Ultras differ over the dead
26 June 2001
Srinagar: Differences between the Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashker-e-Taiyaba have once again come to the fore with the Lashker cautioning Hizbul to show utmost restraint while claiming the responsibility for attacks. “We appeal to Hizbul Mujahideen to desist from claiming responsibility of our activities. However, if they continue to do that, we’ll have to devise a strategy to counter it,” LeT spokesman Mr Umair Sani told a Kashmiri local news agency on telephone. The Lashkar with the maximum number of foreign mercenaries is reportedly not getting well along with Hizbul Mujahideen which is Kashmir Valley’s largest militant group headed by Syed Salahuddin alias Mohammad Yusuf Shah. Last year too, after Hizbul declared a unilateral ceasefire in July, sharp differences surfaced among the two ultra groups. This year the controversy started with the killing of leading counter insurgent Ghulam Nabi Azad. Hizbul first claimed responsibility for the killing but, later, LeT said it was they who had killed Azad. The Jeish-e-Mohammad militant outfit warned Hurriyat leader Mr Abdul Gani Lone that he and other politicians who changed colours should quit politics. Maulana Masood Azhar’s outfit warned politicians who had been drifted by the political changes and were trying to encash the sacrifice of the people. The JeM chief commander Abu Hijrat, in the statement, said the spirit of Jehad which has attracted thousands of Mujahideen of Kashmir, was driven by the concern of Ummah and not for the ascent of political gimmickry. He said jihad was the only solution to the Kashmir situation and that JeM would make a liberated Kashmir as its base camp for a jihad against India. Hijrat said politicians, shamelessely speaking in other tongues for petty gains should refrain from doing so.