Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi denies ISIS links

Hardliner separatist leader and Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi has denied having any links with the terrorist organisation ISIS on Wednesday.
Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi.
Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi.
Updated on Dec 31, 2015 09:57 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By, Srinagar

Hardliner separatist leader and Dukhtaran-e-Millat chief Asiya Andrabi has denied having any links with the terrorist organisation ISIS on Wednesday.

Andrabi is follower of Syed Ali Shah Geelani led Hurriyat Conference who denounced ISIS as `anti-Muslim’’.

Speaking to HT, Andrabi who is in mourning following her mothers death on Sunday, said she was being targeted for her separatist ideology vis-a-vis Kashmir.

“I am fighting for the freedom of Kashmir from India. In Kashmir, 10 lakh security personnel have occupied the state. My cause the liberation of Kashmir and I don’t know or care about who the ISIS is,’’ she said.

“They (media) have created a fairy tale...its a concocted story with no iota of truth in it,’’ Andrabi added.

“Everybody knows Kashmiri separatist movement is a mature movement and mine is a very strong voice from Kashmir . They (government agencies) want to discredit me by giving the entire issue a different colour,’’ she said.

“Whatever we have know through the media of ISIS, it seems that the group is far from Islamic teaching. How far that is true I don’t know and have no intention to find out right now as my focus is Kashmir,’’ Andrabi said.

The central government has ordered an investigation by a high-level body after three boys, Mohd Abdulla Basith, Syed Omer Farooq Hussaini and Maaz Hasan Farooq (all aged around 20-22) from Hyderabad claimed they were on their way to Srinagar to meet Andrabi.

According to their interrogators they wanted to get in touch with Andrabi and ask her to facilitate their cross over to Pakistan and subsquently join the dreaded terror group.

Andrabi however claimed she has never met the boys and nor have they tried to contact her in the past.

While reports in a section of media have branded Andrabi “as an ISIS recruiter’’, Hyderabad police has on Tuesday said the boys have not met “Andrabi’’.

Even the police in Kashmir denied any knowledge about the case.

“The hyderabad police has not gotten in touch with us so far on the Asiya Andrabi case,’’ Kashmir inspector general of police SM Gillani said.

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