February 2017 News

Pakistan Move On Hafiz Saeed Unnerves Militants In Kashmir

2 February 2017
The Hindu
Peerzada Ashiq

Srinagar: Pakistan's move to place Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed under house arrest has invited sharp reaction from militant outfits in J&K, with many warning of 'dire consequences for Kashmir'. 'Kashmiri movement is at a critical phase and Mr. Saeed would support it. Pakistan's action is a sign of weakness, which is painful. It has sent depressing signals. It also depicts the weak role of Pakistan in Kashmir's freedom struggle,' said United Jehad Counicl chief Syed Salahuddin, while asking Pakistan to rescind the decision. The jehad council is a group of more than 10 militant outfits active in Kashmir. Several militant outfits have issued a series of statements in Srinagar to express their 'anger and disgust' over the decision, hinting at growing anxiety with the Pakistan Army. 'Fatal blow' 'Detaining Saeed will prove a fatal blow to the ongoing freedom movement of Kashmir. India always wanted to suppress this voice and others who exposed their real face,' said LeT chief Mehmood Shah. Another outfit Harkat-ul-Mujahideen claimed that 'Kashmiris were saddened by this move.' 'Such moves are aimed at pleasing the US and India. It's like stabbing the Kashmir movement,' said the outfit's spokesman Hassan Askari. Incarcerated separatist leader Muhammad Qasim Faktoo, who heads separatist organisation Deeni Mahaz, has warned separatists and militants in the wake of Saeed's detention. 'Year 2017 can prove very difficult for the mujahideen (militant) organisations in Pakistan and pro-freedom leadership in Kashmir. US President Donald Trump will exert tremendous pressure on Pakistan to improve ties with India and wipe out anti-India mujahideen organisations from Pakistan,' said Faktoo, who completed over 24 years in the jail this year. He claimed if Pakistan shows any laziness in implementing American orders of eliminating jihadi organisations 'India may carry out large-scale surgical strikes inside Pakistan with the US backing.'