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Mustaq Aksari is a leader and spokesman for an Islamic fundamentalist group in Jammu Kashmir called Al Badr.[1]

In August 2000, Aksari denounced the decision of those within the Kashmiri resistance group Hizbul Mujahideen who had recently agreed to enter into a ceasefire with Indian forces.[2] According to The Hindu he was then "the head of the al-Badr faction of the Hizb" and he stated those who agreed to the ceasefire should be "dealt with as other traitors are"

He was quoted again in November 2000, rejecting the idea of a ceasefire, saying "We do not accept or believe India. Jihad is the only solution.".[3]

On December 31, 2000, The Hindu quoted Aksari announcing the success of an attack his group made that he claimed killed a dozen Indian soldiers.[4]

An interview Aksari gave to CNN in early 2001 was widely quoted following Al Qaeda's attacks on September 11, 2001.[1][5] Aksari told CNN:

"Islam must rule the world and until Islam does rule the world we will continue to sacrifice our lives."

Following an announcement in early 2002 that the Pakistani government was planning to crack down on the militant activities of Al Badr and four other groups the Associated Press quoted Askari saying[6][7]:

"The government is targeting (militant) groups at the behest of America and India, But any crackdown or restrictions won"t hurt our struggle. Our Kashmiri jihad will continue."

The Times of India published a first hand account of a trainee who claimed to have attended an Al Badr training camp, who said trainees had to listen to sermons from Mustaq Aksari.[8]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bindra, Satinder (2001-09-19). "India identifies terrorist training camps". CNN. http://archives.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/asiapcf/central/09/19/inv.afghanistan.camp/.  mirror
  2. Praveen Swami (2000-08-05). "A ceasefire in Kashmir: For the moment, both India and the Hizbul Mujahideen have an interest in making sure it works, but the real dangers lie further in the future.". The Hindu. http://www.hindu.com/fline/fl1716/17160300.htm. Retrieved 2012-06-07. "Following the July 25 deliberations of the United Jihad Council, fringe groups in Pakistan have begun scrambling to occupy the space v acated by the Hizbul Mujahideen, and competing for the funds available from the ISI. Mushtaq Aksari, the head of the al-Badr faction of the Hizb, made up of Pakistani cadre, proclaimed that his one-time Kashmiri comrades-in-arms would be "dealt with as o ther traitors are.""  mirror
  3. "Rebels reject New Delhi Ramadan ceasefire offer". New Straits Times. 2000-11-21. p. 11. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=glNIAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ThQEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5277,3299853&dq=mustak-aksari+. Retrieved 2012-06-07. ""We do not accept of believe India," said Mushtaq Askari, a spokesman for the Pakistan-based Al Badr rebel group. "Jihad (holy war) is the only solution."" 
  4. "Al Badr claims killing of 12 Indian soldiers". The Hindu. 2000-12-31. http://www.hindu.com/2001/01/01/stories/03010009.htm. Retrieved 2012-06-07. "Pakistani agencies have quoted the outfit spokesman, Mr. Mushtaq Askari, as saying that four guerillas launched a raid in Sarankot town on Saturday night. The fighting lasted more than an hour, he added."  mirror
  5. Michael Mannheimer (2009-05). "Islam und Islamismus: Zwei Seiten derselben Medaille namens Islam [Islam and Islamism: Two sides of the same coin called Islam]". p. 7. http://www.pi-news.net/wp/uploads/2009/05/islam_islamismus.pdf. Retrieved 2012-06-07.  mirror
  6. "Militants vow more attacks in Kashmir". Michigan Daily. 2002-01-14. http://www.michigandaily.com/content/militants-vow-more-attacks-kashmir. Retrieved 2009-02-07.  mirror
  7. Robert H. Reid (2001-01-14). "Two extremist groups: India awaits Pakistani action to fight terrorists". Southeast Missourian. p. 3. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=TKgfAAAAIBAJ&sjid=MNYEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3402,1657506&dq=mustak-aksari+. Retrieved 2012-05-07. ""The government is targeting (militant) groups at the behest of America and India," said Mustaq Askari, an al-Badr spokesman. "But any crackdown of restrictions won't hurt our struggle. Our Kashmiri jihad will continue."" 
  8. Shaukat Ahmed Khan (2006-10-06). "'They took my tongue out'". The Times of India. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/2099294.cms. Retrieved 2009-02-06.  mirror

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