The group behind the Mumbai jihad attacks was there. Why didn’t all the rest of the ralliers condemn them? Why were they instead content to stand with them? Why do Western authorities never, ever consider such questions, and the implications of rallies like this one? Why have we never, ever seen, 3,000 Muslims rallying against the jihad terrorism they ostensibly condemn, instead of — as here — calling for yet more jihad?
“Thousands rally in Pakistani Kashmir against India,” from AFP, October 27:
Muzaffarabad “” Thousands of Kashmiri people observed a “black day” in Pakistani Kashmir on Sunday, rallying at an event organised by Islamists against Indian “brutalities” and occupation of the Himalayan region.
The rally was set up by the United Jihad Council (UJC), which consists of 16 Islamist groups, militant outfits and political parties, and was attended by jihadi groups including Hizb-ul-Mujahidin and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
Both Washington and New Delhi blame LeT for the 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai, which left 166 people dead and derailed a peace process between India and Pakistan.
A crowd of around 3,000 people shouted “Al-Jihad”, “Allahu Akbar” (God is greater) and “We want Freedom” as they gathered in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir, said an AFP reporter at the scene.
“Diplomacy, talks and negotiations spanned over several decades have not worked,” said Syed Salahuddin, chairman of the UJC.
“The only way to liberate Kashmir is jihad and armed struggle because India does not understand the language of dialogue,” said Salahuddin, who also leads Hizbul Mujahedin, a militant group fighting Indian rule in Kashmir.
The protestors waved black flags and shouted: “Our struggle will continue til Kashmir is freed”, and condemned Indian “brutalities”, as Salahuddin appealed to the government and people of Pakistan to fully support Kashmiri independence….