Hizbul targets Hurriyat

Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Bhat, who succeeded Burhan Wani after his killing in an encounter last year, threatened the Hurriyat separatists saying they would be hanged if they continued to describe Kashmir as a “political struggle“ instead of an “Islamic uprising“. In a strongly worded audio message to the separatists shared on social media, Zakir Bhat, aka Moosa, said: “Hum kufr ko chhod kar pehley aap ko latkayeingey . Lal Chowk mein inkey galey kateingey! (Before we kill the disbelievers, we'll hang you... your heads will be chopped at Lal Chowk)“ In the address, Zakir insisted that the 27-year-old armed movement in Kashmir was an Islamic struggle, and not a political fight. Without naming any particular Hurriyat separatist, Zakir described them as “hypocrites“. He warned them against using mosques and other Islamic symbols and slogans if they believed that Kashmir was a political struggle.

Hurriyat's Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik stress on resolution of the Kashmir issue by seeking the right to “self-determination“. All three use mosques to propagate their separatist ideology. The Mirwaiz, who is the custodian of the Jamia Masjid (grand mosque) in Srinagar, demands the implementation of UN resolutions of 1947 regarding Kashmir every Friday. Geelani, on the other hand, roots for Kashmir's accession to Pakistan.

Addressing them, Zakir said, “You are our big problem... if you have to run this dirty politics, run it in your homes... if we have to implement the shariat, we have to implement it on ourselves.“

Zakir, a native of terrorist infested Tral in Pulwama district, was studying to be an engineer in a Chandigarh college before picking up arms in July 2016.

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