Maulana Masood Azhar warns Pakistan against crackdown on JeM

Maulana Masood Azhar is under Pakistan's detention, but before this development, the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) leader had warned Islamabad.

Last Updated: Jan 14, 2016, 12:11 PM IST
Maulana Masood Azhar warns Pakistan against crackdown on JeM

New Delhi: Maulana Masood Azhar is under Pakistan's detention, but before this development, the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) leader had warned Islamabad.

While news of his detention was coming in, Azhar wrote a piece, under his pen name Saidi, that the road chosen by the Pakistani government - in its crackdown against the JeM - is “very dangerous for this country”.

 

In the piece, published last evening in al-Qalam, which is said to be JeM's online mouthpiece, Azhar cautioned that the Pakistan government's steps against mosques, madrasas and jihad are danger to the unity and integrity of the country.

According to The Indian Express, Azhar's piece gives reference to his days in detention in India's Tihar prison and Kot Bhalwal, and Pakistan's Bahawalpur jail and house arrest.

Saying that he cared for neither his “arrest nor killing”, Azhar wrote: “With my killing, neither will my friends will miss me nor will my enemies…an army…which loves death has been prepared.”

"Our thinking regarding Pakistan has always been based on wishing it well and peace...not to save our life and skin but for the interests of Muslim nation and in the interest of jihad. I am sorry that the rulers here have no respect for that. They continued to be guided by those who are not our own and they continue to turn their own country into a heap of explosives and fire. Each one of them comes and puts their own country on fire and then they flee," it reads.

The piece further ridiculed the Pakistan government for growing closeness with India, saying: "There is a lot of noise coming from India regarding us... and here our rulers are in anguish because we have disturbed their intimacy and friendship (because) with Modi and Vajpayee."

"Allah willing, this army won't let enemies celebrate for too long. It won't let my absence be felt at all. Thanks to Allah, I don't have any desire that will remain unfulfilled at my death. As for as my family and my children, they are taken care of by Almighty Allah and Almighty Allah will take care of them tomorrow as well," it reads.

 

Eleven days after Pakistani terrorists attacked an IAF base in Pathankot, Pakistan said on Wednesday it had detained terrorist leader Maulana Masood Azhar who India says plotted the mayhem.

The Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief, known for his close ties with Pakistani intelligence agencies, was taken to an undisclosed destination and was questioned as part of a crackdown, media reports said.

Also detained were his brother Mufti Abdul Rauf and brother-in-law Ashfaq Ahmad as well as some 10 others, the reports said.