ISIS says J&K mil­i­tants fol­low Pak army or­ders

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - San­jib Kr Baruah san­jib.baruah@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: The global terror out­fit, Is­lamic State, has dubbed the Pak­istani Army as “apos­tate” and mocked the al-Qaeda’s sup­port to mil­i­tancy in Kash­mir which it said was con­trolled by the mil­i­tary es­tab­lish­ment in the neigh­bour­ing coun­try.

The IS’ scathing at­tack came just days af­ter it staged a bloody car­nage in Paris which un­der­lined the out­fit’s ca­pa­bil­ity to strike deep at the heart of Europe.

“In In­dia, they [al-Qaeda] are the al­lies of the na­tion­al­ist Kash­mir fac­tions whose ad­vances and with­drawals are only by the or­der of the apos­tate Pak­istani army,” an ar­ti­cle in the IS mouth­piece Dabiq said in one of the harsh­est crit­i­cism of the al-Qaeda’s role in Kho­rasan, a re­gion that in­cludes Afghanistan, Pak­istan, Turk­menistan and parts of north­west­ern and western In­dia.

Pak­istan-based mil­i­tant group Lashkar-e-Taiba is­sued a state­ment on Satur­day de­nounc­ing the Is­lamic State as “a prod­uct of anti-Is­lamic Western coun­tries” and said it had no role and space in Jammu and Kash­mir.

“Kash­miris don’t want aid and sup­port from an ex­ter­nal group. They are ca­pa­ble enough to fight against the In­dian ag­gres­sion them­selves,” LeT spokesper­son Dr Ab­dul­lah Ghaz­navi told a Srinagar-based news agency.

Though the IS has had lim­ited pres­ence in In­dia till now, se­cu­rity agen­cies es­ti­mate that around two dozen peo­ple from the coun­try have joined the out­fit in Syria and Iraq.

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