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J&K militant leader's kin takes on ISI

March 12, 2004 16:02 IST

The daughter-in-law of Kashmiri leader Maqbool Butt, who was hanged two decades ago, plans to visit Jammu and Kashmir to collect information on human rights violations by militants and focus on Inter-State Intelligence's role in aiding and abetting terrorism, Pakistan media reports said.

"Militants are playing Pakistan's game in the name of Islam in Kashmir. Our media shows documentaries about human rights violations by Indian forces, but they do not have the courage to show or write about the human rights violations by militants," Ayesha Afroze Butt was quoted as saying by Pakistan's Daily Times in a Lahore datelined report.

Ayesha, who heads the women's wing of Jammu Kashmir National Liberation Front, said her party had started collecting information in this regard.

She said the Duktaran-e-Millat, a pro-Pakistani Kashmiri women's organisation headed by Asiya Andrabi, was not truly representative of Kashmiri women.

"The Duktaran is only a paper organisation. The Inter-Services Intelligence uses her only to issue statements in Pakistan's favour. One of her sisters lives in Abbottabad and one of her sons is a captain in the Pakistan Army," Ayesha was quoted as saying in the interview.

Demanding that Kashmiris should be allowed free movement on both sides of Line of Control to unite the divided families, the JKNLF leader said that along with the proposed Muzaffarabad-Srinagar bus service, the old routes to Ladakh and Jammu should be restored.

She said her party favoured unification of all regions and grant of internal sovereignty for two decades, along with phased withdrawal of Indian and Pakistani forces.


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