March 2003 News

Salahuddin Behind Dar's Murder: Hizb Militants

25 March 2003
The Hindustan Times

Muzaffarabad: A split deepened on Tuesday in Hizbul Mujahedeen, one of the largest guerrilla groups in Jammu and Kashmir, when 200 members of the outfit accused their commander of murdering rebel leader Abdul Majid Dar. The members held a protest in the city of Muzaffarabad, after the slaying of Dar, a former Hezb-ul Mujahedeen leader. He was killed in Sopore town, 55 kilometres north of Srinagar on Sunday. His mother and sister were wounded. Demonstrators charged that the Hizbul Mujahedeen commander, Syed Salahuddin, ordered his killing because Salahuddin - the group's founder - feared an attempt to oust him. 'We know Salahuddin is behind the murder of Dar,' said Omar Muslim, a commander and spokesman for the group. 'Now, Hezb-ul Mujahedeen stands divided into two groups,' he told The Associated Press, vowing that the 'sacrifice of Dar will not go waste.' Dar split from Salahuddin in 2000 when the former declared a ceasefire in Kashmir - a move widely condemned in Pakistan. A year later, Dar and those loyal to him were expelled from the militant outfit. 'Dar wanted to take over Hizbul Mujahedeen this week after coming to Pakistan,' said Muslim.


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