May 2002 News

Abdul Majid Dar-led Hizb faction to expel Salahuddin

12 May 2002
The Times of India

NEW DELHI: After efforts for reconciliation failed between the factions led by Abdul Majid Dar and Syed Salahuddin, the dominant Kashmiri militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen is likely to soon announce expulsion of Salahuddin and some other leaders besides dissociating itself from the Islamabad-based command council. The move is aimed at establishing complete local control over the outfit besides re- structuring its command council, which would be headed by Dar, who was expelled by Islamabad-based command council for his ''anti-Hizb'' activities. Terming the decision to expel Salahuddin as a ''hard one'', sources close to Dar said that Hizb leaders in the valley were left with no option but to expel ''the leaders sitting across the border'' and only ''narrating what had been fed to them.'' ''By terming Dar and other leaders of Hizb, who have sacrificed the comfort of their life for the Kashmir cause, as traitors, they (Pakistan-based Command Council of Hizb) have insulted each and every Kashmiri,'' the sources said. The Hizbul Mujahideen sources said this had left the group with no other option than to expel Salahuddin and other leaders of the outfit, who were ''speaking the language of their masters who had been milking the Kashmir cause for their own benefit.'' The two sides had been holding discussions through intermediaries for revocation of the expulsion of the leaders including Dar. However, the efforts did not succeed as Pakistan based leadership, apparently under ''pressure'', refused to go in for reconciliation, the sources said. Refusing to bow to pressure from Pakistan-based command council, Dar-led Hizb would also announce that the group controlled by them was the real Hizb and not the one controlled by its leadership across the border. ''We are the real recruits of Hizbul Mujaideen and our claim cannot be belied by parrot-narrating a statement fed by some others,'' the sources said in a veiled reference to ISI. Dar along with Assad Yazdani and Zaffar Abdul Fateh were expelled by PoK-based Hizb''s central command council on May 4, which was followed by expulsion of two more leaders. Terming the decision of so-called expulsion of Dar as ''most unfortunate'' in the history of Kashmir struggle, the sources said, ''those sitting on the cosy beds in Islamabad cannot realise the difficulties being faced by the Hizb cadres while fighting the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir.'' ''Anyone cannot negate his (Dar''s) contribution by a mere statement. If they have guts then they should cross over the Line of Control and see for themselves the ground realities in the valley,'' they said.


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