Hizb Expels Najjar For His Alleged Involvement In Sopore Attacks

23 July 2015
Greater Kashmir
Tariq Naqash

Srinagar: Hizbul Mujahideen on Thursday expelled Qayyum Najjar from the group for his alleged involvement in 'gruesome murder of some people, character assassination of established separatist leadership and destruction of communication towers in Sopore.' The decision was taken by the group's authoritative Command Council which met here with Supreme Commander Syed Salahuddin in the chair, according to a handout. While strongly condemning the activities of Lashkar-i-Islam, the Command Council said: 'Provoking public dislike for the recognized Hurriyat leadership by casting aspersions on their role and contributions, destroying communication towers to trouble the public and killing some certain people without charge sheet and formalities is highly detrimental to the Kashmir struggle and intentional or unintentional attempt to benefit the enemy.' It said Najjar had bypassed the group leadership and trampled the code of conduct and constitution of Hizbul Mujahideen by playing a key role in these ghastly acts and therefore his basic membership had been cancelled. The Command Council also made it clear that none of Najjar's actions should be attributed to or linked with Hizbul Mujahideen. 'It's because our Constitution and Code of Conduct does not allow such actions.' Earlier in the day, while talking to this correspondent, Salahuddin had shrugged off speculations that a recently formed group of young militants was a breakaway faction of his Hizbul Mujahideen. Asked about Burhan Wani, he said the young militant and his associates, working as Shopian group, were loyal to the instructions of group's Pakistan based leadership. 'Commander Burhan Wani and all other militants working in South Kashmir are well disciplined and the most obedient and responsive to the orders of the Hizbul Mujahideen high command,' Salahuddin said. 'There is no doubt about it.' He reiterated that his group had no connection with the elements involved in activities detrimental to the 'sacred cause' of Kashmiris. 'The apple town of Sopore is the stronghold of Hizbul Mujahideen. However, elements indulging in anti-movement activities and serving the purpose of Indian agencies have no link with our organization,' he said in a reference to the obscure group Lashkar-e-Islam. It may be recalled that in the last week of May, Sopore town was rocked by a string of attacks and threats by Lashkar-e-Islam, which said in posters that cell phone services were being used to target their members. Lashkar e Islam militants had also threatened local people, besides shooting dead one man working at a mobile phone shop in the Sopore area and another man who had a cell phone tower installed on his property. Three other people were injured in attacks. Separately, four other people were also shot dead and three of them were part of Hurriyat Conference (G).