Published On: Sat, Jul 29th, 2017

Hizbul’s aim is political, unlike Al Qaeda, says Omar Abdullah

New Delhi: Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said the aim of the Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest terrorist group in the state, was “political” and not Islamist like the Al Qaeda.

Their aim is political. Their aim is to remove Kashmir as a part of India

“I think we need to understand that the largest terrorist organisation operating in the valley today is still the Hizbul Mujahideen. It is made up of predominantly Kashmiri youngsters.

“Their aim is political. Their aim is to remove Kashmir as a part of India, and not Zakir Musa’s Al Qaeda-driven aim,” Abdullah said at a conference here on Kashmir.

He was answering a question about Musa, a former Hizbul terrorist who has been named head of Al Qaeda’s wing in Jammu and Kashmir.

Musa has said the separatist war in Kashmir was not a fight for nationalism but a jihad for the establishment of caliphate for strict Islamic code in the state.

Abdullah said that painting every gunman in Kashmir with Musa’s brush would give “an easy exit to the government of India” from Kashmir.

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