July 2016 News

After Hafiz Saeed And Syed Salahuddin, Masood Azhar Joins The Kashmir Chorus

19 July 2016
India Today
Ankit Kumar

New Delhi: A week after India Today first reported the involvement of Hafiz Saeed and Syed Salahuddin in fueling tensions in Jammu and Kashmir following the death of Hizbul militant Burhan Wani, India's most wanted terrorist Maulana Masood Azhar has come out in open, seeking jihad in the Valley. The Jaish-E-Mohammad (JeM) chief, who is supposedly under protective custody, has even linked the Kashmir unrest to Pathankot attacks. In his latest message Azhar said 'The strong Pathankot attacks lifted the spirits of Kashmiri youth and now the sacrifice of a Kashmiri has united the Kashmiri community, hence it is our responsibility to stand behind the Kashmiri Muslims, our lives are wasted if we can't help the jihad in Kashmir'. Masood Azhar's statement comes at a time when the Pakistani government is trying hard to make the unrest in Kashmir an international issue. While Pakistan PM's Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz has maintained that Masood Azhar has been under protective custody since January and an FIR has been registered in Pakistan against JeM for its alleged role in Pathankot air base attacks, Masood has been delivering his messages under pen name Saidi which is published in JeM's weekly mouthpiece. Ads by ZINC India Today is also in possession of an audio tape, released by JeM, which is written by Azhar himself and recorded in the voice of his close confidant Maulana Talha Saif. In this message, Azhar recounts his experience of Kashmir, saying post 9-11 developments and dialogues between former Indian Prime Minister Vajpayee, George Bush and Parvez Musharraf had put a curb on the jihad in Kashmir. COMPARISON WITH AFZAL GURU: Azhar further compared Burhan Wani with key conspirator of Parliament attack case Afzal Guru, and JeM terrorists Sajjad Afghani and Ghazi Baba. Azhar went on to say that even if Kashmir could not be freed after 27 years of jihad, it's an achievement that Indian army is forced to collect the bodies of their soldiers every day. DISLIKE FOR BOLLYWOOD: Azhar also expressed his dislike for Bollywood culture saying that the jihad in Kashmir has saved the valley from Indian Bollywood culture. In an admission to Pakistan's role in Kashmir, Azhar recounted the role of Pakistani infiltrators saying 'countless families of Pakistan have found a right cause in ongoing jihad in Kashmir'. 'This jihad of Kashmir has destroyed the Indian dream of an Akhand Bharat' Azhar said. These statements from JeM chief once again raises fingers on the role of certain Pakistan based originations, including JuD and JeM, in the ongoing protests in Kashmir valley. It also exposes the double speak of Pakistan's civilian government which has been calling Kashmir an international humanitarian crisis while giving shelter to terrorists such as Masood Azhar. A WANTED TERRORIST: Masood Azhar is a wanted Pakistani terrorist and a key mastermind of 2001 Indian Parliament attack, who was freed from Indian jail following the hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane in December 1999. Indian government agencies hold Azhar and his organization responsible for the recent attacks on Indian Air Force base in Pathankot. Pakistan has officially banned the terror outfit but the organization keeps flourishing under the nose of Pakistani agencies. Pakistan government has refused to file a criminal case against Azhar citing lack of evidence against him. The members of this banned outfit were recently seen collecting donations in presence of Pakistani rangers in Karachi. The latest statement from the under custody JeM chief once again raises suspicion over Pakistan's intention of carrying a peaceful relation with India.

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