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Modi’s “exported terrorism” claim proved wrong, Indian Al Qaeda chief a local

October 3, 2014

India’s intelligence agencies have begun investigating information that the head of al-Qaeda’s new unit in the subcontinent is a former Uttar Pradesh resident, highly-placed government sources have told The Indian Express.

Maulana Asim Umar, earlier reported to be a Pakistani national, is now believed to have studied at the famous Dar-ul-Uloom seminary in Deoband, before emigrating from India in the late-1990s.

The investigations were under way even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi told a Washington, DC-based think tank that terrorism in India was “exported, not home-grown”.

Both the UP Police and Intelligence Bureau (IB) have questioned figures linked to the Islamist movement in India in the 1990s, seeking details on any Indian national who may have moved abroad. Intelligence sources said their inquiries had focussed on former members of the now-proscribed Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), whose cadres were enthusiastic in their support for al-Qaeda and the Taliban regime that took power in Afghanistan in 1996. “No firm details have emerged so far,” one intelligence official said. “But from the bits and pieces of information we have, we’re increasingly convinced that Maulana Umar is likely of Indian origin, perhaps even an Indian national.” The fact that the cleric has never appeared without a digital mask, the official said, “suggests he has something to hide, since the top jihadist leadership in Pakistan generally do not hesitate to show their faces”.

Maulana Ashraf Usmani, a spokesperson for the Deoband seminary, said that in the absence of identifying pictures, or approximate dates of residence, it was impossible to confirm — or deny — whether Maulana Umar had been a student there. “Thousands of students go through here,” he said, “and we don’t have full records of the many who drop out”. However, Maulana Usmani said, “I want to emphatically underline that the Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband is unequivocal in its condemnation of terrorism, and, indeed, in its opposition to all forms of wrongdoing. Wherever this man got his ideas, it was not here.” From three separate Pakistani sources familiar with the jihadi movement, The Indian Express learned that Maulana Umar arrived in Pakistan in the late-1990s, and began studies at the Jamia Uloom-e-Islamia, a Karachi seminary that has produced several top jihadist leaders, including Maulana Masood Azhar, leader of the Jaish-e-Muhammad, Qari Saifullah Akhtar, who headed the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami, and Fazl-ur-Rehman Khalil, the leader of the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen.

Maulana Umar, the sources said, was mentored by Nizamuddin Shamzai, a cleric with close links to the Taliban, who once bragged about having been a “state guest” in Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar’s Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. E-mail requests to the Jamia Uloom-e-Islamia, seeking confirmation of Maulana Umar’s residence and nationality, went unanswered. The seminary says on its website, though, that students from 60 countries, including India, have studied there. After finishing his studies in Karachi, Maulana Umar is believed to have joined Fazl-ur-Rehman Khalil’s Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, teaching briefly at the Dar-ul-Uloom Haqqania seminary in Peshawar, and serving at the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen’s training camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Following the events of 9/11, the sources said, Maulana Umar moved back to Karachi, living from 2004-2006 at the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen’s office in Haroonabad. He also authored a number of best-selling books, which gave him rock-star status among Pakistani Islamists. The Pakistani state’s growing confrontation with jihadists pushed Maulana Umar towards al-Qaeda.

The decision, the sources said, appeared to have been made final by President Pervez Musharraf’s storming of the Lal Masjid in Islamabad, a seminary run by Maulana Umar’s old Jamia Uloom-e-Islamia friend, Maulana Abdul Rashid Ghazi. He then made contact with Muhammad Ilyas Kashmiri, a top jihadist with close links to al-Qaeda. Interestingly, Lashkar-e-Toiba operative David Headley had told the FBI about a “Karachi project” run by Kashmiri, with plans to target India. Maulana Umar delivered exhortations specifically targeting Muslims in India for the first time last year — also the first of its kind in global jihadist writing. Published in the June-July 2013 issue of the jihadist magazine Azan, and made available online as digital audio, the essay said, “The global jihad leadership feels justified in asking the Indian Muslim scholars and masses as to why the jihad battlefields remain deprived of their blessed presence — especially when history shows that their ancestors always raised the banner of jihad against the enemies of Islam.

In it, Maulana Umar invoked anti-Muslim communal violence in India, saying “the Red Fort in front of the mosque cries tears of blood at your slavery and mass killing at the hands of the Hindus”. He asked, “Is there no mother left in UP (Uttar Pradesh) who can sing to her sons the songs that would inspire them to decorate the battlefield of Shamli instead of wasting their time in marketplaces, parks and sports fields? Have the inheritors of Shaykh-ul-Hind left out Hijrah and jihad from their lives forever? “Has the land of Bihar become so barren that it is unable produce even one jama’ah [group] of the likes of the Mujahideen of Azeemabad? And which Kafir’s evil sight affected the land of Bengal that the eyes of history became weary awaiting another Siraj-ud-Daula?” India-specific memes like these have been frequent in Maulana Umar’s work — especially calls directed at Indian Muslims, such as ‘Why is there no storm in your ocean?’, released by al-Shahab, al-Qaeda’s media house, in 2013.

Internet forums used by Islamists have long contained hints of Maulana Umar’s Indian origins. In a 2012 discussion on the absence of Indians in global jihadist movements, a commentator on the popular SunniForum.com platform lamented that just one Indian — “one mujahid made hijrah (holy emigration, modelled on the Prophet Muhammad’s migration from Mecca to Medina) to where the sword is being used. only one out of billions of indian Muslims. his name is maulana asim umar sahab (rh). just one (sic).” The forum member, ‘mh16388’, used Maulana Umar’s story to make the case that jihad was incumbent on all Muslims, writing: “could Muslims even do half the tableegh (missionary work) in India that they do today had India not been conquered by (the medieval warlord Muhammad) Bin Qasim (rh) and other subsequent Muslim rulers?” In another discussion the same year on another Islamist forum, forum member ‘Mullah’, argued that “the Prophet (PBUH) migrated to a safer place and then formed a state. which is what they should do too if they are serious about khilafah (a caliphate). (and alhamdulillah [praise the lord] done by maulana asim umar)”.

Following news that Maulana Umar had been appointed chief of the new al-Qaeda unit, @Pak_Witness, a reliable Twitter feed followed by many Pakistani journalists for information on the jihadist movement in that country, reported that “@Pak_witness … Maulana Asim Omar is a graduate from Darul Uloom Deoband in India, he taught in variuos madrasas in Karachi” (sic).

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Cricket defeat shows no Kashmiri safe under Indian control

March 6, 2014

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Cruel Indian army behaving in barbaric manner as they stabbed to death Kashmiri youth who was celebrating Pakistan’s victory against India in Asia Cup on Sunday.

According to Kashmiri media, Indian forces have brutally tortured the Kashmiri youth first and then stabbed him in Budgam area of Occupied Kashmir .

Cricket defeat shows no Kashmiri safe under Indian control

He was transferred to Shair-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Science where he succumbed to injuries.

On the other hand Indian police has claimed to lodge an FIR against three Indian soldiers and two others but still they were not arrested.

Lamenting on world horizon as Human Rights champion, India has already fired around 130 Kashmiri students studying in state of Uttar Pradesh University on the mere charges of celebrating Pakistan win against India in Asia Cup.

US report mentions civilian graves in IHK

April 25, 2013

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The admission made by an official human rights body of Indian-occupied Kashmir’s “government” in August last year about the existence of over two thousand unmarked graves has been featured in a U.S. report on human rights.

The report, titled “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2012″ released by the US State Department, said it was the first time that a government entity — the Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Council (JKSHRC) — confirmed that some of the bodies in graves were of civilians and not insurgents, but made no comments about the discovery of so many graves.

The State department report, which was released by Secretary of State John Kerry, noted the occupied Kashmir government’s claim that most of the unmarked graves were known to respective police stations and that the remaining graves were of unidentified militants killed in security force encounters.

“In a report submitted to the state government in July 2011, the Jammu and Kashmir State Human Rights Council had documented 2,156 unmarked graves at 38 different sites at the heart of the 1990s insurgency and recommended an inquiry by an independent body,” the State Department said.

“In December the International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice in Indian-Administered Kashmir documented 2,943 bodies in graves in Kashmir, 87 percent of which were unmarked.” The US report said, “Separatist insurgents and terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, the Northeastern States, and the Naxalite belt committed numerous serious abuses, including killing armed forces personnel, police, government officials, and civilians. Insurgents were responsible for numerous cases of kidnapping, torture, rape, and extortion, and they used child soldiers. For the second consecutive year, Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast saw considerably less violence than in the past.

“The Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society, a Kashmir-based human rights nongovernmental organization (NGO), reported 148 deaths from violent incidents, among other human rights abuses, including the deaths of 35 civilians, 75 alleged militants, and 36 security forces personnel.”
The State Department report also said India’s civil society continues to express concern over the failure of the government of western state of Gujarat to protect people or arrest those responsible for communal violence in 2002.

It said human rights groups continue to allege that investigative bodies in their reports showed bias in favour of Gujarat’s Chief Minister Narendra Modi. “Civil society activists continued to express concern about the Gujarat government’s failure to protect the population or arrest those responsible for communal violence in 2002 that resulted in the killing of more than 1,200 persons, the majority of whom were Muslim, although there was progress in several court cases,” said the State Department report. “Human rights groups continue to allege that investigative bodies showed bias in favour of Modi in their reports,” the report said.

The chapter on India in the report runs into 60 pages, according to which the most significant human rights problems in India in 2012 were police and security force abuses, including extra-judicial killings, torture, and rape; widespread corruption at all levels of government, leading to denial of justice; and separatist, insurgent, and societal violence.

“Other human rights problems included disappearances, poor prison conditions that were frequently life-threatening, arbitrary arrest and detention, and lengthy pretrial detention. The judiciary was overburdened, and court backlogs led to lengthy delays or the denial of justice,” the report said. “Authorities continued to infringe on citizens’ privacy rights,” it said.

The State Department said, law enforcement and legal avenues for rape victims were inadequate, overtaxed, and unable to address the issue effectively. “Law enforcement officers sometimes worked to reconcile rape victims and their attackers, in some cases encouraging female rape victims to marry their attackers. Doctors sometimes further abused rape victims who had come to report the crimes by using the ‘two finger test’ to speculate on their sexual history,” it said, while referring to the brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old girl in Delhi.

Struggles of Kashmiris, Palestinians are linked: Syed Ali Gilani

August 19, 2011

The Nation

In occupied Kashmir, veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has said that the freedom struggles of Kashmiris and Palestinians are linked and appealed the people to register their protest peacefully against the illegal occupation of Kashmir and Palestine by observing August 19 as Yaum-e-Shuhada and August 26 as Yaum-e-Quds.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the dream of making the world a better and peaceful place to live could not be realised until the Kashmir and Palestine were resolved in accordance with aspirations of the people living there.

Drawing parallels between Kashmir and Palestine disputes, the veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader said that both the regions were under foreign military occupation. “Kashmir has been illegally occupied by India through its military and the Israel has used the same policy to hold on to Palestine,” he said and added that people in both the regions had been enslaved by foreign powers through force and their basic rights were being trampled ruthlessly.

India ups state sponsored terrorism against Kashmiri people

June 20, 2011

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SRINAGAR – In occupied Kashmir, veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has appealed to the international community to come forward in a big way to save the Kashmiri people from stepped up Indian state terrorism.

Syed Ali Gilani was addressing a public gathering at Tappar Pattan, where he had gone to condole the death of an innocent civilian who was crushed to death by an Indian army vehicle, yesterday. He said that the unparalleled sacrifices rendered by the people of Kashmir for securing their inalienable right to self-determination would not be allowed to go waste. People on the occasion raised anti-India and pro-liberation slogans.

Senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi, addressing a function at Zedibal in Srinagar said that India would never succeed in suppressing Kashmiris’ liberation movement by resorting to repressive measures.

Senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah addressing a gathering at Chandrigam in Islamabad said that situation in the occupied territory would not improve till the Kashmir dispute was resolved in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

On the other hand, members of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons staged a sit-in protest at Pratap Park in Srinagar, today, demanding whereabouts of the Kashmiris disappeared in custody of Indian police and troops during the past twenty-two years.

Unidentified persons shot at and critically injured a candidate of the ongoing so-called panchayat elections at Machipora Zaingeer in Baramulla. SRINAGAR, May 11 (NNI): In occupied Kashmir, veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has appealed to the international community to come forward in a big way to save the Kashmiri people from stepped up Indian state terrorism.

Syed Ali Gilani was addressing a public gathering at Tappar Pattan, where he had gone to condole the death of an innocent civilian who was crushed to death by an Indian army vehicle, yesterday.

He said that the unparalleled sacrifices rendered by the people of Kashmir for securing their inalienable right to self-determination would not be allowed to go waste. People on the occasion raised anti-India and pro-liberation slogans.

Senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi, addressing a function at Zedibal in Srinagar said that India would never succeed in suppressing Kashmiris’ liberation movement by resorting to repressive measures.

Senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah addressing a gathering at Chandrigam in Islamabad said that situation in the occupied territory would not improve till the Kashmir dispute was resolved in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

On the other hand, members of the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons staged a sit-in protest at Pratap Park in Srinagar, today, demanding whereabouts of the Kashmiris disappeared in custody of Indian police and troops during the past twenty-two years.

Unidentified persons shot at and critically injured a candidate of the ongoing so-called panchayat elections at Machipora Zaingeer in Baramulla.

Indian troops martyr three more innocent youth in IHK

February 9, 2011

In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred 3 more innocent Kashmiri youth in Ramban district.

The martyred youth identified as Abdul Rashid Naik, 36, Nasir Ahmed Naik, 24, and Mushtaq Ahmed were killed by the troops of 23 Rashtriya Rifles, Special Striking Reserve and Special Operations Group personnel during siege and search operations at Manjote-Nachlana in Banihal tehsil of the district.

On the other hand, a civilian was injured in an anti-personnel mine in Suchetpur area of Samba district while police arrested one Ghulam Nabi, 28, from Bumai in Sopore.

Meawhile, three persons identified as Abdul Ahad Wani, Ghulam Qadir Wani and Javed Ahmad Koka were trapped under a snow avalanche in Shangus areas of Islamabad.

Kashmir solution vital for peace in S Asia: JKPFL

January 6, 2011

Kashmir Global

Srinagar, January 06 (KGN): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League has urged the United Nations to take serious and sincere steps for implementation of its own resolutions on Kashmir so that permanent peace in South Asia can be established.

The spokesman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League in a statement issued in Srinagar said that January 5 was an important day in the history of Kashmir as it was on this day in 1949 that the United Nations adopted a resolution, acknowledging right of self-determination of Kashmiris and giving them the right to decide their future by themselves.
He said that it was a bitter fact that the United Nations could not implement its own resolutions on Kashmir despite the passage of more than six decades. The spokesman said that the people of Kashmir had been rendering countless sacrifices for securing their inalienable right to self-determination and they would continue their struggle till complete success.

JKPM for tripartite talks to settle Kashmir dispute

December 30, 2010

Jammu, December 30 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement (JKPM), a constituent of All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC), has said that if India is really sincere in resolving the Kashmir dispute it must accept the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir and create a conducive atmosphere for tripartite negotiations involving Pakistan India and genuine representatives of the Kashmiris.

Leader of APHC and the Chairman of JKPM, Ghulam Ahmed Mir, in a statement issued in Jammu, termed the appointment of three-member team of interlocutors as a part of delaying tactics applied by India to prolong its occupation in the occupied territory.

He urged India not to hoodwink the international community. MIr said that the Kashmiri people had strongly rejected appointment of three-member team of interlocutors appointed by India.

Recalling that such attempts had also been made by India in the past, which proved futile and counterproductive, he said that the longstanding dispute could not be resolved through economic packages. “Kashmir is an internationally accepted dispute,” he added.

The JKPM Chairman said that Kashmiris had been offering supreme sacrifices for the past 63 years to take the ongoing freedom movement to its logical conclusion and no power could prevent them from achieving their inalienable right to self-determination.

Kashmiri youth shield Geelani from RSS attack

October 22, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Kashmiri youth on Thursday foiled an attack on leader of a Hurriyat faction Syed Ali Geelani when members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh tried to mount an assault in Delhi at a seminar on Kashmir.


Faction leader of the Kashmiri Hurriyat, Syed Ali Geelani.

The incident was followed by anti-India and pro-liberation slogans within the seminar hall, which lasted more than half an hour.

The event was organised by the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners and those who spoke on the occasion included Syed Ali Geelani, Arundhati Roy, Prof Abdur Rehman, Prof Sujatha Rao, Najeeb Bukhari, Dr Sheikh Showkat Hussain, Varvara Rao and Dr N Venu.

The majority of speakers stressed the need for an early resolution of the Kashmir dispute while denouncing human rights violations by Indian troops in the occupied territory.

Meanwhile, Indian troops pressed attack helicopters into service during a clash with militants at Maloora Shalteng in the outskirts of Srinagar. Two Kashmiri youth were killed in the fierce gunbattle.

The authorities imposed a curfew and restrictions in Srinagar and all other districts of the valley to thwart the Lal Chowk March, the call for which had been given by the forum patronised by Syed Ali Geelani.

Indian police resorted to brute force to quell peaceful protests in Habba Kadal in Srinagar, near Cement Bridge in Baramulla town.

On the death anniversary of Agha Syed Yousuf alMoosvi alSafvi, APHC leader, Agha Syed Hassan al Moosvi, said while addressing a function in Budgam that the mission of the late religious leader would continue.

The Norwegian parliament has issued a schedule to debate the Kashmir dispute from November 15, taking a serious note of human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

The reports said that the Norwegian foreign miinister would release a policy statement on Kashmir after the debate.

OIC Group urges India to stop human rights violations in Kashmir

September 23, 2010

By Iftikhar Ali, Ali Imran

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 23 (APP): Reacting to the ongoing violence against people in the Occupied Kashmir, a panel of OIC foreign ministers asked India Wednesday to stop human rights violations and take steps to resolve lingering South Asian conflict peacefully.Meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session, members of the Organization of Islamic Conference Contact Group on Kashmir reaffirmed their support for the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination. The meeting was addressed by heads of delegations of leading Islamic countries including Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi renewed Islamabad’s support for the inalienable rights of the Kashmiri people, which have been denied by India.

The U.S. media, meanwhile, criticized New Delhi for being indifferent to aspirations of the Kashmiris. “For more than 100 days, in which Indian security officers have killed more than 100 Kashmiri civilians, the Indian government has seemed paralyzed, or even indifferent, as this disputed Himalayan region has plunged into one of the gravest crises of its tortured history,” The New York Times observed in a front-paged dispatch from Srinagar.

The OIC panel met a day after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon led expression of international concern over the deteriorating situation in the occupied valley, which remains under a state of relentless curfews.

The use of force by Indian security personnel against stone-pelting young protestors has again pushed the disputed Himalayan region into a state of turmoil, as has been the case on several occasions over the last six decades. The UN Chief, in his statement, had called for immediate end to violence and urged calm and restraint.

At the meeting held at the UN Headquarters, the OIC Secretary General and other members expressed their continued backing for efforts towards a just settlement of the UN-recognized dispute.

“I have followed with concern the situation in the Indian occupied Kashmir and consistently expressed my disappointment at the use of force and violence against the Kashmiri people by the Indian forces,” Secretary General of the 57-member body Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said.

“I have also repeatedly stated that a peaceful settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute would serve not only th people of India and Pakistan but also the overall interests of the region,” he added.

The delegates urged India to “respect the will and rights of the people in order to help improve the security situation in the region.”

The foreign ministers of OIC countries will hold a full ministerial meeting in the next few days, where they are slated to adopt a document on all issues concerning the Islamic world.

The recent spate of violence in Kashmir has also belied New Delhi’s propaganda that Pakistan has always been behind the crisis in the valley, as duly noted by the New York Times.

“India often views Kashmir through its rivalry with Pakistan, with both countries controlling portions of the region and each claiming its entirety.Yet Indian officials concede that this latest unrest is different, a domestic Kashmiri revolt against Indian rule, unlike past insurgencies sponsored by Pakistan,” the Srinagar-datelined report said.

In his remarks, Foreign Minister Qureshi expressed appreciation for the OIC’s strong and consistent support to the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiri people for the right to self-determination. He focused on the peaceful and non-violent struggle of the Kashmiri people and underlined Pakistan’s diplomatic, political and moral support to the Kashmir cause. Speaking on the occasion, Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmad Khan dwelt on the sacrifices rendered by the Kashmiri people.

He urged India to reciprocate Pakistan’s sincere efforts to resolve the Kashmir issue. Speaking at at the meeting Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, a Washington-based Kashmiri scholar, thanked Pakistani foreign minister Qureshi for coming out with a forceful voice for the Kashmiris’ rights. He said the Kashmiri leaders including veteran politician Syed Ali Geelani have also conveyed their thanks to the top Pakistani diplomat, who, speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations Committee, said Islamabad wants a peaceful resolution to the dispute.

Qureshi had also made it clear that occupation of the territory cannot endure.Fai, representing the True Representatives of the Kashmiri People, gave an update on the ongoing situation in Indian occupied Kashmir. He stressed that the Kashmiri leadership including Syed Ali Gilani, Mir Waiz Omar Farooq and Yasin Malik remain under house arrest in Indian occupied Kashmir.

As a result, Mir Waiz Omar Faooq could not come to New York to attend today’s meeting of the Contact Group. He emphasized that need for continued support of the international community to the peaceful and unarmed struggle of the Kashmiri people. Later, the True Representative presented a Memorandum on Kashmir to the OIC Secretary General.


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