New Delhi: On the eve of Bakr-Eid, chief of Ansar Gazawat-ul-Hind, al-Qaida’s Kashmir cell, Zakir Musa issued a 10-minute audio message, threatening to “liberate” India from the rule of “cow-worshipping” PM Modi and Hindus.
Musa, former Hizbul Mujahideen terroriost, also warned the government against deporting Rohingya Muslims in Jammu.
Last week, the Centre had said that it intended to deport all the estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living in India. Around 6,000 of them live in Jammu.
Lashing out at Pakistan army and government for betraying Kashmir’s jihadi movement by supporting the US in its war against “mujahideen”, Musa said Islamabad “shut down training camps (for terrorists), martyred many Kashmir-centric mujahideen and put some behind bars”.
The message was released on YouTube channel Ansar Ghazwa and circulated by his followers on messaging platforms.
Earlier, the outfit’s media wing, Al Hurr, released a poster with a message, “Soon, by the will of Allah”. Police in Sringar said they were reading it as an open threat of a terror attack by Musa.
“Narendra Modi, the worshipper of cow, can gather as much might with his politics and diplomacy but won’t be able to stop us… We will hoist the flag of Islam on Hind (Indian subcontinent) and we will have the Hindu rulers chained and dragged.”
Stuttering and stumbling through his Kashmiri-accented Urdu speech, Musa sounded as if he was reading from an al-Qaida drafted script.
After sermonising on the supremacy of Islam and its Wahhabi interpretation, Musa called Kashmir’s militant movement a shining example of Islamic jihad.
He said despite numerous betrayals and setbacks, jihad in Kashmir had prevailed only because of Allah’s mercy.
Musa claimed that Pakistan had joined hands with India to prevent mujaheddin from pursuing “jihad” in Kashmir. Pakistan, he said, “back stabbed the jihad-e-Kashmir” through back channel and peace diplomacy with India. Musa called Pakistani government and the army his “enemy” while sparing the Pakistani citizens.