IS, al-Qaeda have no role in Kashmir: separatists

‘Policymakers in Delhi trying to create chaos in J&K’

Published - May 08, 2017 11:22 pm IST - Srinagar

Separatists in the Kashmir Valley on Monday said groups like the Islamic State (IS) or al-Qaeda had “no role in Kashmir.”

“Policymakers in Delhi are trying their hard to create chaos and confusion in J&K. Groups like the IS and the al-Qaeda have nothing to do with our struggle and are non-existent in J&K,” said Hurriyat leaders, including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, in a joint statement.

They said there “was no role for these groups in our movement.” “Delhi has started to play a vicious game under the garb and label of ‘holy war’. It is a ploy to create a wedge between people. Agencies are hiring some sick minded and Ikhwan-type goons and they have been assigned the task of creating chaos in State,” they alleged.

Condemns ban

The Mirwaiz termed the ban on TV channels in Kashmir “a fascist approach of the government.”

“The real purpose behind all these actions is to isolate the Kashmiri population. It’s beyond comprehension how channels preaching Islamic teachings and values are responsible for spreading unrest in Kashmir. The current unrest in Kashmir is because of the political instability and anti-people policies and dictatorial approach of the rulers of Delhi and their local collaborators towards the people of Kashmir,” said the Mirwaiz.

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