TJís warning to Hurriyat: Donít fall in trap
12 August 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Militant outfit, Jammu & Kashmir Tehrek-e-Jehad, has warned the separatist Hurriyat Conference that it should not talk to ''any Indian functionary'' until New Delhi accepted Kashmir as a ''disputed territory'' and Pakistan was not associated with the process. In a statement, faxed to a local news agency KPS, TJís ''chief commander'' Abdullah Bukhari warned Hurriyat against entering into any political process with New Delhi. According to TJ, India was trying to rope in the Hurriyat under a deep-rooted plot through the Kashmir Committee. ''Its objective is nothing but to mislead the world that Kashmiris have divorced secessionism and adopted the way of understanding'', TJís statement said. The TJ chief advised the Hurriyat to lead the anti-election campaign instead of harping on talks with India. It warned that participating in talks with India would tentamount to inviting Kashmiris to the elections ''at this crucial juncture''.