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