Srinagar: “I have not issued any statement or updated any FB post regarding recent development around Zakir’s audio message. The news doing rounds on FB is baseless and completely false,” reads the latest Facebook post of Muhammad bin Qasim, son of Aasiyeh Andrabi and Muhammad Qasim, the two pro-freedom leaders of the Valley.

The junior Qasim was replying to news reports which claimed that he supports the recent statement of militant commander Zakir Bhat aka Moosa’s statement in which he had threatened the “secular Hurriyat leaders” of killing for calling the Kashmir struggle as political, not Islamic.

On Friday, Zakir, who was Hizbul Mujahideen’s south Kashmir commander, issued a warning to those pro-freedom leaders who claim Kashmir struggle as political, not Islamic.

Consequently, the militant outfit distanced itself from the statement and termed it “unacceptable.” This lead Zakir to announce his disassociation from the outfit while reiterating his stance that he “will fight for the cause of Islam only.”

Zakir’s statement and his subsequent disassociation from the outfit has created a ripple effect in the Valley with some disparaging the statement while others praising it. In such a melee, the junior Qasim has found himself in an unwanted controversy. But he has articulated his stance through the Facebook:

“My facebook profile is open and visible to all, and anyone who has any doubts can go over my posts and see if I have posted anything with regards to Zakir or Hurriyat,” junior Qasim’s post reads further.

One such false report was published in a Jammu-based newspaper on Sunday with the headline Aasiya’s son ‘supports Geelani’s beheading in Lal Chowk’

The report, besides being baseless, was not factual either, as Zakir had clarified his stance in his latest audio message on Saturday that “Geelani sahib was not among those who were threatened.”

Interestingly, the Facebook wall of junior Qasim has not bee updated since April 5 except on Sunday.

The junior Qasim blames Indian agencies for creacting “confusion and ruckus among masses”.

“It is pretty clear that Indian agencies are behind this, and are trying to create confusion and ruckus among masses by targeting me and my family. This is a Defamation and a dirty ploy by the agencies. I request every person who is reading this post to verify the authenticity of the news before passing on your comments or judgement. I am not a saint or the most pious person you will come across, but labelling false allegations against me and my family hurts me and I will take necessary actions to make sure people behind this are held accountable. I request anyone who comes across this fake news of me supporting XYZ, please don’t fall in the trap of Indian agencies and their dirty games.”

I am not a saint or the most pious person you will come across, but labelling false allegations against me and my family hurts me and I will take necessary actions to make sure people behind this are held accountable. I request anyone who comes across this fake news of me supporting XYZ, please don’t fall in the trap of Indian agencies and their dirty games,” the post ends.

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