Centre Downplays Al Qaeda Chief’s Threat: Shouldn’t Take It Seriously

Ayman al-Zawahiri, however, warned Kashmiri terrorists against trusting Pakistan.

New Delhi: 

Days after al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri released a video calling for “unrelenting blows” on India, the central government today brushed it off as just another routine threat that needn’t be taken seriously.

“We keep hearing threats like these, and I believe we shouldn’t be taking it very seriously. Our security forces are well equipped and quite capable of safeguarding our sovereignty and territorial integrity,” news agency ANI quoted External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar as saying at a press meet in New Delhi.

In the video message titled “Don’t Forget Kashmir”, the al Qaeda chief was seen exhorting terrorists in Kashmir to target central establishments as well as the Indian armed forces. “I am of the view that the Mujahideen in Kashmir — at this stage at least — should 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,” Ayman al-Zawahiri said, flanked by an assault rifle and the Quran.

He also termed the Pakistan government and its army as “toadies of America”, and insisted that terrorists avoid falling into their trap. “The only thing the Pakistani army and government are interested in is exploiting the mujahideen for specific political objectives. They will only dump or persecute them later,” the terrorist leader claimed,…

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