Pak Militant Leaders Pledge to Step up Jihad against India

Urging Islamabad to adopt a concrete strategy for the purpose, Pak-based terror outfits like the Lashker-e-Toiba and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, have vowed to step up their holy war to liberate Kashmir from India, said media reports on Wednesday.

According to the reports, militant leaders Tuesday pledged to strengthen their armed struggle and wage jihad to “free” Kashmir during a rally held at a PoK town.

The speakers, addressing the rally, included LeT commander Abdul Wahid Kashmiri and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin, who also heads the United Jihad Council, an amalgam of militant groups active in Kashmir.

Leaders of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, declared a front for the LeT by the UN Security Council, are also reported to have attended the rally.

In his address, Salahuddin said jihad was the “only way” to liberate Kashmir as “diplomacy, talks and negotiations” over the past decades have failed.
“We reject talks between India and Pakistan as a hoax because dialogue can never lead to the freedom of Kashmir,” said Salahuddin.

“Therefore, we strongly believe that the Kashmir dispute can be settled only through jihad,” he said.

A resolution adopted at the rally said: “Jihad will continue until India ends its occupation of Kashmir.”

Salahuddin also accused Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf of having stabbed the Kashmiris in the back when they were “nearing their freedom”.

About 5,000 people attended the rally in Kotli, marking Pakistan Day, the anniversary of the adoption in 1940 of the Pakistan Resolution calling for the creation of a separate country for the Muslims of the subcontinent.

Based on Media Reports

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