Muzaffarabad, Oct 9: The United Jihad Council (UJC), a grouping of militant outfits, has unilaterally announced a 3-day truce in Jammu and Kashmir to let the people celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr peacefully.
The decision was taken during an extraordinary meeting of the UJC saying that the operations against Indian troops in the "occupied territory" will be brought to a standstill from October 12 to 14.
"The entirely pro-public initiative taken by the UJC is aimed at providing a fresh lease to the life in Jammu and Kashmir on the auspicious occasion of Eid thereby letting the people enjoy the festival without any nuisance," Syed Sadaqat Hussain, the spokesman of the militant alliance told Greater Kashmir here on Tuesday.
This is for the first time that militant organizations operative in Jammu and Kashmir have jointly agreed to a limited ceasefire call. Although a unilateral ceasefire was announced by Hizbul Mujahideen's chief operational commander, Abdul Majeed Dar in July 2000, which was by and large appreciated nationally and internationally, the call was shortly withdrawn in a week.
"Under the cover of fake encounters and various other pretexts Indian forces were targeting innocent Kashmiris even on the occasion of Eid and therefore, the UJC had unanimously decided that a ceasefire will be observed in the state completely at all levels for three days," the UJC spokesman added.
He said that the UJC met here under the chairmanship of Syed Salahuddin, the head of the council and the supreme commander of Hizbul Mujahideen. Expressing satisfaction over the "target-oriented operations being carried out by the freedom fighters against occupation forces," Salahuddin said the sacrifices rendered by the people of Kashmir and the valiant freedom fighters will never go in vain.
He said that the day was not far "when our homeland, Kashmir will be free from Indian yoke." He, however, maintained that there was a dire need of forging unity and concurrence at all levels in order to launch a full-fledged movement against "India's illegal occupation."
Terming the bilateral approach of talks as futile exercise, the Hizb chief was of the view that times had proven that bilateral negations between the two countries have badly failed to yield any positive results. He emphasised that bilateral talks have neither benefited Kashmiris in the past nor would they provide any relief to the people of Kashmir in future, as India has never been sincere with talks process.
Rather wasting time in such "unproductive and meaningless" talks with New Delhi, Salahuddin stressed that following the very basic and principled stance on Kashmir, it was imperative to instigate a well integrated, strong diplomatic and a politically sound movement at gross-root levels in Kashmir. He said that this was the only was to achieve the cherished goal.
The UJC chief said that for the larger interests of the people of Jammu and Kashmir the political leadership must bury their differences and come up with single-point agenda of right of self-determination so that the ongoing struggle could be successfully taken to its logical end.