Syed Salahuddin, chief of the United Jehad Council (UJC), an alliance of anti-India Kashmiri militant outfits based in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, has threatened to take over the leadership of the Srinagar-based All Parties Hurriyat Conference.
He told a news agency: “If we sense that our sacrifices are going waste due to the discord among leaders, we shall take control of affairs, leaving no role for the separatists.”
Salahuddin, who is the supreme commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, said he had sent ultimatums to all factions of the Hurriyat Conference and other separatist groups.
The move came after Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front activists were allegedly attacked by some loyalists of the hardline faction leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, in Sopore on Sunday. This was followed by a retaliatory attack on Geelani’s office.
Salahuddin said he had asked separatist leaders to set up a tribunal to investigate the attacks.
The Hizbul chief claimed Indian spies had infiltrated the ranks of the separatist outfits and were trying to divide them.