But only as a matter of tactics, not as a matter of principle. “Militant leader asks terrorists to shun violence,” from the Times of India, August 24 (thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist):
SRINAGAR: United Jihad council, an amalgam of 13 militant groups based in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, on Saturday asked militants to suspend terror operations and join public rallies in Kashmir valley to support people in their goal of achieving the “right of self determination”.
In a statement, UJC chairman and supreme commander of Hizbul Mujahideen Syed Sallahuddin asked Kashmiri separatist leaders to formulate a common programme for militant groups and parties and announce it at a public rally.
He said, in keeping with the spirit of people, UJC has decided to ask militants not to display weapons in public rallies and also desist from militant action near rallies, the statement added.