al-Qaida said Zakir Musa Ansar was the head of its Kashmir front called the Ghazwat-ul-Hind. Photograph: (DNA)
The Kashmir unit will be called Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind
An al-Qaeda-affiliated propaganda channel Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF) has announced 23-year-old Zakir Musa, a former Hizbul Mujahideen commander, as its head in Kashmir.
This is the first time al-Qaeda has openly admitted it operates in Kashmir which has been the centre of militant violence over several decades.
The Global Islamic Media Front (GIMF), a jihadist website released a statement of the establishment of a jihadi group in Kashmir calling itself “Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind”.
Zakir Musa was previously declared the commander of Hizbul Mujahideen after Burhan Wani's encounter on July 8, 2017. He, however, renounced his position from the terrorist group in May 2017.
Before joining Mujahideen Zakir was a civil engineering student in Chandigarh.
He is now made to head al-Qaeda's new cell named Ansar Ghawzat-ul-Hind.
Indian police and intelligence officials are sure that the decision will have little impact on ground.