Jihad Council Ridicules Al-Qaeda Presence In J&K
9 June 2007
The Hindustan Times
Srinagar: The terrorist platform United Jihad Council (UJC) has dismissed Al- Qaeda's claim of its presence in Kashmir as 'fake'. Syed Sadaqat Hussain, spokesperson of the terrorist amalgam, in a written statement, said 'our freedom struggle is indigenous and Al-Qaeda has no role in this movement'. 'Kashmiri Mujahideen are carrying the fight against Indian forces successfully and they don't need help from any outside terrorist outfit'.Newsperson in Srinagar on Friday received a Video Compact Disc (VCD) from an 'Al-Qaeda operative' declaring Jihad against India from Kashmir. The 'operative' who claimed his name as Abu Abdul Rahman, chief of the outfit's 'Indian chapter' flayed separatist terrorist and political leadership for betraying the people of Kashmir. 'Al-Qaeda does not exist in Kashmir nor is there any need for it,' the UJC spokesperson said. He described it as the 'machination of Indian intelligence agencies to label our freedom struggle as a part of international terrorism'. Syed Ali Geelani, chairman of hard-line faction Hurriyat Conference described the release of VCD as a part of some 'big conspiracy'. He connected its contours with the proposed visit of Israeli's deputy chief of army and alleged 'it can be aimed at massacring Kashmiri Muslims as in Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan'. Democratic Freedom party chief Shabir Ahmad Shah described it as 'India's game-plan to avoid a solution on Kashmir'. 'It appears that the government of India is looking for a major operation in Kashmir,' he said. 'Last year, I said that Kashmiris don't need the help of Al-Qaeda as we don't like their presence here. The people of Kashmir have started the freedom movement without any outside help, and we don't need it even now,' reacted JKLF Chief Mohammad Yasin Malik.