Amid the ‘awkward quietness’ in the Kashmir valley, a new 14-minute video has surfaced by Al Qaeda chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri provoking Kashmiri mujahideen to attack the Indian Army.
This video is quite unnerving and reminds masses of the February 14 attacks in which about 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers were killed when a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) suicide bomber ramped his SUV into the CRPF convoy on the Jammu Kashmir highway in Pulwama.
In the latest disturbing video, the Al Qaeda chief, according to Economic Times, has asks the mujahideen to ‘single-mindedly focus on inflicting unrelenting blows on the Indian Army and government, so as to bleed the Indian economy and make India suffer sustained losses in manpower and equipment’.
The video flashes an image of Zakir Musa, the slain leader of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH) who was killed on May 23. AGH is an affiliate of Al Qaeda. What has come as somewhat of a surprise is that Zawahiri incites the mujahideen to liberate the Kashmiri jihad from the clutches of Pakistan’s intelligence agencies saying that jihad is for the sake of Allah as opposed to a struggle for the sake of international criminals. He calls Pakistan’s army and government as ‘toadies of America’ and says mujahideen should avoid falling into Pakistan’s trap. “All the Pakistani Army and government are interested in is exploiting the mujahideen for specific political objectives, only to dump or persecute them later,” Zawahiri says.
Furthermore, the Al Qaeda chief said that Pakistan’s conflict with India is essentially a secular rivalry over borders managed by the American intelligence. “The fight in Kashmir is not a separate conflict but part of the worldwide Muslim community’s jihad against a vast array of forces,” Zawahiri said.
Last month, Pakistan had shared information with India and the United States about a possible terrorist attack in South Kashmir similar to February’s Pulwama attack. Officials confirmed getting information but said it was generic in nature.
The separatist leaders in Kashmir have time and again said the Kashmir movement has nothing to do with global militant organizations such as ISIS and Al Qaeda. The leaders in a joint statement had said that there is no role for these groups in Kashmir’s movement.