Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin is a man under pressure from both sides. His predicament compels him to be seen as more hardline than the J&K wing of the Hizbul; he is nonetheless the most hated man for groups like the Lashkar-e-Toiba who think he has betrayed the Kashmiri cause. Ghulam Hasnain caught up with Salahuddin in Islamabad, all fire and brimstone amid a foundering peace process. Excerpts:
What do you think the Hurriyat's Pakistan visit will yield?
If the Hurriyat has succeeded in breaking any ice with India, then it is good that they come here. Otherwise, what is the use of coming to Pakistan? What is the fun of coming to Pakistan without having achieved any breakthrough in India? There should be only three reasons why the Hurriyat should visit Pakistan. To talk, to tell us about the latest situation in Kashmir and in India, and to tell us what other support they need from us.
The Hurriyat leadership seems split between pro-Pakistan and anti-Pakistan factions. What do you think will be its impact?