New Delhi: Kashmir’s largest militant group Hizbul Mujahideen has warned that it will kill “non-local labourers” if any Kashmiri is harmed. The threat comes in wake of incidents of violence against Kashmiris in some parts of the country in the aftermath of the recent attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama.
In a 17-minute audio clip, purportedly of Hizbul Mujahideen operational commander Riyaz Naikoo, he is heard saying: “If something happens to any Kashmiri, remember, those people who come here to work as laborers won’t be let go alive.”
“Till the Kashmir issue is not settled as per the aspirations of its people, every mother from Kashmir to Kanyakumari will have to bear the pain of losing their sons,” he added.
Naikoo also warned of similar ‘fidayeen’ attack in the future because the condition in the Valley was a “do-or-die situation” for Kashmiris. He said that the Pulwama terror attack was a result of the “atrocities committed on the people of Kashmir.”
“We will keep on sacrificing our lives. We prefer to die than surrender. The day is not far when our 15-year-old children will strap explosives on their bodies and barge into your army vehicles. We prefer death over slavery,” Naikoo is heard saying in the audio clip, which is yet to be verified.
Following the terror attack in Pulwama, claimed by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, which left forty CRPF jawans dead, there have been reports about alleged harassment of Kashmiri students across the country.
A number of Kashmiri people have been allegedly thrashed, students have been thrown out from their rented accommodations and hostels in several cities.