HM Commander appears at slain militant’s funeral, says ‘Al-Qaida link with Kashmir...

HM Commander appears at slain militant’s funeral, says ‘Al-Qaida link with Kashmir is to defame freedom struggle’

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SRINAGAR: Urging people not to fall in “trap”, Hizb commander Riyaz Naikoo Sunday said linking of al-Qaeda with Kashmir is to defame freedom struggle.

Naikoo who appeared in the funeral of slain militant Shariq Ahmad at Takuna addressed huge gathering of people who had come for funeral.

He in his address asked people not to support those “who oppose Pakistani flag and our freedom struggle from India”. “Efforts are being made to defame the Kashmir freedom struggle,” he added.

Without naming Zakir Musa who was recently named head of Al-Qaeda wing in Kashmir, Naikoo said that all the people holding the flag of Islam “are not necessarily our own”.

“Pakistan flag is our flag. Linking our struggle with Al Qaeda and ISIS is a ploy to defame it,” he said.

Naikoo asked people not to support those “who oppose Pakistani flag and our freedom struggle from India”.

Before leaving the venue, Naikoo raised pro-Pakistan slogans like ‘teri jaan meri jaan Pakistan, Pakistan’ and ‘Pakistan se rishta kya la ilaha illallah”.