Srinagar, July 10: Al Qaeda’s chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri has released a 14 minute long speech focussing on Kashmir and other issues including Pakistan.
Zawahiri in his speech calls Muslims around the world to “strongly empathise” with the cause – Jihad for the implementation of Shariah – of Kashmir. He also asks Muslims to express sympathies and extend support to the people living in the valley.
The speech comes in the wake of killing of ISJK militant Adil Ahmad Dass who was allegedlly killed by Hizbul Mujahideen.
The Al Qaeda chief asserts that the Pakistan government & army cannot be trusted vis-a-vis ‘liberation of Kashmir’. “When it comes to defending Muslims, Pakistan army possesses a very dark history…,” he argues and cites Dhaka surrender, Balochistan, Waziristan & Swat as examples.
In a series of suggestions to Kashmir militants, he says “the first vital step is to turn the Jihad in Kashmir into Jihad for the sake of Allah…to liberate Kashmir jihad from the clutches of Pakistan intelligence agencies.”
Zawahiri also urges militants in Kashmir to forge ties with jihadists across the world and open their channels with them.
The Al-Qaeda chief in his speech criticises Pakistani state, it’s army by calling them“toadies of United States of America” who according to Zawahiri, “were in lying in wait” for Arab militants, wanting to head to Kashmir after “expelling” Soviets from Afghanistan.