Bengaluru, June 10: A few weeks back militants had targeted mobile towers in Sopore a town in North Kashmir. There were posters put up across the town explaining why these towers were targeted. While the security forces were dealing with this crisis a new problem has emerged and that is an ISIS like propaganda being carried out in this town.
Tailors have been warned not to take measurements of ladies, house owners have been told not rent their properties to outsiders while shop keepers have been warned against the sale of cigarettes. While there is no doubt that these are acts of the Hizbul Mujahideen, they continue to spread terror in the name of groups such as the Tehrik-e-Taliban and the Lashkar-e-Islam which have never been interested in Kashmir.
These acts that have been reported in the recent days are a clear indication that the Hizbul Mujahideen is attempting to set up an ISIS styled governance in the area. They have been issuing threats and mindless fatwas which aims are pushing the town of Sopore back into the 18th century.
An Intelligence Bureau official in Sopore informed Oneindia that the Hizbul is trying to create a reign of terror and rule by instilling fear. They have realized that the ISIS has been successful in capturing the imagination of several radical youth and would try and replicate the same in Kashmir as well.
The mindless directives:
The Hizbul has issued a set of rules for the people of Sopore town. The tailors have been told not to take measurements of ladies. Shop keepers have been warned against the sale of cigarettes. Further these terrorists have gone a step ahead and told house owners not to rent their homes to outsiders. Even workers from outside Kashmir especially at the apple orchards have been told to leave immediately failing which they would be killed.
These militants have put up posters across the town of Sopore with these directives and warned of dire consequences if the same are not followed.
A battle for survival:
In the past few days we have seen a sense of desperation creeping in where the terrorists are concerned. The separatists are on over drive mode and they have spared not a single attempt to show their hearts of loyalty towards Pakistan. They are clearly under pressure and have found the need to up the ante against the Indian government.
Such mindless acts that one gets to witness in Sopore are just the beginning of what is about to come. The ISIS has clearly shown no interest in Kashmir till now. There have been instances of ISIS flags being waived every now and then, but there is no dedicated module as of now in Kashmir. However militant groups are attempting to take a note out of the ISIS's book in order to issue directive and rule by instilling fear.
These are nothing attempts at survival the Intelligence Bureau official says. There is no way that they will be able to overpower the Indian army and have felt that a propaganda war is a better way of staying in contention. In the days to come the IB expects that more such directives would be issued.