30 July, 2021

ISI To ISIS: The New Code

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

Supporters shout freedom slogans at the funeral of Sajad Gilkar
Photograph by AP
ISI To ISIS: The New Code

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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