July 2016 News

Lashkar Led Kashmir Stir Over Wani, Brags Hafiz Saeed On Candid Camera

28 July 2016
The New Indian Express
Yatish Yadav

New Delhi: Even as Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti claimed on Thursday that the police and the army had been unaware of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani's presence among the three terrorists holed up inside a house in Kokernag on the day of their encounter with him, 26-11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed made the shocking revelation that his organisation, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), had fuelled the fire in the Kashmir valley in the aftermath of Wani's death. Hafiz Saeed handling IS activities? Mehbooba was trying to explain that the administration did not get enough time to make arrangements post the July 8 encounter because there was no advance information about Wani's killing, unlike in 2013 when Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was hanged and the Omar Abdullah-headed state machinery had enough time to put emergency measures in place. Mehbooba was perhaps not aware that it was Hafiz Saeed, sitting across the border in Pakistan, who was stirring the terror pot. Saeed pulled no punches as he boasted about it for the first time on camera. With a bounty of $10 million on his head, he admitted that his terror outfit was instrumental in fuelling unrest in the Kashmir valley immediately after Wani was killed. 'Have you seen the pictures of the procession when lakhs of Kashmiris took to the streets? Did you see a man who was being carried on shoulders by the crowd? Do you know the man who was leading the procession? He is an 'ameer' of Lashkar-e-Taiba,' Hafiz Saeed said, while addressing a rally in Faisalabad. The mastermind of the 26-11 attack also confessed to his sympathisers during the address that several people from Faisalabad went to Kashmir and many of them even sacrificed their lives. Saeed's first public acknowledgment of the LeT link to the Kashmir unrest flies in the face of Pakistan which recently claimed that the unrest in the valley was a result of local residents' outrage at Wani's killing.