Srinagar: Zakir Musa’s militant outfit Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind is “mostly present on social media” and has conducted no armed action on the ground since it was formed in July this year, a top police official posted in south Kashmir has told Kashmir Reader.
“As it is easier to reach people through Facebook and Twitter these days, Musa releases his videos and tries to influence youngsters to join his terrorist outfit. He is trying to use this medium to the hilt, but with little success so far,” the senior police officer said.
“If you think Zakir’s group is an effective force on the ground, we do not think so,” he said. “Its presence is magnified by social media. If you speak in terms of his action or presence on the ground, it is not substantial. So far we have not come across any violent incident that leads us to Musa’s group. May be in the future they will try to create some kind of noise. We are waiting to see how things unfold.”
Earlier, police have said that half a dozen militants have joined Musa’s group and identified 20 others as sympathisers.
“We believe Zakir’s group now possesses a dozen militants,” the police officer said. “It is not so threatening. We have a clear idea about it. The social media appeals are superficial. We should not read too much in them.”
The officer said that militant groups like Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiba did pose a potent threat to the security grid. He said these groups were organised and had funds and weapons at their disposal.
“Our concentration is more on the Hizb. We want to target them first,” he said.
The United Jehad Council led by Syed Salahuddin, the Lashkar-e-Toiba, and Hurriyat Conference leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik have already rejected any idea which could “link the Kashmir issue with any global organisation like ISIS or Al-Qaeda”. They have said such a link would ultimately be beneficial to the “Indian agencies” who want to brand the Kashmir struggle as “global terrorism”.
Former commander of the Hizb, Zakir Musa left the outfit this year and created his own outfit. He announced its allegiance to the Al-Qaeda.
He termed slain militants Abu Dujana and Arif Lelhari, erstwhile members of Lashkar, as the “first martyrs” of his outfit.