Jammu, May 13, 2017: Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Rashid Bhat, alias Zakir Musa on Saturday threatened to slit the throats of separatist Hurriyat leaders for calling Kashmir a “political struggle” instead of an “Islamic one”.
This is for the first time that militants have threatened to execute Hurriyat leaders who are acknowledged to represent the political views of a section of Kashmiris, though in the past they have been criticised for failure to come to the expectations of the people.
The message was delivered through a 05:40 minutes video clip which contained a montage of slides showing Islamic quotes. The person who is heard in the clip is not shown. He did not identify himself but is believed to be of local Hizbul commander Zakir Musa.
In the message, Musa said, “They are political leaders. Please do not refer to them as Islamic leaders. Do not create hurdles in our path of enforcing Sharia Law. We will otherwise slit their throats and hang them at Lal Chowk. I warn you again if you come in our way. We will hang you first then others”.
Musa also purportedly spoke about establishing an Islamic caliphate in Kashmir. The clip also warns separatist leaders of Kashmir not to tamper in the move to set up a caliphate in Jammu and Kashmir along the lines of the rule established by the ISIS in parts of Syria and Iraq.
This comes after in the wake of kidnapping and killing of 22-year-old Army lieutenant Ummer Fayaz, from his maternal uncle’s house in Herman village of Shopian district in south Kashmir on May 9 and his bullet-riddled body was found on May 10.