Hurriyat''s cease-fire ‘mantra’ has no takers among ultras
25 June 2002
The Daily Excelsior
New Delhi: Dealing a serious blow to separatists including Hurriyat Conference and Shabir Shah, pro-Pakistan Hizbul Mujahideen, controlled by Syed Salahuddin from Islamabad, today ruled out any talk of peace until New Delhi conceded their demand for right to self-determination. During a meeting held by the Kashmir chief of Hizbul Mujahideen, Abu Jindal, it was decided to continue with the armed activities and will make every efforts to make Assembly elections ''flop'', according to a Srinagar-based local news agency News and Feature Alliance (NAFA). Besides Jindal, the meeting was attended by two other Hizbul commanders Irfan-ul-Zaman and Gais-ud-Din, a statement faxed to the news agency said. Expressing satisfaction over continued armed activities by its cadres, the leaders warned all separatist leaders to seek an assurance from the Centre about holding a plebiscite in the State before entering into any dialogue. The statement comes close on the heels of a decision taken by its supremo and chairman of the United Jehad Council, Syed Salahuddin asking Hurriyat leaders not to visit Pakistan ''as it could imply a split because a series of high- profile Hurriyat leaders have been arrested.'' Hurriyat Conference chairman Abdul Gani Bhat had said in Srinagar last week that its delegation would try to broker a ceasefire with militant groups in Pakistan. Salahuddin, who heads an umbrella of 13 Pakistan-based militant outfits, has already rejected any move by Hurriyat to broker a ceasefire. ''I have not been consulted. If a delegation of Hurriyat Conference comes here, we will welcome but they should know that there will be no talks on ceasefire,'' he said. ''We will never initiate this action and even thinking that ceasefire should be a pre- condition to initiate talks is wrong,'' Sallahuddin said. Another pro- Pakistan outfit, Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen (JUM), had also dismissed dialogue as a means to break the present deadlock in the State saying that only gun could solve the Kashmir issue and claimed that two dozen militants of the outfit had sneaked into Kashmir in the last few days. ''Nobody can stop Mujahideens from crossing the Line of Control (LoC) as they enjoy full control over it. In the past few days, two dozens of our activists had reached different parts of the Valley after obtaining arms training,'' in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir,'' deputy chief commander JUM Tahir-ul-Islam had said. This was another blow to Hurriyat Conference, which had stated that Kashmir issue now needed to be solved peacefully with all concerned parties.