Hizb Commander Says Musharraf Visited Their Camps In PoK
25 January 2006
The Indian Express
Anantnag: In a major breakthrough, the Army arrested a top Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander, Mohammad Wasim Malik, believed to be a main conspirator in the bomb blast that took place on the Republic Day function at MA Stadium, Jammu, in 1995. Malik, alias Abu Hamza, the deputy divisional commander of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen in Doda, was arrested by the Rashtriya Rifles and Special Operations Group (SOG) in a joint operation in south Kashmir's Anantnag district on Tuesday. 'Malik was involved in the Republic Day blast at Jammu in 1995,' Brigadier A.S. Nandal told reporters here today. Eight persons were killed and more then a hundred, including the then governor Lt Gen Krishna Rao (retd), were injured in the blast. Malik, who later interacted with the media, said he was aware about the R-Day blast conspiracy. 'I was in he said, adding, 'The IED was planted by my other two colleagues and they were also awarded by the ISI.' The deputy divisional commander was ailing at the time of his arrest and was being treated at his relative's house, from where he was picked up by the Army. Malik, who was an active commander of the Hizb in Doda for the past 12 years, also revealed that Pervez Musharraf, then Pakistani Army chief in 1998, visited the militant training camps in Mian Wali. 'Musharraf visited our camps and assured us that the situation in Kashmir will change soon. A few months later, the Kargil war broke out,' he said. Malik added that Mujahideen were not involved in the Kargil war, but it was the Pakistani army who fought the war in Kargil. 'Later, militants were videotaped and shown as Mujahideen involved in the Kargil war,' he said. 'The commander, a resident of Kishtwar, was inducted into Hizbul in 1994 and later crossed over to Pakistan in the same year, where he received arms training for four months at Jungal Mangal camp near Attock,' Brig Nandal said.