Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Masood Azhar has appealed to the Pakistan government "to open the path for the mujahideen" in order to resolve "the problem of Kashmir, as well as the dispute over water."
Azhar was freed by India in exchange for the release of passengers who were on onboard the Air India flight which hijacked by terrorists and forced to land in Afghanistan in 1999.
Excerpts of Azhar's appeal, published in al-Qalam, the weekly magazine of the Pakistan-based terrorist group, were carried today by The Indian Express.
"If the government of Pakistan shows a little courage the problem of Kashmir, as well as the dispute over water, can be resolved once and for all right now. If nothing else, the government simply has to open the path for the mujahideen. Then, god willing, all the bitter memories of 1971 will be dissolved into the triumphant emotions of 2016," Azhar wrote.
"India is putting pressure on Pakistan at this time. Looking at the situation in Kashmir, though, Pakistan should have been doing all this. Given that Kashmir is our jugular vein, we should have cancelled the SAARC conference ourselves, and cancelled the ceasefire on the Line of Control. In the last ninety days, how many Muslims have been martyred, and how many more injured?" he wrote.
When we entered the tent of the jihadist movement, it had no branch in Kashmir, nor was there lightning in Iraq or Syria. There were just two fronts, in Afghanistan and Palestine, one of them active and one of them shut.
Consider India before and after the jihad in Kashmir. You will see a dramatic difference. In the course of this journey, which I have been an eyewitness to, I have seen India reduced from a serpent to an earthworm.
We have watched as the jihad we befriended grew from a glowing ember into the sun; from a small spring into a river, and now, as it is about to become a great ocean. - Masood Azhar