January 2003 News

Mufti’s Renegades Will Die The Way Kukka Parray Did: Hizb

27 January 2003
The Daily Excelsior
Ahmed Ali Fayyaz

Srinagar: While intensifying its tirade against the PDP-led coalition Government’s head, Kashmiri guerrilla outfit Hizbul Mujahideen has charged Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed with 'diverting the people of Kashmir to a mirage'. The formidable militant organisation, which lent its support of silence to Mufti’s party during the recent Assembly elections, has expressed confidence that Mufti’s 'hypocritical gameplan' would yield nothing to Government of India in Jammu & Kashmir. In a Statement, faxed to local news agency CNS, a Hizb spokesman described Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as a 'dangerous hunter' for the Kashmir freedom struggle. 'But, we are optimistic that the people would see through Mufti’s gameplan and remain vigilant', the Statement read. It said that Indian intelligence agencies and media were making unsuccessful attempts to sully the image of a popular organisation. 'The people, who have divorced the Jehad publicly and are escorting the security personnel behind tinted glasses on streets of Srinagar city, are being projected with the Hizb camouflage', it added. 'These people will bite the dust as the people of Kashmir and the whole world know them as traitors', the Statement said and claimed that the Hizb was being recognised as the face of Kashmir’s freedom struggle. The spokesman said that the Indian intelligence agencies had introduced Kukka Parray as a bulwark against the 'freedom struggle' but he had vanished like a vapour. He warned that new 'renegade' elements too would vanish in due course of time. The Hizb hostility for Mufti and his party is significant as the outfit had spared them from its offensive on mainstream political parties like National Conference (NC) during electioneering. Even as Hizb has been issuing anti-Mufti Statements since the middle of this month, MLA Pampore Abdul Aziz Mir is the one-odd PDP worker killed by militants till date. On the other hand, even after its losing power in the recent elections, Omar Abdullah’s NC has been continuously at the receiving end of the militant ire. Analysts believe that Mufti’s dilution of the poll-time promises—like disbanding SOG and releasing detenues— has disappointed outfits like Hizbul Mujahideen. Consequently, they have begun to direct threats and hostile statements on Mufti while holding back their guns and grenades. The overwhelming impact generated by Mufti Government’s demolition drive in Srinagar and participation of thousands of Kashmiris in the Chief Minister’s and other Ministers’ rallies, is believed to have unnerved the militant outfits. It is first time that the separatist amalgam, Hurriyat Conference, has been marginalised and Mufti’s ministers made thousands of their followers attend the Republic Day ceremonies on January 26th. Meanwhile, the Iranian President Syed Ali Khatami’s current visit and his participation in the R-Day ceremony in New Delhi on Sunday has annoyed another guerrilla outfit. A spokesman of the radical Jamiatul Mujahideen told CNS by Fax that Khatami had destroyed Iran’s dignity and self-respect. He alleged that by his participation in the New Delhi ceremony, Khatami had condoned the atrocities of Indian security forces in Kashmir. He said it was shamefully ridiculous for Khatami to change his country’s stand on Kashmir within days of his Pakistan visit. According to the Jamiat spokesman, Khatami had hurt the sentiments of the Muslims of Jammu & Kashmir. ASI, 2 civilians killed Meanwhile, official sources said that ASI Mohammad Ashraf, who had sustained critical injuries in an IED blast on January 25th near Ganeshpora in Mattan area, has passed away at hospital. Head Constable Ghulam Mohammad Mir of Aeshmuqam Police Station had died on spot and six Policemen had sustained injuries in the blast, caused by Hizbul Mujahideen. According to CNS, Hizb has expressed 'shock' over the 'mistake' and contended that the IED had been laid to target security forces. Unidentified persons, suspected to be militants, kidnapped one Mohammad Ramzan Ganai S-o Malak Ganai R-o Dangarpora Sopore from his home during last night and slit half of his throat. He was found in a pool of blood at a deserted spot near Gund-e-Brath and rushed to hospital. Doctors were confident that the civilian would survive. Unidentified gunmen, believed to be militants, appeared at Behkipora in Dangiwacha area of Rafiabad, in Baramulla district, and kidnapped one Khizar Mohammad Lone S-o Ghulam Mohammad Lone. About a hundred yards away, Lone was shot dead. Similarly, militants shot dead another civilian, namely Abdul Aziz Bhat S-o Mohammad Ramzan Bhat at Adoora, Mawar, in Kupwara district. In Lolab valley of Kupwara, troops have eliminated a 'Battalion Commander' of Jamiatul Mujahideen, namely Assadullah alias Abdul Haq, in an encounter today. Official sources claimed that security forces and Police have recovered a large quantity of arms and ammunition in Bragthore forests of Trehgam, in Kupwara district. The seizure included 28 UBGL grenades, 23 Chinese grenades, 11 RPG rounds, 3 IEDs, 3 Kgs of RDX and one rocket.


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