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Day after warning Hurriyat, Zakir quits Hizb ul Mujahideen

Srinagar: A day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander warned Hurriyat Conference leadership, Zakir Moosa, on Saturday parted ways with the top militant outfit.

It may be noted that engineer turned militant commander, Moosa, had threatened to cut the heads of Hurriyat Conference leaders and hang them in Srinagar’s Lal Chowk if they came in his way of establishing Islamic rule in Kashmir.

However, the statement of Moosa – the successor of slain Hizb leader Burhan Wani – generated a sharp reaction from United Jihad Council (UJC) headed by Syed Salahudin which said that it was “personal opinion of Zakir Moosa”.

The UJC added that it was examining the statement of Moosa. “Whole nation is united after the martyrdom of Burhan Wani and has been running this freedom struggle and at this point of time, such provocative statement will only help anti-freedom forces and it will give a death blow to the struggle,” Hizb said in a statement to local news wire agency – CNS.

“Geelani sahab stands for ‘Aazdi barai Islam’ (Freedom for the cause of Islam),” he said adding, “and I do not have any differences with him.”

In a new audio message which was put on social media site, Youtube which is currently banned in Valley, Moosa reiterated his stand and said: “If Hizb ul Mujahideen does not represent me, I also do not represent Hizb.”

“From now,” Moosa asserted, “I am not associated with any (militant) organization.” But he briskly added, “Let us see, who is with me and who is not.”

Moosa in audio yesterday had said: “I warn them (Hurriyat Conference leaders) that if they try to become hurdles in our way, we will hang them before we hang the infidels. The struggle of Kashmir is for Islam. We will implement the Shariah here.”

He asked Hurriyat Conference leaders as why they were “exploiting pulpits of Masjids if they do not want Islamic rule in Kashmir”.

Earlier, the joint resistance leadership had issued a statement that the Kashmiri struggle was a political one and had nothing to do with the ideologies espoused by Al-Qaeda and ISIS.

“My talk about hanging people had nothing to do with Hurriyat (Conference) as I had spoken about those moderates who support a secular state,” Zakir said in today’s audio. “If we get freedom for secularism, we will have to start another battle against them so telling this thing was very important.”

In the audio, Moosa has clearly said that he has “no differences” with Hurriyat Conference chief Syed Ali Geelani.

“Geelani sahab stands for ‘Aazdi barai Islam’ (Freedom for the cause of Islam),” he said adding, “and I do not have any differences with him.”

“Some people say that with the statement (Moosa issued yesterday), Hurriyat (Conference) may be attacked. How can we be blamed for that? We are going to kill anybody. If we will have to, we will tell the people first. We will declare it publicly,” Zakir said. “How can Indian agencies take advantage of this?,” he said.

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