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Hizbul commander talks about setting up IS-like Caliphate in J&K

An Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Moosa is purportedly speaking about establishing an Islamic caliphate in Kashmir has gone viral in the Valley. The Hizbul Mujahideen dates back to 1989 when it was set up which is almost the same period of setting up of Kashmir militancy. 

The group’s propaganda is to make local youths join Pakistan. In the video clip, the speaker asks separatists to either join them and fight the Indian army or stop making statements against them. 

Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yaseen Malik issued a joint statement in which they claimed that the Kashmir struggle had nothing to do with the IS, Al Qaeda and other such organisations but the video that has surfaced is set to poise a fresh trouble.

In a statement, HM supreme commander Syed Sallahuddin said there is no place for IS, Al Qaida or Taliban in J&K. He also stated ‘This movement is purely local and indigenous. It has no international agenda. Al Qaeda, Daesh or Taliban have no involvement or role in Kashmir”. 

Security agencies feel if the growing influence of these outfits are not checked, it would result in major trouble. It is also to be noted that during the recent protests, IS flags were waved in some areas.

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