September 2007 News

Army Ready To Face Jehad Call

20 September 2007
The Daily Excelsior

New Delhi: The reported call by terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba for a 'jehad' in Kashmir evoked sharp condemnation from political parties in Jammu and Kashmir, even as the Army said it is ready to meet any challenge. Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah said the jehad call is 'not right' while PDP leader Ghulam Hassan Mir of PDP criticised it as a 'bad idea'. 'We want peace process in the Valley to be strengthened,' Abdullah said. Chief of Army Staff J J Singh said the security forces are ready to face any kind of eventuality and that their approach was not going to be different from what they are doing now. 'Terrorism is a threat to almost all the countries in the world and as far as our country is concerned Government has taken all steps to ensure that we synergise our efforts to counter this challenge. I am sure we will be able to do it,' Gen Singh said. LeT founder Hafeez Muhammed Sayeed has reportedly called for intensification of 'jehad in Kashmir and Afghanistan' to 'strengthen Pakistan's defence.'


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