No need to take Al-Qaeda’s threat seriously: MEA

No need to take Al-Qaeda’s threat seriously: MEA

New Delhi, Jul 1: The central government on Thursday dismissed threats issued by Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri who has asked the “Mujahideen in Kashmir” to inflict “unrelenting blows” on the Indian Army and the government in Jammu and Kashmir
The Ministry of External Affairs’ statement came a day after the terror group’s media wing released a video in which Zawahiri is heard calling for “jihad” in Kashmir.
“We keep hearing threats like these, and I believe we shouldn’t be taking it very seriously. Our security forces are well equipped and quite capable of safeguarding our sovereignty and territorial integrity,” a news agency quoted MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar as saying at a press briefing in New Delhi.
In the 14-minute speech, Zawahiri also brought to light Pakistan’s involvement in fuelling cross-border terrorism in Kashmir in a message titled “Don’t Forget Kashmir”. Zawahiri hails from Egypt and the United States has announced a reward of $25 million for information leading to his arrest or death.
Calling both the Pakistani Army and the government “toadies of America”, Zawahiri compared Pakistan’s policy on Kashmir to that of the Taliban and migrant terrorists.
The video was posted on ‘As-Sahab’ channel, an in-house production of the al-Qaeda used to relay the organisation’s views to the world, also asked the terrorists “to establish stronger channels of communication with their Muslim brethren all over the world”.
The video has been checked by security agencies who believed it was an attempt to unite the disgruntled terrorist ranks in the valley, officials said.