Terror targeting India: A lid on Lashkar, Jaish takes jihadi centrestage in Pakistan
By Vasanth Geddada : 07-Feb-2017
The crowd gathered together for a prayer on the last Friday in the last month of January at the Jamia Masid Usmania – It is one of three in the village of Gumtala in Pakistan Punjab – in memory of a man name Tahir, who had been killed somewhere in India and buried in a grave without headstone. “Islam is a world power and it is easily annihilated,” the congregation which was led by cleric said, “whoever tries to destroy, it will be destroyed himself and he further said that Jihad is the most important obligation of our religious father.”
According to reports, for the last three months, General of Jaish-e-Mohammad Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar as the terrorist group’s house journal al-Qalam identifies him – conducting similar rallies all over the Pakistan, openly picking people into a group and raising funds. Toba Tek Singh is well-known of Saadat Hasan Manto’s eponymous partition-era has long a record of jihadist mobilization. It is understandable that mobilization program at a national wide level.
The magazine has a huge advertisement for a declamation contest, Ma’arif-o-Asbaaq Ghazwa-e-Ehzaab – on the blessings and lesions of a battle in 627 CE when the people of Muhammad, numbering some 3,000 defeated a Jewish and Arab union of 10,000 men with six hundred horses and some camels.
From the history, it is expected that Jaish’s steps might lead to severe consequences for Pakistan itself: protected by ISI, even after its role in hijacking Indian Airlines flight IC-814, the organization later turned on military ruler General pervaz Musharraf, and by his own account has been involved in killing him.
Mati-ur-Rahman, Muhammad Haroon Akbar Khan and Muhammad Tayyab were in the records of Punjab Police records for 2011 as Jaish-e-Muhammad involvement in an attack on a Pakistan Air Force bus and many other strikes.