Hizb warns of attack on Sainik Colony, Pandit townships
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