Militant groups, some of them banned by Pakistan, have met publicly, on Wednesday 02/04/2009 night, in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir (Azad Kashmir) for the first time since Mumbai Carnage.

Muzaffarabad area was also the base of operation for the Mumbai Carnage perpetrators.

An alliance of 12 groups attended the meeting including Jaish-e-Mohammed, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and Jumaat-ud-Dawa, a charity linked to Lashkar-e-Toiba. They called on the Pakistani government to release imprisoned activists, on the ban on Jamat-ud-dawa to be lifted and accused the Pakistani government of continuing “the failed and cowardly policies of former President [Pervez Musharraf]” in relation to the Kashmir dispute. The meeting was referring to the alliance between USA and the Pakistani regime.

The meeting was organised by the United Jihad Council (UJC)- an alliance of Kashmiri groups fighting Indian forces in Kashmir.

Pakistan and India have fought two of their three wars over the divided region. India also has accused some “state elements” in Pakistan of involvement. Islamabad and Lashkar-e-Toiba deny the allegations (see – Washing Hands). There has so far been no response from India to the meeting. 


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