Shift in HM policy as outfit extends activities in Pakistan
15 May 2004
The Daily Excelsior
Daily Excelsior Correspondent
Jammu: A sudden shift in the policy and ideology of the Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) terrorist outfit has been witnessed after the exposure of its cadre for attacks on Shia procession at Quetta in Pakistan on March 2 this year. This incident gives credence to the possibility that HM has now extended itself and joined hands with international terrorists organisations. It seems to be poised to extend its terrorist activities beyond Kashmir. They have chosen Pakistan as their first target, is a case of poetic justice. And now Pakistan is facing terrorist attacks by monsters created by them. The incident at Quetta in which 44 innocent people lost their lives was triggered by HM activists, as reported in Pakistani newspaper ‘ The Daily Times’ on April 16. Mr R Niazi, a police investigator from Quetta said that two attackers were Abdul Nabi and Hidayatullah Mengal from Kalat, a town about 150 kms south of Quetta. A defence spokesman said that HM is the largest of more than two dozen Islamic groups fighting in Kashmir. It was created in April 1989 by a Pakistani based Indian, Syed Salauddin, who is now the supreme commander of the organisation. The HM declared its objective as secession of J&K and its merger with Pakistan. Through the medium of an armed struggle. It received active support from the Pakistan government , the ISI and the Kashmir Jihad Committee in terms of funds, training and infiltration of their cadre into Kashmir. He pointed out that reason for policy shift is hard to contemplate. The HM is losing its support base in Kashmir. The senior leadership has been eliminated and this includes their commander-in- chief (J&K), Abdul Majid Dar and divisional commander Ghulam Rasool Dar. Deputy chief operational commander Shakeel Ansari, who was operating in Doda-Udhampur was too, eliminated on May 11. This surgical elimination of the top cadre has caused a leadership vacuum that is manifesting itself in the form of low morale, simmering rivalry within the cadre and also with the cadre like JeM, HUI etc. With its Kashmir operation losing momentum, the leadership perhaps is considering the option to extend itself and thus ensure its survival. It is for this reason that they are now showing sympathy with other terrorist organisations. They are also trying to demonstrate their strength to their masters in order to get back their support. Their survival is at stake and have thrown their so called Jihad in the air afloat.