Conditional Jehad: Youth asked to snatch weapons to join militancy

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Pardeep Singh Bali

Making it evidently ‘conditional’, in its latest video, newly installed commander of Hizbul Mujahideen-Zakir Rashid Bhat has asked the new generation of Kashmir valley to snatch weapons from the security forces to join militancy.
Zakir, who succeeded ‘poster boy’ Burhan wani after his death in July this year, is following the same suit to become popular among people.
Sporting a short trimmed beard, Zakir is seen in the video wearing a T-shirt with olive green camouflage waste-coat and trouser in a well-laid out room. Sitting on a chair, Zakir is seen composed with two automatic rifles resting on both sides of his seat and a banner in the background wall.
This is the second time since the death of Burhan Wani Zakir Bhat that it has released a video in the Valley akin to his former boss who was known for using social media to reach out to the people.
Hailing from Noorpora in Tral, Zakir had left civil engineering at a Chandigarh college and joined Hizbul in 2013. Coming from an affluent family, Zakir’s father is also an engineer by profession.
In his over 1:35 minute long video, Zakir can be seen inviting youths of the Kashmir valley to join HM at different ranks.
“Many brothers have joined us in this movement of Jehad. Anyone who wants to join our movement of liberating Kashmir from Indian rule can join us but they have to snatch weapons from the security forces,” he says, adding “We welcome everybody to fight for the cause, we have started.”
In his message, he further requested the Kashmiri Pandits to return back to their homes.
“As everybody knows that Kashmiri Pandit brothers were forcibly migrated from Kashmir, so that Mulsims could be massacred easily, but with the grace of god, they failed,” Zakir says, adding “We request the Kashmiri Pandit brothers to come back to their homes. We will take responsibility of their safety. They must contemplate that who has ever touched or killed the Kashmiri Pandit families, who preferred to stay in Kashmir.”
Meanwhile, Zakir also promised to constitute separate cadre for Sikh youths, stressing that they too want to avenge operation Blue Star from Indian government.

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