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'Pakistan must stop unilateral friendship with India'

india Updated: Apr 11, 2012 19:11 IST
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Pakistan-occupied Kashmir based United Jehad Council chief Syed Salahuddin has threatened to scale up violence "because of India's intransigence over the Kashmir dispute" and asked Pakistan "to give up unilateral friendship with India."

"India seems in no mood to pull out its forces from Kashmir. Every passing day bespeaks that except for the armed struggle there is no other way to resolve the longstanding Kashmir issue," Salahuddin told a news conference in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on Tuesday.

Stressing the continuation of the armed struggle, Salahuddin, who also heads Hizbul Mujahideen, said, "We have come to the conclusion that we will have to fight till the last drop of our blood."

The Hizb chief said armed struggle was never stopped for a fraction of a second "even when General Pervez Musharraf (former Pakistan president) adopted a policy of retreat."

He claimed to have brought changes in strategy after 9/11 attack on the US. "Militancy was taken away from the urban areas. The topography of Kashmir is ideal for militant activities which India cannot control even if it doubles the number of its forces in the region," he said.

The statement assumes significance in the backdrop of recent informal meeting of Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi.

"India is gaining time and strengthening its military infrastructure in the territory under the cover of talks," alleged Salahuddin.

He was quick to add that the UJC does not oppose normalization of relations between the two countries. "Until India adopts a realistic attitude on the core issue of Kashmir and agrees to resolve it in the light of United Nations Security Council resolutions, there is no hope of any solution," said Salahuddin in a rare press conference organised in PoK.

Seeking "meaningful and result oriented talks", the Hizb chied said, "At the moment, dialogue was an aimless and endless process aimed at killing time. Such a process benefitted India whereas Pakistan and the Kashmiris were the sufferers."

Asking India and Pakistan for Kashmir centric talks, Salahuddin said, "Dialogue without Kashmir cannot yield anything."

Salahuddin asked Pakistan "to give up unilateral friendship with India."

He reiterated his opposition to the most favoured nation status conferred to India saying it would help India to establish economic domination after political hegemony in the region.