Will turn Kashmir into graveyard of security forces: Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin

Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin vowed to block any peaceful political resolution to the Kashmir conflict even as an all-party delegation headed to Valley on Sunday for a peaceful resolution on the Kashmir unrest after the encounter of Hizbul Mujahideen Commander Burhan Wani.

The separatist leader exclaimed that he would make all effort to derail dilaogue on peaceful resolution in Kashmir. Aggregating his stand on the Kashmir row, the 69-year-old said that he would train more Kashmiri suicide bombers to take his struggles outside of Kashmir, hinting at spreading terror outside of the Valley.

Justifying the use of suicide bombers, Salahuddin said, “If soldiers from Andhra Pradesh, Madras, Assam, Nagaland, Haryana, Bihar and Delhi violate the sanctity of our houses, we are compelled and justified to carry out a suicide attack.”

“The Kashmiri leadership, people and mujahideen should know there is no formal, peaceful way,” said Salahuddin in an interview at his office in Baila Noor Shah Area of Muzaffarabad.

Salahuddin, who dismissed talks as futile, insisted that there was no solution to Kashmir except militancy, by launching a ‘target-oriented armed struggle’. He also called for the Indian government to recognise Kashmir as a disputed area, without which talks could not be held.

The terror outfit’s chief, threatened to show his might and said Hizbul Mujahideen would take the struggle outside Kashmir, to other parts of the region and the globe.

“The death of Burhan Wani marked a critical phase for the movement in Kashmir. If you do not accept it as an issue, then what is the need for dialogue,” he asked. “We will have to display our might,” Salahuddin said.

In 1987, Salahuddin had unsuccessfully contested the J&K Assembly elections as a candidate of the Muslim United Front. He appeared to be the favourite for the seat but lost in circumstances which sparked allegations of vote fraud. He later fled to Pakistan and was provided protection by ISI and the establishment.

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