After Zaffar, Yazdani challenges expulsion
6 May 2002
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Senior Hizbul Mujahideen functionary, Assad Yazdani, who was expelled by ''supreme commander'' Syed Salah-ud-din alongwith former key commanders Abdul Majeed Dar and Zaffar Abdul Fatah on Saturday, has challenged the ouster. Earlier, on Saturday itself, former ''divisional commander'' Srinagar-Budgam, Zaffar Abdul Fatah had challenged Syed Salah-ud-dinís action and remarked that the commanders sitting across the border had no right to take such decisions. Today, Assad Yazdani (a former ''divisional commander'' and Spokesman of the organisation) has reportedly spoken to local news agency CNS and seconded Zaffarís assertions. According to a despatch, Yazdani remarked that Hizb was ''nobodyís fief'' and no individual or leader could claim to be its patron. He described Salah-ud-dinís declaration as unforfunate and regretable. According to the CNS report, Yazdani said that the sacked leader of the outfit, Abdul Majeed Dar, would prove in a few days as to who actually was the real leader of the group. He said that the outfitís programme and policies would be placed before the common people and ''Mujahideen'' in near future. While as Zaffar and Yazdani have gone public to challenge Salah-ud-dinís action, the top leader, Majeed Dar, had not surfaced with his statement till late tonight. Informed sources said that he would be addressing a news conference in a few days to declare his future course of action and policies.