April 2001 News

JeM threatens to expand operations outside J&K

20 April 2001
The Times of India

SRINAGAR: Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant outfit has threatened to target security forces outside Jammu and Kashmir and intensify and expand their area of operations. "This summer would be very hot for Indian forces as our Mujahideen will not only target them within Kashmir but they will expand their operations outside the state as well", Abu Hijrat, Amir-e-Ala (chief) of JeM, floated by dreaded militant Maulana Masood Azhar, released by India in exchange of hostages of hijacked Indian Airlines plane, told a group of reporters at an undisclosed place here on Thursday. Abu Hijrat, who hails from Pakistan, warned that militants would resort to new and more deadly strategies in future to inflict maximum casualties on Indian forces. On unconditional talks offer by New Delhi, he said like other militant groups JeM also rejected the dialogue offer. About Hurriyat Conference's decision that the general council will meet and decide how to respond to New Delhi's offer for dialogue, JeM chief in Kashmir said Hurriyat was a platform of "pro-freedom" groups and whatever decision it took "we will support it till it is favourable to our cause." One of the reporters who interviewed the JeM chief said Abu Hijrat was guarded by nearly sixty heavily equipped gunmen at the three-storey building which was cordoned by masked gunners. (PTI)   


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