United Jihad Council claims responsibility of Pathankot attack

Srinagar: Conglomerate of militant outfits United Jihad Council (UJC) Monday claimed the responsibility of Pathankot Airbase attack in Punjab where a search and combing operation continued for the fourth consecutive day on Monday.

Besides five militants, seven Indian security personnel, including one official of the National Security Guard, one IAF Garud commando and five Defence Services Corps (DSC) personnel have been killed in the attack so far.

In a statement to Srinagar based news gathering agency CNS, spokesperson United Jihad Council Syed Sadaqat Hussain claimed that Pathankot Air Base attack was carried out by the Kashmiri militants associated with ‘Highway Squad’.

The spokesperson alleged that Indian Government and its media have been suffering from Pakistan Phobia. “By accusing Pakistan for every attack, India neither succeeded in past to malign the Kashmir Freedom Struggle nor will it get anything in future through malicious propaganda,” the spokesperson said.

The UJC spokesperson clarified that militants in Kashmir have been fighting Indian Forces from last 27 years and during this period India adopted all available means to crush the Kashmir Movement. “The attack on Pathankot Air Base from Kashmiri Mujhadeen carries a message to India that no security establishment and garrison are out of reach from militants. Instead of accusing Pakistan, India should read the writing on the wall and without wasting any time should provide an opportunity to the people of Kashmir to decided their future,” the statement read.