Hizb chief owns ‘Shohdah Brigade,’ says Kathua-like attacks to continue

Srinagar: United Jehad Council(UJC) chief Syed Salahudin Monday claimed that ‘Shohdah Brigade,’ the militant outfit which had claimed responsibility for the recent Kathua attacks was the brain child of Hizbul Mujahideen and the outfit will continue to strike in different parts of Jammu region.
“Youth from Kishtwar, Ramban, Rajouri, Poonch, Banihal and other parts of Jammu are joining the Shohdah Brigade in large numbers and the outfit will continue to target forces’ establishments in Jammu region,” the Hizb chief was quoted as saying by a local news agency.
He said that the outfit was formed soon after the Gool incident “in which innocent Muslim youth were martyred by Indian forces .”
“We are capable of striking anywhere in India and we believe that armed struggle is inevitable in the present context of Kashmir freedom struggle. India has never responded to the peaceful movement that Kashmiri people launched from time to time and it is our firm belief that gun is the only way to dislodge Indian Army from the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Salahuddin said as far as the Kashmir issue was concerned there was no difference between National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and United Progressive Alliance (UPA). “Whether it is Congress or BJP, Janta Dal or CPI(M), all parties pursue the same policy on Kashmir. To expect any positive results from NDA government or from Narendara Modi will be disastrous. We must understand that all the Indian parties are anti-Kashmir particularly Narendra Modi who is the killer of innocent Muslims,” he said.
Salahuddin also asked the Pakistani government not to repeat the “mistake of putting Kashmir on the backburner or foster friendship with New Delhi through trade, cultural exchanges and tourism.”
He also urged Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq , Shabir Shah and Yasin Malik and other pro-freedom leaders to call for a join election boycott call.
Praying for Geelani’s speedy recovery, the Hizb chief said that Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai could prove to be a “better successor for Geelani.”
“We pray for the health of Geelani and pray to Almighty he leads the ongoing movement till it reaches its logical conclusion . But in my opinion, if need arises, Seharai can prove to be a good successor of Geelani and he can deliver the goods,” he said.

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