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UJC asks Pak for military support in Kashmir: Report

Srinagar, Oct 27: United Jihad Council (UJC), a conglomerate of militant outfits, Saturday asked Pakistan to extend them “full military support in Kashmir”, a media report said.

Chairman UJC Syed Salahuddin, as per Dawn, warned in a press conference in Muzaffarabad that the situation in Kashmir “was worsening beyond control in the wake of unprecedented atrocities by Indian forces” asking Islamabad for the military support.

“India’s entire leadership and institutions are unanimous in their nefarious designs to annihilate the Kashmiris and their economy. Their brutalities and bloodlust is unprecedented in history and the situation is getting out of control,” Salahuddin was quoted saying by Dawn.

The UJC brings together around a dozen militant outfits of which Salahuddin’s Hizbul Mujahideen is the largest constituent.

Leaders of almost all member outfits accompanied Salahuddin at the presser, which coincided with the observance of a ‘Black Day’ to condemn landing of Army in Kashmir on this day in 1947.

Salahuddin warned that “a grave human tragedy was in the making in Kashmir and added that the Government of Pakistan should announce full military support for Kashmiris without wasting even a second.”

He regretted that Pakistani leadership was “begging” for talks notwithstanding India’s “intransigence, haughtiness and jingoism”.

“There does not arise any question of a peaceful negotiated settlement of the longstanding [Kashmir] issue in the presence of such an attitude and atmosphere in India,” he said, asking Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to “hear the pleas of Kashmiris in their hearts.”

He, Dawn reported, pointed out that Pakistan had held “more than 150 rounds of talks” with India in the past, but had gained “nothing except damage to the Kashmir cause”.

“We feel so much pain when we see Pakistani rulers pinning hopes on talks. I wonder: Why are they following the beaten track?” he said.

“If we could not judge them [India] over the past seven decades, it’s a grave mistake on our part,” he said.

Salahuddin, as per Dawn, noted that despite the “criminal silence of international institutions and the weak policies of governments in the ‘base camp’, Kashmiris were fighting the tyrant army with stones and sticks.”

“But for how long? Isn’t it high time Pakistan extends us full military support?” he said.

He maintained that since Pakistan was the basic party to the dispute, it was her moral, constitutional and national responsibility to extend full support to the struggling Kashmiris.

“We are not worried about India because, being an oppressor, she has been and will continue to kill us. But our questions are directed at you,” he said, addressing Islamabad and Muzaffarabad.

“Will you come [in aid of us] when the last Kashmiri child will be rendered blind [by pellet guns]? When the last Kashmiri girl will lose her chastity and when the last settlement will be reduced to ashes?” Salahuddin asked.

He said: “If the Government of Pakistan is unable to save Kashmiris from genocide, it should make it clear to them, plainly.”