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Hizbul Mujahideen distances itself from its commander Zakir Moosa’s statement

Moosa had warned the separatist leaders not to meddle in their aim to establish a caliphate in Jammu and Kashmir along the lines of the rule established by ISIS in parts of Syria and Iraq.

By: PTI | Srinagar | Updated: May 13, 2017 4:38 pm
Srinagar: A group of Hizbul militants displaying weapons snatched from the J&K security forces in an orchard in south Kashmir. PTI Photo

The Hizbul Mujahideen on Friday distanced itself from the statement of its commander Zakir Moosa against the separatist leadership, signalling a rift in the militant outfit which has been fighting for Jammu and Kashmir’s annexation to Pakistan since 1989. “The outfit has neither got anything to do with the statement of Moosa nor the statement is acceptable to it,” Hizbul Mujahideen spokesman Saleem Hashmi said in a statement from Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

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Terming Moosa’s remarks in an audio slideshow that surfaced in Kashmir’s social media as his “personal opinion”, Hashmi cautioned that any statement or step which will create confusion “can prove a death knell for our struggle”. In the 5.40-minute audio, Moosa had warned the separatist leaders not to meddle in their aim to establish a caliphate in Jammu and Kashmir along the lines of the rule established by ISIS in parts of Syria and Iraq.

Hashmi said the outfit was pondering over the statement of Moosa and will not “hesitate in taking any step or rendering any sacrifice” in the interest of the ongoing struggle. Director General of Police S P Vaid had told PTI that the police had carried out a voice analysis and found that it was was Moosa’s voice.

The clip is seen as worrying twist in Kashmir’s militancy which has largely been about independence and annexation to Pakistan without ever emphasising Islam or connecting it to jihad. Hizbul Mujahideen is almost as old as the Kashmiri militancy which started in 1989. The group is made up almost entirely of local youths, and had always campaigned for joining Pakistan.

The clip surfaced after Hurriyat leaders recently sought to downplay the growing influence of ISIS ideology in the Valley. Earlier this week, Hurriyat leaders like Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yaseen Malik issued a joint statement in which they claimed that the Kashmir struggle has nothing to do with ISIS, Al-Qaida and other such organisation.

Hashmi said the “entire leadership” demonstrated unity on all fronts after the killing of Hizb’s Burhan Wani in July last year and are striving to carry forward the ongoing “struggle for freedom and Islam”. “In such a situation, any statement or step which will create confusion can prove a death knell for our struggle and,” Hashmi said and asked the youths to discourage “negative thinking and confused statements” in the media.

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  1. R
    May 15, 2017 at 6:24 am
    Ek dusre ki band bajao!!
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        George Cruz
        May 14, 2017 at 2:05 am
        The Kashmir separatist Sunni Muslims with long unruly beard, skull caps, and confused looks shown in the picture are terrorists/traitors and don't belong to the democratic/secular India. In fact there was NO Islam or MUSLIMS in the Kashmir Valley as well as in the Indian subcontinent until the arrival brutal/brainless Turkish invaders in the early 1100s. The J&K is and has been an integral part of India since the 1947 and it will remain so. The Indian citizens across India want the ill conceived article 370 by Abdullah/Nehru to gobble Kashmir for Muslims definitely needs to be nullified. The brainwashed Sunni Muslims who are traitors (as shown in the picture) should plan to emigrate to Pak soon else face the wrath of mighty Indian army. The Indian citizens would never allow another Islamic Caliphate in the Kashmir valley.
        1. R
          May 13, 2017 at 7:25 pm
          p.isslam religion founded by madman mohammad (p.iss be upon him). is real cause here all these p. iss lamist should be killed and sent from here on a white horse d.i cks like the madman went out
          1. C
            May 13, 2017 at 6:21 pm
            The Right Honourable Zakir Moosa is a very hones mant. He has spoken the truth, the hard truth though. These people (Hurriyat) are just tools, convenient tools useful now and once their usefulness is over the threat will be carried out - the same fate as that of the former Afganistan President in the Soviet era. The only difference is that Afganistan is in the North and North West of P and Kashmir is in the East of P. That was Kabul and this will be Srinagar. The only thing protecting them is their country INDIA.
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