Hizbul Mujahideen’s top commander says ‘jihad can resolve Kashmir issue’

Islamabad, Jan 6: The chairman of a jihadist group in Pakistan, Syed Salahuddin has said those calling for settlement of the Kashmir issue through peaceful means were in fact deceiving the innocent Kashmiris, adding that an armed struggle was the only way to resolve the dispute.

Salahuddin, who is the chairman of United Jihad Council chairman and is also the ‘supreme commander’ Hizbul Mujahideen, said that experience of the past 65 years should convince any one that only a strong and target-oriented armed struggle across Indian-held Kashmir could win freedom.

Addressing a press conference, he said that the Kashmiri people, leadership and the state of Pakistan should prepare themselves for it. Otherwise freedom will remain a distant dream, Dawn News reports.

The press conference was held at the end of a procession staged by the supporters of Hizbul Mujahideen to mark the ‘right to self-determination day’, the report said.

The UJC leader said he supported political movement, but was opposed to what he called a fragmented and fractured political struggle.

According to the report, he claimed that about 150 rounds of talks with India had failed to produce anything.

He said it was the armed struggle that had forced foreign troops to leave Vietnam, Algeria, Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq and once again it was compelling the US and allies to withdraw from Afghanistan, the report said.

He said the trans-Kashmir travel, trade of potatoes and onion, internal autonomy or division of Kashmir could not be a substitute for freedom.

He said that the ongoing Pakistan-India talks and confidence-building measures on trade and travel were a bane for Kashmiris, because these were virtually sidelining the core issue, the report added. (ANI)