champions of armed struggle at the onset of militancy and used to take lead over one another but have succumbed to the political pressure and just for the lust for power term armed struggle as the handiwork of misguided people,'' a hard-hitting statement issued by the operational chief of Hizbul Mujahideen in Kashmir, Saif-ul-Islam said. ''Jehad is the only way to resolve Kashmir issue,'' the statement said. He said the politicians should understand and keep in mind that Kashmiris have launched armed struggle after a due thought. He counselled politicians not to backtrack from the chosen path in view of changing political scenario at the international level.