|Early Times Report|
JAMMU, Dec 6: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had repeatedly claimed that there was no presence of dreaded al-Qaida in Kashmir. Not only he, J&K Police and certain elements in the security establishments had also made similar claims.
However, reports from Srinagar and Delhi rubbish this claim and suggest that al-Qaida has established its foothold in Kashmir. In fact, on Wednesday, according to a credible report, "Ansar Ghazwa 'tul-Hind, the Kashmir-based affiliate of transnational terrorist group al-Qaeda, has called on Indian Muslims to 'join the fields of the jihad', claiming that 'perfidious Hindus will keep changing their tactics until their mission is accomplished - and that mission is the elimination of every last Muslim, be they children or the elderly, men or women, or brothers or our sons". "The call", according to the report, "was released on online jihadist feeds on Wednesday, by the new al-Qaida affiliate formed earlier this year by breakaway cadre of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiba, in an apparent effort to exploit Muslim anger on the 25th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid".
"Every Indian Muslim must prepare to leave his home for jihad," the message says, "because the enemy is preparing for war".
The same report further said: "The message was read aloud by a jihadist using the pseudonym Sultan Zabul al-Hindi, whose grammar and accent suggests he is a non-native Hindi speaker. Intelligence sources said they were not aware of any individual from outside Kashmir serving with the estimated dozen-strong formation of Ansar Ghazwa 'tul-Hind commander Zakir Bhat, also known as Zakir Musa. But the use of the term 'Zabul' in 'Sultan Zabul al-Hindi' could indicate that he is serving, or has served, in southern Afghanistan". The reports further said: "In the message, Ansar Ghazwa 'tul Hind argues strongly against democratic politics, calling on Muslims to 'beware the Congress and BJP, the Samajwadi Party and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the Trinamul Congress or Bahujan Samaj Party, for all are only faces of tyranny". The only solution for you is the rule of sharia't, which Allah has commanded". If what this report said in so many words is correct, then it can be assumed that things in Kashmir have worsened and this should make New Delhi refashion its whole approach towards the menace of terror. It is a must considering the fact that their target is not just J&K but whole of India.