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Fake News: Photoshopped image on DFP letterhead threatens ‘Infidels’ in Kashmir

Srinagar: An image doing rounds on Whatsapp, written on the letterhead of the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), appeals to the Muslims of Kashmir to ‘drive out infidels’.

In badly written english, with incorrect grammar, the letter reads, “As we all know that we are struggling for our freedom in Kashmir and for the same the main hurdle in our way are minority living here. I urge you all Umma to be as harsh as possible to them so that they themselves flee from here.”

DPF is an organisation led by hurriyat leader Shabir Shah. Shah is currently in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail, and has completed 31 years in prison.

The letter however is fake, and is photoshopped.

The logo has been amateurly placed, and the text is written on top. The letters even cross the boundary of the page.

The letter is dated 25 Jan, 2015, and is being reshared, days before the start of the Amarnath Yatra.

“These infidels have no right to live here and their all belongings should be taken away,” it further reads.

“I am happy that many Muslims are now getting back to track, by making them to suffer. We must not accept them as our friends and no brotherhood, as there is Muslim brotherhood.”

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The letter has resurfaced on social media, days before the Amarnath Yatra is to begin.

The first batch of yatris for the two month long Amarnath Yatra will leave from Jammu tomorrow for their onward journey to the shrine located in Himalayas at a height of 13,500 feet.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided to directly monitor the security arrangements along the route.

Sources in the MHA said, that while the government in the state has chalked out a foolproof strategy to ensure incident free and peaceful pilgrimage, the MHA has decided not to leave the entire responsibility of security on the Jammu and Kashmir Government.

Governor N.N. Vohra, Chairman of Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board, while reviewing the ongoing Advance Registration of Yatris was informed that, 2,11,994 pilgrims had secured Advance Registration through the designated Bank branches, Group Registration Facility and through booking of helicopter tickets for the Yatra.

Top Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander, Riyaz Naikoo on has said that Amarnath Yatris were guests and that the reports suggesting that militants were planning to attack them ‘were baseless’.

“Amarnath Yatra is not our target. They come here to perform their religious rituals. They (yatris) are our guests,” said Riyaz Naikoo, Field Operational Commander, in an audio clip released on social media.

He termed as baseless the statement of DGP SP Vaid in which he had said that militants were planning to attack Amarnath Yatra, beginning tomorrow.

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