Militants warn Kashmiris joining security forces
21 November 2006
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Four militant outfits today warned Muslim Kashmiri youths against joining security forces and threatened to target their families and relatives if they chose to do so. 'Muslim youth of Kashmir should refrain from joining the Indian Army or else their families and relatives will be targeted,' a spokesman of the self-styled 'G-4', comprising Al Nasireen, Farzandan-e-Millat, Save Kashmir Movement and Al Istiqlal, said in a faxed statement. He said joining the security forces was an 'unforgivable sin' and unemployment in the state was no excuse for it as other avenues of earning livelihood were present in abundance. 'Odd jobs and working as a labourer is far better and dignified than joining the Indian Army,' he said. The spokesman said under a conspiracy, Muslims were being inducted into home and hearth battalions which will not be allowed to succeed. Those who are strengthening the designs of New Delhi in Kashmir will not be tolerated, he added. The spokesman said the G-4 has also decided to suspend Al Arifeen till it refutes a newspaper report in which it distanced itself from a decision of the amalgam. Al Arifeen, one of the founder members of the grouping, has been permanently replaced by Al-Istiqlal, he said.