September 2003 News

Hurriyat Flays UK Army Chief's Comments

28 September 2003
News Network International

Srinagar: All Parties Hurriyat Conference has assailed the statement of Britain's Chief of Defence Staff Gen Michael Walker that Pakistan was sponsoring terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. Expressing surprise over the British General's statement here, the APHC said in a statement that no one could justify the description of a '56-year-old freedom struggle as terrorism.' 'We want to remind Walker that Britain was also a party to the resolutions passed on Kashmir in the United Nations for the right of self-determination,' the APHC said. The APHC said the people of Kashmir were making numerous sacrifices for the right of self-determination and Pakistan was only providing moral, diplomatic and political help to them, daily Excelsior reported. The APHC urged the world community to draw a line between terrorism and freedom struggle. Meanwhile, the Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen termed Walker's statement as 'non-serious' and 'unwise' and said he was 'ignorant' about the genesis of the Kashmir issue. Central leader of the Jamiat- ul-Mujahideen Jameel Ahmad said, 'it is unfortunate that the British Chief of Defence Staff is ignorant of the historic realities despite the British being the architect of Kashmir problem.' -

 

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