Srinagar:  The militant outfit Hizbul Mujahidin has distanced itself from the latest audio statement of its south Kashmir commander Zakir Bhat aka Moosa in which he had threatened the Hurriyat leaders of death if they claim the Kashmir struggle as political and “hinder the path of mujahideen”.

“Such a statement is unacceptable to us. It reflects the personal opinion of Zakir Musa. Post Burhan Wani’s martyrdom, the nation and the leadership are united at every front and taking ahead the struggle for freedom and Islam to its end,” spokesperson of the outfit Saleem Hashmi said on Saturday in a statement issued to a local news agency KNS.

“At this juncture, any such statement or step will strengthen the occupying and imperialistic forces. Hizbul Mujahidin, the guardian of lakhs of sacrifices and freedom, is assessing the statement and won’t hesitate to take steps for the betterment of the freedom movement. We appeal the pro-freedom youth not to give much attention and discourage such statements coming out in the media,” the spokesman added. 

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