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    DCC Appeals to Mujahideen to "Resolve" Kargil

    DCC Appeals to Mujahideen to "Resolve" Kargil

    ISLAMABAD, July 9: Pakistan's top civil-military body issued a thinly veiled appeal to defiant Mujahideen today to leave
    Indian-held Kashmir and help solve the worst Indo-Pakistani military showdown in three decades. The Defence Committee of the
    Cabinet (DCC), chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, said in a nine-point statement that "Pakistan should appeal to the
    mujahideen to help resolve the current Kargil situation...". No immediate comment was available from an umbrella group of 15 mujahideen (holy warrior) groups fighting Indian rule in the Himalayan region. But one major group in the alliance said the militants would not pull out. "If they have made the appeal, we don't accept it," a spokesman for the Lashkar-e-Taiba guerrilla group told Reuters.
    The appeal, which the groups have said they will reject, followed a weekend meeting in Washington between Sharif and U.S.
    President Bill Clinton which agreed that "concrete steps" would be taken to defuse the crisis. The DCC statement linked the appeal
    to Clinton's pledge to take a "personal interest" in kick-starting of the stalled Indo-Pakistani peace talks, a commitment which India sees as mediation, something it steadfastly rejects.
    "The committee considered it a significant development as this is the first time that the U.S. has agreed to play such a role in the search for the final settlement of the Kashmir dispute," the statement said. "The DCC took the view that Pakistan's objective of focusing international attention on the Kashmir issue and securing U.S. involvement with the process for the settlement had been
    achieved," the statement said.
    It said "help" from militants would "provide an opportunity to the international community to play an active role for the realisation of
    the legitimate aspirations of the Kashmiri people and to promote peace and development in South Asia". The statement made no
    linkage between any withdrawal and willingness by India to resume peace talks.
    Foreign Minister Sartaz Aziz made the connection in a series of interviews with Western media this week. The militants see the weekend pact as a sell-out of their 10-year guerrilla campaign and a U-turn by a government which has backed their "armed
    struggle" to get India to agree to a U.N. plebiscite in the region.
    The statement made no mention of a cease-fire, which Western defence experts say is crucial for an orderly withdrawal of the
    mujahideen. India alleges the mujahideen are backed by Pakistan troops, but Islamabad denies this.
    Nor did the statement mention any contacts between the Directors General of Military Operations in India and Pakistan to discuss a
    cease-fire, a step which the experts say would be the first phase of any orderly withdrawal.
    It is not known how many fighters are on the Indian side of the Line of Control, which divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan,
    but Western estimates say there are around 1,000.
    The DCC gave Sharif -- under fierce attack at home from Islamic opposition parties, the parliamentary opposition and militants -- a
    pat on the back for his weekend dash to the Clinton talks.
    "The DCC lauded the Prime Minister's efforts to highlight to the world that the Kargil situation is an aspect of the larger Kashmir
    issue, which must be addressed urgently," the statement said.


    I thought mujahideen are Kashmiri and live in Kashmir. Aint it funny that they should leave their land?

    Fata Morgana



      Kashmir is on both sides of the LoC

      My two cents worth.

      Zahid N. Sindhu
      PakistanX Dot Com - The One Stop Desi Resource