January 2003 News

Khatami 'hurt' Kashmiris' feelings: group

28 January 2003
The Dawn

SRINAGAR: A Kashmiri group accused Iranian President Mohammad Khatami on Tuesday of hurting the sentiments of Kashmiris by participating in India's Republic Day parade , a display of military strength. Khatami was the chief guest at Sunday's parade in New Delhi where India rolled out its missiles, including the 800-km nuclear-capable Agni, which can reach most parts of Pakistan. 'Mohammad Khatami participated in an exhibition of Indian arms which are meant for the destruction of Muslims,' the Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen said in a statement. 'This has hurt Iranian dignity and the sentiments of Kashmiri Muslims.' 'Kashmiri Muslims consider Iran as a friend but Khatami's presence in the arms exhibition reflects his dubious policy. He (Khatami) is well aware of New Delhi's anti-Muslim policies, but still he chose to sit with them,' the statement said.- Reuters


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