Hizbul Mujahideen asks Kashmiri Pandits to return to Valley

Thousands of Kashmiri Pandits were forced to flee the Valley after they were targeted by militant groups during the outbreak of militancy and have been living in Jammu and other parts of the country.

By: PTI | Updated: October 19, 2016 7:12 pm
Kashmiri pandits, Kashmiri pandit, Hizbul Mujahideen, J&K Kashmiri pandits, Hizbul Kashmiri pandits Ganderbal : A group of Kashmiri Pandits performs prayers at the mountainous North East Harmukh Range, 14500 ft above sea level at the conclusion of Annual Harmukh Ganga (Gangbal) Yatra 2016 organised by Harmukh Ganga Gangbal Trust along with All Parties Migrants Coordination Committee (APMCC) in Ganderbal district of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday. PTI Photo

Militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen has asked migrant Kashmiri Pandits, who were forced to flee the Valley in early 1990 after the eruption of militancy, to return to their homes, assuring protection to them, and also said it was planning to raise a group of Sikh youths. “We request Kashmiri Pandits to return to their homes. We take responsibility of their safety,” Zakir Rashid Bhat alias ‘Musa’, the self-styled commander of the militant outfit, said in a brief video message released yesterday.

Thousands of Kashmiri Pandits were forced to flee the Valley after they were targeted by militant groups during the outbreak of militancy and have been living in Jammu and other parts of the country. “They should look at those Pandits who never left Kashmir. Who has harassed or killed them?” asked slain militant Burhan Wani’s ‘successor’.

Dressed in military camouflage and fiddling with a grenade in the video, Bhat, who dropped out of engineering course from a Punjab college and joined Hizbul Mujahideen some years back, also gave a bizzare argument that Pandits were forced out of the Valley under a planned strategy to target Muslims.

He claimed that the government was planning to take action in the Valley in an operation similar to ‘Operation Blue Star’ in Punjab. Bhat revealed in the 1.38 minute video that the militant was planning to raise an exclusive group of Sikh youths in the outfit. “Our Sikh brothers are requesting us to join Hizbul Mujahideen…We are with them on every front and God willing, we will try and make an exclusive group for Sikhs in the outfit,” he said.

About the latest trend of weapon snatching in the Valley, especially in south Kashmir districts, he said, “Many youths have taken to Jihad, snatched the weapons and joined our ranks.” Two green banners with religious slogans and as many weapons on both sides behind him could also been seen in the video which was shot at an unknown location.

South Kashmir witnessed a spurt in weapon snatching incidents over the past three months of unrest which was triggered by the killing of Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8. The unrest has so far claimed 84 lives and injured thousands of others.

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  1. R
    Oct 19, 2016 at 11:59 pm
    Zakir ki supari nikalo. Need an encounter.
    1. E
      Oct 20, 2016 at 9:17 am
      Such morons really exist?!!
      1. M
        Oct 19, 2016 at 4:43 pm
        it seems he is inspired by bjp. Guess why? He is also double talking about kashmiri pandits as bjp leaders talk about muslims. Say another thing do another thing, The modi way
        1. D
          Oct 20, 2016 at 11:53 am
          Let all kashmir muslim settle in other parts of india and let leave only pandits alone in kashmir.we will give kashmir muslims a better living place
          1. A
            Oct 19, 2016 at 9:12 pm
            This w thing smells of hidden messages. They want Kashmiri Pandits to return ? Who knows they will use them, later on, as human shields ? As regards raising a Sikh protection unit for could mean they want them to join in them in their Jihad and train them to create trouble in Indian Punjab in due course ? Jihadi agendas are long term plans.lt;br/gt;The message has to be read between the lines !
            1. A
              Oct 19, 2016 at 7:31 pm
              You know Pok is more peaceful than rest of Pak.why?who sent Kalbhoshan and macred 150 innocent children in Aps Peshawar. India.Now india has started experiencing the same which Pak suffered.Pak has controlled the situation now and you will witness the thingsvdifferently.
              1. A
                Oct 19, 2016 at 5:28 pm
                I got your point.I just want to say that don't consider Pak a weak state.Kashmir problem will not be solved by military.Pak is nietherba dove nor a hawk.
                1. A
                  Oct 19, 2016 at 5:01 pm
                  Kafir heto shamsheer pekerta hey bhraosa, Momin heto betaigh bhe lerta hey sipahi.
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