After being incarcerated for more than four years, Master Muhammad Ahsan Dar, the founder of militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, was released on Tuesday by a city court.
Dar, 50, who hails from Pattan area of Baramulla district is the oldest living militant commanders of Kashmir valley and he is likely to join pro-freedom politics. “Yes, I will join politics but still I am suffering from many ailments. So as and when my health improves, I will definitely join pro-freedom politics,” Dar told Kashmir Life.
Dar has spent more than 11 years in different jails of the state and outside. He was last arrested on January 4, 2009 at Sumbal in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district after police claimed he had returned from Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) and was coordinating the activities of different militant outfits in north Kashmir.
Dar was accused of sneaking into Sumbal area from his home town Pattan allegedly as the the chief commander of Muslim Mujahideen, police sources said. Police records maintain Dar had parted ways with Hizbul Mujahideen following differences with the top brass of the outfit and founded Muslim Mujahideen in 1992. He, however, remained close to Hizb Supremo Syed Salahuddin, who also heads the United Jihad Council – an amalgam of militant outfits active in the state.
Talking about the formation of militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen, Dar said, “I formed Hizb on September 15, 1989, at Hajibugh Beerwa, in district Budgam”. He added that one Abdul Wahid Sheikh of Beerwah was with him who is presently residing in Pakistan administered Kashmir.