02 March, 2021

"The Hizbul Leaders Have Betrayed The Jehad"

Qazi Hussain, chief of Pakistan's Jamaat-e-Islami, considered the de facto political parent of the Hizbul Mujahideen, has outright rejected the latter's ceasefire offer. Mazhar Abbas spoke to the Jamaat leader in Lahore. Excerpts:

"The Hizbul Leaders Have Betrayed The Jehad"

Your party has always supported the Hizbul. Why are you now rejecting its ceasefire offer?
They took the decision on their own and didn't take us into confidence. Why they did not consult leaders in Kashmir or Pakistan is a mystery. They knew very well that we have high stakes in Kashmir. They should have told us. We've been betrayed.

Does the offer have anything to do with your US visit?
I told you we were not informed beforehand. So there is no point in linking my visit with their decision.

Why do you think the Hizbul could betray you?
It hurts me most. They not only ditched me and my party but the whole jehad in Kashmir.

Will the Hizbul decision affect the jehad in Kashmir?
India certainly succeeded in creating differences among the freedom fighters. But as far jehad is concerned, it will continue. Such a big movement cannot stopped.

But the truce has come from your militant wing, the most powerful group in Kashmir.
The Hizbul Mujahideen is not the product of the Jamaat. We gave them shelter in the...

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