Hizb Warns Youth Against Joining Paramilitary Forces
20 January 2006
Srinagar: Banned militant outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen today warned the state's youth against joining the paramilitary forces, including the CRPF, BSF and Indian Reserve Police (IRP), threatening to kill anyone violating their restriction. 'There is complete ban on youth joining the CRPF, BSF and IRP. Anybody violating the ban is liable to be killed,' the outfit said in an advertisement published in a local Urdu daily, while accusing the government of creating a 'civil war- like' situation in Jammu and Kashmir. A similar warning has also come from Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit which has cautioned people against working for the army or joining the armed forces. In a statement, self styled district commander of Lashkar Abu Aqeel has said people should refrain from working with the army or allowing their children to join the armed forces. The HuM militants threatened to punish violators by sealing off their houses, exiling their families from the state and forfieting their properties. 'What we say, we do it as well. Don't say later that you were not informed,' it said. Describing the recruitment of Kashmiri youth in the armed forces as a 'ploy' to make the people of the state fight each other, the ultras said the ban on joining the armed forces was to foil the 'nefariuos designs of the government.