26 September, 2020

ISI To ISIS: The New Code

Now, funerals of militants see black Islamic State flags being waved in place of green Pakistani ones

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Supporters shout freedom slogans at the funeral of Sajad Gilkar
Photograph by AP
ISI To ISIS: The New Code
outlookindia.com
2017-07-22T10:27:25+05:30

Soon after Sajad Ahmed Gil­kar’s body was brought to his home in downtown Srinagar on July 12, youths who led the fun­eral procession of the young militant did something unprecedented in the history of Kashmir’s insurge­ncy: they waved black flags. The colour, representative of the Isl­amic State terror group, has brought to the fore new ideological faultlines in the restive Valley, where Pakistan’s national flag is a usual sight on such occasions of loud protest.

At Nowhatta, men demonstrating support to 26-year-old Sajad and his separatist ideology also shouted slogans hailing Hizbul Mujahideen militant Zakir Musa. Exactly a month before it, 23-year-old Musa had proclaimed that Kashmir struggle was all about Shariat and shahadat (martyrdom). What’s more, the Pakistani flag, he proclaimed, doesn’t fall within the “pure realm” of the Quran-prescribed Islamic guidelines “because there is no Kalimah (declaration) insc­ribed on it”. The militant conglomerate of United Jihad Council distanced...

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