Al-Qaeda chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri has called for “liberating the jihad in Kashmir from the clutches of Pakistani agencies’’ and asked militants in Kashmir to focus on “unrelenting blows” on the Indian Army.
In a video, ‘Don’t forget Kashmir’, posted on ‘As-Sahab’ channel, an in-house production of al Qaeda, Zawahiri has also called for greater coordination between militant groups in Kashmir and global terror outfits.
“I would like to discuss with you today a tragedy that has continued unabated for over 70 years: the plight of the Muslims of Kashmir,” he says in the video. “Given the endless suffering that they have endured, we must strongly empathise with their cause, express our sympathy for them, and extend all possible support to them, for their pain is our pain, their wounds are our wounds, aggression against them is aggression against us, and violation of their sanctities is violation of our sanctities. Kashmir is a bleeding wound in our hearts, hearts that grieve with the pain of many such bleeding wounds,” he says.
Targeting Pakistan, he says: “Of course, Pakistan’s intelligence agencies — America’s primary tool in Pakistan — will try to prevent the mujahideen from doing so, so that they remain under their control forever as a political bargaining chip… The policy of the Pakistani government and its disgraceful Army regarding the Kashmiri mujahideen is no different from its earlier policy…