Zakir disassociates from Hizbul Mujahideen; says threat was not aimed at those fighting for Islam

Zakir disassociates from Hizbul Mujahideen; says threat was not aimed at those fighting for Islam

Srinagar: After Hizbul Mujahideen distanced itself on Saturday from its south Kashmir commander Zakir Bhat aka Moosa’s recent statement in which he threatened of death those Hurriyat leaders who fight for a secular state, the latter has also disassociated himself from the militant outfit.

“From today on, I have no association with any outfit. I am of my own. I don’t represent Hizbul Mujahideen,” Zakir says in the latest six-and-a-half minute audio shared on social media on Saturday.

In the audio clip, Zakir reiterates his position that the Kashmir struggle is for the establishment of Shariah, not a secular state and he stands by his earlier statement.

However, he says, he didn’t name any individual in his last statement.

“I have only said that I will hang those who want to establish a secular state. Because after we get freedom from India, we may have to fight with those who support a secular state,” Zakir says, adding that people may seem it too early, but it was necessary.

“If Geelani sahib is fighting for an Islamic cause, then I am with him.. I will work with those who fight for the Islamic cause,” he says.

Zakir, also a native of Tral town like Burhan, took over from the latter after his death on July 8 last year. Before picking up arms, he was studying an engineering course in a Chandigarh college where he is believed to have lived a carefree life.

“I don’t care whether anyone is with me or not. Allah is with me, inshaAllah… People say that if something happens to any Hurriyat leader, fingers will point towards us. No Indian agency can take advantage of this (statement) since we have publicly announced it,” Zakir continues.

“My blood will spilt only for Islam, not a secular state,” Zakir says.

He also says that he has no association with global Islamic militant organisations like the ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

“I have no association with ISIS, Al-Qaeda. I even don’t know whether they are right or wrong. I don’t have time to research about them,” he says.

The audio message, in a video format, was full of quotes of Imam Anwar Al-Awlaki, the US-Yemeni scholar and al-Qaeda ideologue who was killed in a US drone strike in Yemen in 2011.

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