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‘Outfit doesn't matter, a terrorist is a terrorist', says JK DGP

July 28, 2017 10:28 PM

Srinagar, July 28: Director General of Police (DGP) today played down reports of former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Musa being named as the head of Al-Qaeda cell in the state, saying "a terrorist is a terrorist" regardless of the terror outfit.

"A terrorist is a terrorist, whichever outfit he belongs to. Somebody who has picked up a gun is a terrorist for us," DGP SP Vaid told reporters. He was responding to a question over the naming of Musa as the chief of Jammu and Kashmir unit of Al-Qaeda.

Musa had recently broken ranks with Hizbul Mujahideen after terming Kashmir a political issue instead of Islamic struggle meant to enforce Shariah (Islamic rule) in the state.

"A terrorist is a terrorist, whichever outfit he belongs to. Somebody who has picked up a gun is a terrorist for us," DGP SP Vaid told reporters. He was responding to a question over the naming of Musa as the chief of Jammu and Kashmir unit of Al-Qaeda.

On Thursday, United Jehad Council (UJC) chief Syed Salahuddin, in a video, had said the freedom movement of Jammu and Kashmir had no international agenda. "No international outfit, be it Daesh (IS) or al-Qaeda or anyone else, has any opportunity or is needed here," Salahuddin had said.

Asked about Salahuddin's statement and the split in the militant ranks, the DGP said let them decide between themselves. The situation in Kashmir Valley was limping back to normalcy, he added. Responding to a query that militants were targeting families of policemen in south Kashmir, the DGP said it was their frustration.

Vaid said all law enforcement agencies were supporting the National Investigation Agency (NIA) probe into the role of separatists in funding subversive activities in the Valley. "All law enforcement agencies were in unison. We have no differences. We did support them. When the raids were conducted, the Jammu and Kashmir Police was with them," he said.

The state police chief said only time will tell whether the top three separatist leaders — chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik — would be questioned by the NIA.

 

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