Jaish-e-Muhammed could target Indian Parliament to avenge Surgical Strikes: Report

Furious after Indian Army’s surgical strikes across the LoC, Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) is reportedly planning a “spectacular attack” in India and may even target the Parliament again.

According to a report in TOI, India’s surgical strikes have shaken Pakistan’s ISI to the extent that it has asked JeM to avenge the strikes. The paper reported that Maulana Masood Azhar, the chief of JeM, wants to attack the Indian Parliament again. In 2001, a JeM module, led by Afzal Guru, had attacked the Parliament.

The report cited sources in the security established as saying that the Jammu & Kashmir CID and an intelligence agency have been tipped off about the possible attack.

The “chatter” picked by agencies suggests that if the fidayeen are unable to target the Parliament, then they may attempt an attack on the Delhi Secretariat. Akshardham and the Lotus Temple are also on the target list of terrorists, suggest documents with the intelligence agencies.

The report goes on the add that the Jaish handlers have instructed the outfit’s operatives to launch an attack in crowded places like markets, only if they fail to target the above-mentioned places of prominence. Intelligence agencies have sounded a high alert and all attempts are being made to foil any attempt at attacks. The threat comes at a time when the festival season has begun in India, and markets are likely to be more crowded than usual.

Meanwhile, various media reports suggest that the Pakistan Army has shifted terrorists Hafiz Saeed & Syed Salahuddin to its camps, amidst growing threats of more strikes by the Indian Army. Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) has however denied the reports saying that Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed and Hizbul Mujahideen head Sayed Salahuddin have not visited army camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK).

“Reports that Hafiz and anyone else visited any army camp is rubbish,” a JuD spokesman told PTI. The reports came on a day when Pakistan’s army chief General Raheel Sharif also visited the Line of Control (LoC) for the first time since the surgical strike conducted by Indian troops.

Sending a strong warning to Pakistan, the Indian Army last week announced carrying out surgical strikes across LoC. The Army said that its strikes destroyed several terrorist launch pads. The surgical strikes were both in retaliation to the Uri terror attack and a bid to pre-empt more terrorist attacks.

On September 18, four terrorists had attacked an Indian Army camp in Uri, killing 19 soldiers. The attack has invited the wrath for Pakistan from the international community and the neighbouring country has faced unprecedented isolation with all major global powers, such as US and Russia urging Pakistan to prevent terrorists from using its territory as a safe haven.

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