Lashkar-e-Taiba helps Rakhine Muslims with millions of cash

In what can be termed a propaganda move, Pakistan based Falah-e-Insaniyat Foundation (FIF) i.e. the charity wing of terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba has provided millions of cash in order to help the Rakhine Muslims in need. The cash and the aid materials were distributed to around 300 muslims by FIF volunteers at Cox’s Bazaar refugee camp of Myanmar-fled refugees.

According to sources from the intelligence wing, FIF has been in contact with other Bangladesh-based Islamist groups and has been operating nearby the camp, The Indian Express reported. Foreign Operations head of FIF also mentioned that in spite “extremely risky conditions” the organisation has been able to send relief on time.

As reported by Devoted to Humanity website, the LeT wing has been providing support to the ‘besieged Muslims’ in Rakhine and they plan to expand their support activities throughout Myanmar soon.

The support has also been extended to Arakan Rakhine Salvation Army (ARSA) i.e. the armed wing of Rakhine rebels. ARSA has been engaging in violence against the Armed Forces from Myanmar and it has been ARSA’s incessant killing of Myanmar army officers that led to the recent refugee influx from Rakhine, Myanmar to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

The bone of contention is the unabashed operation of FIF in Pakistan. United Nations and the United States of America has been continuously issuing notices to the organisation and is under scanner for being blacklisted.

Sources: The Indian Express

Amarnath Yatra attack mastermind Abu Ismail killed in encounter

On Thursday, Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Abu Ismail was killed in an encounter with the security forces in Nowgam village of Jammu and Kashmir. Ismail is said to be the mastermind behind the deadly attack on Amarnath pilgrims in July, this year. Another terrorist was shot dead in this operation. As per the report in Times of India, a police official said “Bodies of both the terrorists have been recovered. And Ismail’s associate is identified as Chotta Qasim. He is also a Pakistani resident.”

The security forces blocked the entire area and carried out the mission after receiving news that Ismail was hiding in that area. The Director General of CRPF, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar commended this police operation and said that this is a huge achievement as the terrorists were responsible for one of the most tragic incidents in the country.

A massive hunt was going on since July 12, to track down Abu Ismail, who is among the top 4 terrorists to be killed in Kashmir since last year, after Burhan Wani, Sabzar Bhat and Abu Dujana.

Abu Ismail took charge as Lashkar’s top operative after terrorist Abu Dujana was killed in an encounter last month.

Times of India, NDTV 

BRICS declaration names Pakistan-based terrorist groups, for the first time

Being the first time in history, terrorist organisations based in Pakistan; Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed among many others were named in a declaration at the BRICS summit on 4 September, 2017. Xiamen, China is where the ninth BRICS summit is being held. The BRICS nations also asserted that those who indulge in committing, organising and supporting acts of terrorism should be held accountable.

Secretary (East) in the external affairs ministry, Preeti Saran told reporters that for the very first time specific terrorist groups have been listed in the BRICS declaration. The 43-page ‘Xiamen Declaration’ raises issues circling terrorism for at least 17 times. The declaration also lays emphasis on the fact that bringing about an end to the violence in Afghanistan is the need of the hour.

Expressing grave security concerns in the regions over the violence caused by Taliban, ISIL/DAISH, Al Qaeda, its affiliates including Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizb ut-Tahrir, the declaration reassures and aims towards terminating terrorism in all forms.

Only last year at the 8th BRICS Summit held in Goa, China reportedly opposed to include names of Pakistan-based terrorist organisations. Also, a few days ago a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson had deemed India’s issues with counter-terrorism in Pakistan as an inappropriate topic to discuss at the Summit.

According to officials Prime Minister, Narendra Modi was joined by all leaders in his willingness to fight terrorism.


Sources: NDTV, Indian Express

Two Indian nationals in Saudi Arabia for terror links

Two Indians, identified as Abu Sufiyan alias Asadullah Khan and Zainul Abideen alias Zahid Sheikh, have been detained in Saudi Arabia for alleged terrorist activities in India. They are expected to be deported to India in the course of a few weeks.

Sufiyan is suspected to have been involved in planning terrorists in meetings held in Riyadh in 2011-12. Few other youths from Bangalore have already been arrested for suspected participation in these conspiracy meetings and links with Lashkar-e-Taiba. The case is currently under investigation by the National Investigation Agency. Sufiyan is only one of the many accused who are allegedly absconding in Saudi Arabia. He hails from Hyderabad.

Abideen’s name came up earlier this year in an ongoing investigation under the Bangalore police about the Indian Mujahideen’s ammunition supply chain. He is suspected to have obtained the explosives that cause the German Bakery blast in Pune and passed them to Syed Afaque, suspected to be the head supplier in the chain.

Sufiyan was arrested in Saudi Arabia eight months ago but the delay in his deportation was caused due to paperwork. Abideen was detained 20 days ago and is expected to be deported to India within a week.


BJP Gen Secretary Amit Shah gets ‘Z-Plus’ security

Pune: Home minister Rajnath Singh has ordered the CRPF to give Z-plus security to Amit Shah , BJP general secretary and party in charge for Uttar Pardesh.

BJP General Secretary Amit Shah. AFP
BJP General Secretary Amit Shah. AFP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s close aide Amit Shah is also expected to become the party’s next president.

A Home Ministry official said that “The intelligence Bureau has given a report that says terrorist could target Shah and he is under high threat from the Indian Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba and other Pakistan-based terror outfits”.

Shah was arrested in 2010 in connection with the alleged fake encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife Kauser Bi and Sheikh’s associate Tulsiram Prajapati.

Other top leaders like Sangh Parivar, including RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, could also be soon upgraded to security cover.

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