Indian fighter planes have destroyed our jihad madrasa, says Jaish


India said its warplanes struck a militant training camp inside Pakistan on February 26, and killed a “very large number of fighters”.The assertion was met with a vehement denial by Pakistan, with its prime minister, Imran Khan, insisting there was no proof to substantiate India’s claims. Pakistan officials also denied there had been casualties.But an audio tape with words voiced by Maulana Masood Azhar’s brother now stands to verify what the Indian Air Force (IAF) has been saying all this while.A journalist, Taha Siddiqui, on Saturday tweeted a clip from the above-mentioned audio tape — with translation — in which the Jaish-e-Mohammed leader can be clearly heard saying the Madrasa was struck down by Indian fighter planes.The full confession address of Maulana Ammar, younger brother of Maulana Masood Azhar, is 14 minutes 32 seconds long. Siddiqui’s tweet has a recording of about a minute and 51 seconds — but has the most substantial part.In the tape, Maulana Ammar is giving a sermon in which he accepts Indian planes targetted their centre in Balakot. He goes on to criticise Imran Khan for releasing IAF braveheart Abhinandan Varthaman — who was captured in a squirmish that happened a day after the airstrike.He says, “Imran Khan has caused us embarassment by releasing the Indian pilot. We won’t forgive him.”Maulana Ammar, in the tape, further calls on Pakistanis to join him in spreading jihad. He is also heard saying “India will have to pay back for this action.”