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'Al-Qaeda' CD in J&K, Centre says possible work of Lashker

PTI  Srinagar, June 08, 2007
First Published: 06:30 IST(9/6/2007) | Last Updated: 06:36 IST(9/6/2007)

A compact disc purportedly containing propaganda material of international terror group Al-Qaeda was circulated among the media in Jammu and Kashmir, prompting authorities to conduct a thorough inquiry.


Home Ministry sources in Delhi said on Friday night it was highly unlikely that Al-Qaeda could have engaged in the circulation of the CD and it was possible that Lashker-e-Taiba could be behind it to "boost the morale of its demoralising cadres".

J&K Police top brass maintained that the veracity of the CD was being verified, but they were taking no chances and have begun investigations into the matter.

The CD was given to a local news agency in Srinagar along with a statement issued by Al-Qaeda's so-called "India chief" Abu Abdul Rehman Al-Ansari, in which he spoke against the separatist leadership of the state as well as the United Jehad Council, an amalgam of militant groups based in Pakistan.

State Police chief Gopal Sharma told PTI cognisance of the CD had been taken and its authenticity was being verified.

"We have come to know about the CD and are in the process of verifying its authenticity. It will be premature to make a comment at this moment," he said.

In Delhi, the Home Ministry issued a statement that it too was verifying the authenticity of the CD.

While pointing out that there was "no need to panic", it said: "We view such activities and threats as a desperate effort by terrorist and anti-national elements to try and create problems in the country and scare among the people."

The man appearing on the CD speaks with an accent generally prevalent in Pakistan's Punjab province.

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