Political Tempo Sets Pace Of Militant Activities: Salahuddin

Political Tempo Sets Pace Of Militant Activities: Salahuddin

19 July 2012
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: Terming the armed movement as dynamic, United Jehad Council chief, Syed Salahuddin has said the pace and intensity of militant activities adjusts to the activity graph on political front. In a telephonic interview with a local news agency KNS, the Hizbul Mujahideen Supreme Commander said, “We cannot say what is going to happen and when. Such plans are not announced beforehand. It depends upon the activity graph of the movement and accordingly strategy is devised.” “There were times when militancy was on its peak. Keeping many factors in view and for the safety of people there was a change. However, militant activities will continue along with political movement and the two will spontaneously self adjust as per need and prevailing conditions.” Elaborating further, he said in 2008 to 2010, militant leadership had restricted its activities to border areas in wake of the public movement. “But when occupation forces propagate that role and strength of Mujahideen is gone, it is but natural for them (militants) to show their presence and send across the message that we are there with full strength and vigor.” There is no fixed strategy and the movement is dynamic, he added. “During 2008-10 there was activity on political front which was not allowed to continue in 2011-12, so it has become imperative, for Mujahedeen to show their presence, for sustenance of movement.” “We believe in the public being on the front line and through its strength attract world attention, however India does not honour popular struggle and acts through its military might, which can only be broken through armed struggle.” He said to sustain the movement it is necessary to continue activities on political, diplomatic as well as military fronts. “As per pace of movements on political front and public front, the armed struggle will automatically decide its pace and intensity.” RAMZAN TRUCE When asked whether UJC will stop militant activities during the holy month of Ramadan, Salahuddin said the month signifies sacrifice, prayer and jehad. “However, after taking situation into consideration, the Mujahideen leadership will decide.” He said India is not sincere towards solving the Kashmir issue. “They are strengthening the military occupation, ceasefire is relevant only when they admit the realities.” SEPARATIST STANCE The UJC chief welcomed interest shown by separatist leadership in issues relating to economy and state’s water resources. “If the Hurriyat takes up people’s problems sincerely and plays role in solving them, it t is a good step. Our leadership is a part and parcel of our people. Such steps should have been taken earlier.” “There are thousands of orphans, widows, half-widows and disabled apart from families of those martyred during last 23 years, who need support and compassion. If all these issues are taken up by the leadership, it is good for the movement. It will provide a boost to the movement and also help in taking it forward.” TRACK II DIPLOMACY When asked whether any track II diplomats are in touch with him, Salahuddin replied in negative. “They never contacted us. However retired diplomats, bureaucrats, Generals and other activists keep talking to each other with the hope to break ice, but I don’t see any thaw happening. However if they can solve the problem, we will have no objections.” ARMY CLAIM Reacting to statement of General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Srinagar based Chinar Corps Lt Gen Om Prakash where he had said about 600 militants were waiting to infiltrate into Kashmir and around 300 others were active in valley, United Jehad Council Chief Syed Salahudin said such statements are aimed at justifying continued impunity of armed forces under black laws like AFSPA. He said the statement is beyond truth. “Earlier Gen Hasnain had said 6000 militants were waiting to infiltrate and now they say the number is 600. If there are only 300 militants active in the Kashmir, what is the logic behind presence of 8 lakh troops in the valley?” Refuting the GOCs statement that militants were planning to launch fidayeen attacks in the near future, the Hizbul Mujahideen Supremo said the statement is baseless. “Guerrilla warfare is spontaneous. Fidayeen attacks may or may not happen which depends upon the circumstances and conditions,” he said, adding such statements were aimed at ‘continued militarization of Kashmir apart from persecution of its people’. ‘SITUATION CAN ERUPT ANY TIME’ The UJC chief castigated authorities for continuous restrictions and house detentions of separatist leaders, cautioning that such approach of the government can have dangerous consequences. “Movements have their own pace depending on different factors, on the basis of which the pace of movement goes up or down, it can even explode like a volcano which we witnessed from 2008 to 2010.” “Hurriyat activists and leaders have been put under continued detention and India is trying hard to suppress the movement through atrocities. They have their own way of keeping curbs but it doesn’t always help. It only results in building up of a lava which can erupt any time.” The UJC chief said he will support every political or public movement which is target oriented. “We will continue holding forte alongside the public movement.” “We want to divert international community’s attention towards the promises made to Kashmiris. They should understand the issue and respond to it, for that pressure needs to be built on world community to fulfill demands and promises However India is using dilly dallying tactics to strengthen its military occupation. We have come to the conclusion after 65 years, that armed struggle has become inevitable alongside political public movements.” “We must say the movement has kept going and will kept going until the goal is achieved with God’s grace” POLITICAL LEADERSHIP Salahuddin said taking the movement forward does not depend on the political separatist leadership alone. “It is the people who sustain it; the people’s resolve, courage and prevalent conditions are the determinants for taking the movement forward.” He said the base camp and leadership is also very important for taking the movement forward. “However, it also depends upon what means the occupation forces resort to for crushing the movement. India has detained the Hurriyat leadership; house arrested it and tried their best to curtail their political activities.” “People have their problems, compulsions and lava is building up” He said, “Sentiments and aspirations apart, people also have their problems, compulsions and weaknesses, so movement cannot sustain an even pace. It sometime peaks and sometime goes down, however it is resilient enough to sustain and continue in all circumstances. Ups and downs are natural and it applies to movements also, nothing can stay consistent or keep going at even pace. However, I will categorically tell you when you feel everything is calm and silent, a lava is building up ,and has already built up, which when breaks it will be bigger than any other lava from 2008 to 10”, he said. HURRIYAT DISCORD Calling the factionalism and differences in Hurriyat Conference as extremely painful, Salahuddin said if the leadership frames a common programme on a united platform, half the journey would already be covered. “Unfortunately, our leadership has not come out on a common platform and with common strategy which has had a huge adverse impact on the movement”, he said. The UJC chief said people can convince and compel the Hurriyat leadership to come out with a common programme. “We can only appeal their conscience and divert their attention towards a unified voice with an eye on sacrifices that people have offered for the struggle”, he said. “People can do anything, they can bring revolutions and I appeal them to compel and convince the leadership to unify.” He expressed satisfaction over the fact that use of bitter language and public statements against each other by leaders have stopped. “However they need to move forward together and I am sure people will succeed in convincing them”, he added OBAMA’S REMARKS Salahuddin said there was nothing new in the US president’s statement and it is reflective of America’s dual (natured) policies. “His statement is against historic facts and ground realities. It exhibits their dishonesty and shamelessness, since they know Kashmir is an international issue whose disputed status is accepted by the United Nations. There is commitment of international community, how can it be called a bilateral issue? It is not a border issue for the two Foreign Ministers to solve either”, he said. Calling Obama’s statement as reckless and unkind, he said America was touting a pro-India line to give it (India) a superior role in the region. “America has its own interests in the region. It has sympathies only for its interests and not for Kashmiris”, he added. “We should not attach too much hopes and expectations with America as it was never sincere towards our problems. If Kashmiri nation, under a sincere leadership continues its just struggle on political, military and diplomatic fronts, the whole world, including America will have to give us our right. We should neither be discouraged nor disappointed by such statements as they, in no way impact the movement”, he said. INDO-PAK CBMS While rejecting the Confidence Building Measures announced by the two countries Salahuddin said issues like culture, trade etc have nothing to do with the struggle of Kashmiris. “The talk of friendship between India and Pakistan is no solution since at core is the issue of Kashmir. These diversionary tactics are aimed at pushing the core issue into the background”, he added. He appealed separatist political leadership and people not to unduly praise and pitch hopes on the Indo Pak Dialogue. “They should impress upon Pakistan, which is advocating our cause, to take up the issue of Kashmir with India and the international community-vigorously. Blood has not been shed for trade and culture. No solution or formula short of liberation will be acceptable to us”, he said. PAKISTAN AND KASHMIR The Hizb supreme said a strong Pakistan will have a positive impact upon the struggle of Kashmiris, however if Pakistan is not stable it will have an adverse impact on the movement. He accused India of trying to weaken Pakistan by fomenting trouble in different areas including Balouchistan. “Despite cold shouldering by international community, atrocities by Indian authorities and Pakistan’s problems, our struggle will continue which is by all means indigenous.” “Whether world is with us or not, we will continue our struggle. It should be clear to all the parties that we are not ready for compromises nor will any sellout be allowed.”