Peshawar: Renowned militant leader Asmatullah Muawiya, who has close ties with al-Qaeda, has praised Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru, the two terrorists who were behind some of the largest attacks in India and who were recently executed.
In a statement released on different jihadist forums on February 24 and obtained by SITE Intelligence group, Muawiya said that India would become a major target of terrorist attacks once the US withdraws from the region.
Muawiya, a former Jaish-e-Mohammed commander who is affiliated with both al Qaeda and the so-called Punjabi Taliban, is nowadays residing in Waziristan, a militant safe heaven with the jurisdiction of Pakistan.
Muawiya said that their executions would only strengthen the jihadists’ resolve to attack India and liberate the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
“The blood of Afzal Guru and Ajmal Kasab will multiply the rise of this jihadi tide,” Muawiya said, according to SITE.
Muawiya also threatened that attacks in India will increase as jihadists shift their focus from Afghanistan to India and Kashmir after the US withdraws from the region.
“This should indicate the new target of mujahideen after the US leaves the region in a humiliating manner,” Muawiya said. “Out of their love for Kashmir, and their religious fervor, the mujahideen will opt for Kashmir. This time American will not be in position to influence the events in the region.”
“Helpless in the face of jihadi strikes, the Pakistani government will not be able to defend India,” he noted. “This time when jihad rises with new courage and dedication, it will be pure from the ISI’s [Inter-Services Intelligence] cursed shadow. It is possible that ISI might opt for a smaller role in this situation.”