‘LeT, Muttahida Jihad Council reworking Kashmir stance’

January 22nd, 2009 - 4:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Jan 22 (IANS) Jihadi organisations in Pakistan, including the Muttahida Jihad Council (MJC) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), are reassessing their Kashmir policy in the wake of Mumbai terror attacks, a media report said Thursday.”As a result of mounting global pressure on Pakistan following the Mumbai assaults and the subsequent action against various Jihadi groups in the country, senior leaders of the outfits are now pondering a new, friendly policy on Kashmir,” The News quoted a knowledgeable source as saying.

India has blamed the LeT for the Nov 26-29 Mumbai mayhem that claimed the lives of over 170 people, including 26 foreigners, and injured over 300. The LeT had created a stir last week when it offered to end its armed struggle in Indian administered Kashmir if Islamabad and New Delhi resolved their dispute over the state.

When The News tried to approach MJC chief Syed Salahuddin, his spokesman Ehsan Elahi said that in the emerging situation they wanted the Kashmir dispute to be settled amicably.

“It is our desire that this problem is resolved through dialogue,” Elahi said, adding: “Neither is militancy an easy affair nor are we happy with it. We want peace but it does not mean that we are renouncing our stance or showing a weakness. If there is such an impression in any quarter, it is completely wrong.”

Elahi also complained that the current Pakistani government, unlike past administrations, was not supporting the LeT.

“We adjust our policies in line with changes in the situation,” he explained.

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