If I am held, my army won’t let our enemies celebrate, says Jaish chief Masood Azhar

Last month, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had said his country had received “actionable intelligence” on the Pathankot perpetrators, and promised early action.

Written by Praveen Swami | New Delhi | Published:February 2, 2016 4:04 am
pathankot, jaish, jem, pathankot attack, pathankot base attack, air force base attack, pakistan jem, what is jem, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Jaish-e-Mohammad leader, Masood Azhar, Pakistan news, India news In his first comments on the fallout of the Pathankot attack, Masood Azhar also assailed the Pakistani leadership

Masood Azhar, the Jaish-e-Mohammad founder sought by India for the Pathankot airbase attack, has threatened retaliation if Pakistan shuts down terrorist groups operating against India.

“I have prepared an army that adores death. To uproot this army is not in the power of our enemies. God willing, this army will not let our enemies celebrate, nor occasion for anyone to miss my presence,” Azhar wrote in the Peshawar-based jihadi magazine al-Qalam’s issue dated January 26.

In his first comments on the fallout of the Pathankot attack, Azhar also assailed the Pakistani leadership: “Their actions against mosques, seminaries and jihad are dangerous for the integrity of the country itself.”

Last month, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had said his country had received “actionable intelligence” on the Pathankot perpetrators, and promised early action. But newspapers there reported Monday that investigators had been unable to locate the owners of five cellphone numbers used to coordinate the strike.

“The rulers of our country are sad that we have disturbed their friends,” Azhar wrote in the article, in an evident reference to Nawaz Sharif . “They wish to arise on the Day of Judgment to be judged as friends of (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi and (former Prime Minister) Atal Behari Vajpayee.”

Azhar claims that “acting on the orders of others, Pakistan’s rulers have reduced their own country into a heap of fire and explosive. Every single one of them comes, spreads fire and then escapes abroad”.

Said to have been held soon after the Pathankot attack in what Pakistan’s government describes as “protective custody”, Azhar has been charged by India with several major terrorist attacks, including the hijacking of an Indian Airlines flight from Kathmandu to Kandahar in 1999 and the attack on Parliament House in 2001.

And in his first published comments on his incarceration by Pakistan in 2002, when General Pervez Musharraf ordered him held to defuse a military build-up by India, Azhar said he can only be held at a time of “divine predestination”.

“Many, times I actually attacked and chased arrest, only for it to escape from my grasp,” he claimed.

“When arrest finally came, it did not leave me even at my own home. For eight months, arrest lived with me in my home, where I could see even my aging parents only twice a week. This was though I did not have any case registered against me in any of the police stations in entire Pakistan, and I had never even imagined, let alone planned, doing harm to my country,” he wrote.

“I got only one answer when I asked why I was in prison: ‘What can we do, we have world pressure for your arrest’”.

He urged his followers not to be afraid of incarceration: “Pervez Musharraf was fond of keeping me imprisoned, but he was also arrested and imprisoned. He continues to lead a life of quasi-imprisonment. It is akin to worship to have been arrested because of your service to Islam, and every Muslim should be mentally ready for it, because, all the Holy Prophets and holy Companions have faced imprisonment”.

In his years in Indian jails before his release in the 1999 Indian Airlines hostages-for-prisoners swap, Azhar said, he completed the fourth volume of an exegetical work on jihad.

The new issue of al-Qalam also contains an article on the Pathankot strike by Naved Masood Hashmi, a cleric well known in jihadi circles for a 1998 biography of slain al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden. “If Indian rulers do not agree to free the Kashmiri nation based on the United Nations resolutions… these attacks would surely continue,” he wrote.

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    Sirius
    Feb 2, 2016 at 5:11 am
    'Maulana' : That is exactly the idea. From now on, every 'dialogue' is going to end in stalemate because of no action on Pathankot/Mumbai. No discussions on Kashmir at all. Civil govt. will 'arrest' you, Pak army will dismiss Civil govt., international sanctions follow, Pak civil society suffers ... victory to India without firing a shot !
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      Sirius
      Feb 2, 2016 at 5:01 am
      Aam Aadmi (Party) terrorist ...
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        Sivaraman Iyer
        Feb 2, 2016 at 4:42 am
        Why only article about Pak terrorist? why not an article about RSS terrorist Mohan Bhagwat, Bajrang Dal terrorists, Shiv Sena terrorist, even STATE TERRORIST RAJNATH SINGH, OR EVEN FINANCIAL TERRORIST Arun Jaitely, PRIMINISTERIAL DEMOCRATIC TERRORIST MODI WHY, WHY, WHY THIS DISCRIMINATION BY IE.
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          Romik
          Feb 2, 2016 at 2:23 am
          Need a nice Dorne to take him out.
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            Vns
            Feb 2, 2016 at 8:43 am
            This guy is a fake. Using Hindu name hiding his Muslim ideny.
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              arc
              Feb 2, 2016 at 6:11 am
              Mr azhar, you csnnot scare us. We will unleash our patriotic sanghis on you. But don't come in yet. Sanghis have to be trained first -- they only know how to kill Muslims and dalits. And Amit shah has to slim down first -- he has been grief binging since Delhi and Bihar. He has to be made fighting fat again. And modi's deflated chest has to be made D Cup again. Then you guys come on in. Our patriotic chaddiwalas will show you.
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                Salman
                Feb 2, 2016 at 3:52 am
                Stalk him from the sky and kill him using a drone..full stop..this is what he deserves.
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                  G M
                  Feb 2, 2016 at 4:37 pm
                  Why we cannot do a Pathankot to our enemy? We have many ultra nationalist Sanghi and Sathi in plenty in this Sangh Parivar ideology driven government rearing to go after the enemies to avenge the crime.I think I.S.I. bribed the NAGPUR, the real rulers who hold the rein and prevented New Delhi to be proactive.
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                    J. Gokul
                    Feb 2, 2016 at 9:46 am
                    Just curious, who is funding Masood Azhar's operations?
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                      gopal
                      Feb 2, 2016 at 3:17 am
                      it is time IE stops eulogizing terrorists and their statements
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                        harith
                        Feb 2, 2016 at 12:35 am
                        masoor; iur and yur so clled army cruel games are going to end soon; you were concerned about not being able to see your aged parents frequently due to house arrest; because of you pak terrorist groups ISI par army, many many many innocent people are not able to see their family members for ever; as you sponsored their killings; all these will end soon; be prepared to either hanged till death based on court orders or for a drone; Indian flag will be flying on POK, Sindh, Punjab in coming years;India Russia will form a strong regional alliance to counter, wicked, Saudi Taliban pak terror groups ISI pak army regional alliance in this subcontinent to end these games for ever; US will with draw from the picture
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                          kumar
                          Feb 2, 2016 at 7:51 am
                          This half p***s should be cut in public , to show others in India and Pak to be careful in future before taking on with India.
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                            jev
                            Feb 2, 2016 at 4:07 am
                            Feeling amused after reading this article. Hope 56inch chest is there or reduced to 5.6inch. Hope will have the courage to have him behind the bars or just sitting on a arm chair and after reading this article just grumble.
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                              kumar
                              Feb 2, 2016 at 5:21 am
                              Boo. Those with 56" chest don't care for pip sqeaks like you, pinhead.
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                                kumar
                                Feb 2, 2016 at 5:17 am
                                Your comment makes the JeD chief look like a baby. High time the country and its citizens make a note of the likes of you. Any connection with the congressi mouthpiece Iyer aiyaa yo.
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                                  American Indian
                                  Feb 2, 2016 at 7:45 pm
                                  Funding by stan country themselves.
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                                    Me Marathi
                                    Feb 2, 2016 at 7:03 am
                                    Azhar should be slaughtered publicly and his body parts should be sh00ved up ar$$ of owaisi, azam, salmaan khursh!!t, andrabi, masrat alam, geelani, mirwaiz. Also his small peanut size halfd!!ck should be preserved as the smallest carrot transplant ever !!
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                                      Me Marathi
                                      Feb 2, 2016 at 4:05 am
                                      Smoke this islamic b@stard.
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                                        michelle_vedic_human
                                        Feb 2, 2016 at 5:57 am
                                        This mullah,-----who in picture resembles a PIG.------says::::---my army won't let enemies celebrate,-----certainly it will be a big celebration only if caught by Indian army,----he will be made a loop dancer while shariff will hide and seek from ,----this will be called actionable intelligence of a follower of pedophile in custody.
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                                          mimi sur
                                          Feb 2, 2016 at 5:11 am
                                          Come, send your piglets . We will kill them, serve them with Pork and wine and also provide 72 virgins each .
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                                            Mithun
                                            Feb 2, 2016 at 4:54 am
                                            India too has "private" armies. But they do not care about terrorists or attacking enemies outside India. they are busy in dealing more reservations, destroying resources (including human), animal killers etc... but do not have AK 47 or latest weapons.. Thinking how many such private armies are there in stan.... they have AK 47 for sure as seen in Pathankot... do they have nuclear weapons and fighter jets also....will not be surprised to see such things with them in the near future.
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