Chandigarh: Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) based militant conglomerate United Jihad Council (UJC) on Monday claimed the responsibility of the ongoing Pathankot Airbase attack, which left seven security personnel and six militants dead. It is now clear that ISI associated with Pathankot attack.
A Srinagar-based wire service, CNS, claimed that UJC spokesman Syed Sadaqat Hussain told it that Kashmiri militants associated with the ‘Highway Squad’ attacked the airbase. “Indian government and its media have been suffering from Pakistan phobia. By accusing Pakistan for every attack, India neither succeeded in past to malign the Kashmir freedom struggle nor will it get anything in future through malicious propaganda,” the spokesperson said.
The UJC spokesperson clarified that militants in Kashmir have been fighting Indian Forces from last 27 years and during this period India adopted all available means to crush the Kashmir “movement”. “The attack on Pathankot Air Base from Kashmiri Mujhadeen carries a message to India that no security establishment and garrison are out of reach from militants,” said the spokesman.
“Instead of accusing Pakistan, India should read the writing on the wall and without wasting any time should provide an opportunity to the people of Kashmir to decide their future,” the statement read. UJC is a conglomerate of around 13 militant outfits, including the Lashkar-e-Toiba.
However, the Jash-e-Muhammad, whose name is under scanner for the Pathankot attack, in the past, had distanced itself from the conglomerate after it expanded militant activities beyond Jammu and Kashmir and pursued a pan-Islamic.
Indian intelligence agencies in the past two days accused Jaish for the attack. The attack apparently by the UJC brings to the limelight inability of Pakistan to bring PoK-based militant outfits on board for fresh India-Pakistan initiative and they have come up with an open revolt.
Both separatists and Kashmir-centric militant groups are for inclusion of separatists in the dialogue process and warned Pakistan against any compromise.