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Masood Azhar Asks Pakistan to Open Terror Path Against India, Seize Kashmir

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First published: October 13, 2016, 10:31 AM IST | Updated: October 13, 2016
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Masood Azhar Asks Pakistan to Open Terror Path Against India, Seize Kashmir
File image of JeM chief Masood Azhar

New Delhi: Jaish-e-Mohammed chief and Pathankot terror attack mastermind Masood Azhar on Thursday asked Pakistan to 'open the path' for terrorism against India and urged them to seize opportunity to take control of Kashmir.

In an editorial in Jaish's weekly al-Qalam, Masood appealed to the Pakistani government to open the path for Mujahideen since the "terror in Kashmir has weakened India" to a great extent.

"Consider India before and after the jihad in Kashmir. In the course of this journey, I have seen India reduced from a serpent to an earthworm," Masood further added.

Masood added that the "bitter memories" of 1971 will be dissolved into the "triumphant emotions of 2016" if the government agrees to his demands.

Masood's call to escalate activities against India comes amidst reports that a Pakistani newspaper, The Nation has questioned why the Nawaz Sharif government is not acting against the likes of Masood Azhar & Hafeez Saeed.

India had demanded a UN ban on Masood Azhar but China has managed to block India's UN proposal.

Replying to a question on criticism about China's move to stall India's bid for a UN ban on Azhar - head of Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Muhammad, Li sought to justify Beijing's recent technical hold in the matter, saying: "China is opposed to all forms of terrorism."

"There should be no double standards on counter-terrorism. Nor should one pursue own political gains in the name of counter-terrorism," he said in a veiled reference to India, which is pressing for the UN ban against Azhar over his role in the Pathankot terror attack.

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