September 2018 News

Quit Govt Jobs Or Die, Hizb Tells Kashmiris

18 September 2018
Times of India

New Delhi: In a video circulated widely on WhatsApp groups in Kashmir on Tuesday, Pakistan-backed terror outfit tHizbul Mujahideen threatened to kill every Kashmiri working for Jammu and Kashmir Police, Indian Army and all other security forces as well as the central government if they did not resign within the next four days. The video also threatened to kill the family members of those 'who stay back on duty'. The two-minute video ran a voiceover on photos of J&K Police, security forces and a Hizbul Mujahideen banner in Urdu with a name in English, Umar Ibn Khitaab, presumably of the spokesman who issued the threat in Kashmiri on the video. J&K Police confirmed the authenticity of the video. In the voiceover of a video circulating on WhatsApp, the spokesperson introduced himself as a representative of Hizbul and said the group's members had come to a locality with a message for all the families of those Kashmiris working for J&K Police, STF, CID, traffic police, Rashtriya Rifles, BSF, CRPF and other such services. The locality is not specified. The spokesperson asked Kashmiris working for security forces, intelligence agencies and central government services to 'quit their jobs and upload the evidence of their resignation on the Internet' and added, 'Let us and the world see that you all rejected the occupation and joined our struggle for independence (of Kashmir from India).' 'But let it be clear that your resignations will not be accepted after four days. All you will get is death at our hands, you all will be murdered,' the voice threatened. He further warned, 'If you think you will stay back at work on duty and not visit your homes, we will kill, in your place, any of your family members whom we can lay our hands on.' The Hizb spokesperson also asked SPOs and 'informers working from home to resign and stay quiet', urging them not to 'sell themselves and get killed for mere Rs 6,000'. Hizbul Mujahideen is a banned terror group headed by Syed Salahuddin, based in PoK. The group is the armed wing of Jammu and Kashmir's Jamat-e-Islami (JeI) affiliated to Pakistan's JeI. Since the killing of its Kashmir commander Burhan Wani in July 2016, the group has remained at the forefront of renewed militancy in Kashmir.