Militant Groups Back Musharraf's Kashmir Demilitarization Plan
15 November 2005
Islamabad: Alliance of Pakistan-based Kashmiri groups, fighting Indian rule in Kashmir, on Tuesday welcomed a proposal from President General Pervez Pervez Musharraf to India to demilitarize the disputed Kashmir region. Chairman of the United Jihad Council (UJC) Syed Salahuddin called upon India to accept the proposal and not lose the opportunity. Syed Salahuddin, also commander of the major militant group Hizb- ul Mujahideen, chaired a meeting of UJC in Muzaffarabad to discuss President Musharraf's Kashmir demilitarization proposal and the meeting welcomed it, said an alliance statement. India should consider it a good opportunity to reciprocate positively to President Musharraf's proposal to pave the way for peaceful solution of Kashmir issue, the meeting said. It warned that if New Delhi did not withdraw troops from the valley, the freedom movement will continue till its logical end, it said. The UJC said that opening of few points at the Line of Control were not enough for peaceful settlement of the issue as atrocities by the Indian troops were continued unabated towards innocent people of Kashmir. The participants of the meeting termed opening of LoC points for providing relief to the affectees of the October 8 earthquake as a drama and that the people of Kashmir will never be influenced by the these relief goods by the government of India and will continue their struggle for liberation of their motherland. Members of the meeting were of the opinion that Kashmiris will never accept imposed solution, the statement said and added that the issue of Kashmir can only be resolved by giving right of self-determination to the people of Kashmir. The participants said that withdrawal of Indian troops will pave the ways for peaceful solution of Kashmir issue.