November 2002 News

Discontent brewing among Hizb ranks

23 November 2002
The Times of India

New Delhi: Discontent is brewing among cadres of the Hizbul Mujahideen in camps located in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) as those belonging to Abdul Majid Dar faction have revolted against the manner of functioning of Syed Sallahuddin and his continued mistrust of the Kashmiri cadres. According to informed sources, who gathered information from arrested Hizbul Mujahideen militants recently, it was found that four loyalists of Sallahuddin had been badly beaten up at the Jungle-Mungle camp in PoK by pro-Dar men earlier this month after disarming them. Sallahuddin had sent his men - Ibrahim, Imtiaz, Mubarak Shah and Shakeel - to give a strong message to pro-Dar cadres to behave after they protested against being made ''prisoners'' in the camp by Pakistan''s ISI as part of Musharraf regime''s decision to restrict their movement. The ISI has also shifted certain camps and taken other measures to prevent them from being detected by the United States military. Dar''s loyalists have been facing Sallahuddin and ISI''s ire after he had announced a unilateral ceasefire in July 2000 and his subsequent expulsion on May four this year from Hizbul Mujahideen. Besides Dar, Assad Yazdani and Zaffar Abdul Fateh were expelled also by PoK-based Hizb''s command council. They said 100 Kashmiri boys located at the Jungle-Mangal camp were extremely ''unhappy'' as Sallahuddin, who is also chairman of United Jehad Council, was banking more on mercenaries at the instruction of ISI.


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