Syed Salahuddin warns Pakistan against crackdown

Published: January 20, 2016
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Chief of United Jihad Council had claimed responsibility for the Pathankot attack in India. PHOTO: FILE

Chief of United Jihad Council had claimed responsibility for the Pathankot attack in India. PHOTO: FILE

MUZAFFARABAD: The chief of alliance fighting for an end to Indian rule in divided Kashmir openly condemned on Wednesday a crackdown by the government against another group India blames for an attack on an air base.

Syed Salahuddin, the chairman of the United Jihad Council (UJC), an alliance of groups based in the Pakistani-administered Kashmir, had claimed responsibility for the assault in Pathankot on January 2.

The claim of responsibility was met with a sceptical response among India’s security establishment, which blames another group called Jaish-e-Mohammed.

Jaish-e-Mohammad seminaries shut down across Punjab

Last week, security forces arrested the head of Jaish-e-Mohammed as well as several other leaders of the group and shut down offices and seminaries linked to the outfit.

“We are at a loss to understand whether they (the government) are concerned about the interests of the country that feeds them or that of its enemy?,” Salahuddin told a news conference, referring to the government’s crackdown.

“Pakistan is not only an advocate but also a party to the longstanding Kashmir dispute and therefore the Pakistani people, government and media should play the role of a patron rather than of an adversary,” he said, while speaking at the Press Club in Muzzafarabad.

Pathankot attack: India says patience running thin over ‘Pakistan inaction’

Following the January 2 attack on the Indian air base, the United Jihad Council had warned that their attacks “can engulf all of India” if the issue of Kashmir’s divided rule is not resolved.

Since the attack in Pathankot, the government has said it is clamping down on Jaish-e-Mohammed, which India has long accused Pakistan of tolerating, while it investigates Indian assertions that the attack was the work of the militants based in Pakistan.

India has demanded that Pakistan take action against the group and last week announced that the two countries would reschedule talks between their foreign ministers while the investigation into the air base attack was carried out.

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Reader Comments (39)

  • Babloo
    Jan 20, 2016 - 11:07PM

    So Salahuddin openly claims that he organized the pathankot attack and he holds a press conference in Muzaffarabad which is under control of Pak army.

    Do you get it ?Recommend

  • Aftab
    Jan 20, 2016 - 11:15PM

    Mr Terrorest, i am a Pakistani and i do not support yours nonsense to sabotage peace dialoge between Pakistan and India. You are killers and you can only do this, either side or the other side. I do not see the future Pakistan has any space for adventures, you think. Recommend

  • Jan 20, 2016 - 11:23PM

    Syed Salahuddin your days are counted. soon you will be hanged. :) Recommend

  • Aslam
    Jan 21, 2016 - 12:20AM

    Syed I want to buy you a razor.Recommend

  • Dong
    Jan 21, 2016 - 12:53AM

    I would usually not support out of state actors but the atrocities carried out by Indian army against Kashmiris would make groups like Taliban blush. Pakistan cannot directly attack Indian Army due to international law, so the only force capable of at least doing some damage to this loony genocidal army should be tolerated.

    As soon as Indian army stops their crimes against Kashmiris and starts to recognize their wishes, these out of state actors will run out of jobs.Recommend

  • G. Din
    Jan 21, 2016 - 1:15AM

    Apparently, these terrorists have started to feel their nerves being pinched.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jan 21, 2016 - 1:34AM

    Mr Salah Ud Din, do you know what is happening in the world. Muslims are killing Muslims undr one slogan The Allah Is Great. You are talking absurd under the cower of your beard. Please wake and work for the unity of Umma. Recommend

  • Vakil
    Jan 21, 2016 - 2:18AM

    All it looks to me (after reading the article, and the ‘Comments’ section thus far) — is that Pakistanis and Kashmiris (like this character Mr. Salahuddin) are a hopelessly and pathetically divided lot…!! Just face it people — nobody in ‘power’ in Pakistan knows whether to wholeheartedly ‘crackdown’ or wholeheartedly ‘support’ (whatever that means!) — which is what Mr. Salahuddin is referring to here. Almost feel pity and sorry for them and their ’cause’ … Should we all laugh now, or cry…?Recommend

  • Tahir
    Jan 21, 2016 - 2:32AM

    @Babloo
    You have a PM who publicly prided in (check his appearance in Aap ki Adalat) killing his own people in Gujarat. How about that? You refuse to let our teams enter the base despite our sincere offers of cooperation. How about you consider revising your approach to us? Recommend

  • Azmat Ali
    Jan 21, 2016 - 2:33AM

    A challenge thrown to the government and security agencies of Pakistan. This guy claims responsibility for attacking another nation, while sitting in Pakistan. That is absolutely against the oft-repeated stance of the Pakistan government, which claims it will not allow any attacks on any other nation, organized or planned from its land.
    Hold this person responsible, send him to the military courts, immediately. After his claim, what can stop our country’s leadership from taking action?Recommend

  • Imran
    Jan 21, 2016 - 3:07AM

    He is not a terrorist but a freedom fighter. He deserves to take stand for the rights and freedom of Indian Occupied Kashmir. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jan 21, 2016 - 6:00AM

    @kamran Ahmad Kami:
    Hopefully by the beard..Recommend

  • wiserneighbout
    Jan 21, 2016 - 6:48AM

    When you rear such snakes,expect to get bitten by other snakes.Example: APS,BKURecommend

  • Sarfaraz Abbasi
    Jan 21, 2016 - 9:25AM

    These are the kinds of psychos who you cannot depend upon. It is still time for our country to abandon supporting these maniacs and save your own Pakistani civilians from humiliation and disgrace they receive in the Western world because of actions of these minority stone-age animals. Recommend

  • tariq
    Jan 21, 2016 - 9:42AM

    Why is this guy not in jailRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Jan 21, 2016 - 9:58AM

    If these people are friends of Pakistan they should take up arms against the taliban.Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Jan 21, 2016 - 10:21AM

    @Tahir:
    Care to post reference link to your claim please.. I have been searching hate speech by Modi in youtube from past 15 years.. I couldn’t found a single one.. Recommend

  • Rishi
    Jan 21, 2016 - 11:01AM

    Where are guys criticising Obama for his pakistan comment?Recommend

  • Kaleem
    Jan 21, 2016 - 11:57AM

    @Malatesh: Actions speak louder than words, How innocent of you to search Modi’s videos on YoutubeRecommend

  • Tony Singh
    Jan 21, 2016 - 1:10PM

    @Kaleem:
    “@Malatesh: Actions speak louder than words, How innocent of you to search Modi’s videos on Youtube”
    Why don’t you post a link then?Recommend

  • Pankaj
    Jan 21, 2016 - 1:47PM

    @Dong:
    So as per your logic India or any other country is free to do same in Baluchistan, right?Recommend

  • Pankaj
    Jan 21, 2016 - 1:51PM

    @Tahir:
    Please provide us the weblink where PM Modi has prided the Gujrat riots otherwise don’t misguide yourself. You sound confident about it so it should not be difficult for you to provide it. Recommend

  • Common Sense
    Jan 21, 2016 - 2:07PM

    @Tahir:
    Modi was referring to the action he took after series of bomb blast in Gujrat by terrorist.
    Modi was able to catch all the culprits soon.Recommend

  • rama
    Jan 21, 2016 - 2:53PM

    @Imran:

    Rest of the world will also treat the Baluchistan freedom fighters with the all the love and care Recommend

  • singh
    Jan 21, 2016 - 3:19PM

    A testing time for pak army.@Imran: Recommend

  • Zakir
    Jan 21, 2016 - 3:35PM

    ” Pakistani people, government and media should play the role of a patron rather than of an adversary” . Hmm. Says pretty much everythingRecommend

  • Marco
    Jan 21, 2016 - 3:41PM

    @Imran: So… murderer of innocent civilians are Freedom Fighters… Well.. then you’ve got the TTP. Enjoy!Recommend

  • Aussie mate
    Jan 21, 2016 - 3:58PM

    Even after such barbaric acts like APS and now Bacha Khan attack and umpteen number of daily/weekly killings and suicide bombings which kills innocent Pakistanis, reading some Pakistani comments supporting this terrorist Salahuddin is unbelievable…
    Till such time there are common people in Pakistan with such ideologies supporting them, terrorists like these will keep generating fidayen brainwashing youth and killing children, students and innocent masses.

    GoP has taken a right step in stopping to listen to these lunatics… sooner the entire GoP machinery is up in arms against ALL terrorists and their manifestations, it will help bring peace in Pakistan and the region…Hope 2016 will see crackdown on all these venomous snakes.Recommend

  • Hassan
    Jan 21, 2016 - 4:49PM

    Long live baloch freedom fighter’s
    Balochistan was lndependant before pakistan become country .Recommend

  • Srinivasulu Mekala
    Jan 21, 2016 - 6:06PM

    @Imran:
    Very dangerous comment. How many freedom fights are in the offing in Pakistan, do you have any idea? My last count says only Punjab is an exception, rest all provinces are in some kind conflict with Pakistan. Please do not encourage them with your comments.Recommend

  • Vaidyanathan
    Jan 21, 2016 - 7:06PM

    These people are tarnishing the image of pakistan and Pakistanis. They must be silenced in the interest of pakistan. Please move forward and take suitable. ActionRecommend

  • Bablu
    Jan 22, 2016 - 12:17AM

    @Babloo:
    did you hear the threat or you hear only what pleases you? He is not ready to listen. AJK gov. is an independent gov and not under army control unlike Indian held Kashmir.Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Jan 22, 2016 - 8:45AM

    @Bablu:
    FYI, There is a PPP government in PoK.. Recommend

  • Raja Azhar ul Haq
    Jan 22, 2016 - 12:11PM

    Pakistan and India both are Non serious on Kashmir Issue…. both are playing with innocent Kashmiri NationRecommend

  • Dilip Sapan
    Jan 22, 2016 - 5:21PM

    @Babloo:
    Does anyone ‘get’ it (?) — hmm… Muzaffarabad is not under the control of the Pak Army — remember it is capital of ‘Azad Kashmir’ i.e. Free (???) Kashmir … hehe, surely now everyone will ‘get’ it..!Recommend

  • mohan
    Jan 22, 2016 - 5:26PM

    It is high time Govt and Army in Pakistan started thinking in one line, to provide safety to all citizens,rather than encouraging any one group against the other. Terrorists should find no place to hide, leave carrying out their activities openly.Recommend

  • ramdar
    Jan 22, 2016 - 10:59PM

    @Dong: ”atrocities carried out by Indian army against Kashmiris..”
    Indian Kashmir is ruled by democratically elected state government who need support of army to counter armed terrorists & their fanatic sympathizers. But for the Indian army, Kashmir would have been another Afghanistan, a safe heaven for terrorists.
    Dont get mislead by propaganda. Compare data such as civilians killed or disappeared in last 5 years- in Kashmir, Baluchistan, Karachi…Recommend

  • Umair
    Jan 29, 2016 - 12:36PM

    The methodology and actions of this group might be questionable but why is nobody discussing the cause and the reason they are formed ..
    Why is nobody talking about the attrocities of the Indian Army on Kashmir muslims of the basic rights being denied there .. the right of self determination which they have been waiting for decades and after the cruel murders at the hand of Army they had to take weapons !Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jan 30, 2016 - 2:55AM

    @tariqNawaz Shareef fears of back lash, example is Mumtaz Qadri, a broad day light murderer of Taseer fame. who may not be hangedRecommend

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