Kashmir Militants Vow to Fight on

Published December 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Hardline Muslim militant groups Thursday rejected India's extended ceasefire in divided Kashmir and vowed to continue their armed struggle. 

"It is a political gimmick and the mujahideen have nothing to do with it," Harkatul Mujahideen chief Moulana Farooq Kashmir said. 

He said the mujahideen would stop their bloody separatist insurgency only when the last Indian soldier left Kashmir, not on the basis of "mere announcements." 

India on Wednesday said it would add another month to the ceasefire it announced during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. 

Pakistan responded by withdrawing some of its troops from the Line of Control which divides the Indian and Pakistani zones of Kashmir. 

"The Pakistani army is not fighting along with the mujahideen in the held territory (India's zone of Kashmir). Therefore its withdrawal is not going to change our struggle," Kashmir said. 

The Lashkar-e-Taiba group said India's ceasefire extension was a "fraud and deception" designed to hoodwink the international community. 

"If India wants to save its troopers and military installations from the fidayeen (suicide attackers), it should immediately quit Kashmir," spokesman Yahya Mujahid said. 

He said the Indian military and paramilitary had escalated "atrocities" in Kashmir during the ceasefire. 

"India is trying to use the ceasefire as a political tool against the mujahideen but the mujahideen groups will frustrate its designs and continue their operations," he said. 

"The mujahideen have no concern with the agreements or announcements of India or Pakistan. Our jihad éholy warè is in held Kashmir and it will continue at full swing." -- MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan-controlled Kashmir (AFP) 



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