Hizb Formally Splits; Dar Faction Joins Hiz-Islami: Report
9 July 2003
The Hindustan Times
Islamabad: A dominant faction of the Pakistan-based militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, owing allegiance to one of its former 'commanders' Late Abdul Majid Dar has merged with another militant group Hizb-e-Islami after irreconcilable differences with Hizib leader Syed Salahuddin. After a series of marathon meetings failed to resolve the differences, Dar faction has joined the Hizb-e-Islami, local newspaper, daily Times said in a report here on Thursday. Dar, who was opposed to Pakistan-based Salahuddin was killed in Jammu and Kashmir few months ago, allegedly by militants opposed to his faction. Dar was expelled by Salahuddin, who led the splinter group before his murder. 'After the meetings during the last one month failed to reunite the Hizb, the splinter group decided to join the Hizb-e-Islami led by Masood Sarfraz,' it quoted sources as saying. They said efforts for reunification by the two Hizb factions, prominent Kashmiri leadership and the Jamaat-e-Islami had failed to unite the organisation. 'All top commanders of the Dar group and majority of its mujahideen joined the Hizb-e-Islami but some Mujahideen refused to work under the new flag and leadership and they returned to their parent organisation,' the report said. The split was formalised after Salahuddin declined to allow the 'commanders' of the Dar group to rejoin but agreed to admit their cadre. While over 350 militants of Dar group join Hizib-e-Islami, 'some 50 to 60 mujahideen rejoined the Hizb,' it said.