04 December, 2020

"Making The Borders Irrelevant Not A Solution"

'Pakistan definitely wants a breakthrough in talks, yet the Indian mindset has not changed so far. They still believe J&K is an integral part of India, a notion not at all acceptable to us.'

"Making The Borders Irrelevant Not A Solution"
With India and Pakistan playing footsie, and Islamabad apparently withdrawing its support to militants, Hizbul Mujahideen supremo commander Syed Salahuddin faces the toughest challenge of his life: should he drop the gun and return to his earlier avatar of Yusuf Shah? Before militancy rocked Kashmir, Salahuddin was Yusuf Shah. In 1990, the Jamaat-e-Islami of J&K appointed him as the patron-in-chief of Hizbul Mujahideen (HuM). That was the year the Jamaat adopted the HuM as its armed wing. Yusuf Shah took over the jehadi name of Pir Syed Salahuddin and, after bringing the Jamaat and HuM closer, crossed over to Azad Kashmir, or Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, in October 1990. Amir Mir spoke to Salahuddin, who was in Muzaffarabad a day before the Hurriyat leaders reached there. Excerpts from the interview:

With Pakistan apparently withdrawing its support to militants, there are reports that Syed Salahuddin wants to become Yusuf Shah again. Is it true that you want to convert HuM into a political party?
Many people have suggested that I should adopt a political...


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