Hizbul Mujahideen supremo for “solid steps” for liberation of Kashmir

A top pro-Pakistan Kashmiri mujahideen leader on Wednesday paid tributes to a pro-independence organisation for its initiative of a march towards the Line of Control (LoC) and said there was a dire need to take “solid steps” for liberation of oppressed Kashmir in India occupied territory of the disputed Himalayan region.  Syed Salahuddin, supreme commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest of around a dozen groups fighting Indian occupation of Jammu and Kashmir, maintained that the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) was “justified and on right path” in holding the march towards the bloody dividing line. “Your initiative – LoC march – is the most important need of time to draw the attention of the international community and unconscientious international organisations towards the alarming situation in India occupied Kashmir,” said Mr Salahuddin, in his telephonic address to the participants of the JKLF led sit-in near Jiskool, some 8kms before the LoC in Chakothi sector. “I salute you for your endeavour and perseverance and assure that we are with you, by all means, because our patience is running out at the situation in occupied Kashmir,” he added. He maintained that not only the occupied territory was under a lockdown for the past 65 days, amid curfew, media and communication blackout, India had also plunged the Kashmiris into economic impoverishment. “Nobody knows what has been happening to our brothers and sisters across the divide.” He regretted that the United Nations (UN) had not honoured its charter as well as resolutions on Kashmir and had, instead, left the Kashmiris at the mercy of 900000 Indian troops.  “If the international community fails to do anything even after the lapse of two months, a big catastrophe can soon occur inside occupied Kashmir,” he warned.  Mr Salahuddin also stressed upon the people at helm in Pakistan to realise their responsibilities and take “solid steps” so as to ensure liberation of the oppressed Kashmiris.  Referring to the JKLF demand that UN Secretary General should send his special representative to them, he said: “Why a representative? Why not the UN chief himself whose organisation has pledged right to self determination to the Kashmiris through as many as 18 resolutions.”   Earlier in the day, Mr Salahuddin also spoke to this correspondent by telephone, suggesting that a “national mass movement” towards the dividing line was indispensable to draw world attention. He told that early last month he had suggested to the AJK leadership that the LoC march should be from the entire base camp [AJK], irrespective of organisational affiliations, instead of any single party or group.  The JKLF waited for a joint call and when there was none they set off on their own, he said.“In my view, soon we will have to breach the LoC in a huge number …There is no doubt Indian army is barbarous and beastly and it can shoot at the gathering. Therefore, I suggest that around two to three thousand people in the vanguard of marchers should be equipped with arms so that they can respond to [Indian] bullets with bullets,” he said, believing that it would attract world attention. Recalling Prime Minister Imran Khan’s last month’s statement at a Muzaffarabad rally that Kashmiris should wait for his return from the UN to be told that what should they do, he said: “We are still waiting [….] We need to know what they are doing to bring the oppressed Kashmiris out of this situation.” Mr Salahuddin maintained that rallies and resolutions did manifest mere political and moral support, but Kashmiris needed something beyond such support. “Whatever [PM] Khan sahib says are just statements but on the ground there is dire need of some concrete action so that the oppressed Kashmiri nation, which seems to be without any chaperone at the moment, could get some relief.” He said being the cruellest imperialist power, India derived pleasure from the cries of Kashmiris. “It only understands the language of power…If the government of Pakistan is unable to help the unarmed Kashmiris, it should tell us plainly. Mere words will no more work.”He said over the past 65 days, not demonstrations expressing anger at Indian move and solidarity with the besieged Kashmiris were held across the world, but many important personalities in USA had expressed concern over the situation in occupied Kashmir.“Nevertheless the UN remains unmoved. Then one is tempted to askwhat is the point of having this organisation? In response to a question, Mr Salahuddin said Hizbul Mujahideen might give a call for a joint LoC march.“Time has come to hold consultations on it. We are at the end of our tether.” “I believe if we do not do anything solid, we will be in the row of sinners on the Day of Judgment and our future generations will dub us as traitors,” he said.  

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