Hizb commander warns of tit for tat if families attacked

Hizb commander warns of tit for tat if families attacked
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Naikoo mocks ‘Operation All-Out’, says militants ready to give any sacrifice for freedom

Srinagar: Despite losing top commanders to “Operation All-Out”, Hizbul Mujahideen operational commander Riyaz Naikoo on Wednesday said that militants have “never faced dearth of commanders”. He also warned the government, police, and army against targeting families of militants in Kashmir.
In an audio-visual statement, Naikoo said, “The all-out offensive has not deterred us.”
“We can double the number of militants in a single month but we believe in quality,” he said. “We don’t want to repeat the mistakes of ’90s.”
The statement of the Hizb commander comes in the aftermath of ransacking of residential houses of militants by government forces in south Kashmir, following which militants attacked pro-India political workers and ransacked the house of a policeman in Tral town of Pulwama district.
In a stern warning, Naikoo said, “If any of militants’ families are harassed from today onwards, then families of your agents, workers and policemen would not be safe. If you harass our families, then families from SPO to SP and from a small pro-India party worker to Chief Minister, no one would be safe and we will force them to migrate. Then you have to keep them in police stations.”
Naikoo was elevated as operational commander after the death of Muhammad Yaseen Yatoo alias Mehmood Gaznavi in August this year.
“The aim of India and its agents in targeting the houses of militants is only to crush the freedom movement and to bring down our morale,” he said. “But we assure our nation that these tactics wouldn’t cow us down. India has forced us to take up the gun and we won’t abandon this path till we drive out India’s oppressive army from Kashmir.”
Naikoo said that militants are ready to “give any sacrifice for freedom”.
“Even if you martyr our families, we are ready to give any sacrifice to please Allah… If any of our family members achieves martyrdom, we consider it an honour. We, for the sake of Islam, for security and freedom of our nation, are ready to sacrifice our lives,” he asserted.
“To achieve our mission, we can go to any extent,” he added.
Impressing upon army, police and politicians to not involve families of militants in the “war between you and us”, Naikoo said, “You are at war with us… use as much force, technology you want to use, but what have our families done to you for which you are harassing them? We have taken up arms, not our families.”
“You would see what would be the consequences of harassing our families and relatives. But remember where Islam has tied our hands… Islam allows us to act in certain ways during guerrilla wars,” he said, explaining the “rules of war”.
The Hizb commander said, “We don’t want to harass your families but don’t compel us to do that…. Remember, you are fighting a nation which is fighting your bullets with stones.”
“This is the frustration of Indian army and police that they are harassing our families. India has lost the war and is employing new tactics,” he said.
Questioning the claims of success in the “Operation All-Out”, he said, “We want to ask army and police: if they have succeeded, then why are they targeting our families?”
“For how much more time will you mislead your people?” he asked.
In a message to the families of militants, the Hizb commander said, “Our families need not to worry… we have picked up arms for the sake of hereafter, not for this world. Our prayers are with you.”

 

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