June 17, 2006


by B. Raman

Getting ready for Jihad in China

The usually reliable "Daily Times" of Lahore carried the following report on June 15, 2006:" Most of the 917 foreign students from 46 countries in the International Islamic University in Islamabad are from Afghanistan, China and Somalia. Six hundred of the 917 students, are from these three countries. There have been reports of repeated clashes in the university between foreign and Pakistani students. The most popular faculty among foreign students is Usuluddin (principles of Islam), which has 316 foreign students including 72 girls. Shariah and Law and Arabic are also popular faculties among the foreign students. Up to 289 students are from Afghanistan, 172 from China, 149 from Somalia, 89 from Indonesia, 33 from Nigeria, 19 from the Maldives, 19 from Tajikistan, 17 from Thailand, 13 from Jordan, eight from Bosnia, seven each from Bangladesh and Nepal, six each from Malaysia, Sudan and Turkey, four each from Algeria, Egypt and Ghana, three each from England, Kenya, the Philippines, Poland, the USA, Uganda and Yemen, two each from Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine and Rwanda, and one each from Azerbaijan, Burma, Belgium (girl), the Comoros, Fiji, Gambia, Ivory Cost, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Mauritania, Russia and UAE."

Oil for Jihad

2. According to reliable sources, there has been large-scale smuggling of oil from Iran into Pakistan by road. The smuggled Iranian oil is being sold by Pakistani retailers at prices which are 10 to 15 per cent cheaper than the market rates. The permits for bringing the oil by road from Iran at concessional rates are reportedly being issued by the Iranian Embassy in Islamabad. The only condition imposed by the Embassy on those getting the permits is that they should send part of the profit earned by them to the Hamas-led Government in the Palestinian territory. One does not know how the money will be remitted by them to the Hamas-led Government.

Indonesia: From Bin Laden with Love

3. According to the same sources, in a recent communication to Prof.Hafiz Mohammad Sayeed, the Amir of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JUD), the political wing of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (JET), Osama bin Laden has expressed his appreciation of the humanitarian relief work done by the JUD and the LET in Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (POK), which was hit by a massive earthquake in October last year. He has suggested that the JUD and the LET should build up on the expertise and experience gained by them and provide similar disaster relief in other countries struck by natural disasters. The JUD and the LET were planning to despatch a team of their volunteers to Indonesia to provide relief to the victims of the recent earthquake there.

4. Independently, the "Daily Times" of May 31, 2006, reported as follows: " The Jamaat-ud-Dawa has despatched the first consignment of relief goods worth Rs.1.8 million for Indonesian earthquake victims and it will send a team of doctors and volunteers to the quake-hit areas soon...Amir Hafiz Sayeed has contacted the Indonesian Ambassador for facilitation for sending relief goods and doctors' teams."

5. My comment : Both JUD and the LET have been designated by the US State Department as Foreign Terrorist Organisations (FTO). The LET was so declared after the attack on the Indian Parliament in December, 2001. The JUD was so declared early this year. The LET is banned in the UK as a terrorist organisation. It is an important member of bin Laden's International Islamic Front (IIF). The Government of Pakistan banned the LET on January 15, 2002, but this ban is not being enforced. Moreover, the ban applies to only the activities of the LET in Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and the North-West Frontier Province. It does not apply to its activities in the POK, the Northern Areas (Gilgit and Baltistan) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). There is no ban on the JUD. The Pakistani authorities contend that the JUD and the LET are not connected. During the earthquake in POK in October last year, the JUD and the LET suffered many fatal casualties. Their jihadi infrastructure in the area was damaged. Despite this, they recovered rapidly and organised relief work all over the POK. They organised relief work even in remote villages, which the Pakistani army could not reach. There was a large flow of funds from Saudi Arabia and other countries of the Islamic world to the fund for quake relief set up by the JUD and the LET. The US Embassy in Islamabad had expressed its concern to the Pakistani authorities over the attempts of the LET to get itself legitimised under the cover of humanitarian relief and over the dangers of the funds being received by it being diverted to fund jihadi terrorism. Despite this, the Pakistani authorities did not take any action against them.

August 17, 2005 -- Bangladesh and June 15, 2006-- Southern Thailand

6. On August 17, 2005, the Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JUM) organised over 450 carefully synchronised explosions all over Bangladesh, including Dhaka. They used primitive forms of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) with very small quantities of explosives. Their objective : To demonstrate their following, reach and capability to the Government and the public without causing many civilian casualties, which might have antagonised the local population. On June 15, 2006, one saw in Southern Thailand what seems to be a similar modus operandi----31 well-synchronised explosions in the Muslim majority provinces, but with a fatal casualty of only one. Objective: Apparently same as in Bangladesh. The connecting link is the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami of Bangladesh (HUJI-B), which is a common mentor for the jihadi terrorists of Bangladesh as well as Southern Thailand.

7. The AFP news agency of France reported as follows: "At least 31 bomb attacks hit police and government offices in Thailand's insurgency-hit south Thursday, killing one official and wounding 22 people, police said, blaming Islamic militants. The wave of blasts within about 30 minutes of each other rocked the mainly Muslim provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat near the Malaysian border, with five military and one police officers among the injured, police said. "Militants are likely to have coordinated the attacks and planned them in advance because the bombs went off between 7:45 and 8:15 am (0045-0115 GMT)," said Colonel Sommai Phutthakun, deputy police commander in Narathiwat. "They wanted to show their power," he said, referring to Muslim insurgents. The attacks, using mostly remote-controlled explosives, followed a week of relative calm when predominantly Buddhist Thailand celebrated King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 60-year reign. In Pattani, nine blasts killed one official at a tea shop near a Khko Pho district police post and wounded 15 more people, two seriously, police said. In Narathiwat, 16 bomb attacks hit the Muang, Ruso, Ra Ngae and Takbai districts, wounding five marine troops. In Yala, six attacks wounded at least two people."

(The writer is Additional Secretary (retd.), Cabinet Secretariat, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and, presently, Director, Institute For Topical Studies, Chennai. E-mail:itschen36@gmail.com)

1 comment:

angelinjones said...

An Islamic student group at the University of the Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan, made anti-American posters showing a map of Pakistan clutched by hairy, red-fanged claws wrapped in the American flag.
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