10 thousand Muslims ready for Jehad, says Masood Azhar
21 July 2000
The Daily Excelsior
Karachi: Thousands of Pakistanis called for holy war against India here today as extremist leader Maulana Masood Azhar dramatically ended months of silence after his release from an Indian jail. ''Ten thousand have joined us and are ready to give their lives in the name of Islam,'' said Azhar in a speech at a mosque in this southern port city. Police were deployed around the mosque as Azhar whipped thousands of people attending today''s prayers into a fury against India. They (India) cannot stop the Jihad (holy war). Tomorrow I may be killed but the struggle will continue,'' said Azhar, who was released from by India late last year as part of a deal with hijackers of an Indian Airlines plane.