Then there are Arabic books donated by Hashim Salamat
, late founder of the MILF, and English books authored by Mohager Iqbal, former chief MILF negotiator.
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, who studied Islamic theology at the Al-Azhar University in Egypt, to recruit for the MNLF and to fight for self-rule.
"Hassan used to be part the MILF's elite force and among the close-in guards of the late MILF chair Hashim Salamat
. But when Salamat died, Hassan and some of his colleagues left the MILF and formed the Al-Khobar Group," the officer claimed.
The parent movement is, itself, a breakaway group from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), originally established in 1984 under the hardline leadership of Hashim Salamat
with the aim of creating an independent Islamic state in all areas of the southern Philippines where M uslims have traditionally been a majority.
When Marcos issued another presidential proclamation on July 25 in the same year that entailed the creation of the Regional Autonomous Government for western and central Mindanao, the MNLF was split into three with the emergence of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front under Hashim Salamat
and MNLF-Reformist under Dimas Pundatu.
, 61, was chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which has been waging a decades-long war for an independent Muslim territory in the southern Philippines.
The Moro Islamic Liberation Front, established by Muslim leader Hashim Salamat
in 1978, has been fighting for an Islamic state in the southern Philippines.
They bolted the MNLF along with senior rebel leader Ustadz Hashim Salamat
in the early 1980s and founded the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which is more religious in character.
Murad joined the MILF in 1981, following the leadership struggle between the late Hashim Salamat
and Nur Misuari, chair of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
According to LtGen (ret) Orlando Soriano, then GRP chief negotiator with MILF Chairman Hashim Salamat
, these were key indicators that the MILF leadership wanted real peace in Mindanao - because they were already so weary from continuous fighting.
Murad had assumed leadership of the MILF with the death of founding chairman Hashim Salamat
Those given safe conduct passes were MILF chairman Hashim Salamat
and his comrades Al Hadz Ibrahim Murad, Aleem Aziz Mimbantas, Ghadzali Jaafar, Eid Kabalu Nortel, Datucan Abas Mogagher Iqbal, Lanag Li, Omas Pasigan, Nurudin Ibrahim and Toks Ibrahim.