SRINAGAR: In a first, militant outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen has released a video on social media which, among other things, calls on Kashmiri youth to join and support the militant group while telling JK policemen and SPOs that they are being used by their officers to get promotions.
The video, featuring young militant commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani of Tral, also urges youths who can’t actively join the militant group to support them in one way or the other.
The 5:28-minute video, featuring this most-wanted militant commander, shows him flanked by two other militants in combat fatigues, clutching AK-47 rifles. In the video, Burhan is seen speaking in broken Urdu with an AK-47 rifle, a pistol and the Quran placed in front of him.
The video shows Burhan stressing that they (HM) need the support of youth, while asking boys and girls to abstain from acting as police and army informers. Interestingly, referring to the pro-India camp, Burhan ‘announced’ a “general amnesty” to people who have gone “astray”.
“Those supporting India boycott it, otherwise they would be killed (sic). It is a final warning to the informers as well,” he said. With a smile on his face, Burhan referred to the police force as “our own” saying that they should stop supporting India, while appealing to them to not harass their (militant’s) families. “We could also make their (police’s) families feel unsafe but our nation is one, Allah is one, Quran is one and our Sharia doesn’t allow us to hurt their families. Their mothers and sisters are also ours and we are also fighting for their safety. We are fighting to safeguard the chastity of entire Kashmir,’ he said.
He also asked Kashmiri clerics to either “speak the truth or remain silent”. He said that the clerics should explain the ongoing situation to people during Friday sermons. “They should not talk about fasting, Haj and Zaka’at alone. Don’t they (preachers) see our Prophet (PBUH) participated in 80 wars? The Prophet (PBUH) was also injured in many wars. Why don’t they talk about it?” he added.
Invoking verses from the Quran, Burhan said the militant group would continue to fight and would establish Shariah not only in Kashmir but the entire world.
This video has surfaced after the police blocked social media pages which showed militants posing for photographs, considered a departure from the past when militants would not reveal themselves. In fact, the recent trend has been of militants and their sympathisers using social media to circulate such pictures, which actually generated huge online traffic, inviting scores of comments and “likes”.
Burhan, whose brother was killed by the Indian army in the forests of Tral in April, is often invoked on these online platforms. While he carries a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on his head, he is seen as having become an icon for youngsters. His pictures are often circulated online and he is eulogised as the “Robin Hood of Tral” – since he is reputed to never attack “innocents”.
On his part, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Javid Mujtaba Gilani said that though he had not seen the video, but those who have uploaded the video would face legal consequences. “We blocked the pages which uploaded the pictures of militants earlier,” he said.