Netizens speculate meet to discuss strategy after recent losses
SHOPIAN: Several photographs showing several militant commanders form southern Kashmir together have gone viral on social media giving rise to speculations that the Hizb commanders held a meet after the bloody Sunday when they lost 13 men.
The militants seen in the photographs include Ashraf Khan, Hizb commander for Anantnag, Altaf Kachroo from Kulgam, Sadam Padder from Shopian, Riyaz Naikoo from Pulwama and Manan Wani from Kupwara in northern Kashmir.
Netizens speculated that the meeting was called after the Hizb lost 13 men in three different anti-militancy operations in Shopian and Anantnag districts on a single day. Four civilians were also killed in the operations while as one militant was apprehended by the government forces.
Police sources said the pictures were first of the kind after ‘Burhan Group’ photographs in which almost all commanders from south Kashmir can be seen together.
Deputy Inspector General of Police, South, Amit Kumar told Kashmir Reader that they had no clues about the backdrop sol far and were verifying the pictures.
The militants are seen posing for the pictures with banners in the background containing pictures of Burhan Wani and several other militants from the outfit.
Meanwhile, an audio clip also surfaced on social media, in which Hizb commander Riyaz Naikoo is heard addressing his colleagues.
Naikoo starts his address with verses of the Quran, and a group of people can be heard replying to his greeting.
“We may have committed some mistakes in past but we have to take lessons from those mistakes and we should remain sober and kind hearted with people. People may push us out of their homes but we have to accept that and go out. Allah had given us power but we must not misuse that power,” Naikoo can be heard saying in Kashmiri in the 27-minute clip apparently recorded at the meet.
“We must not discuss or get involved in matters of different sects of Islam. We have to remain kind hearted with people and hardliners for the enemy. Sectarian issues were not solved by biggest scholars of Islam and we too have not to get involved in those because that would lead towards divide,” He says adding, “Our only target is India and those politicians who support Indian rule here.”
On display of black flags and ISIS, Naikoo said, “We have no issues with black flag and verses written on that but the people who back it”.
Quoting religious scholars like Dr Zakir Naik and Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri, Naikoo said that even these scholars declared ISIS as anti-Islam because according to him these people killed warriors and innocent people.
“Our enemies want to defame our movement and want to give it a bad name. What they did with north, now they want to do same with south Kashmir, they want to divide us but we must be united. After Allah, Pakistan is our lone supporter,” he said.
“Some people are getting picked and brainwashed by agencies to chant pro-ISIS slogans and raise black flags but they must know it was a stunt to defame our movement,” he said.