Jihadi groups term talks with India futile
10 May 2006
Muzaffarabad: An alliance of guerrilla groups fighting Indian rule over the divided region of Kashmir on Monday termed talks with India futile and warned the moderate All-Parties Hurriyat Conference that “fruitless talks” with India would spoil Kashmiris’ sacrifices. “Kashmiri politicians who have pinned their hopes on the Delhi Durbar about the (solution to the) Kashmir issue are wasting (their) time. They have not learnt any lesson from fruitless talks of the past 55 years,” a press release issued by the United Jihad Council said. The alliance was responding to a statement by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq after his faction’s meeting with Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in which he reportedly said that a system would be evolved for future talks (with the Indian government) and Mujahideen would also be included in the process. The UJC said “If these politicians were conscientious and visionary, they would not have wasted time in fruitless talks at a time when the Indian troops were killing Kashmiris and seizing their farm lands, orchards and tourist spots to strengthen the occupation infrastructure.” “By resorting to such acts, the (Indian) army is eroding the economy of Kashmir and also patronising sexual debauchery and immorality in the state,” the alliance alleged.