December 2017 News

Pledge Allegiance To Islamic State, Exhorts Video Of 'Kashmiri Fighter'

25 December 2017
Times of India
Bharti Jain

New Delhi: A pro-Islamic State (IS), Kashmir-centric media unit Al-Qaraar has released a video of an alleged Kashmiri 'fighter' asking fellow fighters and Muslims in the Valley to pledge allegiance to the terror group Islamic State and join its so-called 'caliphate'. The nearly 14-minute long video, carrying English subitles, has a fighter identified as 'Abu al-Bara' al-Kashmiri' delivering a speech in Urdu while sitting in front of a flag bearing the words 'Kashmir Province', according to an update put out by the SITE Intelligence Group website. He calls upon the 'fighters' and Muslims in Kashmir who fight a seek to establish a 'calipahte', including Zakir Musa-led Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, to swear allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. Men can be seen in the video marching through the street carrying the IS' banner. On December 22, Al-Qaraar had published a poster calling Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind fighters and its leader, Zakir Musa, to join the IS. Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind was floated by Al Qaida as its Kashmir wing, with former Hizbul Mujahideen leader Zakir Musa in the lead. Al Qaraar uploaded the poster carrying the message: 'We invite soldiers of Ansaar Gazwat-ul-Hind and their Ameer Zakir Musa to join the caravan of the Caliphate respond to the call of time... don't listen to the blames of the blamers' on its Telegram channel and Twitter account on December 22.