Pakistan’s Islamist leader vows war on US if US soldiers enter Pakistani tribal regions
ISLAMABAD, July 13 (Xinhua) — Pakistan’s major Islamic party said Sunday that the United States is planning attacks on the country’s tribal regions, adding that the whole nation will fight back if the U.S. dared any such action.
“If the United States violated our frontiers, we will have the right to declare a war,” Chief of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan Qazi Hussain Ahmed told a news conference Sunday in Peshawar, the capital of the North West Frontier Province.
“Pakistani nation will show resistance if the United States tried to interfere. Any action against our interest would be declaration of war,” Ahmed said.
The groups were launched long ago with the army’s clandestine support to fight against India in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. But at the meeting, they agreed to resolve their differences and commit more fighters to another front instead: .
“The message was that the jihad in Kashmir is still continuing but it is not the most important right now. Afghanistan is the fighting ground, against the Americans there,” said Toor Gul, a leader of the militant group Hezb-ul Mujahedeen. The groups included the al-Qaida-linked and Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, banned by Pakistan and branded terrorists by the U.S., he said.