SRINAGAR: Pakistan-based Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin escaped a rumoured assassination attempt in Islamabad last Monday with injuries and has been holed up in a safe house since, fuelling speculation in J&K that all's not well between the terror outfit and ISI.
According to unconfirmed reports, the attack on Salahuddin's convoy took place around 12:30pm on May 25 near Street No. 8 of Pakistan's capital city. Intelligence agencies here have yet to confirm the veracity of reports about the attack on Hizbul's supreme commander by "unidentified elements" and whether it had anything to do with the outfit's lately strained relationship with ISI.
Sources said Salahuddin, who lost his most trusted commander in J&K – Riyaz Naikoo – in an encounter with security forces early this month, was cross with ISI over several issues, including the creation of an outfit called The Resistance Front (TRF) to give terrorism in the Valley an "indigenous" face.
J&K-born Salahuddin's primary grouse is the fledgling TRF getting preference over Hizbul Mujahideen in terror funding from Pakistan, the sources said.
In a video purportedly recorded on May 7 in Pakistan, the Hizbul chief is heard telling cadres at a condolence meet for Naikoo that Indian security forces had killed about 80 of the outfRead More – Source