In the 13th issue of its online magazine, Dabiq, terror outfit Islamic State has claimed that militants in Jammu and Kashmir have pledged their allegiance to the group “to fight cow-worshipping Hindus.”
The claims were made by the ’emir of Khorasan’, Hafiz Saeed Khan, in an interview to Dabiq. Khan, also known as Mullah Saeed Orkazai, is an erstwhile commander of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.
The TTP is responsible for Peshawar school attack of 2014 that killed 141 people, and the attack on Bacha Khan University earlier this week.
IS wants to expand its territorial control on the Khorasan region which historically extends from present day Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan to India and China.
A quote from the 13th issue of the group’s propaganda magazine, said: “It had once been under the authority of the Muslims, along with the regions surrounding it. Afterwards, the secularist – cow-worshipping Hindus and atheist Chinese – conquered other nearby regions, as is the case in parts of Kashmir and Turkistan.”
Saeed Khan also stressed upon the importance of the region in re-establishing the caliphate and expanding their territory in the eastern part.
When questioned if the group was capable of fighting ‘cow-worshiping Hindus’ and apostate factions such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, he answered that “there are specific arrangements in those regions and Muslims will soon hear pleasant news about the caliphate’s expansion to those lands”.
Blaming the Pakistan Army for exploiting Kashmir issue for personal interest , Khan said: “When preservation of their interests (Pakistan Army’s) is required, they ceasefire, withdraw, and retreat. The intelligence agencies have left Kashmiris in the middle of the road and in worst of situations.”
“Pakistani ‘interests’ always fluctuates back and forth, especially in the last years, until Kashmir hits a roadblock and there was no one to save them from the quagmire into which they were thrown. Many Kashmiris and soldiers of militant factions left and made hijrah to wilayat khurasan.”
He said that factions and agents such as LeT do not have control over any region in Kashmir as they followed the tug and pull of Pakistani army. “There’s a big opportunity…establish the religion of Allah there (Kashmir) and for IS to expand to it.”
In response to the interview, Jammu and Kashmir police said the force is “fully ready to deal with and defeat the designs of IS militants in case they step into Kashmir.”
“If the IS militants step into Kashmir, we are fully ready and geared up to take them head-on. We are capable to defeat their designs in case they enter Kashmir,” Gillani told a local newspaper in Kashmir.
He said intelligence suggests nothing about IS setting up its base in Kashmir. They are monitoring the statements of IS leaders keenly and a close watch is being maintained on the developments unfolding at the global level.
According to the police a few youth who would wave IS flags after every Friday congregational prayer in Nowhatta were quizzed informally by policemen in civvies and it was found that “they had no idea what the IS really means.”
Earlier the Indian army has termed IS as ‘a live threat’. Lieutenant General Satish Dua, General Officer Commander (GOC) of Army’s 15 Corps, told media persons in Srinagar recently that IS threat cannot be ignored. He said it is a cause of concern and they are monitoring it.