'Rebel group' in Indian-occupied Kashmir pledges allegiance to IS

Published: December 26, 2017
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PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

A faction of Kashmiri separatists in the Indian-occupied valley has pledged its allegiance to Islamic State (IS) group in a video shared by a pro-IS, Kashmir-centric media unit Al-Qaraar.

The 14-minute video, shared with ‘Wilayat-e-Kashmir’ hashtag on Monday, is being considered by analysts as an initiative that could pave way for the formation of extremist group’s branch in the occupied valley, BBC reported.

A masked man, identified as Abu al-Bara al-Kashmiri, can be seen delivering a speech in Urdu with English sub-titles in the video, inviting fellow fighters in the valley to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State and join its ‘caliphate’.

Zakir Musa-led Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, a recently formed al-Qaeda linked militant group was specifically invited to swear allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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While condemning India’s unlawful rule in Kashmir, Abu al-Bara termed another separatist group, Hizb Lashkar Jaish Tehreek as ‘fake group’.

The video was concluded with images of men marching through the street carrying the IS banner.

IS flags were seen waving in few anti-India protests in the valley earlier this year. Later the group, fighting in Iraq and Syria, expressed its interest in launching its chapter in Kashmir.

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  • rama
    Dec 26, 2017 - 2:03PM

    It is not going to change status quo, Only Pakistan military should be worried about it, as IS will hijack Pakistan agenda – “The Kashmir blood ” in the name of unfinished agenda Recommend

  • Sajid
    Dec 26, 2017 - 2:39PM

    Hahahaha! American and RAW new addition to Kashmir terrorism and defame the real freedom fighters! Roo India Roo teri kismant main Ronna likh dya hai aur ab tera todna baki ha – The Artificial Union Of India! Recommend

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