July 2003 News

LeT Believed To Be Behind Attack On Army Camp

22 July 2003
The Times of India

Jammu: Security agencies on Tuesday claimed that Lashkar-e-Taiba was behind the attack on the army camp at Akhnoor in which seven jawans were killed and the lesser-known militant outfit, Al Shuhda Brigade which claimed the responsibility, was a shadow group of the outfit. The attack on the camp was carried out to protest visiting Pakistani opposition leader Fazalur Rahman's remarks that the Line of Control should be converted into a permanent border and the Kashmir issue should be resolved within the framework of the Simla agreement, a hand written press release faxed by the outfit from Srinagar said. Al Shuhda Brigade wants to make Rahman realise that his statements would have no bearing on jehad in Kashmir, the outfit said. 'We are of the view that self-seeking Muslims have always damaged the cause of Islam and Fazalur Rahman is the chip of the old block. He has hurt the feelings of Kashmiri Muslims,' the release said. Informed sources said Al Shuhda was only a cover name used by LeT to avoid international criticism. The outfit had used such cover names earlier in the past. Interestingly, the Pakistani weekly The Friday Times had reported last week that militant groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba were baffled by the visit of Rahman to India. 'Jehad is the only solution to the Kashmir problem,' the weekly quoted Hafeez Mohammed Saeed as saying. Saeed is the chief of the Lashkar-e-Taiba, who has renamed the outfit as Dawat-ul-Irshad.


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