United Jehad Council chief Syed Salahudin on Monday threatened more “Kathua-type attacks” in the state’s winter capital Jammu.
Three militants in Army fatigues killed a jawan and two civilians in Jammu’s Kathua district before being shot dead by forces on Friday.
Salahuddin confirmed that “Shoidah-i-Brigade”, the militant outfit which claimed responsibility for Kathua-twin attack is a part of Hizbul Mujahideen and this organisation will continue to strike in various parts of Jammu.
"The Shohad-ibrigade will continue to target security establishments in Jammu region" said Salahuddin in an interview.
While not calling it a threat for the upcoming polls, the agency quoted the Hizbul Mujahideen leader saying the outfit was formed soon after the Gool incident, in which four civilians were allegedly killed in BSF firing last year.
Jammu and Udhampur constituencies are going to polls on April 10 and April 17 respectively.
“We are capable of striking anywhere in India and we believe that armed struggle is inevitable in the present context of Kashmir freedom struggle,” he said, adding the brigade is expanding its base in Rajouri, Poonch and Banihal.
Threatening people to stay away from polls, Salahuddin said those contesting elections and casting their votes will face the “organisation’s wrath”.
Salahudin said there was no difference between National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and United Progressive Alliance (UPA). “Whether it is Congress or BJP, Janata Dal or CPM, all parties pursue same policy with regard to Kashmir. We must understand that all the Indian parties are anti-Kashmir, particularly Modi, who is the killer of innocent Muslims,” he said.
Salahudin claimed that Kashmir issue was never discussed in any Indo-Pak ministerial-level talks.
He said that Pakistan continued to hold dialogue with India with a hope that it would one day agree to talk on Kashmir issue.
“These talks are only to keep stakeholders engaged. It has brought no result in the past nor will it do so in the future,” he added.
Salahuddin advised the government of Pakistan not to repeat the mistake of putting Kashmir on back burner and try to foster friendship with New Delhi through trade, cultural exchanges and tourism.