Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) has released a video of a Kashmiri teenager killed along with two other militants in an attack on a CRPF camp in Pulwama.
Fardeen Khanday, son of a Jammu and Kashmir policeman, is seen urging Kashmiri youth to join the “fight against India”, in the eight-minute video, apparently recorded in a house in Kashmir.
Seated between three AK assault rifles, a huge cache of ammunition, grenades and communication devices, Khanday appears calm even as he says that “by the time the video is released I will already be a new guest in heaven”.
Khanday, 16, was killed after he and two other Jaish militants attacked a paramilitary camp in Pulwama in south Kashmir on Sunday. Five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were also killed in the attack.
He said it was being made out as if unemployment was driving Kashmiri youths to take to militancy. “But the fact is that it is nothing (but) propaganda.
“The importance of jihad increases when infidels occupy our land and threaten the modesty of our women.
“My friends and I have listened to the call of Quran and plunged into the battlefield of jihad. This will continue till the last occupying soldier is present in Kashmir,” he says in Urdu.
He talks about how India “loots” Kashmir’s natural resources.
According to police, Khanday, a resident of Tral in south Kashmir, which was the slain Hizb commander Burhan Wani’s hometown, joined militants only three months ago after his family reported him missing on September 15.
In the video, he also talks about the demolition of Babri Masjid as well as attacks on Indian forces blamed on the Jaish.
“Even after repeated claims by Indian security forces and agencies, Jaish-e-Mohammad has not been wiped out from the Valley. Jaish is not so weak. It is impossible to stop Jaish-e-Mohammad… We are roaring,” Khanday says in the recorded video.