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Fearing backlash, Hurriyats speak less on Kashmir, more on Burma
Revolt in Hizb silences separatists?
6/6/2015 11:57:09 PM

Early Times Report
srinagar, June 6: Fearing backlash from the new breed of militants, the separatists in Kashmir have suddenly stopped confronting the former even as there are reports of a revolt in Hizbul Mujahideen outfit.
Apparently scared, the separatists have gone for a change in their stands. For now, the separatists prefer speaking on soft issues like "massacre of Muslims in Rohingya at the hands of some Buddhist extremists".
Pakistan-backed Syed Ali Geelani and his ilk, who recently issued statements against an unknown outfit Lashkar-i-Islam for targeting mobile communication network, are now giving a second thought.
Geelani's trusted lieutenant, Dukhtaran-e-Millat chairperson Syeda Asiya Andrabi has taken a lead by preferring silence over the issue. A day after declining to comment on the militant attacks on mobile communication network and killing of two youth in Sopore, she issued a statement to condemn human rights abuse of Rohingya Muslims. A day later on June 4, separatist leader Nayeem Ahmed Khan also issued a statement on Burma.
This change has come in less than a week. On May 31, Geelani in consultation with separatists like Nayeem Khan had called a joint meeting of "civil society and separatists" at his Hyderpora residence to resolve that Lashkar-i-Islam was a handiwork of "Indian secret agencies". But now they all prefer silence. This is despite the fact that more threatening posters and names of outfits like Tehreek-e-Taliban are surfacing in the Valley.
Militant activities are also on rise. A day after Geelani's joint consultative committee condemned the deadly militant attacks, gunmen lobbed a grenade on a mobile tower in Srinagar.
But what is the major concern for the separatists is the revolt which is believed to have erupted in the ranks of Hizbul Mujahideen.
Investigators probing the recent attacks on the telecom sector have reportedly found signs of a possible revolt within the Hizb, Kashmir's oldest militant group, led by its top commander in north Kashmir.
A Chandigarh-based newspaper quoting sources reported today that investigation has found that militants operating in north Kashmir towns, who were affiliated with the Hizb, carried out a series of threats and deadly attacks against the telecom sector in the region over the past one month.
The investigation found that Qayoom Najar, a top commander in north Kashmir and one of the most wanted militants in the region, masterminded the attacks on the telecom sector and might have been acting independently.
Najar, an 'A-plus-plus' category in police records, has been an active militant for the past more than a decade. He has been cautious of modern communication, completely avoiding use of mobile phones. As a result, the sources said, the police had very few leads about his location during the past years.
Najar along with nearly 10-15 militants is now operating independently, using the name of Lashkar-e-Islam to carry out attacks on the telecom sector.
The investigators have reached to the conclusion that there was the possibility of revolt within the Hizb after reexamining an intercepted conversation between Najar and the outfit's chief commander Syed Salahuddin in which the two had an argument over conduct of militant operations, the sources said.
United Jehad Council, an amalgam of several militant outfits headed by Salahuddin, has condemned the attacks on the telecom sector and termed it the "handiwork of Indian agencies".
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