By Aasif Sultan
Srinagar: Exposing yet another fault line in Kashmir’s three-decade-old insurgency, Al-Qaeda’s Kashmir wing Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind chief Zakir Musa has termed militant outfits backed by Pakistan as “armies working under Nimrod’s agency,” an indirect reference to Pakistan’s intelligence wing ISI.
“… in his [Shabir Ahmad Dar] jihadi journey, every mujahid has a way to follow. He heard the truth, recognised it as truth and trod the path of truth while leaving the armies working under Nimrod’s agency and joining helpers of Gazwat-ul-Hind (Aap ka jihadi safar har aik mujahid kay liyay rahay amal hain. Aap nay haq kee azaan sun kar haq ko haq pehchana aur haq kee rah mein chal diyay aur namrudi agency kay maatahat lashkaroon ko chood kar gazwat ul hind kay ansaaroon mein shamil ho gayay),” the statement, which was issued on outfit’s Telegram channel, said on Sunday.
The statement came in wake of the killing of three militants belonging to Zakir’s group in Khonmoh area of Srinagar on Thursday, 15 March, evening.
The three militants were identified by the group as Haq Nawaz alias Abu Hamas of Pakistan-administered Kashmir’s Kotli district; Rasiq Nabi alias Asim Khan of Nowdal, Tral and Shabir Ahmad Dar of Awantipora.
According to local sources, Dar was associated with Lashkar-e-Toiba when he first joined the militancy in August 2017 and later joined Zakir Musa-led group.
Regarding Abu Hamas, it is said that he came to the Valley with Jaish-e-Muhammad in 2012 or 2013 and then later joined HM commander Burhan Wani in Tral and remained with his group even after the killing of Wani in 2016.
This is not the first time Zakir has spoken against Pakistan-backed militancy. In a recent audio message, he had quoted Afzal Guru’s book Aaina saying a “Pakistan-backed jihad will be bereft of its fruit in Kashmir” and his group will free “Kashmir resistance from Pakistan policies”.
Zakir is also persuading militants of other outfits to join his group.
“We supplicate for all mujahideen of Kashmir that they hear the voice of truth, recognise it and hold fast to it. We are waiting for you and have the conviction that the promise of Allah is true,” the statement added.
Recently, the group had claimed that a south Indian youth who was killed in Kashmir was “among the first in the ranks of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind”.
However, the group remained tightlipped whether at the time of his killing he was associated with it or not as Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), active in Afghanistan, released a statement that they were the soldiers of the IS, a media report said on Saturday.
“The three soldiers of IS fulfilled their promise of martyrdom in Kashmir. We are proud of these martyrs’ character because they are in a region where India and Pakistan are playing a murky game,” the report quoted the IS message as saying.
“Since both outfits are claiming the militants to be their members, there seems to be a competition between the two. It is not good for the Kashmir Valley. Whether it’s Al-Qaeda or transnational jihadi organisations, they have destroyed half of the world. It will not be good for Kashmir,” DGP Jammu and Kashmir SP Vaid was quoted as saying in the report.