A Pakistan-based terrorist group is threatening to slaughter members of a community in Kashmir who serve in the Indian police or military. The warning from Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) came in the form of posters spread across the district. They also threaten to kill five Indian Special Police Officials.
The threats come after eight top LeT commanders have died at the hands of Indian security forces since January.
Earlier this week at a conference in Kotli district in Azad Kashmir, LeT and Kashmiri terrorist groups pledged support to the Kashmiri people in their freedom struggle against Indian rule and labeled the Indian-Pakistan peace talks a "hoax."
"The secret of success and freedom from the oppressor lies in jihad and not at the negotiating tables," LeT leader Abdul Wahid Kashmiri said.
A declaration issued at the conference criticized Pakistan for being naïve in pursuing friendly relations with the U.S. and India. "We are afraid that Pakistan may subject itself to another debacle bigger than that of its dismemberment in 1971 by considering India and U.S. as its friends," the declaration said.
Bangladesh, formerly West Pakistan, separated into an independent state in 1971 with support from India.
In addition to the LeT, participants at the conference included Kashmiri terrorist groups such as Harkat-ul Mujahideen (HuM), Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM), Tehreek-ul Mujahideen, Al-Badar Mujahideen, Hizb-e-Islami Jammu Kashmir, Jamiat-ul Mujahideen, Muslim Janbaz Force and the Al Jihad Force. HuM, JeM and the LeT are on the U.S. list of designated terrorist groups.