Eisa Fazili: “The path he chose was incorrect”, says a friend of Fazili—an ISIS sympathizer killed in Kashmir

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Amir Ahmad Amin, a friend of the slain militant Eisa Fazili, made an appeal to parents in Kashmir: “for all the parents reading this—please keep a look out for who or what your child is influenced by on the internet, or for any markers which may indicate that he/she is going down a path where people like Anwar al Awlaki, Tauseef ur Rehman, Syed Salahuddin-among others-are waiting to sharpen their fangs over their young and impressionable minds…..I curse the Wahabi preachers who mislead him, the Tehreeki leaders who inspired and encouraged him, the careless relatives and friends who never stopped him from taking the leap into the dark abyss. They are all alive and well today – ranting and raving – but Eisa is not”.

Khushboo, WordForPeace.com

16 March, 2018

On the intervening night of 11 and 12 March, security forces killed 3 militants in Soura, (Awantipora) Jammu & Kashmir. Eisa Fazili was one of those slain militants. According to the available information, Eisa was an avid sympathizer of ISIS. Now, Telangana Police has identified 2nd militant and has issued​ a press release in which it said that, Md Tauqeef, aged 26, was the resident of Telangana. “He was radicalized in to Islamic State ideology through social media and went to Kashmir to participate in terrorist activities of ISIS”, the press note from Telangana Police said.

Eisa joined militancy last year and did not came back even after the social media campaign and the appeal of his parents and family members. He ignored every appeal by his beloved ones and didn’t shun the path of terror. Today Eisa’s friend and classmate, Amir Ahmad Amin wrote a peace on Facebook. He says: “Eisa Fazili was my classmate and friend. I feel absolutely terrible he had to go this way, but I will not shy away from stating that he was deeply disturbed and that the path he chose was incorrect.”

Amir Ahmad Amin further writes: “Just because people are celebrating his “martyrdom” or hailing his actions, does not in the least bit validate them – or brush aside the fact that he left his mother, a grief stricken woman who had begged him to return on numerous occasions, for a meaningless and senseless politico-religious battle people wrongly term as “jihad”. His family may state otherwise now, in the wake of his death, but their impassioned cries for his safe return a year ago were strewn across all media channels that could possibly reach him – all of which he refused.”

He continues: “Eisa’s comments on my facebook posts over the years are still visible I think, and a keen observer will be able to gauge out a transition towards hard-core radicalism in his beliefs. Back in school, him and his like-minded friends would often have arguments with other classmates and teachers about religion, and I remember the fiery expression on Eisa’s face when someone criticized the then newly mushroomed cult we all know today as ISIS. During the same period, our Missionary school authorities had refused to leave a time gap or allow students to go for Zuhr prayers, which futher fueled their anger and protest until a stalemate was eventually reached. This should give everyone a faint idea of how Eisa percieved this “zulm” on Muslims, superimposed on the backdrop of HRVs in Kashmir and a belief strengthened by his interpretation of countless other events across the world.”

At the end of his Facebook post, Amir makes an appeal to parents in Kashmir, saying, “for all the parents reading this—please keep a look out for who or what your child is influenced by on the internet, or for any markers which may indicate that he/she is going down a path where people like Anwar al Awlaki, Tauseef ur Rehman, Syed Salahuddin-among others-are waiting to sharpen their fangs over their young and impressionable minds…..I curse the Wahabi preachers who mislead him, the Tehreeki leaders who inspired and encouraged him, the careless relatives and friends who never stopped him from taking the leap into the dark abyss. They are all alive and well today – ranting and raving – but Eisa is not.”  (Full post: https://www.facebook.com/AamirAmin01/posts/10216697680381499)

Time has come when the youth of Kashmir must follow Amir Ahmad Amin kind of youth, choose the path of truth and humanity. What else is there in the path of militancy except for bloodshed and the painful fate of the parents, which has no end?

Notably, Geelani in his recent statement after this encounter has claimed that Eisa was very close to him. It should be noticed that from last 2-3 years, ISIS sympathizers are increasing in the valley. Many times, it has been noticed that the ISIS supporters raised Islamic State flags outside the Masjids in Kashmir after the Jummah Namaz. Thousands of people attended the funeral of Eisa and ISIS flags also raised there.

Who doesn’t know that ISIS is a terrorist organization, which is behind the bloodshed in Iraq and Syria? It is no secret that they run the trade of girls for sex and behead the innocents. So, it may not be wrong to assume that those who attended the funeral of Eisa, were the supporters of the ISIS ideology. No wonder that the Hurriyat leader, Sayed Ali Shah Geelani gave fuel to this fire of terrorism in the Valley. However, it is not an isolate incident. This is how he always pays tribute to militants.

But how long Kashmir—the land of beauty and the Paradise of Earth—will remain a valley of bloodshed and terrorism? Every second day we get to know about many militants who are caught and killed by the security forces. Most of the terrorists who were killed belonged to the terror organizations sponsored by Pakistan. But this time, it was something new.

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