JAMMUs: In the fast changing scenario in the Kashmir valley pro-Pakistan lobbies hit back when a couple of processions praising the “Pakistan zinabad” slogan were taken out to unnerve those groups of people who had during the past three days staged demonstrations against Hizbul Mujahideen and the Jamaat-e-Islami and raised anti-Pakistan slogans.

Various parts of Srinagar city witnessed a series of bomb blasts and at three places militants exchanged fire with security forces in which two persons were killed and eight injured

On the one hand militants toeing a Pro-Pakistan line launched an offensive against the security forces on the other senior representatives of different militant outfits held a meeting somewhere in the interior of Srinagar to iron out differences between Hizbul Mujahideen and the JKLF which have assumed dimensions of an inter-faction war. The meeting was presided over by People’s League leader Abdul Hameed.

Although both sides the JKLF and Hizbul Mujahideen leveled serious charges against each other leaders of the People’s League the Mulim Janbaz Force and Al Umar are said to have worked out a temporary agreement between the two groups.

Under the accord both sides have agreed to release the activists taken hostages during the past 20 days and stop attacks on each other.

SRINAGAR: Two persons were killed and eight including a local police officer were injured in violence in Srinagar on Wednesday

A militant was killed and a security personnel sustained injuries in an exchange of fire at Alikadal in downtown Srinagar official sources said.

The 2 Swedish engineers were still in captivity but there were encouraging reports that they may be freed by the militants soon.

A civilian was killed and four others sustained splinter injuries when militants threw a grenade on security forces near the general bus stand in the Batmaloo locality the sources said. The grenade was aimed at a picket of security force but it missed the target and exploded on the road.

A traffic DSP and a constable sustained injuries in a grenade attack at Badshah Chowk. No one was injured in a similar attack at Lal Chowk the sources said.

Reports of exchanges of fire between militants and security men were received from Gojwara Rajourikadal Dalgate and Buchwara but there was no immediate report of loss of life.

Thirteen houses and property of a place of worship suffered damages in fire incidents at Dalgate Dalhassanyar and Zainder Mohalla.

A powerful explosion occurred near a place of worship in Batmaloo but no one was injured the sources said windowpanes of three shops suffered damages.

Article extracted from this publication >> May 10, 1991