Intelligence sources revealed that ousted Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Musa's call for establishing an Islamic caliphate in Kashmir and to kill Kashmiri separatist leaders has created fractures within the organization's ranks.
Sources said Musa and a group of Hizbul defectors are now promoting ISIS ideology and gaining support.
However, agencies maintained that ISIS is not present in Kashmir.
Zakir Musa is the successor of former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, who was killed by Indian forces in 2016.
Musa called for establishing a caliphate in Kashmir and abandoning the cause of Kashmiri nationalism as "nationalism and democracy were forbidden in Islam."
He also threatened to kill members of the Hurriyat for making Kashmir a political cause and not a religious one.
Pak, Hizbul distance themselves from Musa
Sources stated that the Hizbul leadership in Pakistan as well as their sponsors, Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI, were furious at Musa's statement that Kashmir was not a political issue. His threats to the Hurriyat leadership also did not go down well. He quit the organization.