Riyaz Naikoo asks Pakistan, UJC and his base camp colleagues to do more

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By: Mudasir Ahmad

Srinagar: Hizb-ul-Mujahideen Commander in South Kashmir Riyaz Naikoo alias Muhammad Bin Qasim has through a 15 minute audio clip questioned the Pakistan policy on Kashmir and has asked his chairman Syed Salah-ud-Din to do more on diplomatic, social media and on the arms front for the present struggle in Kashmir. Naikoo has said that there have been lot of killings of his colleagues while fighting with security forces and they were not having enough ammunition and arms to carry on the gunfight.

Naikoo in the audio clip has said that even the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen at the base camp across the border do not have even their social media page to counter what he described as Indian propaganda against the ongoing struggle in Kashmir. He criticized Pakistan politicians and establishment for reducing the importance of Kashmir issue to their elections. He said that Government of Pakistan has failed to advocate Kashmir issue on the international level. Naikoo in the audio clip has also criticized the Pakistani media for providing no space to the Kashmir cause and to the sacrifices of people of Jammu and Kashmir.

While cautioning Syed Salah-ud-Din about the short comings from the base camp, Naikoo while addressing him said that he will have to do more to provide latest arms and ammunition to the youth of Kashmir as they are joining the militancy without any arms. Naikoo said that the biggest challenges to the success of armed struggle in Kashmir were lack of arms and ammunition. He lauded the sacrifices of common people especially of those youth who come to the encounter sites to save the militants from the security forces.

Naikoo also in a way in the audio clip has accused some base camp colleagues of leaking the information about the militants operating in ground. He said that many of his colleagues were killed as they were having a contact with the base camp colleagues who leaked their whereabouts to the security agencies. Naikoo said that Syed Salah-ud-Din and Government of Pakistan will have to come out of present policy of wait and watch and plunge fully into the struggle of people of Kashmir at the crucial juncture.

This is for the first time that Riyaz Naikoo has addressed Syed Salah-ud-Din and Government of Pakistan through the audio clip and has criticized both for doing virtually nothing to keep the armed struggle intact on ground.

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