Indian intelligence agencies intercepted the conversation between Kashmiri militant leader Burhan Wani and Lashkar-e-Tayiba chief Hafiz Saeed, mastermind of the 26/11 terror attacks, CNN-News18 has accessed an audio tape of the conversation.
This conversation happened a few days before Burhan Wani’s killing. Burhan was neutralised in an anti-insurgency operation on 8 July 2016 along with two other militants.
CNN-News 18 couldn’t verify the tape wherein Wani can be heard requesting Saeed to extend support to Lashkar terrorists inside Kashmir valley in terms of arms, ammunition and money.
The tape starts with a call from Saeed’s location (in Pakistan) where his aid tells Wani that he is handing over the phone to Peer Sahib (Hafiz Saeed).
“You people are living in very difficult conditions. But you don’t have to worry. Whatever you need just tell us we are ready for every help. Will be ready for anything. You just have to tell us,” Saeed tells Wani.
“We have to go all out on attacks and shouldn’t lose this opportunity. For this, we need ammunition and support from the back. We should work together for this (Hizbul and Lashkar),” Wani is heard as saying.
Here’s the full conversation:
Burhan Wani: Greetings
Caller: Just talk to Peer Sahib (Hafiz Saeed)
Hafiz Saeed: Salaam wallekum
Burhan Wani: Salaam wallekum. How are you?
Hafiz Saeed: All fine. Burhan speaking?
Burhan Wani: Yes I’m Burhan. Hope you are fine.
Hafiz Saeed: Yes, I am fine. God is kind. I am thankful to him. I pray to god to bless you with everything. He should give you the strength to fight for the cause and religion.
Burhan Wani: I was always keen to talk to you but with the grace of god I’m talking to you today. How is your health?
Hafiz Saeed: Yes I’m fine. By the grace of god, everything is going fine. You people are living in very difficult conditions. But you don’t have to worry. Whatever you need just tell us, we are ready for every help. Will be ready for anything. You just have to tell us. We pray to god that we get success and the enemy is defeated and whatever we have to do we will do.
Burhan Wani: Inshallah, we will do everything. We just need blessings from our elders. God has accepted my wish and with his blessings small people like me are also talking to you.
Hafiz Saeed: No, no, you are very dear to us and you are doing great work, your sacrifices and we get news about every activity of yours. We are very happy with you.
Burhan Wani: I just want to make a small request. Here in Kashmir, these Lashkar people don’t get their stuff regularly; they are facing difficulties in getting their money and other things. I don’t understand the reason for this. If they have weak network I can help. I have sources available.
Hafiz Saeed: Great. Great. I will definitely take note of this and will take all help from you. And we will pray to god that he should help you.
Burhan Wani: I also want to say the enemy is almost defeated and we have to maintain this. We have to go all out on the attacks and shouldn’t lose this opportunity. For this, we need ammunition and support from the back. We should work together for this (Hizbul & Lashkar).
I have spoken to Dujana also, who is responsible for Lashkar here in Srinagar — you must be aware of this. For this I need your help and support and I am sure we can win and send the enemy out of our territory.
Hafiz Saeed: Inshallah, inshallah. Give my greetings to all the brothers and sister here. We all are working for one purpose. And tell them I’m praying for everybody. Everybody.
Burhan Wani: Grateful. I just want to say that Lashkar needs more back up from your side and for that if you need any support from me, please let me know.
I can do anything. They are our brothers and we have a common purpose and a common enemy.
Hafiz Saeed: All right. Inshallah… Inshallah.
Burhan Wani: Also these Lashkar people are saying that they never get to talk to Hafiz sahib.
Hafiz Saeed: I only spoke to you. I got your message and called. You keep in touch with these people, we also have all information about them.
Burhan Wani: Yes I’m in touch with them and will take care of them.
Hafiz Saeed: Okay, bye.
Burhan Wani: Bye.