Lashkar threatens more Red Fort-type incidents
21 November 2001
B. Muralidhar Reddy
ISLAMABAD: The Lashkar-e-Taiba chief, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, has threatened six of seven ''Lal Quila-type'' missions in India The fidayeen (suicide) attack by activists of Lashkar on the Red Fort had not only created a sensation but also caused embarrassment to the Musharraf regime in Pakistan . In an interview to the Pakistan Urdu daily, Ausaf, the Pakistan- based militant outfit chief asserted that India could not eliminate jehad (holy war) in Kashmir and the Lashkar would keep the Kashmir jehad alive by launching six or seven Red Fort-type strikes. The Taliban had not conceded defeat in Afghanistan and had vacated areas under a strategy to fight the guerilla war. In the next few weeks, the Taliban would give a major surprise to the world. To a question, he said Pakistan had failed to make political or monetary gains from its unconditional cooperation to the U.S. and its Western and northern borders had become insecure. Now it would have to spend billions of dollars on army deployment on these borders. The policies of the Pakistan Government had also discredited the country in the eyes of the Islamic world. Responding to a question, the Lashkar chief said the military regime in Pakistan had failed to safeguard Kashmir, the country''s nuclear capability, security and economy. Saeed said now the U.S. wanted to eliminate the Kashmir jehad with the help of the Indian Government.