Dar to support political move to solve Kashmir
23 July 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Deposed commander-in-chief of Hizbul Mujahideen Abdul Majid Dar today said he and his outfit would extend full support to every ''serious political move'' aimed at resolving Kashmir issue through peaceful means. ''We will extend full support to any serious political initiative, whenever initiated, aimed at resolving the Kashmir issue peacefully,'' a release of the outfit quoted Dar as having said addressing a function organised to pay homage to former Hizbul spokesman commander Masood on his first death anniversary. ''Gun is not our hobby but our need,'' he said. Dar defended Hizbul’s move to go for ceasefire in July 2000 saying the move was a right one. International pressure was now mounting on everyone concerned with the Kashmir issue to take similar steps now, he added. Justifying peaceful means for solution of the problem, he said ''Islam also teaches us to adopt moderate line.'' Giving credit for the abortive ceasefire to the slain commander Masood, Dar vowed to take his mission to the logical conclusion. Masood, who represented the outfit in the one-round talk with the officials of the Union Home Ministry in 2000, was gunned down by Special Operations Group of local police last year.