Hizb warns of at­tack on Sainik Colony, Pan­dit town­ships

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRI­NA­GAR—Hizbul Mu­jhadeen’s divi­sional com­man­der for south Kash­mir Burhan Wani has re­leased a new video af­ter a long hia­tus. The com­man­der, the most prom­i­nent face of the most de­fi­ant phase of in­dige­nous armed re­sis­tance, says the out­fit will at­tack the both con­tro­ver­sial Sainik Colony and ‘com­pos­ite town­ships’ for Pan­dits.

The six-minute video has gone vi­ral on so­cial net­work­ing sites. The video shows leader Wani in a white T-Shirt sit­ting on a chair, his legs cov­ered with a printed bed­cover. Two au­to­matic ri­fles are on his sides and he is con­stantly ir­ri­tated by flies.

Burhan be­gins by ex­press­ing ‘grat­i­tude’ to the peo­ple of Kash­mir es­pe­cially youth for their sup­port to Kash­mir free­dom strug­gle.

“In our last video we had warned po­lice and asked them to stay away from anti-free­dom move­ment ac­tivi- ties, but they didn’t pay any heed. Po­lice­men are forc­ing us to at­tack them and now we will not warn them any­more. I ask them not to ha­rass youth, not to cre­ate nakas and stay in­side sta­tions,” Wani says.

He says po­lice­men are part of Kash­miri na­tion but “they don’t un­der­stand the pol­icy of India that gets plea­sure ev­ery time a mil­i­tant or a lo­cal po­lice­man gets killed here.”

Re­fut­ing the claims of a BSF of­fi­cer, Hizb com­man­der says that mil­i­tants have no plan and will never at­tack pil­grims who ar­rive in Kash­mir for Amar­nath Ya­tra.

“They are pil­grims and we will not at­tack them.”

Burhan, how­ever, warns that mil­i­tants will tar­get Sainik Colony and sep­a­rate Pan­dit town­ships.

“If Sainik Colony or sep­a­rate colonies on Is­raeli pat­tern for Hin­dus are cre­ated in Kash­mir we will tar­get them. Pan­dits can come here and live in their re­spec­tive places,” Burhan says.

Con­firm­ing that one of his aides, Tariq Pan­dit, has been ap­pre­hended by army, Burhan says that Tariq got some mil­i­tant sym­pa­this­ers ar­rested.

“But it won’t or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

Burhan also warned the me­dia for call­ing Kash­miri mil­i­tants as ter­ror­ists.

“This land is ours. Kash­mir is ours. We are not ter­ror­ists. The In­dian army per­son­nel are ter­ror­ists,” he said. He said that it is for the first time the out­fit is warn­ing the me­dia.

Wani, 22, is a stu­dent-turned mil­i­tant from south Kash­mir’s Tral area who is be­ing seen as the new face of mil­i­tancy in Kash­mir. He left home in 2010, days ahead of his Class X ex­am­i­na­tion to join Hizbul Mu­jahideen.—KR af­fect the

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