25 September, 2020

Ready For Jehad

A first-hand account from Pakistan on how the proxy war is bred and sustained

Ready For Jehad

Sitting cross-legged, facing the first Indian ridge at the border town of Ath Maqam in Pakistan-held Kashmir, Abu Mahaz, 25, anxiously awaits the moment when he would be behind that mountain. A Lashkar-e-Toiba militant, Mahaz had been to India twice and returned home safely after participating in various missions. But this time, this village school dropout from Abbotabad in Pakistan’s North-west Frontier Province (nwfp) has been selected for a special task: a suicide mission, or what the jehadi groups call fidai missions.

On an earlier operation in India, Abu lost one of his friends, Abu Talah Hazarvi, who was killed during an attack on the 15 Corps headquarters at Badamibagh, Srinagar. But not before Abu and his friend gunned down Maj Purushottaman and two others. Recalls Abu, "Our target was to kill Gen Krishan Pal. But somehow, we could not get hold of him... This time, I am going on a suicide mission. And I am happy. I will soon achieve martyrdom."

Indeed, this Pakistan-based mujahideen group launched the new...



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