Published On: Mon, Sep 11th, 2017

JEM Head Masood Azhar Calls Followers For Action In Myanmar

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Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar is learned from a published article in al-Qalam to have called his followers for action preparation in Myanmar.

The group’s house magazine further writes that the entire Muslim nation is feeling pain of the Muslim nation and the sacrifices of Myanmar Muslims the ummah (nation) is waking up.

Masood Azhar writes a regular column in al-Qalam under pen-name Saadi. Al-Qalam is the magazine of Jaish-e-Muhammad, a jihadist group.

The article was published on the eve of 9/11 anniversary mentioning the Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu in Myanmar as the Osama bin Laden of the country.

JEM Head Masood Azhar Calls Followers For Action In Myanmar

Azhar wrote laden was a lion who helped the helpless and challenged global imperialism too. Similarly Wirathu must come out of Myanmar if he is a lion.

The published article is first substantial call to action by a South Asian jihadist group and Indian intelligence believes the Jaish-e-Muhammad had earlier operated a training camp in Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts to train Rohingya jihadists.

A Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO) member Khalid Mohammad had committed too of creating an independent Islamic State in Myanmar’s Arakan region.

In 2013 the Indonesian authorities arrested two RSO members, Abu Arif and Abu Shafiyah on charges of plotting to blow up Myanmar’s embassy in Jakarta. They confirmed the action was to avenge atrocities against Rohingyas.

A year before their arrest the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba highlighted Rohingya issue in a conference. Intelligence also learned its operatives Shahid Mahmood and Nadeem Awan were sent to Bangladesh and Thailand to contact with the Rohingya refugees.

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