Hizbul Commander Gives Up Violence For Peace
23 July 2003
The Times of India
Srinagar: Zafar Akbar alias Mohammad Akbar Bhat, a Hizbul Mujahideen (Dar group) commander on Wednesday announced his decision to give up violence and join politics for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue. Mohammad Akbar Bhat hailing from Shankarpora in Nowgam, Budgam in central Kashmir, was a close associate of slain former Hizb chief Abdul Majid Dar .Dar was killed by some unknown gunmen last year at Sopore in north Kashmir after he developed some differences with HM supreme commander Syed Sallahuddin , Dar had announced a unilateral cease fire in July 2000 and started a dialogue with the Centre. Zafar Akbar, at an unknown destination in the outskirts of the city, said that he, along with hundreds of fellow militants has decided to initiate a political struggle instead of perpetuating violence for the resolution of Kashmir issue.