Srinagar: “I stand by my statement. Hizb-ul-Mujahideen has disassociated itself from my statement, so I am disassociating myself from Hizb,” Zakir Musa said in a new audio message on Saturday after the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen disassociated itself from his threatening statement against the Hurriyat leadership, saying it was Zakir’s “personal opinion”.
“Now onwards I have no association with the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen,” Zakir said in his new statement.
Referring to Zakir’s Friday statement in which he had called Hurriyat leaders hypocrites and warned them to get out of his way of establishing Shariah or Islamic rule in Kashmir, Hizb spokesperson Saleem Hashmi in a statement said, “This is the personal opinion of Zakir Musa. We are examining the statement issued by Musa and we would not hesitate to take any step in favour of the Kashmir struggle.”
Terming Zakir’s statement as provocative, the Hizb said that such a statement could deal a death blow to the ongoing freedom struggle.
Soon after the Hizb issued its statement, Zakir released another audio message disassociating himself from the Hizb. He clarified that his warning was not against all the Hurriyat leaders but only those who support secularism.
“I never meant to chop off heads of every Hurriyat leader but only of those who work for and support secularism. I again want to clarify that I am not against any particular leader like Geelani sahib,” Zakir said.
He also said that the first task in Kashmir is to get rid of the Indian occupation. “We need to have our goal clear and there should be no confusion on it,” he said.
He said his struggle has nothing to do with ISIS and Al-Qaeda, but he is in no position to judge them as he knows little about them. “Let me make it clear that my fight is for Islam only and I can’t even reject the ISIS and Al-Qaeda categorically as I have not done any research on them,” he said.
Earlier, Hizb spokesperson Saleem Hashmi said that the Kashmiri nation was united after the “martyrdom” of Burhan Wani and was taking the freedom struggle towards its logical end. He said that any provocative statement at this time could damage the freedom struggle and would prove beneficial for the enemy.
“I appeal to freedom-loving people, particularly youth, to counter the negative anti-movement propaganda of some media houses,” Hashmi said.
Zakir in his audio message on Friday had warned Hurriyat leaders against calling the Kashmir struggle political, as the fight was for rule of Shariah and not for a secular state.