ISLAMABAD - Chief of Hizbul Mujahideen (HuM) Syed Salahuddin revealed that Mansoor Ijaz, who was behind the alleged memo, tried to convince him to continue ceasefire in Held Kashmir. He told BBC Urdu that Ijaz, backed by the US, met him twice in 2000 in Islamabad and Muzaffarabad immediately after the decision was made to end a ceasefire in Held Valley. Salahuddin recalled that former ISI official Khalid Khwaja accompanied Ijaz during their first meeting in Islamabad, adding that the second meeting was held in Muzaffarabad in which Ijazs mother was also present. The militant leader told BBC that he clearly refused the advice and told Ijaz that India was not sincere and that it was using delaying tactics. Extending the ceasefire in these circumstances would be harmful, he added. Salahuddin further said that Ijaz never met him again after he asked him not to contact him on the matter. He said that Ijaz tried to lure him by offering economic assistance for the Held Valleys development if he withdrew the decision of ending the ceasefire. Salahuddin, however, said that he refused the offer by saying that the international community would provide the aid after Held Kashmir gets independence from India. Ijaz also tried to establish himself as a credible interlocutor by saying that he was carrying out these meeting on the behest of President Bill Clintons administration, the report said. He tried to prove his high level contacts by showing me a picture of him with Bill and Hillary Clinton, Salahuddin said.