Taliban announce Indian Kashmir to be next battlefield

February 23, 2013 18:17
Taliban announce Indian Kashmir to be next battlefield

Not weeks after Nato let by the US have announced that they will pull out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014, the Punjabi Taliban a subgroup of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan threatened that Indian Kashmir would be their next battlefield.

They wrote to the media saying that their head, Maulana Asmatullah Muawiya was angered by the handing of Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru. The same has drawn the ire of the Muslim Youth and the desire for jihad has increased. He threatened that India would have to face the penalty for the "unwise" decision.

"The execution of Kasab and Afzal has aroused a new passion and spirit for jihad among the youth of this region. It is clear that angry mujahideen, after the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan, will search for a new battlefield. Surely their ultimate choice would be Kashmir. These people use mujahideen for their vested interests, the way they used Ajmal Kasab like a tissue paper. When it comes to jihad, the mujahideen should distance themselves from intelligence agencies; the instance of Kasab is enough to make the situation clear. Without doubt Kasab was a holy warrior; his killers are the enemies of Allah; he was from us and he was a Pakistani; he was our pride," the letter said.

He added, "Allah will disgrace those who have disowned this brave mujahid... Our thanks to the brave Taliban of tribal areas who asked the (Indian) government to hand over the body of Kasab and warned to take his revenge."

Further more he said that poor support from the government has affected their jihad in Kashmir and if they had supported their nation with people like Afzal Guru, Ajmal Kasab, Sajid Jihadi and Sajjad Afghani can never be subdued".

Talking of the Indian government, he said the nation was being hijacked by Bajrang Dal, Shiv Sena and BJP; the ruling Congress is also under pressure; it was why in an unwise move Afzal and Kasab were executed," he said.

He added that they wouldn't seek support from the army.

(AW- Anil)

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