Pakistan’s Gujranwala town saw posters announcing that the Lashkar-e-Taiba will be holding last rites in absentia for one of the four terrorists who attacked the Indian Army’s 12 Brigade at Uri, which left 19 soldiers dead.
According to the media reports, the posters name one perpetrator as Gujranwala resident Muhammad Anas, who operated under alias Abu Siraqa. Posters invite local residents to join Namaaz for the Lashkar-e-Taiba’s “lion-hearted holy warrior Abu Siraa Muhammad Anas,, who sent 177 Hindu soldiers to hell at the Uri Brigade camp in occupied Kashmir, and thus drank from the glass of martyrdom.”
Even though the claim of killing 177 people is outlandish, this is the first hand strong evidence of India’s allegations that the Uri attack was carried out by a Pakistan-based Jihadist group—which until now has been denied by Islamabad.
With the photos of Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the head of the Lashkar-e-Taiba’s parent organisation, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, posters inform that the ghaybana namaaz janaza, or last rites held in the absence of the body of the deceased, will be held at Bada Nullah, near Girjakh, in the Punjab town of Gujranwala.
In a report of Times of India, a staff reporter with the Frontier post in Pakistan, Muhammad Aamir Hussaini has been quotes as saying, “After such posters and such events organized by JUD, what will be authenticity of claims made by Pakistani Foreign Office in front of International community.” This poster shows that Hafiz Saeed is working in Punjab with the consent of the civilian government and in this case the military establishment, he added.
Indian officials have blamed the Jaish-e-Muhammad for the Uri attack since the days after the strike. However, The Indian Express claims to have reported that investigators believed the unit involved belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiba, based on the codes the assault team had used to speak with their commanders.
It hasn’t been clear if similar functions had been held or would take place elsewhere in Pakistan for the other terrorists killed in the Uri attacks. National Investigations Agency detectives had been struggling to identify the perpetrators of the assault, or produce evidence of the group that carried out the attack, and these posters appeared in Gujranwala easing out the whole process.
It has been noted from the reports that Lashkar teams have staged increasingly bold attacks in the valley while Jaish-e-Muhammad has focused on operations outside of Jammu and Kashmir.
Earlier this year, A report in The Indian Express revealed a video footage showing the organisation, ostensibly banned by Pakistan, collecting funds for jihad outside mosques in Karachi as police stood by watching.