Hizbul Mujahideen appoints new commander
26 October 2001
The Times of India
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
ISLAMABAD: In a surprise move, Pakistan-based Kashmir militant group Hizbul Mujahideen on Friday replaced its commander in Kashmir Abdul Majid Dar with divisional commander Saif-ul Islam.The decision to replace Dar was taken on Friday during a meeting of the Hizbul''s Command Council in Muzaffarabad, capital of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK), Hizbul spokesman Salem Hashmi said here on Friday.Denying reports that Dar was being replaced due to differences with Hizbul''s Pakistan- based supreme commander Syed Salahuddin, Hashmi said Dar was appointed last June for a period of one year.Islam, who is replacing Dar, currently served as a divisional commander in Kashmir, Hashmi said. ''Dar''s next assignment would be announced later'', he added.Besides replacing Dar, the Hizbul Command Council also passed a resolution condemning India for ''branding Kashmir freedom movement'' a terrorist movement. ''Kashmir''s right to fight was sanctified by UN resolutions'', it said. Salahuddin has urged all Hizb field commanders to work under the leadership of commander Islam, 47, who had been Hizb divisional commander.