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Pak militant groups mulling friendly Kashmir policy: report

Source: PTI
January 22, 2009 18:56 IST
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Pakistan-based militant groups, including the Lashkar-e-Tayiba, are pondering a new, friendly policy on Kashmir in the wake of mounting pressure on Pakistan following the Mumbai terror attacks, a media report in Pakistan claimed on Thursday.

Senior leaders of the LeT and the United Jehad Council, a conglomerate of terrorist groups active in Jammu and Kashmir, are reassessing their policy in the aftermath of the November 26 terror strikes, the News daily said.

The newspaper said it was unable to reach the UJC chairman Syed Salahuddin for his comments.

Salahuddin's spokesman Ehsan Elahi said the groups wanted the Kashmir issue to be settled amicably in the emerging situation.

"It is our desire that this problem is resolved through dialogue. Neither is militancy an easy affair nor are we happy with it," Elahi said.

"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," he added.

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

"So despite our obvious grumbles, we still understand the prevailing volatile situation," Elahi said.

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