New Delhi: The deep-rooted Islamic radicalisation in Kashmir can be judged by the appeal made by the father of slain terrorist commander Zakir Musa who has been asking people not to be divided. A video that has surfaced on social media shows Musa's father defending his son and his Islamic fundamental ideology.

“Please be united, don’t be divided,” Musa’s father Abdul Rashid Bhat can be heard in a video, addressing a gathering at his home during congregational prayers held for his son. Bhat said that every militant is a beloved and it does not matter to which organisation he belongs, “We play politics on even on the organisations of militants. Please don’t be divided,” he further requested the gathering.

He said that he always wanted his son to be non-controversial, even if one accepted his calling or rejected it. "Whichever place a Mujahid is from, whichever faction he belongs to, whatever his skin colour may be, whether he is educated or uneducated, in our hearts they are all the same,” Musa’s father can be heard saying in the video.

Former DGP of Jammu and Kashmir Police, SP Vaid also reacted to the video, saying "If this is what parents of killed terrorists think, you can imagine the malaise in Kashmir society. Something is seriously wrong."

Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Zakir Musa, the founder, and commander of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH) was killed in Dadsara village of Tral, Pulwama in south Kashmir in the morning of May 24, 2019. Thousands of people gathered at Musa’s funeral on Saturday and hailed him as a ‘freedom fighter’, ‘martyr’ and ‘hero’. Forces in the valley are keeping a close watch on youngsters who are prone to be targeted and radicalized to pick up guns.

The impact of Musa's killing is such that mourning was observed in most of the south Kashmir districts for the fourth consecutive day. Activities remained paralyzed as people observed a complete shutdown to mourn the death of militant commander Zakir Musa.

According to senior officials, Musa's messages and videos are being circulated widely. Terrorists are using this as a trigger for a fresh recruit. Funeral pictures of Musa which saw participation by thousands of people have gone viral. In the post, where was tagged as a 'martyr', crowds are seen criticising security forces. In fact, few pictures in circulation shows a teenager with his face covered, wearing a T-shirt of Zakir Musa.