02 March, 2021

Peacemeal Voices

Shock and incredulity greet the Hizbul's call in Pakistan, but not everyone grudges the peace move

Peacemeal Voices

Sixteen-year-old Sher Afghan, who lives in an apartment in south Karachi, was ready to join a group of 200 mujahideen preparing for "jehad in Indian-occupied Kashmir" when the news of the Hizbul's ceasefire came in. Now, he and his fellow jehadis are looking to alter their plans. Many others like Afghan, people who have been working for the 'liberation' of Kashmir, are also still reeling under the shock of the Hizbul Mujahideen's surprise offer.

"Traitors" was the first reaction that emanated from the camp of the Lashkar-e-Toiba, one of the most hardline groups fighting in Kashmir. Some activists even broke down when the news came in, while their leaders began contacting their superiors in Muzaffarabad. "We have been working with the Hizbul Mujahideen, but now we have to change our entire strategy as we can't trust them anymore," says Lashkar leader Umer Farooq. Just a week earlier Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of the newly-formed hardline militant group

Jaish-e-Mohammad, had made some fiery speeches in Karachi. "You'll be glad to hear...

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