National Conference (NC), leader and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said the aim of the Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest militant group in the state, was “political” and not Islamist like the Al Qaeda.
Omar was reacting to the recent developments which have taken place post the appointment of Zakir Musa as the head of a newly formed Al-Qaida faction,
“I think we need to understand that the largest militant organisation operating in the valley today is still the Hizbul Mujahideen. It is made up of predominantly Kashmiri youngsters a adding that their aim is political. Their aim is to remove Kashmir as a part of India, and not Zakir Musa’s Al Qaeda-driven aim,” the junior Abdullah said at a conference organised on Kashmir in New Delhi.
Answering a question about Zakir Musa who has been named as the head of Al Qaeda’s wing in Jammu and Kashmir, he said that painting every gunman in Kashmir with Musa’s brush would give “an easy exit to the government of India” from Kashmir.
Pertinently, Musa has said the separatist war in Kashmir was not a fight for nationalism but a jihad for the establishment of strict Islamic code in the state.