Zakir Musa, Syed Salahuddin's tribute to Abu Dujana betrays rift among militant outfits in Kashmir

More than ten days after former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Musa was announced by Al-Qaeda as the head of its Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind cell in Kashmir, he released an audio message slamming leaders who are promoting false ideals of jihad in Pakistan and putting roadblocks in the way of people's struggle.

Musa has accepted that both Abu Dujana and Arif Lelhari, who were killed in a recent encounter with government forces at Hakripora in Pulwama, are a part of his outfit. "Our two beloved friends Abu Dujana and Arif bhai became martyrs at Pulwama's Hakripora village. May Allah accept their martyrdom and make us victorious in carrying forward their mission," Musa said in an audio message that bears the insignia of Roshan Kashmir and Al-Hurr.

Earlier, Al-Qaeda had announced that it will inform people about its operations in Kashmir through the media platform Al-Hurr. The terror organisation had also said that the official media of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind is amedd Al-Hurr, which translates to "free and independent."

In the audio message, Musa said that Abu Dujana had played a key role in the formation of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind. "Allah creates such avenues for the prosperity of his religion that a person remains bewildered. Martyr Abu Dujana bhai and martyr Arif bhai were two such companions, who associated with righteousness. In the formation of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, they played an important role. They have been rewarded by becoming the first martyrs of this jihadi struggle," he said in the message.

Interestingly, Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahudddin had also paid tributes to Abu Dujana and Arif Lelhari. He said in a statement that "their separation is really painful and unbearable." Salahuddin had said that the death of Abu Dujana would leave a vacuum. The Hizbul chief had also said that their sacrifice has further strengthened the foundation of the Kashmir freedom struggle. This betrays the rift among the militant outfits in Kashmir.

Screengrab of Abu Dujana. CNN-IBN

Screengrab of Abu Dujana. CNN-IBN

While referring to Abu Dujana, Salahuddin said that he was a "military expert" and was not only popular among militants but was also a cause of worry for the armed forces. Describing his death as a setback in the struggle, Salahuddin however, said that history is a witness that "every drop of blood of a martyr has produced thousands of others."

Both the militant outfits and separatists reacted sharply to the creation of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind. The joint leadership of Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and JKLF chairman Yaseen Malik, described the Al-Qaeda in Kashmir as a handiwork of "Indian agencies".

In a joint statement, they said that New Delhi was desperate to malign the Kashmiri "freedom movement and it was under a well-thought-out plan that policies are being devised" to defame the freedom fighters. They said groups like the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda are "nonexistent" in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. They also pointed out that such "groups have no role in our freedom movement."

Describing Kashmir's freedom movement as local in nature and indigenous in character, they said that "terrorism and the freedom movement are poles apart." Slamming both Al- Qaeda and the Islamic State over their merciless killings, the Hurriyat leaders said that they are neither fighting against tyrant forces nor have become successful in realising the goal of Islamic jurisprudence in any part of the world. Rather, they said that their activities have "proven disadvantageous and detrimental for Muslim Ummah." "Wherever Muslim communities are fighting for their rights, these organisations have resorted to killing the very suppressed nations."

About the role of Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in the countries of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries, the Hurriyat said that they have carried out brutal killings and destroyed properties.

Following the stance taken by Hurriyat, Hizbul Mujahideen commander Riyaz Naikoo said at the funeral of a slain militant that all those who are holding the flag of Islam "are not necessarily our own". Naikoo said that the Pakistan flag is their own flag and linking the Kashmiri freedom struggle with Al-Qaeda and Islamic State is a ploy to defame the movement.

However, in a recent interview to Firstpost, Director General of Police, SP Vaid, said that India does't believe in propagating "terrorism". "We are a peace loving country. We are not the ISI to create terrorist organisations." He further said that the Indian state has always believed in peace and in the ethos of non-violence as preached by Mahatma Gandhi.

However, Musa paid tributes to both Abu Dujana and Arif Lelhari. "We congratulate their families for their great martyrdom. Shaheed Abu Dujana bhai and shaheed Arif bhai were like a strong wall who would accompany each other. When Dujana understood the right path and joined our ranks, there were some self-styled leaders of jihad in Pakistan who caused many difficulties in their way. Martyr Arif, also had to go through a number of difficulties, but they both fought till their last breath in the way of Allah. These two were among the most truthful people who came out from the stranglehold of infidels and associated with the struggle for monotheism," Musa said in the audio message.

Updated Date: Aug 05, 2017 13:29 PM

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