Jaish warns of smashing blow in J&K
14 October 2001
The Daily Excelsior
Islamabad: Pakistan-based militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad has alleged that the US has frozen its assets at the instance of India and threatened to deliver a “smashing blow” to assert its authority in Kashmir. “We warn them (Indians) to beware of the mujahideen. We would soon cause them a smashing blow to assert our authority. We would continue the struggle. We have not launched jihad at the dictation of anybody, and so we would not stop jihad at anybody’s dictation,” Jaish-e-Mohammad leader Maulana Masood Azhar said. He said the United States has caused “big harm” to the outfit’s activities by adopting such steps “at the behest of the Indian leaders.” “We think that America is out to wipe out the freedom struggle of Kashmiris and we thus reject its ban on our organisation,” Azhar was quoted as saying by Pakistan’s NNI news agency. “We do not care whether the world considers us terrorist or freedom fighters,” said Azhar, who founded Jaish after he and two others militants were released from an Indian prison, in exchange for the passengers of the hijacked Indian Airlines plane in December 1999. An official spokesman on Saturday said that the Pakistan government may freeze the accounts of Jaish-e- Mohammad in view of the decision by the US.