Teen ultra hails 'jihad' in video before Pulwama attack

Teen ultra hails 'jihad' in video before Pulwama attack

Teen ultra hails 'jihad' in video before Pulwama attack

Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad on Monday released a video of one of its fidayeen (suicide) militants on Monday - who was killed in a gunfight in Pulwama on Sunday - urging Muslims, particularly Kashmiri youth, to join the "fight against India".

Sixteen-year-old Fardeen Ahmad Khanday, who was killed along with his two associates during a pre-dawn strike by militants on a paramilitary CRPF camp in south Kashmir's Pulwama district, says in a composed tone that "by the time this video reaches you, I will be a guest in heaven."

Five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were also killed in the attack while two were injured in the attack.

Son of a serving police constable, the teenager is seen seated between three assault rifles and a huge cache of ammunition including grenades and communication devices, in the nearly eight-minute video, which has since gone viral on social networking websites.

"It is being made out as if unemployment was driving Kashmiri youth to take to militancy. But the fact is that it is nothing (but) propaganda," he says.

Fight 'infidels'

Calling Muslims to fight against "infidels", the teenager fidayeen says, "Jihad is also faraz (mandatory) for a Muslim and Kashmir youth should join it. The importance of jihad increases when infidels occupy our land and threaten the modesty of our women."

"My friends and I have listened to the call of Quran and plunged into the battlefield of jihad. This will continue till the last occupying soldier is present in Kashmir," he says in Urdu.

Khanday, who had joined militancy barely three months ago, asks: "Hasn't the chastity of our sisters and women been torn apart in Kashmir? Which cruelty hasn't been launched against Kashmiris? How many innocent youngsters are languishing in jails for years? Hundreds have been disabled and women have been widowed. Hundreds of Kashmiris have been buried in unknown graves."

He also invoked the Babri Masjid demolition issue to ask Indian Muslims to join jihad. "…I want to call upon Muslims in India… Ghazwa-e-Hind is yet to come."

A resident of Tral, the hometown of slain Hizb commander Burhan Wani, Khanday talks about the recent fidayeen attacks in Humhama (Srinagar), Pathankot (Punjab), Nagrota (Jammu) and on District Police Lines Pulwama to claim that "Jaish-e-Mohammad was impossible to stop".

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