‘Jihadists’ recruit and raise funds openly in Rawalpindi

Al-Badr Mujahideen vows to fight Indian rule in Kashmir and Nato forces in Afghanistan.

Tahir Khan July 09, 2012
‘Jihadists’ recruit and raise funds openly in Rawalpindi


Militants fighting Indian rule in Kashmir and US-led foreign forces in Afghanistan are brazenly raising funds and recruiting potential fighters in cities and towns of Pakistan.

Al-Badr Mujahideen, a breakaway faction of Hizbul Mujahideen group, organised a two-day ‘Shuada Conference’ in the Swan Adda area of Rawalpindi on Sunday to seek recruits and raise funds.

The group’s chief Bakht Zameen Khan told 1,000-plus supporters at the conference that his commanders have sought resources to keep the ‘jihad’ going in Kashmir and Afghanistan.

“Our commanders in Kashmir and Afghanistan say they will carry out big attacks if they are provided with resources. They have the spirit but they are facing a shortage of supplies.”

The group’s supporters from Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Jammu and Kashmir attended the conference where Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hizb-e-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) and Al Badar Mujahideen had set up stalls to sell propaganda CDs and ‘jihadi’ literature.

Entry for journalists was restricted.

Mid-level leaders from Hizbul Mujhiadeen, HIA, Jamaatud Dawa and other militant groups spoke at the conference.

Bakht Zameen condemned the reopening of Nato transit routes. “We were very happy when the routes were closed. But the rulers gave in to the US pressure,” he claimed. “The government should not side with infidels because it will create anarchy in the country,” he added.

He quashed the impression that ‘jihadi outfits’ were doing the bidding of Pakistan’s security establishment. “We should quell such propaganda. Our financiers have withdrawn their support following harassment. But still we have sympathisers,” he added.

The terrorist label

Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin told the conference that Pakistan has been encircled by the United States and its Nato allies.

“Pakistan is the target of the US-Israeli nexus. Our fighters are defending Pakistan at a time when its geographical boundaries, its security and Islamic identity are at risk,” he said.

Salahuddin condemned the killing of innocent civilians in terrorist attacks. “We are fighting in Kashmir. It doesn’t matter to us if we are labelled terrorists. We are proud to be called terrorists for fighting the US and its allies in Afghanistan,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 9th, 2012.



Shankar | 12 years ago | Reply

Has anyone in Pakistan heard about what happened to Kshmiri pundits, what the jihadis ( I prefer terrorists ) did to them? All your funding of terrorists will lead to nothing! If you think Indian army is going to walk away from Kshmir because the nuisance caused by a bunch of innocent-people-killing terrorits, dream on! Does it ever occur to you that the Indian army needs to be in Kashmir in such large numbers to save the people of Kashmir from getting slaughtered by these terrorists

Observer | 12 years ago | Reply


"All these Jihadist organizations better realize this that its only the RIGHT of GOVERNMENTS, ARMIES TO ATTACK & KILL INNOCENTS IN KASHMIR and you should not worry about it. All the newspapers will call you a terrorist and not them. "

Just change Kashmir to Balochistan and read your own sentence again. You will find that it fits exactly.

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