Shutdowns no solution to Kashmir, remember in prayers: Zakir Musa’s last video

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A screengrab from last video of Zakir Musa, commander of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind militant outfit.
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Srinagar: A video of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind commander Zakir Musa has appeared on social media, in which he confirms the day being Battle of Badar (Youmi Badar which is on 17th Ramzan) or this year on 23 May 2019, the day when Musa was trapped in a gunfight.

In the two-part video, Musa is seen addressing someone and telling to take his message to everyone, “especially to the nation, Kashmir’s solution is only Jihad and shutdown or anything else is all a lie.” He further adds to “remember me in your special prayers, today was youmi badar, Allah should accept my martyrdom and nothing else is needed.

Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Zakir Musa, the founder, and commander of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH) was killed in Dadsara village of Tral, Pulwama of south Kashmir on 24 May 2019 morning.

Before finishing the call, he says, “I am a sinner and pray for my forgiveness and help every other associate and support them.”

After Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed on 8 July 2016, Musa gained popularity among youth in Kashmir, becoming an icon.

Zakir Musa: Left as a boy, returned as an archetypal leader

Zakir Rashid Bhat did his schooling from Noor Public School up to 10th grade and completed his high school in 2008 from Government School Noorbagh. After high school, Musa went to Chandigarh, Punjab, to pursue B. Tech.

He left his studies, and home on 17 July 2013, alongside two other friends, to join militancy and become Zakir Musa. Merely eight days before his joining, he had turned 19.

Musa shot to prominence in May 2017 after he termed the Kashmir movement as a struggle for the establishment of Islam and not for nationalism or secularism. He threatened to behead Hurriyat leaders and hang their heads in Lal Chowk “if they come out in his way of establishing Shariah”.

Why Zakir Musa’s ideology in Kashmir may not end with his killing?

As per reports, it did not go well with HM leadership based in Pakistan, who said Musa’s call for Islamic struggle is his personal views. Though, Musa reacted swiftly and announced his exit from the HM.

Later on 27 July 2017, he founded his own militant outfit, AGH, claimed to be an affiliate of Al-Qaida. Abu Dujana, a prominent Lashkar-e-Taiba commander, and Arif Lelhari, also from LeT, joined Musa’s group.

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