Hizb rift widens ws Bilal rallies behind Dar
13 May 2002
The Asian Age
New Delhi: The rift within Hizbul Mujahideen further deepened on Monday as the so-called operational commander of the outfit rallied behind sacked Abdul Majid Dar and said the Pakistan-based command council of Hizb should “reconsider” and “revoke” expulsion of Dar and other commanders. Hizbul Mujahideen is not a personal belonging of any one and one cannot ignore the contribution of Dar, Assad Yazdani and Zafar Fateh in bringing the Kashmir issue to limelight in the international fora,” operation commander Bilal Shahid told Srinagar- based News and Feature Alliance at an undisclosed place. Terming the stand taken by command council led by Syed Salahuddin as a “Dictatorial One,” he said the expulsion should be revoked immediately as Kashmiris were watching the developments within the Hizb very closely. He said the command council based in PoK had taken the expulsion decision in haste and the charges levelled against Dar and other commanders were totally “baseless.” “The person (Dar), who led the outfit for two years with the best leadership quality, cannot become unreliable overnight,” Shahid said. He said he along with his entire group voiced full confidence in Dar’s leadership.