Lashkar rejects ceasefire option, terms it ‘compromise’

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SRINAGAR: Asserting that ceasefire is no option, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Mehmood Shah has said no thought can be given on such “compromise”.

“We deem it as sin and disgrace to the sacrifices put up in the freedom struggle. We are the heirs of the martyrs. Opting for such choice is treachery to the blood of martyrs,” a spokesperson of LeT Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi in a statement issued to GNS quoted Shah as saying.

Mehmood Shah said the statement of India’s interior minister is “nothing but a drama”.

“It may be a wish of India and its few sympathizers and nothing else,” Lashkar chief said, adding, “Bipin Rawat is of the opinion that he may threaten Kashmiris by imposing atrocities on unarmed students. It has neither happened before nor will it happen now. We were active in the resistance before and we will be so in future.”

“We are in favour of negotiations but the talks of negotiations in presence of armed occupational forces in the region are not possible,” he said.

Mehmood Shah added, “The whole of Jihad Council is convinced on the leadership of Syed Salahuddin. Our mothers are supporting us by picking up the guns and we can never betray their trust. This indigenous freedom struggle is supported by the pure blood of martyrs and we can never let anyone betray it. We make a vow with the people that we will never betray their trust and the immense sacrifices they have gone through in the freedom struggle. We will fight to the last of our blood in our struggle.” (GNS)