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Regain lost glory, al Qaeda tells Indian Muslims

In its recently launched English mouthpiece Resurgence, Islamic terror outfit al Qaeda has called upon Indian Muslims to regain their lost glory by visiting 'Free Afghanistan' and then return to India to engineer jihad.

india Updated: Oct 28, 2014 00:48 IST
Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times

In its recently launched English mouthpiece Resurgence, Islamic terror outfit al Qaeda has called upon Indian Muslims to regain their lost glory by visiting “Free Afghanistan” and then return to India to engineer jihad.

“The time has come for the Muslims of India to play a proactive role in the Jihad in Afghanistan and benefit from the experience of forty years of Jihad so that they may build a better future for coming generations,” the outfit claimed in an article titled 'The Future of Muslims' in India.

The article is written by Maulana Aasim Umar and is spread over six pages. Umar has been introduced as ‘ameer of jama’ah qaeda al-jihad in the subcontinent’ that roughly means the head of operations in the Indian subcontinent.

The article predicts, “sooner or later, the Muslims of India too will come to the realisation that their future is inextricably linked to the success of the Afghan Jihad”.

The first issue of Resurgence has 177 pages, and is not readily available on the net in India. However, intelligence officers point out that one can get hold of the magazine through a circuitous route on the net.

The article alleged that Brahmins and upper-caste Hindus in India have reduced Muslims to the status of Dalits, and no institution in India, including the supreme court, stands for the Muslims.

Intelligence officers in West Bengal apprehend that this article on India, or the entire magazine, would soon be translated into Bengali and that would enter India through Bangladesh.

However, Banibrata Basu, additional director general, intelligence branch did not reply to HT’s calls and text messages.

Police and security agencies are already seized with the situation in Bengal where the October 2 blasts in Burdwan have exposed a deep terror network mainly set up by Bangladeshi jihadi elements.

“Al Qaeda had a track record of translating all their important publications into Bengali, meant especially for Bangladesh. However, a good number of these articles in Bengali are also transported in West Bengal,” an intelligence officer monitoring Islamic terror activities told HT on the condition of anonymity.

“It is the symbol of Muslim dominance that has unfortunately been forgotten by the Muslims of India…it is an irony of fate that those who had ruled India for centuries have been forced out of their homes, left with no choice but to live in refugee camps,” said the article.

“How can the spiritual sons of Muhammad bin Qasim, Mahmud Ghaznavi, Aurangzeb and Tipu Sultan Shaheed even forget this humiliation…?” Umar wrote.

The magazine, Resurgence, focused significantly on the Indian subcontinent and carried separate articles on India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The article on India started with a photograph of Modi with a sword. In an article on Bangladesh, written by Sulaiman Ahmed, the magazine takes a strong anti-India stance and equates it with the West as an enemy of Islam.

First Published: Oct 28, 2014 00:20 IST