Militants threaten Ansari group over peace talks
SRINAGAR: A Kashmiri militant group on Wednesday threatened to kill the leaders of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference if they started a dialogue with the Indian government.
The threat from the Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen group came a day after the Indian government formally invited the Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference for unprecedented talks on January 22 aimed at ending years of conflict in the disputed Himalayan region. “Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen warns Abbas Ansari and his like-minded people not to bow before New Delhi,” Mohammad Omar, a senior member of the group, said in a statement. Ansari is Hurriyat’s chairman. “We warn that anybody who sells out Kashmir will be punished by death,” he said. —Reuters