Srinagar: Al-Qaeda’s Kashmir wing, Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind chief Zakir Musa has termed militant outfits backed by Pakistan as “armies working under Nimrod’s agency,” an indirect reference to Pakistan’s intelligence wing ISI.
“… in his [Shabir Ahmad Dar] jihadi journey, every mujahid has a way to follow. He heard the truth, recognised it as truth and trod the path of truth while leaving the armies working under Nimrod’s agency and joining helpers of Gazwat-ul-Hind (Aap ka jihadi safar har aik mujahid kay liyay rahay amal hain. Aap nay haq kee azaan sun kar haq ko haq pehchana aur haq kee rah mein chal diyay aur namrudi agency kay maatahat lashkaroon ko chood kar gazwat ul hind kay ansaaroon mein shamil ho gayay),” the statement, which was issued on outfit’s Telegram channel, said on Sunday.
The statement came in wake of the killing of three militants belonging to Zakir’s group in Khonmoh area of Srinagar on Thursday, 15 March, evening.
The three militants were identified by the group as Haq Nawaz alias Abu Hamas of Pakistan-administered Kashmir’s Kotli district; Rasiq Nabi alias Asim Khan of Nowdal, Tral and Shabir Ahmad Dar of Awantipora.
Importantly, Zakir Musa has been speaking openly against Pakistan-backed militant groups. He even threatened Hurriyat leadership and said that he will ‘hang them publically’ in Lalchowk.
In a recent audio message, he had quoted Afzal Guru’s book Aaina saying a “Pakistan-backed jihad will be bereft of its fruit in Kashmir” and his group will free “Kashmir resistance from Pakistan policies”.
Zakir is also persuading militants of other outfits to join his group.
“We supplicate for all mujahideen of Kashmir that they hear the voice of truth, recognise it and hold fast to it. We are waiting for you and have the conviction that the promise of Allah is true,” the statement added.
Recently, the group had claimed that a Hydrabad youth who was killed in Kashmir was “among the first in the ranks of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind”.