Since 2014, although Al Qaeda has been planning “final Jihad for India” with intelligence reports suggesting terror recruitment drive targeting the nation’s Muslims, in the recent months, this radical Islamic terrorist outfit has boosted its India plot by increasing activities of recruiting new members, while it is also learned from intelligence sources that an unknown number of Indian Muslims from the Tablighi Jamaat are joining hands with the notorious agenda of staging jihadist attacks.
According to the intelligence agencies, al Qaeda started making inroads into India, sowing the seeds of a “final war” across the country, through mobilization of its resources for jihad.
The ideological goal of the terrorist organization, according to a detailed report is Ghazwa-e-Hind (military conquest of India), or the final battle in India.
Ghazwa-e-Hind refers to an indoctrinated view of a final apocalyptic war and the term is used by jihadi circles, even on the web.
The intelligence report further adds that the al Qaeda network, which was created by Arab rebels, is now having fresh recruits from Kashmir-centric groups.
The report indicates that the situation could put India in a tough position as the extremist group has a base in India, that it seeks to strengthen now. It may be mentioned here that, Al Qaeda has already established connections with Hijbul Mujaheedin terror group as well as few other jihadist outfits in southern part of India.
“Not only Kashmiri groups but Taliban and al-Qaeda affiliates have stakes in the larger scheme of Ghazwa-e-Hind where India is regarded as next battleground in the ‘End of Times’ battle. This ideology is likely to be used to drive Taliban and al-Qaeda affiliates into Kashmir,” the intelligence report says.
Kashmiri groups have also access to an online English publication of al Qaeda called Azan where they can download the group’s documents. The publication is being circulated via emails and encryption tools.
In the meantime, the Pakistani Taliban group – Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had also declared opening its offices in Kashmir, with media reports suggesting a Taliban flag was put up on the walls of Kashmir’s Hari Parbat fort with slogans reading “Welcome Taliban”.
The Al Qaeda network recently released a video urging youths from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat and South India to join them for jihad.