Saturday, November 29, 2014

Mr Rajnath Singh: No ISIS or Al Qaeda in India

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Islamic sub-continent threat from al-Qaida real: Rajnath

Guwahati: Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday told the heads of state police forces and intelligence agencies that the threat from al-Qaida to convert the Indian subcontinent into an Islamic one was real.

Rajnath, who was speaking at the 49th conference of DGs and IGs of police here, slammed Pakistan for the role played by its state actors to destabilize India.

He said the Muslims of the country, who sacrificed as much as the Hindus in the freedom struggle, will not accept this. "There is no doubt that society will stand united and al-Qaida will not succeed in its designs," he added.

Rajnath's inaugural speech pointed out that while incidents of left-wing extremism (LWE) have reduced greatly, the new threats are from Islamic radicalism through Al Qaida's new wing, Qaidat al-Jihad, and the ISIS.

Referring to the militant attack in the Arnia sector of Jammu and Kashmir on November 27 that left 12 people, including three army personnel dead, Singh said, "The mindset of the people of Jammu and Kashmir has changed, which is reflected in the high poll turnout. But Pakistan has not changed. Pakistan says the terror strikes here are by non-state actors. I want to ask Pakistan if the ISI is also a non-state actor. We know about the role of Pakistan state actors in destabilizing India."

"Although the ISIS was born out of Syria and Iraq, the Indian sub-continent cannot remain untouched by this menace and we need to understand this. It is also a matter of concern that some Indian youths have been attracted to the ISIS. But the government is committed to checking it," he added.

"The al-Qaida has formed a new wing called Qaida-al-Jihad for the Indian sub-continent with the intention to bring Bangladesh, parts of Assam, Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir under one Islamic sub-continent. We are not taking the threats lightly," said the Union home minister.

He added that the need of the hour was to take these places under control. "This is a challenge and I am confident on your (police DGPs and the force) capabilities to keep the country safe and we will succeed," said Rajnath.

Referring to the October 2 blast in Burdwan in West Bengal where Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) was allegedly involved, Singh said the incident shows that many foreign forces were using India's soil for their nefarious designs.

He also talked about the failed attempt by the South Asia wing of the al-Qaida to hijack a frigate of the Pakistan Navy and it plans to target American and Indian Naval ships through the Pakistani naval vessel. "They failed but what is of more concern for us is that some Pakistan Navy personnel were also involved in it," he said.

On the LWE issue, Singh said though it has reduced considerably, the Maoist problem persists in 10 states. "If it is going to be a problem for only one state, it is a challenge for us. Left-Wing extremism has to be put to an end at all cost. We are ready to talk, but cannot allow any violence to occur," he added.

He also asked the DGPs and IGPs to focus more on coastal security and pointed out that while the major coastlines and ports are always well-secured, there are over 200 minor ports and 1500 landing points which are still vulnerable.

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Sid Harth
It will take some time to see whether this group will turn out to be a serious threat or not. Although some Indian commentators have insinuated that China and Pakistan will support this group (both directly and indirectly), this is also unlikely. Other authors have accused the ISI of supporting Al Qaeda, but much of this is based on circumstantial evidence. It is also very unlikely that China would support an Islamist group against India that could possibly turn to the Uighur problem next. At this time, not enough information has been released about the group to get a clearer picture of this organization. As time goes on, we will become more acquainted with this new branch, although we should really hope not. Source: alray blog
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Yet AQIS is a threat to the subcontinent. Both India and Bangladesh are relatively weak states (in the sense they cannot properly implement the rule of law in all areas they control (more discussion about this in a future post)) that already have to worry about a well-established terrorist network in South Asia (established by groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba). There have also been indications that the fighters for the Indian Mujahideen have started to align themselves with Al Qaeda (thanks to the leadership of the organization having been captured). Although AQIS might not become the most powerful group in South Asia (an unfortunate honor that can arguably be given to LeT), it could gain the operational capability to threaten the region in the near future. Indeed, both the Indian and Bangladeshi governments have stated that they are taking the issue seriously. But the importance of India to jihadis is often overstated. Although Bin Laden and other Al Qaeda members made reference to India as a potential target (the Zionist-Crusader-Hindu alliance), it was actually never a serious threat. The previous mentions of India or Kashmir had usually been minor, especially compared to their statements against the United States. Even in the first instance Bin Laden mentioned the Zionist-Crusader-Hindu alliance, the country of Sudan was mentioned and criticized more than Hindus, India or Kashmir. Even in the ideology of many transnational jihadist groups (most based in the Middle East), the focus has been on America and Israel, as well as the so called secular Arab regimes. In fact, the addition of Hindu to the alliance was done by Pakistani groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba in order to try to integrate their objectives with the global jihadi movement. Indeed, LeT has aided Al Qaeda while it has been stationed in Pakistan, although LeT has enough power and its own objectives to be independent from the infamous terrorist organization. With the organization suffering a loss in prestige, it will attempt to try and appeal to Muslims in areas that ISIS has little to no influence. As a result, it would not be surprising if Al Qaeda will continue to integrate its ideology more with the current Pakistani jihadist beliefs.
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Al Qaeda’s new branch in India September 6, 2014 Al Qaeda, AQIS, Bangladesh, India, ISIS, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Pakistan, South Asia, Uncategorized, Violent Extremists Al Qaeda, AQ, AQIS, Bangladesh, India, ISIS Fighters in Karachi. Image credit to AFP Al Qaeda recently announced that they shall be creating a new branch of their franchise for the Indian Subcontinent. The countries that will be targeted by this new branch include India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar. The new head of this organization is Umar Asim, a commander of the Pakistani Taliban. AQIS (Al Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent (Arabic: جماعة قاعدة الجهاد في شبة القارة الهندية) literally Group (or Organization) of the base for Jihad in the Indian Subcontinent), according to Zarawahiri, is to essentially ‘liberate’ the Muslims in the aforementioned areas from injustice and oppression. By Zawahiri’s account, this new extension has been in the works for the last two years. Whether this is true or not, the formation of this group cannot be viewed in isolation. The timing of this new branch, like most commentators have already discussed, is coming in a period where Al Qaeda has suffered a loss in credibility and prestige with the recent success of ISIS in the Middle East. Not only has ISIS controlled such a large area (along with governing it), it has also successfully held off Al Qaeda’s local franchise (Jabhat Al Nusra) as well as the Assad government. Indeed, with the death of Osama Bin Laden (a charismatic speaker) and its weakening franchises (like Al Shabaab), and other franchises declaring loyalty to ISIS (like AQAP), AQ needs a booster. So what can Al Qaeda do? They focus on the one region where ISIS does not have strong connections. South Asia has a long history of jihadi terrorism as well as several issues that can appeal to Muslims in the subcontinent (like the fear of Buddhist and Hindu extremists). There is a fear that ISIS will make inroads into South Asia. ISIS pamphlets have already been seen distributed in Pakistan, has attracted some Indians to come fight (a rare thing as I briefly discussed here), and has proliferated multiple recruitment videos in South Asian languages, AQ has a real fear that ISIS will overtake them in a region where they currently have the advantage. Yet AQIS is a threat to the subcontinent. Both India and Bangladesh are relatively weak states (in the sense they cannot properly implement the rule of law in all areas they control (more discussion about this in a future post)) that already have to worry about a well-established terrorist network in South Asia (established by groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba). There have also been indications that the fighters for the Indian Mujahideen have started to align themselves with Al Qaeda (thanks to the leadership of the organization having been captured). Although AQIS might not become the most powerful group in South Asia (an unfortunate honor that can arguably be given to LeT), it could gain the operational capabili
Sid Harth
Faked? Muslim suspicions on the authenticity of the video were translated in a statement released on September 4 by Mumbai-based BBA which suspected the video was floated by some groups to whip up a communal frenzy among India’s majority Hindu community and target Muslims. “Over the course of many years we had seen similar Al Qaeda (video) statements which were later all proved to be fake ones- created by the right wing communal elements within the Indian intelligence community, aligned with the Mossad and CIA…The agenda (behind such a statement) is to clearly vilify and demonize Indian Muslims, and further deepen the communal divide, thus making it easier for the Hindutva brigade to implement their fascist agenda,” the BBA statement said. Feroze Mithiborwala, president of BBA, said that the US-based terrorism monitoring group SITE (Search for International Terrorist Entities), which has analyzed the latest video, might have a hand behind the production of the video. “SITE was founded by Rita Katz and Josh Devon who are both well-known Mossad agents,” Mithiborwala told “We all know of the alliance between Mossad and India’s intelligence agencies. “The strategy behind the faking of such video and its wide circulation across the world is targeted to spread the global threat perception and promote Islamophobia.” Copyright © 2014 All rights reserved. …and I am Sid Harth
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“After the Zawahiri video surfaced, we are now concerned that the Al Qaeda threat could be used by the security agencies and the extremist Buddhist organizations to further stereotype and victimize the poor Rohingyas.” More reactions poured from Burmese Muslim Association (BMA), Burma’s largest Muslim organization, which said that despite being “marginalized” in the country by the anti-Muslim extremist Buddhist forces, Burmese Muslims will not accept any help from a “terrorist organization” like Al Qaeda. “Muslims are fully integrated into the fabric of Burmese society. The Burmese Muslims have proved their loyalty to the country throughout the history of Burma with exceptional bravery and with tremendous courage…According to the peaceful teachings of Islam, we do not believe that violence is the solution to any crisis- it only makes the situation worse,” a statement from the BMA said. “We assure the international community of our full cooperation in preventing the poisonous ideology of Al Qaeda and also other extremist ideologies from spreading into our community.”
Sid Harth
Ahsan Khan, president of Illinois-based Indian American Muslim Council, one member group of the coalition, said that universal condemnation of Al-Qaeda by Indian Muslims, both within the community in India and in the diaspora, is a reflection of the profound respect for life and the rule of law among India Muslims. “We are deeply concerned that Al Qaeda’s unwanted and unacceptable proposition would be used as a pretext by repressive law enforcement and Hindutva supremacists to further harass and browbeat the community into accepting the status of second-class citizens,” Khan told OnIslam. Bangladesh & Burma Too Not far from the Indian subcontinent, Muslim-majority Bangladesh home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said that Al Qaeda’s plan on Bangladesh would fail. “In larger sense, people in Bangladesh do not support any terrorist outfit. So, we are sure that Al Qaeda would not get any response from our citizens. We are sure that its plan to launch its operation in Bangladesh will meet no success,” the Bangladeshi minister said to local media. Hefazat-e-Islam (HeI), which is identified as a hard-line Islamic group in Bangladesh, showed no interest in Al Qaeda, after al-Zawahri video surfaced last week. “Bangladesh is not Pakistan….Al-Qaeda won’t be able to make any impact if they open a branch here, ” senior HeI leader Maulana Azizul Haque Islamabadi said to the new agencies. Burmese Rohingya Muslim leaders, living in exile in Bangladesh, believe that the Al Qaeda threat could trigger more persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Burma. “Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh are struggling for basic needs of life like food, medicine etc. But Burma’s security agencies are accusing our poor community that it is preparing for terrorism-type armed struggle against the state,” the leader, identified as Islam, told OnIslam.
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Destabilizing Community S. Q. R. Ilyas, a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), the apex body of India’s Muslims for safeguarding the Shariah in the country, said that Al Qaeda’s presence in India would destabilize the country. “I am sure of it that in case Al Qaeda begins to operate in India, peace will disappear in the country and the Muslims will have to pay its price most dearly,” he told “The acquittal rate of Indian Muslim terror suspects is more than 99%, which shows that the boys from our community have largely rejected terrorist activities. So, Al Qaeda plan in India will fall flat,” Ilyas added. However, the Muslim leader questioned the authenticity of the video, demanding a forensic investigation to guarantee it was not faked. “But, I must add that the authenticity of the video statement of Zawahiri must be verified through forensic tests in a developed country before we are sure that the Al Qaeda leader indeed gave a call for spreading its network in India,” he added. Indian Muslim groups based outside India too have condemned Al Qaeda for its plan to be active in India. India’s Muslims are confident that “despite their many challenges, including those of security, Al-Qaeda has no place in India”, a coalition of Indian Muslim organizations in the US said in a joint statement, soon after the video went public. “This unwanted attention from Al-Qaeda should be repelled in the most unequivocal terms,” the statement said.
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Meanwhile, as soon as the news of the video spread in the subcontinent, AIMMM president Khan called Al Qaeda a “terrorist outfit” and said that it was working against the interest of India’s Muslims. “Al Qaeda is a terrorist outfit and it should not meddle in Muslim affairs in India,” Khan, who is known as an Islamic scholar and holds degrees from Manchester University in the UK and Al-Azhar University in Cairo, told OnIslam. “Indian Muslims, who are protected by the constitution and laws of the country, do not need the dubious help of an outfit which has caused so much of destruction and destabilization in the Middle East. As loyal citizens Indian Muslims will fight Al-Qaeda if it seeks to build its base here. Khan urged the Indian Muslim youth to stay alert so that they are not trapped by Al-Qaeda. “Indian Muslims should chase away anyone seeking to spread Al-Qaeda’s ideas which do not belong to the enlightened and moderate mainstream Islam.”
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Al Qaeda: No Threat All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) November 29, 2014 / elcidharth / 0 Comments / Edit South Asia Muslims Reject Al Qaeda Call By Rudabah Simrah OnIslam Correspodent Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00 KOLKATA – Muslim leaders in India, Bangladesh and Burma have all rejected the latest declaration by Al-Qaeda No. 1, Ayman Al-Zawahri, of a new wing to “liberate Muslims from injustice and oppression” in South Asia, saying it would trigger more attacks against the religious minority. “We, the Indian Muslims totally reject the Al-Qaeda chief’s offer to help us,” Zafarul-Islam Khan, president of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM), a New Delhi-based umbrella body of Indian Muslims organizations, told “In fact we view Ayman al-Zawahiri’s call a disservice to the cause of Muslims in India,” he added. Satellite Exposes Rohingya Misery“We Are Going to Kill All Muslims” ‘De-Islamizing’ Bangladesh Communal Tension Rips India Muslims’ Life India Muslims Dismiss Radicalization Fears In a video message released last week, Al Qaeda head Ayman al-Zawahri reportedly announced that his group had set up a new wing called “Qaedat al-Jihad fi’shibhi al-qarrat al-Hindiya” or Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), which would launch jihadi fight against India, Bangladesh and Burma. The message highlighted that AQIS would focus on the “sufferings” of Muslims in India’s Assam, Gujarat and Kashmir and fight for them. As the video grabbed the attention of the global media, Indian home ministry announced that on verification it had found the video authentic. A statement from the ministry said that it was taking the threat from the outfit seriously and reacted to Zawahri’s statement by alerting security agencies across the country to a heightened threat.

Source: TOI

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