IS Has No Role In Kashmir: Lashkar

21 November 2015
The Hindu
Peerzada Ashiq

Srinagar: Two militant outfits, Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Tehreek-ul-Mujhadeen (TuM), on Saturday distanced themselves from the Islamic State (IS) saying 'they see no scope for IS and al-Qaeda in Jammu and Kashmir'. 'Kashmiri people 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 local news agency. The LeT described the IS as 'production of anti-Islamic Western countries'. 'To link our struggle with IS is mere propaganda unleashed by India. The world community is well aware of this Indian drama,' said the LeT spokesman. General Officer Commanding, 16 Corps, Lt General R.R Nimbhorkar on Thursday expressed apprehensions that 'the IS could join hands with LeT to launch attacks in India can be a possibility as the motive of the terrorists is to spread their propaganda.' Reacting sharply to the army commander's remarks, another militant outfit TuM said, 'India is defaming the Kashmir struggle by linking it to IS and al-Qaida.' United Jihad Council secretary general and TuM chief Sheikh Jamil-ur-Rehman said, 'There is no scope for al-Qaeda and IS in Jammu and Kashmir. Ours is a local and indigenous struggle, the Government of India wants to kill our youth and defame our sacred struggle in the name of Al-Qaida and ISIS.' He claimed that the militants of Kashmir 'have no world ambitions'. 'Our sole objective is to force India to resolve the Kashmir issue in accordance to the United Nations resolutions,' said Rehman. IED recovered from Srinagar-PoK highway The recovery of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on near Narbal on the Srinagar-Baramulla national highway on Saturday morning triggered panic. The traffic on crucial highway, which also connects Kashmir with PoK's capital Muzaffarabad, remained disrupted for more than two hours. A police official said the landmine was detected during a patrol of the security forces. Later, the bomb disposal squad defused the IED. A CRPF spokesperson said the high explosive was inside a container. 'The bomb weigh was 3 to 4 Kg and was planted under the culvert near Lawaypora,' sad the spokesman.