‘Militants not involved in army officer’s killing’ Syed Salahuddin UJC Chief.

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There is no place or role for Al-Qaida, Taliban or ISIS in the Kashmir armed struggle, the United Jehad Council chairman Syed Salah-ud-Din said on Friday and blamed the “Indian agencies” for the killing of young Kashmiri army officer Lieutenant Umar Fayaz in Shopian two days back. The UJC is a conglomerate of various militant outfits.

Local news-gathering agency CNS quoted Salah-ud-Din, also the chief of Hizbul Mujahideen, saying at a “special meeting” that “India has planned to launch terrorist organization ISIS to sabotage the ongoing Kashmir freedom struggle.”

“It has been proven now that ISIS is the brainchild of western powers to crush Islam and those outfits that stand for the Islamic principles. This organization has butchered Muslims in Syria, Iraq, Yeman, Turkey and Afghanistan, so our people in the name of Islam should not get coaxed by this terrorist organization,” Salahuddin told the meeting, according to the statement, and made it clear that the ongoing freedom struggle in Kashmir is indigenous and has “no backing of international forces.”

Blaming “Indian agencies” for what he called murder of Lieutenant Umar Fayaz, who was abducted from a family wedding and later killed, the UJC Chief said India “tried to kill two birds with one stone.”

“The officer from a freedom-loving family was murdered and at the same time militants were blamed for the killing. World knows that India doubts the rectitude and conviction of Muslim Army officers particularly those who hail from Kashmir. The elevation of Modi strengthened this thought,” he alleged.

“We convincingly want to clear it that there is no hand of militants in the killing of Umar Fayaz. He was murdered at the behest of Indian agencies which is condemnable,” Salah-ud-Din said.

Asking the militants active in the field to desist from making any policy statements, Salahuddin directed them to approach the top militant leadership while doing so. He also appealed to media fraternity to identify “those insignificant writers who according to him are maligning the freedom struggle for material benefits.”

“During the meeting tributes were paid to martyrs and it was reiterated that ongoing freedom struggle will continue till it is taken to its logical conclusion,” the statement reads.

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