Lashkar will intensify fidayeen attacks
27 November 2001
Jammu: The pan-Islamic terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiyaba today said it would step up its activities in Jammu and Kashmir “to show the Indian government that none of its cadres has withdrawn from Kashmir to fight in Afghanistan” and were very much fighting for the independence of Kashmiri people. The Lashkar-e-Taiyaba chief spokesman Abu Osma told The Statesman over satellite phone from an unidentified destination in Pakistan that the outfit’s cadres would intensify fidayeen attacks on the Army and security forces installations, besides the government buildings in Jammu and Kashmir. “We cannot tolerate the Indian government’s false propaganda that our cadres have been withdrawn from Kashmir,” he said, adding that various outfits in Jammu and Kashmir need not call their Mujahideen back to Pakistan as the war in Afghanistan, in no way, was linked to the freedom struggle in Kashmir. Affirming that the committed LeT cadres were working as “a strong force” and were unquestionably following instructions from the high command, he said they would now make their presence felt in the state with greater force. Besides, he also refuted reports that efforts were on to withdraw mujahideen from various “mujahideen outfits” to join the Hizbul Mujahideen. “We enjoy good understanding among ourselves, and the United Jehad Council is an active umbrella organisation. There is no truth in such reports,” the LeT chief spokesman said, adding that the Saifullah Akhter group of the Harkat-ul-Jehadi-Islami (HUJI) working in Afghanistan with Taliban had no links with HUJI group in Jammu and Kashmir.” “In fact, there are no links between Kashmir and Afghanistan,” he added. On media reports that the Hizbul Mujahideen was behind the Ramban killings, in which 14 Army jawans were killed last week, the LeT chief spokesman said, “Our fidayeen had executed this,” he added. It may be mentioned that the LeT had introduced the concept of fidayeen attacks in Jammu and Kashmir in post-Kargil period, about two years back.