Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Zakir Musa, the top of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind outfit who was killed in an encounter in South Kashmir Pulwama’s district on Friday, stop the Hizbul Mujahedeen (HM) in May 2017. He then took over as chief of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, which he claimed is an area affiliate of al-Qaeda.
Zakir, who was a civil engineering pupil at a Chandigarh school earlier than becoming a member of militancy, went lacking from residence in July 2013. Zakir initially joined Hizbul Mujahedeen and was thought of near Burhan Wani, the Hizb commander who was killed by the safety forces in 2016 resulting in an rebellion in valley.
After Wani’s killing in 2016, Zakir launched an audio message in May 2017 and created a storm by threatening separatist political leaders in Valley. Zakir broke method with HM and shortly got here the information in regards to the formation of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind.
International Islamic Media Entrance, the web propaganda distribution arm of Al-Qaeda, launched an announcement on establishing the Ansar in Kashmir.
“After the martyrdom of heroic Mujahid Burhan Wani, the jihad in Kashmir has entered a stage of awakening, as the Muslim Nation of Kashmir has committed to carry the flag of jihad to repel the aggression of tyrant Indian invaders, and through jihad, and with the aid of Allah only, we will liberate our homeland Kashmir,” the assertion had stated.
By forming the Ansar, Zakir truly tried to internationalize the militancy within the Valley. Nonetheless, on the bottom, he didn’t propound his ideology or appeal to youth to his outfit.
Initially, 10-12 youth have been related to the outfit, however then the outfit suffered an enormous blow in December 2018, when six of its group members have been killed in an operation in Pulwama district. Most of Ansar’s cadre has come from Tral space due to Zakir’s hometown, the place he managed to carry some locals in his outfit. The group has been nearly worn out by the safety forces. Zakir, police sources say, was certainly one of previous couple of members of outfit now.
Whereas J&K police has claimed Zakir had an extended historical past of crime information since 2013, his identify, nonetheless, by no means cropped in any massive militant assault within the Valley after he headed Ansar. His outfit’s identify got here in a grenade assault that came about in Punjab’s Jalandhar.
Off late, Zakir had additionally stopped issuing audio messages and was off the radar of safety forces for a while now. Zakir’s killing is taken into account an enormous success for safety forces as he was one of many longest surviving militants in valley and a part of erstwhile Burhan Wani group.
“Musa’s name was often chanted at militant funerals and had become a kind of an icon among the youth…he had potential to recruit more people(into the militancy). His killing is a big success for us,” stated a safety official, including that Zakir was additionally in probably the most needed militant listing.
On Friday, after killing of Zakir the authorities additionally managed to manage the legislation and order state of affairs within the Valley, not like in 2016 when the killing of Burhan Wani led to an rebellion in valley. Whereas clashes have been reported in varied components of the Valley on Friday, there was no report of any critical legislation and order drawback up to now.