Muzaffarabad: A rally to condemn United States’ decision designating Hizbul Mujahideen as a “terrorist organisation” was taken out in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK), on Thursday.
“Hizbul Mujahideen is a not a terrorist organisation but stands for the sentiments and aspirations of Kashmiris and is the centre of their hopes,” read a banner carried by protesters, Dawn reported.
The demonstrators chanted anti-India and pro-freedom slogans while condemning the US decision as they walked from Burhan Wani Chowk to Garhipan Chowk.
“You can withhold our properties and [bank] accounts if there are any [in the US], but you cannot force us to give up our legitimate struggle for freedom,” said Shaikh Jameel Ur Rehman, secretary general of United Jihad Council (UJC). “We will carry on our struggle, which is in accordance with the UN Charter, until the eviction of the last Indian soldier from our motherland.”
The UJC is a grouping of over a dozen Kashmiri militant groups.
Rehman rubbished what he called “propaganda against Kashmiri separatist groups” as “an attempt to please the Narendra Modi-led Indian government”.
“Hizbul Mujahideen is an indigenous organisation, engaged in a legitimate struggle for the right to self determination enshrined in UN Security Council resolutions,” he said. “It cannot be dubbed as a terrorist organisation by any stretch of the imagination.”
“The days of America acting as the ‘Big Brother’ are numbered as another superpower, which supports the Kashmir cause, is on the rise,” Rehman said, referring to China.