Over a dozen suspects, arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for links with the dreaded Islamic State (IS), not only have a disdain for those who do not share ‘values’ with the radical school of thought but also see ‘nationalist insurgencies’ in Afghanistan and Kashmir as problematic.
According to NIA sources, the suspects, currently in its custody, have expressed dislike for Muslim minorities and see ‘nationalist insurgencies’ in Afghanistan and Kashmir as roadblocks in establishing a global khilafat. Also, unlike Indian Mujahideen (IM), IS sympathisers have graduated to ideas beyond retribution for perceived ‘atrocities’ against Indian Muslims.
The accused, unlike IM, hardly mentioned Babri Masjid demolition or Gujarat,” said an NIA official.
The official said that the suspects, arrested by the agency during a nation-wide crackdown on alleged IS sympathisers, do not have particular enemies in mind and neither had narrowed down on possible targets which they could have attacked.
“The accused are at a stage where they feel that any entity, person or state, that do not share their vision for a khilafat is an enemy. An assessment of some of the statements apparently made by leaders of west Asian terror outfits clearly show how they see India and other South Asian countries as targets,” the official added.
The 13th issue of IS propaganda magazine Dabiq, which carried an interview of Hafiz Saeed Khan, the emir of ‘Khorasan’, also reflected a commonality between NIA findings and views shared by the IS leaders about India and Pakistan.
“In west Asian countries, radical groups like IS are called ‘takfiris’ – a word used for a person who accuses another Muslim of apostasy,” said an NIA official.
Interestingly, IS had in its latest edition of Dabiq referred to Hamid Gul, an ex-director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the chief of Jama’at-ud-Da’wah, as ‘murtaddin’ or apostates. The magazine identifies Hafiz Saeed as the chief of ‘apostate’ Laskar-e-Toiba.