Srinagar: The chief of Al Qaida linked cell, Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Zakir Musa has claimed in an audio-visual message that slain Abu Dujana of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) along with his aide, Arif Lelhari, were affiliated are “first martyrs” of the outfit.
In a 3:39 minutes message posted on social networking sites by Al Hurr – the media arm of “Ansar”, Zakir while paying tributes to Dujana and Arif, who died on August 1 at Hakripora village of Pulwama district, claimed that the duo played “important role” in formation of the lesser known outfit.
“Abu Dujana and Arif were those two associates who after spotting righteous flag decided to ally with it. They played an important role in formation of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind and they had an honour to be among first martyrs of this Jihadi movement,” said Zakir, who distanced from the Hizb ul Mujahideen militant outfit this year.
The rift occurred after Zakir termed the Kashmir movement as an Islamist movement and threatened to chop off heads of Hurriyat Conference leaders “if they become hurdle in implementation of Shariah”. He also threatened resistance leadership for calling Kashmir a political issue. However, Hizb rejected his comments, saying “it is Zakir’s personal view”.
Praising the slain duo, Zakir said, “both brothers stood like wall, together and were always for each other’s defence”. Training guns at militant leaders in Pakistan, Musa alleged: “When Dujana joined us after identifying truth, the so-called godfathers of Jihad based in Pakistan created lots of difficulties for him. Arif…was also subjected to unprecedented difficulties after he joined us.”
“But both of them were men of freedom and fought for Tawheed until their last breath; whether that be against Indian infidels or hypocrites,” he said.
He said, “those who were calling Dujana and Arif agents till yesterday are now paying them tributes”. “They don’t even feel ashamed,” he rued. He, however, said “both of these brothers were among very few righteous individuals of the world who came out from the net of godfathers of infidelity and hypocrisy and allied with the flag of Tawheed and fulfilled their promise with Allah.”