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Militants not happy with Hurriyat plans to visit Pak

May 26, 2005 17:06 IST

An umbrella organisation of Pakistan-based militant groups on Thursday opposed the All Parties Hurriyat Conference leaders' plan to visit Pakistan and Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir early next month.

The moderate faction of APHC, led by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, had on Wednesday accepted Pakistan's invitation to visit that country.

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United Jehad Council chairman and Hizbul Mujahideen chief commander, Syed Salahuddin, said the Hurriyat's decision to travel to Pakistan would be 'detrimental' to the separatist cause in Jammu and Kashmir.

"This (visit plan) is apparently a good gesture. But unless and until the united leadership of Kashmir does not come to Pakistan, this visit will not bear fruitful results," he said in an interview in Rawalpindi to Reuters Television.

Salahuddin was obviously hinting that Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who heads a pro-Pakistan faction of APHC, must also be part of the delegation travelling to Islamabad.


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