Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani had spoken to Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed just a few days before Wani was killed in an encounter, and had offered to form a united front against India.
In an exclusive, CNN-News18 reported that it had accessed an audio tape of the conversation between the two terrorists which had been intercepted by Indian intelligence agencies. Wani, from his jungle hideout, had called Saeed in Pakistan.
Security agency sources told the channel that Wani talking to Saeed pointed out at a combined effort by Kashmiri militant organisations to ignore their differences and instead pose a united threat to India.
CNN-News18 has, however, also said that the channel could not independently verify the authenticity of the audio tape.
"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 reportedly told 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 Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba)," Wani reportedly said.
After Wani's killing earlier this year, ANI had also reported that Saeed had said that Wani was prepared to die after talking to him.
"A few days before his death, Burhan Wani told me over phone that it was his desire, his last wish, to talk with me. ‘Now that my desire has been fulfilled, I am waiting for martyrdom,’ he told me," ANI quoted Saeed as saying.