ISLAMABAD - Both the leaderships of Muttahida Jehad Council and All Parties Hurriyat Conference have rejected the former Indian Intelligence Chief A. S. Dulat's claim of funding the freedom fighters and Kashmiri leaders engaged in the struggle for securing their right to self-determination.

Terming the claim of former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief as pack of lies, APHC Pakistan Chapter central leader Ghulam Mohammad Safi said that after its failure to crush the independence movement of Kashmiris with force now India was out to create split in the Kashmiri leadership to weaken the movement.

Talking to The Nation on Sunday, he said that the Indian leadership was under tremendous pressure both from within the country and from the comity of nations about the unprecedented human rights abuses Indian forces were committing in occupied Kashmir, so the Indians have now changed their strategy and are trying to create wedge between the APHC leaders and to degrade them in the eyes of Kashmiri people by maligning them.

On the other hand, Muttahida Jehad Council chief and head of Hizbul Mujahideen Syed Salauddin said that the allegations on him and the leadership of APHC were the figment of imagination of Dulat as he was among those who believed that Kashmir could only be liberated through Jehad and entering into negotiations with India was just a wastage of time because Indian leadership had never accepted Kashmir issue as a dispute.

Salauddin said that he was engaged in Jehad against the Indian occupation forces for past over three decades and how he could go to India for negotiations when he himself considered the dialogue process as mere time buying tactics of India.

The Supreme Commander of Muttahida Jehad Council said that his statements were on record wherein he had criticised the government of Mian Nawaz Sharif for its efforts to normalise relations with India, as he still believed that without resolving the core issue of Kashmir durable peace between the two nuclear neighbours could not be achieved.

APHC leader Ghulam Mohammad Safi said that India would be grossly mistaken if it considers that by mudslinging and character assassination of leaders like Syed Ali Gilani, Yasin Malik, Shabbir Shah and others they would be able to divide the Kashmiri nation. He made it loud and clear that it is writing on the wall that the people of occupied Kashmir are not ready to stay part of India and they would not accept anything less than independence.

He said that it was the right time for Government of Pakistan to take advantage of the ground realities and expose India at international level and raise the issue of Indian hegemonic designs in the region at all available forums of the world.

He said that Indian attempts and designs to destabilise Pakistan were fully exposed and so much so that Indian Prime Minister had admitted his country's involvement in the breakup of East Pakistan during his recent visit to Bangladesh.

He hoped that Pakistan would proactively take up the Indian involvement in destabilising Pakistan at international forum and would also resist its (India) move to secure the permanent membership of United Nations Security Council.