Toeing hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s line, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK)-based militant group United Jihad Council (UJC) has ruled out former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s four-point formula as a way out on Kashmir and accused him of triggering divisions within Hurriyat.
“Musharraf retreated on Kashmir under international pressure and presented four-point formula without any guarantee from anywhere,” said UJC chief Syed Salahuddin in Muzaffarabad in PoK on Saturday during a rally.
Accusing Musharraf of creating discord among the Kashmiri leadership and seeking road maps from other leaders, the militant commander said, “We (the militants) have suffered at the hands of our own people.”
The statement assumes significance since moderate Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq recently referred to the four-point formula as “a starting point of dialogue on Kashmir”.
Mirwaiz’s support of the Musharraf formula however came under fire from Geelani, who outrightly rejected it.
However, reiterating Mirwaiz’s warning on Afghan spillover into Kashmir after year 2014, Salahuddin said, “for obvious reasons, there are chances of it and the jihadi movement will pick up exceptional momentum.”
Salahuddin said that those calling for settlement of the Kashmir issue through peaceful means were in fact deceiving the innocent Kashmiris. “An armed struggle was the only way to resolve the dispute,” he said.
Expressing skepticism over trans-LoC activities, the militant commander, who also heads largest militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, sad, “Internal autonomy or division of Kashmir could not be a substitute for freedom.”
Claiming that India was threatened by the UJC’s militant activities, Salahuddin said, “If India did not feel threatened, it would have reduced the number of troops.”
Without naming any separatist leader, UJC chief also criticized those who are describing the United Nations resolution on Kashmir as obsolete. “They were speaking India’s language,” he said.