Dubbing the Islamic State as “a production of anti-Islamic western countries,” banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) on Saturday said the IS had no role and scope in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Kashmiris don’t want aid and support from an external group. They are capable enough to fight against the Indian aggression themselves,” LeT spokesperson Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi told a local news agency in a telephonic statement.
“The IS is production of anti-Islamic western countries. To link our struggle with IS is mere propaganda unleashed by India. The world community is well aware of this Indian drama,” he added.
The LeT was reacting to general officer Commanding, 16 Corps, Lt General RR Nimbhorkar’s remarks in which he had expressed apprehensions that “the IS could join hands with LeT to launch attacks in India.”
Another militant outfit Tehreek-ul-Mujahid (TuM) said: “India is defaming the Kashmir struggle by linking it to IS and the al Qaida.”
United Jihad Council secretary general and TuM chief Sheikh Jamil-ur-Rehman said, “There is no scope for the Al-Qaeda and the IS in Jammu and Kashmir. Ours is a local and indigenous struggle, the government of India wants to kill our youth and defame our sacred struggle in the name of al-Qaida and ISIS.”