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Top militant outfit backs Irish-type solution to Kashmir trouble
Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar | December 17, 2007 22:52 IST
A top militant commander has supported the Irish-type solution to resolve the Kashmir issue, but added, "India should first accept Kashmir as a disputed territory."
"The Mujahideen leadership is ready to accept the Irish-type solution for the Kashmir dispute provided India accepted Kashmir as a disputed territory," Syed Sallah-ud-din, the supreme commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen and chairman of the Muzaffarabad-based United Jihad Council (UJC) told a local news agency.
Significantly, the chief of the militant conglomerate accepted that support for militancy had decreased post-9/11 because of the changed global scenario.
He, however, was quick to add, "But ours is an indigenous movement. We are running our training camps in the hilly areas of Jammu and Kashmir [Images]."
Salah-ud-Din rejected Pakistan president Musharraf's four-point formula on the Kashmir issue.
"The ongoing peace process between India and Pakistan is useless. History shows nothing has been achieved through talks. The breakthrough Musharraf expected from the dialogue with India has not been achieved," the UJC chairman said.
He also said elections under the India constitution were no solution to the 60-year-long dispute.