Mansoor Ijaz met me twice: Hizbul Mujahideen chief

Published: December 3, 2011
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Syed Salahuddin says he met Ijaz in 2000 in Islamabad, Muzaffarabad. PHOTO: SHAHID SAEEED/EXPRESS/FILE

Syed Salahuddin says he met Ijaz in 2000 in Islamabad, Muzaffarabad. PHOTO: SHAHID SAEEED/EXPRESS/FILE

Chief of militant organisation Hizbul Mujahideen Syed Salahuddin has said that Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz had met him, in a bid to convince him to continue a ceasefire in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Speaking to the BBC Urdu, Salahuddin said that Ijaz, backed by the US, had met him twice in 2000. The meetings took place in Islamabad and Muzaffarabad, immediately after the decision was made to end a ceasefire in the valley. “I clearly refused his advice and told him that India is not sincere and that it is using delaying tactics,” Salahuddin said. “Extending the ceasefire in these circumstances will be harmful.”

He said that former ISI operative Khalid Khwaja accompanied Ijaz during the first meeting in Islamabad, and Ijaz’s mother was present during the second meeting in Muzaffarabad.

But, Salahuddin said, Ijaz never met him again after he asked him to not contact him on the matter. However, he said, Ijaz tried to lure him by offering economic assistance for the valley’s development if he withdrew the decision to end the ceasefire.

Ijaz also tried to establish himself as a credible interlocutor by saying that he was carrying out these meetings at the behest of former US president Bill Clinton’s administration, the report said.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 3rd, 2011.

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  • observer
    Dec 3, 2011 - 11:28AM

    He said that former ISI operative Khalid Khwaja accompanied Ijaz during the first meeting in Islamabad

    OK, so we know who controls Mr Mansoor Ijaz. This also explains Memogate and Pasha’s visit to Ijaz.

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  • Mirza
    Dec 3, 2011 - 11:42AM

    Mansoor Ijaz is a known shady character that has been working for the CIA and other such organization.Recommend

  • Moulvi Nawaz Shareef
    Dec 3, 2011 - 3:56PM

    @ Observer
    Don’t try to be a kid….everyone knows Ijaz works for CIA and American Administration!!!

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  • NNN
    Dec 3, 2011 - 5:50PM

    @observer:

    BlackBerry ?

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  • Imran
    Dec 3, 2011 - 6:10PM

    @Mirza:
    From this news, Mansoor Ijaz seems to be an ISI operative.

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  • Mirza
    Dec 3, 2011 - 10:20PM

    @Imran: You mean double agent. BTW, my post was censored and only one line appeared.
    Regards,
    Mirza

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  • ammar
    Dec 4, 2011 - 3:51AM

    mansoor ejaz should be a villain in a bond film….

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  • Dec 15, 2011 - 12:38PM

    Salaam, We all knows khalid khawja role in Lal Masjid Massacre and its supporting Maulana Rasheed Ghazi to take stand. We all knows Khalid Khwaja association with hameed gul, mirza islam baig. So, Mansoor Ijaz and existing holly Cow “J” can not be delinked.
    We , people of pakistan are great victim of conspiracy. We have a lots of Mir Jaffar and Mir Sadiq. I knows that Hamid Mir knows all the facts and one day , he will elaborate all information in front of people.

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