Jammu: As Kashmir continues to remain tense over the killing of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani, Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen founder Sayeed Salahuddin have vowed to avenge his killing.
Reports on Monday said that a small prayer meeting was held in the memory of Burhan Wani at Hizbul's Muzaffarabad base on Saturday. The gathering was addressed by both Saeed and Salahuddin during which they vowed to take revenge of Wani's killing and hailed his 'martyrdom'.
The duo addressed the gathering of Hizbul militants from a makeshift stage which also had posters of slain terrorist Burhan Wani.
Hafiz Saeed, who was accompanied by some of the key members of JuD's cyber cell, also held extensive meetings with Hizb-ul chief Sayeed Salahuddin and his close associates in Muzaffarabad.
If sources are to be believed, it was Hafiz Saeed's idea to use social media extensively in order to fuel the anti-media sentiments in the Kashmir Valley. Saeed's JuD is very active on social media and its cyber cell continues to posts provocative messages and videos related to jihad in Jammu and Kashmir.
Hafiz has been working extensively on these cells over last few years in order to defy a ban imposed on JuD's media coverage in Pakistan. This media gag was imposed sometime back by Pakistani authorities but Saeed managed to escape it through events organised under the banner of several parallel platforms such as Difa-e-Pakistan Council and Falah-E-Insaniat foundation Pakistan, claimed a report in India Today.
The unholy alliance of JuD-Hizbul in Kashmir Valley
It has now come to light that both JuD and Hizbul has been working together to aid the separatist groups active in the Kashmir Valley with the support from Pakistan.
Compared to Hizbul, JuD has a weaker presence in the Valley and hence it was virtually impossible for Hafiz to control and coordinate the series of protests in the area.
However, soon after the news of Burhan's encounter spread, Saeed travelled to Muzaffarabad along with his team to fan anti-India sentiments among Kashmiri youths.
This recent unrest in Kashmir has seen a unique social media strategy where provocative anti-India contents kept flooding the social media at a regular interval.
Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs was also quick to take advantage of the situation in Kashmir and called the encounter of wanted Hizbul militant Burhan Wani an "extrajudicial killing of a Kashmiri leader".