January 2004 News

Armed Struggle To Continue In Kashmir: Syed Salah Uddin

6 January 2004
The Pakistan Tribune

Islamabad: Chairman United Jihad Council and Supreme Commander Hizb-ul- Mujahideen Syed Salah Uddin on Tuesday said the armed struggle of Kashmiris would continue until India's illegal occupation of Kashmir comes to an end . While talking to BBC on Tuesday, the Supreme Commander Hizb-ul-Mujahideen urged Pakistan and India to include the Kashmiris in the negotiations . 'Meaningful talks on Kashmir are not possible without including the Kashmiris,' he said . He said that he welcomes the SAARC session whole heartily but the Kashmiri nation hopes nothing from it because like in its previous sessions, talks over basic issues did not take place . In regard to his responsibilities towards peace in the region, he said, ' As Chairman United Jihad Council, I announce that if India declared Kashmir as a disputed issue that would be resolved according to the wishes of the Kashmiris then we would change our stance.' 'It is not possible to create a pleasant atmosphere without taking practical steps,' he said . Replying to a question, he reiterated that their armed struggle would continue until they are freed of India's illegal possession of Kashmir, which is their right according to the United Nations Charter . Answering another query, he said that the atmosphere has improved on paper only while the reality is that people are dying in Kashmir. 'We are the victims here, do you expect us to stay silent after you come to us and cut our heads off?', he added .


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