New Delhi: A day after Al Qaeda chief threatened India over Kashmir, the government on Thursday downplayed the threat saying that such threats are a regular occurrence and they should not be taken seriously.
“Aisi dhamkiyaan jo hai na hum sunte rehte hain, mujhe nahi lagta inko seriously lena chahiye. (We are used to such sort of threats. I don’t think we should take them seriously),” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters in Weekly briefing.
Meanwhile, Al Qaeda’s chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has told ‘Mujahideen in Kashmir’ to inflict ‘unrelenting blows’ on the Indian Army and government in Jammu and Kashmir in a message released by the outfit’s media wing, as per the Foundation for Defence of Democracies’ (FDD) Long War Journal.
He also brought to light Pakistan’s involvement in fuelling cross-border terrorism in Kashmir in the message titled “Don’t Forget Kashmir,” released by As Shabab.
In his message, Zawahiri also claimed that the “fight in Kashmir” is not a separate conflict but instead is part of the worldwide Muslim community’s jihad against a vast array of forces. He further called on ‘unnamed’ scholars to spread this point.