29 July 2017

News Story: Police to probe Al-Qaeda presence in Indian-controlled Kashmir

by Peerzada Arshad Hamid

NEW DELHI, July 28 (Xinhua) -- A day after Al-Qaeda announced it has a group in Indian-controlled Kashmir to fight New Delhi's rule, the region's police chief Friday said it would investigative the presence of the global terror network.

"A militant is a militant, whichever tanzeem (outfit) he belongs. Somebody who has picked up a gun is a militant for us," said Director General of Police (DGP) Shesh Paul Vaid during a press conference in Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

However, he said police would closely monitor the fallout of Thursday's announcement on militancy in the region.

"It's hard to predict any impact immediately, though there is a concern that it might sway youth toward the radical ideology," Vaid said. "We will investigate the arrival of Al-Qaeda in (Indian-controlled) Kashmir."

Al-Qaeda on Thursday officially announced it has a wing in Indian-controlled Kashmir and region's defiant Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Zakir Musa was its chief. The claim was made by the Global Islamic Media Front, online propaganda wing of Al-Qaeda.

Read the full story at Xinhua