Masood Azhar’s address to rally in Muzaffarabad draws Indian ire

Published: February 21, 2014
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“Our view about Masood Azhar is that he is a leader of a terrorist organisation… which is not only banned in India but banned by the United Nations Security Council, [and] also banned by the US and, more importantly, banned by Pakistan. And therefore, as far as we are concerned, once is one too many times,” the spokesperson in external affairs ministry said.

“Our view about Masood Azhar is that he is a leader of a terrorist organisation… which is not only banned in India but banned by the United Nations Security Council, [and] also banned by the US and, more importantly, banned by Pakistan. And therefore, as far as we are concerned, once is one too many times,” the spokesperson in external affairs ministry said.

NEW DELHI: India on Friday came slammed Pakistan for allegedly allowing Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar, blamed for the 2001 Indian parliament attacks, to “spew venom” against it, Times of India reported.

In a statement by their Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said that it was a matter of concern how a globally banned “terrorist” could address anti-India rallies in Pakistan.

India’s reaction came a day after Pakistan sought to play down a recent address by Azhar calling for jihad against India as a “one-time event”.

“Our view about Masood Azhar is that he is a leader of a terrorist organisation… which is not only banned in India but banned by the United Nations Security Council, [and] also banned by the US and, more importantly, banned by Pakistan. And therefore, as far as we are concerned, once is one too many times,” the spokesperson in external affairs ministry said.

On January 26, Masood had addressed a rally in Muzaffarabad where he claimed thousands were ready to join the jihad. The rally was organised by the JeM, blamed for the attack on India’s parliament.

The Indian external ministry spokesperson added that India “have zero tolerance for terrorist and it is obviously a matter of concern to us that a terrorist who is banned and who has been globally banned and proscribed is able to spew venom on India.”

Azhar and two others were freed by India in exchange for the passengers of an Indian Airlines flight that was hijacked from Kathmandu to Kandahar in December 1999. Azhar is alleged to have formed the Jaish-e-Mohammed soon after his release.

Asked about Azhar’s rally in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan’s foreign office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam on Thursday had said it was a “one time event” and should not concern New Delhi.

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Reader Comments (46)

  • Shssshhhhhhh
    Feb 21, 2014 - 9:11PM

    As a Pakistani I don’t feel its a good thing to allow such a person operating openly after he got freed from a hijacking of a civilian plan in which one person also got killed, he should not be allowed to address any rally or gathering , but India also have a old habit of making a mountain out of a molehill…India always portrays it self as a victim although the other side of the picture has never been seen or shown to Indians..Recommend

  • Reddy
    Feb 21, 2014 - 9:36PM

    And you wonder why world hates Pakistan!!Recommend

  • ria
    Feb 21, 2014 - 9:37PM

    the game of pakistan is simple…. clamp down terrorists against pakistan…support terrorists against india..we must make sure that bombings in pak dont stop…..its proxy vs proxy nowRecommend

  • retaliate
    Feb 21, 2014 - 9:47PM

    What India is doing in Pakistan, I feel same going to start in India too. Recommend

  • Feb 21, 2014 - 9:47PM

    how can one trust Pakistan government who is allowing leader of banned terrorist Organisation to spit venom against India and openly go for jihad against another country. ?
    it signals two situations either Pakistan is not a sovereign country and / or is conniving with terrorists( which indicates its intention and goal). so naturally there can not be any talk between the two countries for normalization of relationsRecommend

  • A amir
    Feb 21, 2014 - 10:14PM

    What a statement from our Minister….one time event….
    For this year?
    Should have said our strategic ASSet….

    We are not going to learn…these assets will take us down.Recommend

  • whats in the name
    Feb 21, 2014 - 10:23PM

    Pakistan is getting bitten repeatedly by the snakes it reared but still it is feeding them milk. Want to see the next episode.Recommend

  • Feb 21, 2014 - 10:37PM

    There are many people like these in India and in its Hindu parties who said these things regularly not just about pakistan but their own muslim minorityRecommend

  • An Ex Pakistani
    Feb 21, 2014 - 10:52PM

    I hope Pakistanis realize that this is a very dangerous game. It has been played before, and brought only disasters for Pakistani people.Recommend

  • Indian
    Feb 21, 2014 - 10:58PM

    The only solution for India is to break up the rump Pakistan just like we did in 1971.Recommend

  • qwerty
    Feb 21, 2014 - 10:59PM

    pakis want to play, lets see.Recommend

  • Gratgy
    Feb 21, 2014 - 11:13PM

    And they say they want good relations with indiaRecommend

  • Indian Muslim
    Feb 22, 2014 - 1:09AM

    Pakistan is in violation of UN Security control resolution, Pakistan Army has to hand over these terrorists to India, If not UN and West must impose sanctions to stop aid until they comply with UN Resolution.

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  • Chulbul Pandey
    Feb 22, 2014 - 1:24AM

    I don’t know why we even act surprised by this behavior of our neighbor anymore.
    Hafiz is a known terrorist and even has bounty on his head but openly roams around, attending seminars giving speeches.
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    All Pakistanis who always complain that Indians are not serious about peace process, please take notice. How can Indians take your Govt. seriously when its writ is openly flaunted by known terrorists.

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  • baloch Southall
    Feb 22, 2014 - 1:33AM

    I condemn massod azhar speech and what he stands for.
    But Pakistan should learn how to operate in this game from india. They are running a havoc in Pakistan from their consulates in Afg.
    Shall we reciprocate the same?

    @ria
    we are at a point that we don’t have anything to lose now. Shinning india is flying high and yet to go higher. A proxy with Pakistan on the scale you are doing in our country will cost you everything. You should fear such a time; not wish for it.

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  • Rashnul
    Feb 22, 2014 - 1:36AM

    My message to the Indians contaminating this forum is this: Relax!! He’s a non state actor, so we Pakistanis are not responsible for and do not necessarily support his actions. But don’t come into our country and try to kill him etc., even if he tries to do that to you guys. Because he’s a non state actor. This reasoning makes perfect sense to me. I believe.

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  • shahid
    Feb 22, 2014 - 1:36AM

    @Shssshhhhhhh:
    This HINDUS-tan forgot that they had this Masood Azhar for 7 years in their custody in jail under terrorist accusation, did not even file an FIR, or tried him in any court; Now, these Hindus-tanis remember that he is a monster??? What a load ofCrap;

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  • NotSoCommon
    Feb 22, 2014 - 2:21AM

    @ali

    Are any of the these “hindu parties” creating disturbance in pakistan? Are any one of them baaned outfits? Was any one of them freed in exchange for a hijacked plane?

    Do you really see nothing wrong with the whole event?

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  • NotSoCommon
    Feb 22, 2014 - 2:25AM

    @baloch Southall:

    So what do you think your government and army has been doing in Kashmir for the last 60+ years or for that matter tried doing in Punjab?

    And with all the tall claims that Pakistan has been claiming about India’s involvement in Pakistan has there been a single document or proof given to any organization in the world? If not, why do you think that is the case? Maybe because there is NO truth in it

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  • np
    Feb 22, 2014 - 2:58AM

    @baloch Southall: ” They are running a havoc in Pakistan from their consulates in Afg.
    Shall we reciprocate the same?”

    India has exactly as many consulates in Afghanistan as Pakistan does – 4 plus an embassy in Kabul. If you know the address of a 5th embassy please provide. And by the way why would India try to push people in from Afghanistan when it already has such a huge border plus LoC with Pakistan. Finally to your question ‘shall we reciprocate’? You must be naive to ask that question. Pakistan has been pushing people in India for a long while. There was even a name for that policy – it was called strategic depth.Recommend

  • Sid
    Feb 22, 2014 - 3:32AM

    @ali:
    How many of these “too many” in India had been caught in Pakistan for terrorism and were released for safety of hijacked citizens ? Please name one. Otherwise stop comparing apple and oranges.

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  • Sid
    Feb 22, 2014 - 3:33AM

    @shahid:
    Where did you hear this from ? Zaid Hamid ?

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  • Arpit Jain
    Feb 22, 2014 - 4:06AM

    @shahid: dude, I think you didn’t read the news properly.

    “Our view about Masood Azhar is that he is a leader of a terrorist organisation… which is not only banned in India but banned by the United Nations Security Council, [and] also banned by the US and, more importantly, banned by Pakistan. And therefore, as far as we are concerned, once is one too many times,” the spokesperson in external affairs ministry said.”

    Your own government has banned his organization. What more proof do you need.Recommend

  • Ali Reza
    Feb 22, 2014 - 4:13AM

    God bless him, he is a good man.

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  • Zarb e Hanood
    Feb 22, 2014 - 6:37AM

    Pakistan’s permissiveness when it comes to her citizens indulging in terrorism targeting India, adds a guilt free garnish to my indulging in schadenfreude every time I hear of an incident of terrorism in Pakistan.

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  • Aman ki Asha
    Feb 22, 2014 - 7:32AM

    Pakistan must realize that their terrorists is our terrorists too. Let’s co-operate on counter-terrorism operations as both of our countries are affected by this menace. This is how we can be friendly and trust-worth neighbours. Please don’t differentiate between anti-Pak terrorists and anti-India terrorists…You never know when they will turn against you.

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  • polpot
    Feb 22, 2014 - 7:54AM

    ” Asked about Azhar’s rally in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan’s foreign office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam on Thursday had said it was a “one time event” and should not concern NewDelhi
    .++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    One time event like kargil, Mumbai……some ppl never learn.

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  • prabhjyot
    Feb 22, 2014 - 9:13AM

    Dear jaaan have we hijacked any one…..we want peace for our kids. This is not a war. We have evovleved a lot. Stay as neighborhood

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  • prabhjyot
    Feb 22, 2014 - 9:23AM

    Punjab got seperated did you cry, it was only we were in majority in east Punjab. We made our Punjab a modern city.my ancestral citities are in ruin. No modern transport. Rab rakha

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  • sharabi
    Feb 22, 2014 - 10:32AM

    He is banned by india
    He is banned by UNITED NATION
    He is banned by US
    He is banned by PAKISTAN
    He is banned by 6 OTHER ORGANISATIONS
    Still he is free………
    I bet he will not be able to do any thing after the Election in India 2014,when someone is coming in power.
    you know who is he

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  • Bashir Hindustani
    Feb 22, 2014 - 10:46AM

    These cowards can’t dare to attack our parliament again because now our MPs keep peeper spray in their pocket :)

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  • ria
    Feb 22, 2014 - 11:14AM

    @Rashnul: i get the sarcasm….good one man,,,:)
    ( however if it isn’t one … then god save you )Recommend

  • ria
    Feb 22, 2014 - 11:15AM

    @baloch Southall: the question is u cant support the same level of the proxy we do….god look at ur self….. 3 billion dollar reserves…uffffffff

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  • Tanveer
    Feb 22, 2014 - 1:26PM

    Do I hear Indians speaking about UN security Council? There was a resolution by UNSC to hold a plebsicite in Kashmir to allow Kashmiris determine their fate – what did India do with that resolution?

    India should stop spewing venom on Kashmiris and let them decide their fate – all this problem will be resolved in matter of minutes.

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  • Aseem
    Feb 22, 2014 - 1:41PM

    When Masood Azhar was released Pakistan had stated that he will be arrested if he tried to enter Pakistan. Now he addresses a rally and Pakistan govt brushes it aside saying its a one time event and they wonder why the world has stopped believing in them. You can not be selective on terror.

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  • genesis
    Feb 22, 2014 - 4:49PM

    @Ali Reza:
    So long as he is attacking some one else preferably not a Pakistani or Muslims,but once he changes direction then he is a……….Recommend

  • Aseem
    Feb 22, 2014 - 5:08PM

    @Tanveer:
    1. UN resolution was not binding on any party. 2. Plebiscite was subject to withdrawal of Pak army from its occupied kashmir which Pakistan never honoured till date. India’s stand on Kashmir is very clear that Kashmir was legally acceded to India and its an integral part of India. There is no dispute about it. The only dispute is over PoK. Pakistan should stop supporting terror.Recommend

  • Bakhtiyar Ghazi Khan
    Feb 22, 2014 - 5:17PM

    Basically, India forced the US, UNSC, and the previous Pakistan government to blacklist Kashmiri mujahideen using Mumbai false-flag attacks as an excuse. Pakistan’s society overwhelmingly supports Kashmir, so it would be impossible to ban Kashmiri activists until India gives self-determination for Kashmiris.

    Pakistan stands with Kashmir always, and Kashmiri Mujahideen are completely innocent of terrorism as India claims. Kashmiri people are fighting for independence using protests, and fighting an occupying army. Allah bless them.Recommend

  • Akash
    Feb 22, 2014 - 5:33PM

    I don’t know how a criminal airplane hijacker is allowed to spew venom openly in Pakistan ! It just doesn’t send the right message to the rest of the world. Believe me, Pakistan needs the help of the world right now to solve its problems.Recommend

  • Professor
    Feb 22, 2014 - 5:36PM

    How can Pakistan condone terrorists and terrorism when one the worst victims of terrorism is Pakistan !! Pakistan won’t win many friends or its word be taken seriously by the rest of the world. Recommend

  • Akash
    Feb 22, 2014 - 9:14PM

    He should be behind the bars, after all he is the head of a baned organization, why our govt and security establishment play this dirty game of militancy again and again?Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 22, 2014 - 10:01PM

    Indian ire??!!… hahahahaa….good one ETRecommend

  • Zaid Hamid
    Feb 23, 2014 - 1:00AM

    Beef,mutton- all meat & egg prices are increasing & vegetable price decreasing.This is RAW conspiracy to make us weak vegetarians.
    RAW causes terrorism, Shia-Sunni conflict & all troubles in the peaceful heaven called Pakistan.
    India is doing this after silently taking away all non-muslims by giving them money.
    My neighbour not getting married. RAW conspiracy ..& also STERILE Polio drops.Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Feb 23, 2014 - 1:36AM

    The brouhaha from India is all “nautanki”. We want all gentlemen like Masood Azhar to roam freely in Pakistan. Sooner or later, they will turn against Pakistan.Recommend

  • Feb 23, 2014 - 4:39AM

    For the few sane Pakistanis left, particularly minorities, you can’t help but feel betrayed by Pak’s security forces and govt. The state literally seems more than happy to be known as a traitorous nation to the international community, being an openly welcoming safe haven for every known terrorist. These displays get bolder as the US draws down. Unfortunately this main-streaming of extremists, in media and public, by the state has been happening for quite some time…

    Neighbours and local citizens are suffering from all sorts of terrorist attacks from extremist organizations that Masood Azhar (for whom Pak officials have made zillions of dubious excuses on his whereabouts or why he hasn’t been arrested) and his supposedly banned JeM are related to, be it Taliban, TTP, LeJ, LeT, Al Qaeda, etc. Disgusted…Recommend

  • Mohsin Rafique
    Feb 23, 2014 - 6:18PM

    We are a too emotional people. I can guarantee just as we are crawling out of the abyss someone will say something to get us enflamed.

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