Jihad Council trashes Bhat''s proposal
20 June 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Islamabad: The Muzaffarabad-based United Jihad Council has rejected All Party Hurriyat Conference chief Abdul Gani Bhat’s proposal to send a delegation to Pakistan for persuading Jihadis to agree to a cease- fire in Jammu and Kashmir. Council chairman Syed Salahuddin’s reaction was that Mr Bhat failed to consult him before making the proposal in Srinagar yesterday. ''The question of a cease-fire does not arise until India agrees there is a dispute over Kashmir and agrees to give the people of that State their right to self- determination,'' he told the British Broadcasting Corporation. Mr Bhat had suggested tripartite talks involving India, Pakistan and the Hurriyat. Salahuddin maintained that these parleys could continue without a cease-fire. In July, 2000, Salahuddin sabotaged a cease-fire that was unilaterally announced by his own outfit, the Hizb-ul Mujahideen. The talks between the Indian Government and Hizb’s representatives were called off as Salahuddin began insisting that Pakistan be a party to the deliberations.