The commander of extremist organization Hizbul Mujahideen in India-administered Kashmir has claimed that Amarnath journey is not on his target.
In the alleged audio clip released on social media on Tuesday, Hizb commander Riyaz Nayaku alias Mohammed bin Qasim has said that he has never targeted Amarnath Yatra nor has any such intention ahead.
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In the released audio clip Riyaaz Nayaku says “Our war is not with Amarnath pilgrims, we have nothing to do with them, they come here to fulfill the religious rituals.”
Along with India, the US has also kept Hizbul Mujahideen as a terrorist organization.
Hizbul Mujahideen took responsibility for several attacks in India-administered Kashmir, which included the blasts in April 2014, in which 17 people were injured.
Every year millions of pilgrims from all states of India come to visit the Amarnath cave in south Kashmir. Amarnath Yatra runs for approximately 45 days.
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The government makes strict security arrangements for Amarnath Yatra every year.
During the Amarnath Yatra in 2017, a bus was attacked in Anantnag in southern Kashmir, in which seven passengers were killed.
The police had blamed the Lashkar-e-Taiba for this attack. The police had also claimed that three extremists of Kashmir who were involved in the assassination were killed in an encounter with the security forces.
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It is believed that Hizbul Mujahideen was the first extremist organization in which the Kashmiris were essentially made members and responsibilities were given.
This organization is considered to be pro-Pakistan and during the 1990’s, it was considered the largest extremist group of Kashmiri rebels.
Even today, this organization is one of the few groups which have maintained their presence in Kashmir.