Lashkar Pats Jaish, Warns Of More Attacks

27 November 2015
The Hindu
Peerzada Ashiq

Srinagar: Praising the Jaish-e-Muhammad's (JeM) three-member fidayeen (suicide) group that tried to storm an Army camp on Wednesday in north Kashmir and got killed, the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) on Thursday warned of more such attacks in the State. Quoting LeT commander Mehmood Shah, the outfit's spokesman, Abdullah Ghaznavi, paid 'tribute' to the three Jaish militants killed in Tangdhar, Kupwara. The LeT spokesman described Wednesday's attack as 'a warning to the Indian Army'. 'It could face such type of attacks in every nook and corner of the Kashmir Valley,' Ghaznavi said in a statement to a local news agency in Srinagar. The spokesman said the 'Kashmir struggle is on the rise. Attacks on Indian security camps have been intensified'. He said: 'The attack on a high-security zone makes it amply clear that militants can target places they wish at their ease and will.' LeT's praise of the Jaish militants has come as surprise to the security agencies involved in counter-insurgency operations. 'The statement seems to be aimed at providing moral support to the Jaish in the State,' said an officer of a counter-insurgency cell. The two groups have in the past, sources said, competed for supremacy in Kashmir. Jaish, believed to be behind the Parliament attack in 2001, was banned by Pakistan in 2002 during the Pervez Musharraf regime. The Red Mosque stand-off, involving Jaish supporters, pitted the militant group against the Pakistani establishment. Comeback bid Sources said the Jaish's primary focus since 2008 remained Afghanistan but it has now decided to return to Kashmir, where it remained almost absent post-2006. The group's lone commander and handler, Qari Yasir, who was in direct touch with other commanders across the border, was killed in June 2013. The group was wiped out from the Kashmir Valley in 2015 when the security agencies killed four militants in Sopore and Awantipora, mainly foreigners.