Jihadi Groups Should Escalate Action Against India: Masood Azhar

The JeM chief has said that Pakistan backing jihadist policies in 1990s brought strategic benefits to the country.

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Masood Azhar, Chief of the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group. (Photo: Reuters)

Masood Azhar, the chief of Jaish-e-Muhammad has called for an escalation in the jihadist groups’ operations against India, arguing that Pakistan will lose a “historic opportunity” to seize Kashmir due to the state’s lack of decisive decision making.

His appeal has been published in the current issue of al-Qalam, the group’s weekly magazine, as reported by Indian Express.

If the government of Pakistan shows a little courage, the problem of Kashmir, as well as the dispute over water, can be resolved once and for all right now. If nothing else, the government simply has to open the path for the mujahideen. Then, god willing, all the bitter memories of 1971 will be dissolved into the triumphant emotions of 2016.
Masood Azhar

He has directly addressed the policy establishment of Pakistan to argue that the state’s backing of jihadist policies in the 1990s brought strategic benefits to the country.

He further says that India’s ideology of “Akhand Bharat” injured each of its “limbs” badly.

What remained of its military prowess was exposed in Pathankot and Uri.

Bringing up the issue of SAARC, he says it should have been Pakistan to cancel the summit given that “Kashmir is our jugular vein”, and also asked, “In the last 90 days, how many Muslims have been martyred, and how many more injured?”

The chief also cited the “significant erosion” of the military prowess of India due to jihadist operations, saying “I have seen India reduced from a serpent to an earthworm.”

After the Pathankot airbase was attacked in January, Pakistan acknowledged the responsibility for it by JeM, and promised action against them. The country’s Federal Investigation Agency has not shared with India the status of the investigation, and reportedly, key suspects have evaded arrest, while Azhar remains at liberty.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the government was unable to act against the terror groups due to the support of ISI backing the jihadists, as a report by Dawn stated.

(Source: Indian Express)

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