January 2008 News

Salahuddin fears arrest by Pak

22 January 2008
The Daily Excelsior

NEW DELHI: Apprehending a crackdown 20 years after he sneaked into Pakistan, Kashmir separatist Syed Salahuddin today said authorities in Islamabad cannot arrest him. 'Pakistan cannot arrest me. I live on my own soil,' said the self- proclaimed leader of the United Jehad Council (UGC) in an interview posted on the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir website today. Salahuddin, who ex-filtrated to Pakistan 20 years ago after his defeat in elections to Jammu and Kashmir Assembly in 1987, did not give reasons why he apprehended his arrest. 'We are not terrorists according to United Nations law,' UJC leader claimed. Salahuddin did give some insight into why he apprehended crackdown against him and his supporters when he said that 'we are not supported by Al-Qaeda or Taliban or by the underworld.' His statement was seen as an attempt by him to dissociate himself from these terror outfits which are facing the heat from the US and other western nations after the assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Salahuddin said he backed moves for unity in the Hurriyat Conference. Lauding the return of Shabir Shah to Hurriyat-fold, Salahuddin said Shah should have played a much bigger role between various factions of Hurriyat.' He, however, said unification of Hurriyat was incomplete without Jamaat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.(PTI)

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