Srinagar: Jaish-e-Muhammad’s supremo Maulana Masood Azhar lambasted the Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Asif for saying that Lakshar-e-Taiba (LeT), its leader Hafiz Saeed and the Haqqanis are liabilities to them.
Writing in Al-Qalam, Jaish’s online web magazine, Masood said that India is celebrating as the foreign minister has termed “Kashmiri mujahideen as liabilities”.
Masood writes the regular column ‘Rang-o-Noor’ in Al-Qalam under his pen name ‘Saadi’
“Haqqanis are protecting Pakistan’s North Waziristan from the past 20 years. Had they not been there, Afghanistan’s border would have reached to Banoo and Dera Ismail Khan. In Kashmir, mujahideen have restricted India to Jammu plains and mountains. Had they not be there, India would have further split Pakistan,” he wrote in his column.
Masood also said that “mujahideen have never been liabilities on Pakistan” except when “donkeys sit amidst foreign journalists, with no self-confidence and having neither the understanding of past nor any concern for future… they tend to call us liabilities”.
He further said that people fail to distinguish between war and jihad, saying that ‘mujahideen’ should not be compared with Tamil fighters, Irish army or other entities.
“Bush couldn’t end this jihad, neither Obama… nor Zardari or Musharraf. In fact, jihad has even got stronger … and now this half-mad Trump and foolish Modi… they cannot put an end to this jihad,” Masood said.
Of late, Jaish has stepped up its ‘fidayeen’ operations in the Valley. So far, two ‘fidayeen’ squads stormed in District Police Lines, Pulwama and 182 Battalion BSF camp in Humhama, Srinagar close to Indian Air Force base.
Many reports suggested that Jaish has formed a separate ‘fidayeen’ wing – Afzal Guru Squad – to avenge the killing of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.