The fidayeen attack near the Wagah border, the main entry point between India and Pakistan, conveys two things. First, those who have vowed to give their life for jihad do not want normalisation of relations between the two countries. Second, after the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, they want the fidayeen’s writ to run. The fundamentalists are opposed to having an equation with Hindu-majority India.
They have mutilated Islamic ideology and practise a form of Islam they believe will lead to the annihilation of the kafir (infidel). They cannot afford to be on the same page with him because they feel that their ideology is superior to others’, says veteran editor Kuldip Nayar in Target Wagah.
Even the terrorist group that carried out Sunday’s murderous suicide bombing has followed it up with a threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“You are the killer of hundreds of Muslims,” Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat Ahrar (TTP-JA) spokesperson ‘Ehsanullah Ehsan’ said in a message released on his Twitter feed on Monday, hours after claiming responsibility for the Wagah strike, “We w(il)l take the revenge of innocent people of Kashmir and Gujarat” (sic).
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