India’s home ministry on Wednesday said that there was no evidence of ISIS presence in Kashmir and that Ansar Gazwat ul-Hind commander Zakir Musa had the support of “less than 10 militants.”
Responding to a question put forth by MP Amar Singh, MoS Home Ministry Hansraj Ahir said that as per government reports, there was no presence of ISIS, but that the Musa-led Ansar has been active on social media.
“As per report, nothing has been established on the ground that ISIS is operating in any part of Kashmir valley. However, Ansar Gazwat ul-Hind formed and led by Zakir Musa has posted adverse materials on social media. There are reports that at present, Zakir Musa has support of less than 10 militants,” said Ahir, according to news18.com
He added that “no militant tanzeem called Taliban is presently operating in any part of Kashmir valley.”
Musa split from the Hizbul Mujahideen last year to form the al-Qaeda linked Ansar Ghazwat-Ul-Hind after the militant outfit denounced him for threatening to behead Hurriyat leaders for calling the Kashmir issue political in nature.
In videos released since then, he has called for a “jihad” to establish “khilafah” and denounced the Pakistan government and army for “betraying the Kashmir cause.”