In a rather surprising move, Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar has called for jihadist groups to be allowed to escalate their operations against India, saying that “a lack of decisive decision-making” could rob Pakistan of a “historic opportunity” to seize Kashmir.
The aforementioned appeal was published in the current issue if the Jaish weekly magazine al-Qalam. In the front page article of the magazine, Azhar writes, “If the government of Pakistan shows a little courage, the problem of Kashmir, as well as the dispute over water, can be resolved once and for all right now. If nothing else, the government simply has to open the path for the mujahideen. Then, god willing, all the bitter memories of 1971 will be dissolved into the triumphant emotions of 2016.”
The call for such a strategy comes at a time when the relations between India and Pakistan are getting sour due to the latter launching one after the other attacks in Kashmir.
Furthermore, Azhar backs his argument by saying that jihadist policies that received support from Pakistan’s policy establishment in 1990s, benefitted the country much, reports The Indian Express.
“India is putting pressure on Pakistan at this time. Looking at the situation in Kashmir, though, Pakistan should have been doing all this. Given that Kashmir is our jugular vein, we should have cancelled the SAARC conference ourselves, and cancelled the ceasefire on the Line of Control. In the last ninety days, how many Muslims have been martyred, and how many more injured?”
Azhar’s article states that jihadist operations in Kashmir have significantly eroded India’s military capacities.
“Consider India before and after the jihad in Kashmir.You will see a dramatic difference. In the course of this journey, which I have been an eyewitness to, I have seen India reduced from a serpent to an earthworm.”
Azhar’s article also addresses the Jaish’s Islamist constituency within Pakistan, reassuring it that the wheels of history are moving its way. “When we entered the tent of the jihadist movement,” he writes, “it had no branch in Kashmir, nor was there lightning in Iraq or Syria. There were just two fronts, in Afghanistan and Palestine, one of them active and one of them shut.”
“We have watched as the jihad we befriended grew from a glowing ember into the sun; from a small spring into a river, and now, as it is about to become a great ocean,” he writes.