Al Qaeda warns India against attacking Pakistan (Lead)

February 10th, 2009 - 1:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Feb 10 (IANS) India will have to “pay a heavy price” if it tries to attack Pakistan, the Al Qaeda warned in a video sent to the BBC office here.

Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, said to be the Al Qaeda’s military commander in Afghanistan and believed to have been killed in a US drone strike in August 2008, referred to India’s Mumbai “humiliation” in the video in Arabic and said it will face more Mumbai-style attacks, BBC News reported.

“India should know that it will have to pay a heavy price if it attacks Pakistan,” he says.

“The Mujahideen will sunder your armies into the ground, like they did to the Russians in Afghanistan.”

Yazid, who is said to be ranked behind Ayman Al Zawahiri in the organisation, also called upon the Pakistani people to rise and overthrow the present government and the president, BBC reported.

He had last year claimed that Al Qaeda was responsible for the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

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