120 Returned To JK Under Rehab Policy: Hizb Chief

120 Returned To JK Under Rehab Policy: Hizb Chief

7 April 2013
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: Breaking his silence over controversial arrest of Liyaqat Ali Shah by Delhi Police, United Jehad Council (UJC) chief and Hizbul Mujahedeen Supreme Commander Syed Salah-ud-Din Sunday said about 120 youth had returned to Jammu and Kashmir under rehabilitation policy and maintained that Liyaqat was not returning to carry out attacks. “Liyaqat was on way to Kashmir to re-join with his family in Kupwara. He had no intention to carry out any kind of attack,” Salah-ud-din said in a telephonic interview to a local news gathering agency, KNS. Stating that Liyaqat’s arrest has become a bone of contention for Indian intelligence agencies, Delhi Police and J&K police, he said, “He is being held only to save the face of police forces because credibility of various agencies, who branded him as fidayeen, is at stake.” He said at least 120 Kashmiris have crossed over through different routes to join their families in Kashmir. J&K has announced a rehabilitation policy for Kashmiri youth, who had crossed Line of control in 1990s and are willing to return to the State. Referring to recent Fidayeen attack in Bemina, Srinagar, UJC chief admitted that Hizb operative had played a key role in the attack. He said the abrupt surge in militant activities in Srinagar and other towns was to remind the establishment, forces and others that militants were always capable to strike anywhere and anytime. “UJC sticks to its plans of carrying out its activities in border areas only during the time of mass agitations. We don’t want to provide any kind of opportunity and excuse to forces to attack the innocent and unarmed civilians in the garb of fighting militants. We keep away from civilian areas when people are on the roads,” he said. Maintaining that Fidayeen attack is not prohibited in Islam, UJC chief said, “Infact, it is the highest level of Jehad. When a man is at war with a force manifold powerful in every respect to him, he can carry out a fidayeen attack. But yes, suicide is not permitted in Islam, and that is when you are fed up of your life and give it away to escape the hardships.” “Fidayeen never give away their life to escape from the hardships of life, but take the death abreast to fight the enemy,” he said. Referring to MMM, he hailed separatist leadership for joining hands in the aftermath of Afzal Guru hanging. “The constitution of MMM was the best possible way to get on a single platform. I urge the separatist leadership to sort out the differences and move forward jointly because a platform like MMM is the need of hour.” Supporting the week-long protest calenders given by MMM, Salah-ud-Din said, “I have been saying since 2010 that the strikes have to be phase wise so that poor people don’t suffer and continue their support to movement and at the same time carry on with the daily affairs also”. Taking a dig on Amnesty International, he said, “The global human rights watch dog was in hand-in-glove with Indian establishment and their recent statements against PSA in J&K was a gimmick. They are shedding crocodile tears to mislead people. Tell me how many times they have taken the issue of atrocities on civilians in Kashmir by Indian forces to international foras”. He also ridiculed Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s statements on the issue. “I challenge him to release a single person whom intelligence agencies don’t want to get out of jail. If anyone thinks he (Omar) can do wonders for Kashmirs, I would feel pity on him for losing the wits”. Commenting on US report regarding possibility of surge in militancy in Kashmir after US pull out from Afganistan, Salah-ud-din said, “This is a deliberate projection of US and India.” He also opposed the bilateral cultural and trade relations between India and Pakistan, saying such CBMs were akin to rubbing the salt on the wounds of Kashmiris. “Friend of enemy is also an enemy.” The UJC chief expressed his concern over continuous detention of Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and other separatist leaders and youth.