Syed Salahuddin warns Pakistan against crackdown

Chief of United Jihad Council had claimed responsibility for the Pathankot attack in India


Reuters January 20, 2016
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.

COMMENTS (39)

syed & syed | 5 years ago | Reply @tariqNawaz Shareef fears of back lash, example is Mumtaz Qadri, a broad day light murderer of Taseer fame. who may not be hanged
Umair | 5 years ago | Reply 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 !
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