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Pak faces rare tirade from jehad council, warns against sidelining Kashmir

india Updated: Sep 13, 2012 22:44 IST
Peerzada Ashiq
Peerzada Ashiq
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United Jehad Council (UJC), an amalgam of militant outfits active in Kashmir, on Thursday launched a rare tirade against its own creators Pakistan and opposed its growing bonhomie with India.

"Any dialogue between India and Pakistan will not succeed if Kashmir dispute is sidelined," warned Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) based UJC general secretary Sheikh Jameel-ur-Rehmaan in an emailed statement to the Hindustan Times.

"Genocide of Kashmiris and dialogue cannot go side by side. Those who talk of peace are justifying the state terrorism," said Rehmaan, who also heads the militant outfit Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen.

India and Pakistan made positive headway in recent foreign ministers' talks held in Islamabad, which saw easing of visa regimes, and a major push to the movement of people for trade and tourism.

But, the talks failed to make any headway on Kashmir or any joint statement.

The militant conglomerate seems to be more piqued by Pakistan foreign minister Hina Rabaani Khar's statement given in an interview to a daily.

"On the issue of Kashmir, we have to see if our efforts and our strategy in the past have produced desired results."

"Now the question is, the attitude and formulation we adopted over past 60 years, if we continue sticking to them, will they give us a resolution even after next 65 years? The answer to that is a resounding no," said Khar.

Launching a scathing attack on Pakistan, the UJC spokesman said, "It seems India is dragging Pakistan into a trap. Is Pakistan's situation so tenuous that under Indian and American pressure, it's giving up its principled stand on Kashmir, and committing suicide. This approach will damage the Kashmir cause".

Accusing Pakistan of "acting as lawyer for India", the militant commander said, "Militants do not oppose Indo-Pak friendship and trade relations but this should not take place at the cost of Kashmir."

The UJC statement came just days after 82-year-old hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani expressed annoyance over the two countries' failure to discuss Kashmir.

"At a time when people are killed in Kashmir, India and Pakistan diverts its attention from the human tragedy to trade of onions," said Geelani.

"Pakistan's attempt to change its national policy on Kashmir will prove detrimental to the country. Pakistani nation need to explain to its people whether the change in policy is with approval of people or just any single party's stand," said Geelani.