No need to take seriously Al- Qaeda’s threats on Kashmir: MEA

No need to take seriously Al- Qaeda’s threats on Kashmir: MEA

NEW DELHI: India has the capability of taking care of its territorial integrity and sovereignty and there is no need to take seriously the threats on Kashmir by A-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday.

In a video, Zawahiri, who took over the reins of Al-Qaeda after the death of Osama bin Laden, said, “I am of the view that the Mujahideen in Kashmir – at this stage at least – should focus with single mind on inflicting unrelenting blows on the Indian Army and government so as to bleed the Indian economy and make India suffer sustained losses in manpower and equipment.”

Reacting to it, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India’s security forces are capable and equipped to protect the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. “We keep hearing of such threats and it is not the first time that we received such a threat. I don’t think we need to take it seriously,” Kumar said in response to a question. “Al Qaeda is a UN-prescribed terror organisation and their leader a UN-designated terrorist,” he said.

Zawahiri’s video was posted on ‘As-Sahab’ channel, an in-house production of Al-Qaeda used to relay the organisation’s views to the world.

Zawahiri hails from Egypt and the US has announced a reward of USD 25 million for information leading to his arrest or death. The Al-Qaeda chief also warned the mujahideen not to fall into the trap of Pakistan, which he termed as a puppet of the US. —PTI