Hizbul entices Kashmiri youth by releasing ‘entertaining’ videos

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Pardeep Singh Bali

In a very short span, Hizbul Mujahideen has released one more video showing young brigade of militants sharing light moments. The move aimed at enticing gullible youth of Kashmir Valley.
The new video of Hizbul Mujahideen showing a group of armed terrorists, greeting and hugging each other, has gone viral on social media in a reminder of the campaign by their former commander Burhan Wani who was killed by security forces in July this year. In the four-and-a-half minute video, 12 terrorists are seen in an orchard, carrying weapons, including INSAS rifles. They are seen laughing and hugging each other. Following the trend set by former commander, new commander-Zakir Rashid Bhat is actively using social media to recruit young Kashmiri men – he featured in videos and photos with weapons and taunting security forces, which were circulated on Facebook and WhatsApp.
In another video which surfaced recently, Bhat, also known as “Musa”, is seen asking young men and women to join the terror group and encouraging them to snatch rifles from security forces.
In the past few months, there have been a number of incidents in which weapons were snatched or stolen from police and security personnel in the state.
At least 67 rifles have been snatched so far. These include INSAS and Carbine rifles, which are exclusively used by the police and security forces.
Not only this, to make its image better at world forum, these terrorist outfits have also started inviting Kashmiri Pandits back to Kashmir Valley, promising fool proof security for them. In its previous video, the HM commander is also claiming to constitute separate wing for the minorities to fight Indian rule.
Meanwhile, a Srinagar based journalist who runs a news portal, was called for questioning in connection with a video statement by Hizbul Mujahideen which he had published on his website a month ago.
Vijdan Kawoosa, who also writes for some international websites, was quoted by media as saying that he got the Hizbul video through an anonymous email.
Kawoosa, however, claimed that he had posted the clip with the disclaimer that its authenticity was subject to verification.
He was summoned to the police cyber cell on Wednesday evening and accused of sympathizing with the militant group and being “on their payrolls” or having links with militants.

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