Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Zakir Bhat, who succeeded Burhan Wani after his killing in an encounter last year, threatened the Hurriyat separatists on Friday. They would be hanged if they continued to describe Kashmir as a “political struggle” instead of an “Islamic uprising” he said.
In a strongly worded audio message to separatists shared on social media, Zakir Bhat said “Before we kill the disbelievers, we’ll hang you… your heads will be chopped at Lal Chowk”
Zakir insisted that the 27-year-old armed movement in Kashmir was an Islamic struggle, not a political fight. He warned separatists not to meddle in the setting up a caliphate in J&K along the lines of the rule established by terror group Islamic State.
He warned them against using mosques and other Islamic symbols and slogans if they believed that Kashmir was a political struggle.
Eelani, on the other hand, roots for Kashmir’s accession to Pakistan. Addressing them, Zakir said, “You are our big problem… if you have to run these dirty politics, run it in your homes… if we have to implement the shariat, we have to implement it on ourselves.”
Zakir, a native of terrorist-infested Tral in Pulwama district, was studying to be an engineer in a Chandigarh college.