Face Of Radicalism
Outlook|June 10, 2019
Face Of Radicalism

Musa was the ‘last’ of ISIS­inspired militants in Kashmir.

Naseer Ganai in Srinagar

ZAKIR Musa was unlike any other militant to have emerged from the bloodied battlefield of Kash­ mir. Musa, 25—who left his engi­ neering studies halfway to pick up the gun—was a radical Islamist who wanted to establish the “rule of Allah” and had once threatened to publicly hang separatist leaders for refusing to acknowledge Kashmir’s battle as a “religious war”. And Zakir Musa’s killing by security forces last week could potentially mark the end of a phase in Kashmir’s militancy that is seen by police and secu­rity experts as an abe r­ ration. Jammu and Kash­ mir police chief Dilbagh Singh said as much, “Zak­ ir’s killing” has ended the “cult and concept of radi­ cal jihad as he was the last militant of ISIS­ influenced ideology”.

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June 10, 2019