Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
For the past few years, Islamic jihadist outfits such as Islamic State has been gradually infiltrating within the Uyghur Muslims in China with the notorious agenda of waging jihad. Although there is no unified Uyghur ideology, Pan Turkism, Uyghur nationalism and Islamism have all attracted segments of the Uyghur population, while jihadist outfits like Islamic State and terror-patron Iran, as well as pro-Islamist Turkey, are secretly giving instigation and funding with the aim of turning Xinjiang province into the next Islamist battleground. Some counterterrorism experts also see the hands of India’s intelligence machinery in giving instigations and logistic support to the Islamist Uyghurs with the agenda of putting Beijing into odds.
The government of the People’s Republic of China identifies terrorism as one of “Three Evils” which also includes separatism and extremism. These forces are seen by Beijing as inter-connected threats to social stability and national security. In particular, terrorism is viewed as a violent manifestation of ethnic separatism, and separatism is understood as a corollary of religious zealotry. The government has embarked on strike-hard campaigns to suppress these tendencies, particularly in Xinjiang and Tibetan regions.
Some Uyghur Islamist groups have already been listed as a terrorist entity by the United Nations and the US Department of State.
China’s Ministry of Public Security issued a list of what it considers terrorist threats on 15 December 2003. These include the Eastern Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), the East Turkestan Liberation Organization (ETLO), the World Uyghur Congress, and the East Turkistan Information Center. The Ministry further named eleven individuals as terrorists.
The Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, whose aim is to the establishment of a fundamentalist Muslim state to be called “East Turkistan” and the conversion of all Chinese people to Islam, operates throughout Central Asia and claimed responsibility for over 200 acts of terrorism from 1990 to 2001, resulting in at least 162 deaths and 440 injuries. The group has a close relationship with al-Qaeda, and receives funding and training in Afghanistan.
D-Company’s narco network within Asian countries
By now, D-Company, with the active support from the Pakistani ISI has already grabbed a major stake of dealing in Yaba (otherwise known as the madness drug or Nazi speed, is a combination of a number of stimulants. The two main substances that make up the drug are caffeine and methamphetamine, otherwise known as crystal meth), which is manufactured in a number of production units in Myanmar. Although Yaba tablets had initially become very popular in Thailand and was even sold at gas stations and small stores, it was outlawed by the Thai government in 1970 when the number of road accidents increased as this had become very popular amongst the bus drivers.
In 2000, Yaba was smuggled across the porous border with Myanmar and from the neighboring Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai Provinces of Thailand. Illegal traffickers often marketed or promoted their product by claiming that the pills contained up to six percent of heroin. Rumor suggested it was produced by corrupt personnel of the Wa State Army in Burma.
In February 2010 it was reported that increasingly large quantities of Yaba were being smuggled into Israel by Thai and Burmese migrant workers, leading to fears that its use would spread to the Israeli club scene, where ecstasy use is already common. In recent years, in the United States, it is occasionally also used as a club drug replacing ecstasy.
Since 2011, the transnational trafficking of Yaba had gone under the control of D-Company, while a number of jihadist and terrorist entities, including Hizbul Mujahidin, Islamic State, Hezbollah, Hamas, Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army etcetera had become active collaborators of the racket. Interestingly, while Myanmar authorities are continuing atrocities on the Rohingya Muslims and Hindus, several top-ranking military officials are maintaining relations with D-Company and dealing into Yaba, knowing well that a significant amount of sale proceeds would go into the hands of ARSA and other Myanmar-based militancy outfits.
D-Company’s money-laundering outlets in the UK
Every day, millions of dollars are being handled by the international money laundering rackets in the United Kingdom, while the majority of such outlets are located in London. According to information, London alone receives billions of dirty monies every year and by now, this city is already known as the ‘capital of dirty cash’. In east London area, there are dozens of Pakistani nationals who are almost openly continuing money laundering activities. Most of these outlets are directly linked to D-Company. Similarly, similar activities of some South Asian nationals are also under D-Company’s network. These illegal activities of money laundering are controlled by Dawood Ibrahim’s men from Dubai, which takes care of moving these dirty cash from one country to another. British authorities are rather reluctant about nabbing these money launderers, as most of them had obtained immigrant status by buying ‘Golden Visa’.
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Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is an internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-jihadist journalist, counter-terrorism specialist and editor of Blitz