Al-Qaeda is back in Kashmir if the contents of a video compact disc (VCD), which reached Current News Service (CNS), a local news agency in Srinagar, on Friday, are to be believed.
The VCD carries a 15-minute statement in Urdu from Abu Abdul Rehman, who claims to be the chief of the Indian chapter of Al-Qaeda. The “chief” declares “Jihad” against the “infidels” of India and seeks the support of the “true believers of Islam” in his mission. “We declare true Jihad in India for which Kashmir has the position of a gateway (to India),” the statement says.
Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Gopal Sharma told PTI that the police were aware of the CD. “We are in the process of verifying its authenticity,” he said.
In Delhi, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said it was conducting “necessary inquiries” and described the threats as a desperate effort by terrorists to scare people. MHA spokesman Onkar Kedia said: “There is no need for any panic.”