Show courage and open a path against India, let us loose: Jaish-e-Muhammad chief to Pakistan govt

Masood Azhar directly addresses Pakistan’s policy establishment, arguing that the jihadist policies it backed in the 1990s had brought strategic benefits to the country.

Written by Praveen Swami | New Delhi | Updated: October 13, 2016 1:14 pm
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Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar has called for jihadist groups to be allowed to escalate their operations against India, arguing that “a lack of decisive decision-making” could rob Pakistan of a “historic opportunity” to seize Kashmir. His appeal, published in the current issue of the Jaish weekly magazine al-Qalam, comes amidst reports of strains between Pakistan’s civilian government and military over the continued operations of anti-India jihadist groups from that country.

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“If the government of Pakistan shows a little courage,” Azhar writes in a front-page article in the magazine, “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.”

Azhar directly addresses Pakistan’s policy establishment, arguing that the jihadist policies it backed in the 1990s had brought strategic benefits to the country. India had sought to build Akhand Bharat, Azhar goes on, but its hopes were degraded in the course of the jihad which left “every one of its limbs badly injured”.

“What remained of its military prowess was exposed in Pathankot and Uri,” he writes.

“India is putting pressure on Pakistan at this time. Looking at the situation in Kashmir, though, Pakistan should have been doing all this. Given that Kashmir is our jugular vein, we should have cancelled the SAARC conference ourselves, and cancelled the ceasefire on the Line of Control. In the last ninety days, how many Muslims have been martyred, and how many more injured?”

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The article argues that jihadist operations in Kashmir have significantly eroded India’s military capacities. “Consider India before and after the jihad in Kashmir”, Azhar writes. “You will see a dramatic difference. In the course of this journey, which I have been an eyewitness to, I have seen India reduced from a serpent to an earthworm.”

Azhar’s article also addresses the Jaish’s Islamist constituency within Pakistan, reassuring it that the wheels of history are moving its way. “When we entered the tent of the jihadist movement,” he writes, “it had no branch in Kashmir, nor was there lightning in Iraq or Syria. There were just two fronts, in Afghanistan and Palestine, one of them active and one of them shut.”

“We have watched as the jihad we befriended grew from a glowing ember into the sun; from a small spring into a river, and now, as it is about to become a great ocean,” he writes.

Following the terrorist attack on the Pathankot airbase in January, Pakistan’s government had acknowledged responsibility for the attacks lay with the Jaish-e-Muhammad, and promised action against the perpetrators. Though its Federal Investigation Agency was given access it sought to Indian witnesses, the agency has not shared the status of investigations with India. Key suspects, however, are reported to have evaded arrest, while Azhar remains at liberty.



Pakistani daily Dawn reported this week that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a meeting where Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry gave a presentation outlining international ire with Pakistan over its continued support for jihadist groups. Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif, the report said, made clear that the government had been unable to act because of the support these groups enjoyed from the ISI.

In May, The Indian Express had revealed that a base thought to have been used to train the perpetrators of the Pathankot attack had been moved to a new location at Fort Maujgarh, in the Cholistan desert, 62 km from the Jaish-e-Muhammad headquarters in Bahawalpur. Later, in July, this newspaper also obtained a videotape showing Jaish-e-Muhammad cadre openly collecting funds for jihad outside mosques in Karachi, as police personnel looked on.

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  1. R
    Oct 13, 2016 at 1:29 am
    Why is this coward in hiding ,if he wants loose?? BTW the opinions of moslems are uniformly favorable to moslems everywhere as they have no critical thinking when it comes 2 Islam. Ironic,they fight/kill oe another globally??bunch of morons
    1. S
      Oct 13, 2016 at 6:08 am
      a lunatic....
      1. A
        Oct 13, 2016 at 5:39 am
        All Issues can be resolved if India show big heart. Sub-Continent can become haven for its people. This region can rule over the world in all fields. but for this, India have to decide first. stan have gone through terrible time ever a nation can face, in last 15 years. India always support Anti-stan Agenda since 1947 and officially declare bangladesh sepration from stan. stan have solid proof of indian involvement in destabilizing country including Gulboshen Yahdev. stan have complete right to response in equal and same manner and it is decided and planned. Remember that Azhar, Daud or any one else are just symbols. Reality is different and every one know about this. If we don not accept the reality than its simple mean, we do not want to resolve the issue. Core Issue is Water.
        1. S
          Oct 13, 2016 at 11:50 am
          Your comment is good for Friday preaching to the illiterates. Go and add comments in news sites ( Dawn and Tribune ). Indian news sites are for the informed and educated ...
          1. S
            Oct 13, 2016 at 12:20 am
            BJP should be banned for releasing Masood AzharJI.
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