Militants ask non-Kashmiris to leave
27 July 2007
The News International
Srinagar: A Kashmiri militant group demanded on Friday that all non-Kashmiri labourers working in the region leave within one week. The demand from the Hizb-ul-Mujahedeen comes following the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl last week. Two migrant labourers from other areas of India have been arrested for the crime. We urge people to demand that workers and labourers leave so our young generation is safe from crimes, said Junaid-ul-Islam, a spokesman for the Hizb-ul- Mujahedeen, in a telephone call to Current News Service, a local news agency. The spokesman said the workers must depart within one week, but made no threats. There are no figures for how many migrant workers are in occupied Kashmir, but it is thought to be several thousand. The Hizb-ul-Mujahedeen is one of the largest of the nearly a dozen groups fighting for independence from India, or a merger with Pakistan.