My army adores death, says JeM chief Masood Azhar

New Delhi: Jaish-e-Mohammad founder Masood Azhar has threatened retaliation if Pakistan shuts down terrorist groups operating against India.

In Peshawar-based jihadi magazine al-Qalam, he wrote that his 'army' loves death.

The Indian Express quoted Azhar as saying, “I have prepared an army that adores death. To uproot this army is not in the power of our enemies. God willing, this army will not let our enemies celebrate, nor occasion for anyone to miss my presence.”

India has charged Azhar with several major terrorist attacks, including the hijacking of an Indian Airlines flight from Kathmandu to Kandahar in 1999, attack on Parliament House in 2001 and the recent Pathankot attack.

Last month, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had promised early action against the Pathankot perpetrators.

Azhar also issued a veiled warning to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for engaging in talks with with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

“The rulers of our country are sad that we have disturbed their friends. They wish to arise on the Day of Judgment to be judged as friends of (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi and (former Prime Minister) Atal Behari Vajpayee,”he  wrote.

News24 Bureau