The funniest part of the above video is that General Mush forgot that he himself had banned the terror outfit.
A few more resources about Lashkar. The formation and the introduction is known to me.
“‘The army of the pure’ is a militant offshoot of Markaz Dawatul Irshad, an Islamic charity and educational organisation. Markaz Dawatul Irshad has since been renamed as Jamaat-ud-Dawa and was at the forefront of relief work after the 2005 earthquake killed 73,000 people in Pakistani Kashmir and the North West Frontier Province.”
The most interesting is the objective of Lashkar. From the Pakistan newspaper (link provided above), the Dawn, I can quote –
“The group’s objective is to introduce an Islamic state in South Asia and to ‘liberate’ Muslims residing in Indian administered Kashmir.”
I tried to find a map of Lashkar’s proposed new Subcontinent order. I got this one similar to what I have seen earlier from another fellow wordpress member.
It is actually the Chaudry Rehmat Ali’s “Pakistan proposal” which was not supported before partition. And it also proves that the Kashmir conundrum is not the key issue between India and Pakistan. It goes well beyond it.
The Economist reports –
“IF PAKISTAN’S leaders had ever united against Islamist militancy as they have against India over the past three weeks, their country would not be the violent mess that it is.”
“So, for now at least, the schools at Muridke remain free to teach what Mr Saeed has preached for two decades: jihad against Hindu India, especially to drive it from the contested region of Kashmir.”
The interesting addition to this –
“In the current spirit of nationalism, it is hard to avoid an impression that many Pakistanis are relieved to be unified against the one enemy they can all agree on, India. By contrast, many remain deeply sceptical about their need to tackle terrorism and a Taliban insurgency at home, despite over 50 suicide bomb blasts in Pakistan last year. To explain these conflicts—though it is a stretch—it has become increasingly fashionable in Pakistan to blame them on India. The army seems convinced that India is supporting the Taliban. This makes Pakistanis especially loth to crack down on LET, historically at least their trustiest weapon against India.”
Form the Frontpage Magazine –
“Lashkar has a very specific pan-Islamic vision: the recovery of all Muslim lands once ruled by Muslims, including India, Central Asia and Spain. And they’ve gone after those countries that they believe were usurped from traditional Muslim rulers,” said Ashley J. Tellis, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace who has been tracking Lashkar since 2001. “The goal is very apocalyptic and simple: attack these enemies and the symbols of those enemies,” he said.
To end with, I still don’t see any reason Kashmir to be placed as the center of conflict between India and Pakistan. It’s only a reason to show the world and reason’s will always arrive if they want.
I have got more insight in Lashkar’s ideology. The yaleglobal magazine has published an article on Lashkar and it contains a few quotes from Hafeez Saeed, the Lashkar mastermind. It says –
““Our struggle will continue even if Kashmir is liberated. We still have to take revenge for East Pakistan.” … “jihad is not about Kashmir only. About fifteen years ago, people might have found it ridiculous if someone told them about the disintegration of the USSR. Today, I announce the break-up of India, Insha-Allah. We will not rest until the whole (of) India is dissolved into Pakistan.””
And to extend to –
““plant the flag of Islam in Washington, Tel Aviv and New Delhi.””
So, it again emphasizes the fact that LeT is not as deep as the Kashmir problem is, it goes beyond that.