IM offshoot pledges allegiance to Islamic State

  • Haidar Naqvi, Hindustan Times, Kanpur
  • Updated: Oct 05, 2014 22:55 IST

Ansar-ut-Tawheed (AuT), an ultra-religious offshoot of outlawed Indian Mujahideen (IM), has pledged allegiance to the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) and its self-styled caliph Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi threatening major attacks in India.

In a video released through its official media outlet, Ansar’s ideologue and chief Abdul Rehman Nadvi Al-Hindi announced the group’s decision of getting under the IS umbrella. Ansar is in its nascent stage and has evolved under Tehreek-e-Taliban, Pakistan, focusing primarily on waging jihad in India.

It is the fourth group in Southeast Asia after Abu Sayyaf group of Philippines, Jamaah Islamiyyah of Indonesia and Al-Tawheed Batallion of Afghanistan-Pakistan region, to have given allegiance to the IS.

Nadvi, in the video, called for rising against the 20-nation coalition attacking IS in Iraq and Syria. Citing a number of theological justifications, Islamic traditions and verses in support, he said the battle was in a decisive stage wherein entire community should defend the caliphate.

United States, India, Saudi Arabia, Australia, France, Canada and a few other countries were forming an axis of evil, he alleged.

Vowing to create Islamic State in India, he said: “The Ummah (community) could not afford to lose this battle, as it will mean subjugation forever.”

Nadvi, in his 30s, is believed to be leading the pack of old IM leaders, mostly from Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh district, who had moved to Pakistan after the Batla House encounter in Delhi.

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