Critical Of Gen Musharraf, Ultras Back UJC
13 March 2006
The Indian Express
Srinagar: The militant outfits operating in Kashmir have showed strong resentment against the policies of Pakistani President Gen Pervez Musharraf and are now backing the United Jihad Council (UJC), an amalgam of militant outfits. Pro-Pakistan militant outfit Jamiat-ul- Mujahideen has criticised the Kashmir policy of President Musharraf and said 'they will not hesitate to call Pakistan a traitor in case they backtrack'. Jamiat-ul-Mujahideem field commander General Muneeb- ur-Rehman, in a faxed statement to a local news agency, has said that Musharraf's Kashmir formulas are aimed to create confusion rather than seeking a solution to the Kashmir issue. The Jamiat commander has also criticised the welcoming of mainstream political leader and president of National Conference Omar Abdullah by the Pakistani authorities. 'It (welcome) is comparable to rubbing salt on the wounds of the realtives of five lakh martyrs,' the statement said. He said Musharraf is double-minded as to whom he will install over the Kashmiris - Mirwaiz or Abdullah. Pakistan-based Harkat-ul- Mujahideen has termed Musharraf's proposals as a 'u-turn' on Pakistan's Kashmir policy. A spokesman of Harkat, Hasan Askari, in a telephonic statement to a local news agency, has condemned Pakistan's u-turn and have thrown their weight behind the United Jihad Council (UJC). 'The freedom struggle would continue at any cost,' Askari said. 'The Jihad Council is a representative forum of Kashmiris and we support its decisions,' he said. Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Al Badr Mujahideen have also supported the UJC stand on Musharraf's Kashmir policy. In a joint statement of the two militant outfits to a local news agency, Jaish spokesman Abu Qudama has said they 'will not tolerate treason by any person on the Kashmir issue'.