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JeM, Jihadists & Journalism…
Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM, or literally ‘The Army of Muhammad’ in Urdu) is a Pakistan-based terror outfit active in Kashmir. The main motive of this group is to separate Kashmir from India and merge it with Pakistan. Since its inception in 2000, this terror outfit has carried out a number attacks in the northern Indian province of Jammu & Kashmir, as a part of its war against India, and also in other parts of this South Asian nation. JeM has declared that one of its aims is to drive the Hindus, and other non-Muslims, from the Indian subcontinent. The outfit also maintains close relations with the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.
The JeM has set up a solid network in the Kashmir region of India. According to sources close to the Indian Armed Forces, senior Jaish Commander Maulana Mufti Asghar is operating the terror- oriented network from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK). Waqas, the nephew of Asghar and another JeM commander, has recently been killed in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district during an encounter with the Indian Army!
It is an open secret that JeM, like other terror outfits, requires a lot of money in order to carry out terror operations… Now, the question lies: How does the JeM collect that huge amount of money? Sources said that Jaish members collect funds through the Hawala system, an alternative remittance channel that exists outside of traditional banking systems. Transactions between hawala brokers are made without promissory notes because the system is heavily based on trust, and the balancing of hawala brokers’ books!
The Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), the foreign intelligence agency of India, has come to know that JeM is in close contact with the Pakistani nationals, whose relatives live outside the country (especially in the Middle East or West Asia)…
The outfit also collects the addresses and account numbers of those people and then, the top JeM leadership asks the non-resident Pakistanis to transfer their money to the Jaish accounts through the hawala channels. Their ‘Arab friends’, too, send money to Jaish accounts.
According to Indian intelligence sources, the JeM offers commissions to the people assisting the outfit in collecting funds through over-ground workers… JeM runs these activities through the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad-Teetwal route.
Often, the terror outfit is found collecting funds from businessmen, through voluntary organisations and local trusts. Recently, the JeM has set up a chain of educational institutions to teach ‘how to become a terrorist’! Masood Azhar also set up a hospital in Muzaffarabad. Once, the JeM founder admitted that he received all sorts of help from the Afghan Taliban… even, the Afghan Taliban helped JeM recruit youths from Punjab and Sindh Provinces of Pakistan and also from Dudhnial, Poonch, Murray and Sialkot in PoK. The JeM usually targets 15 to 18 year-old boys living in suburbs, as those areas are yet to experience the fruits of economic development. The prevailing scenario allows the JeM leaders to motivate unemployed youths, who are interested in earning money by any means, with relative ease!
Masood Azhar, the founder and leader of this terror outfit, is active mainly in PoK. His brothers, brother-in-law and some other top JeM leaders, including Maulana Mufti Asghar, help him run the organisation. An Indian National Daily recently reported that the JeM set up its headquarters, called Markaz Subhanallah, in Bahawalpur. It is basically an opulent three-acre complex that houses more than 600 cadres of the outfit. The Daily also reported that it took the Jaish chief three years to construct the facility that houses several modern facilities, including a state-of-the-art gymnasium and a swimming pool… Interestingly, the residences of Masood Azhar, his brothers and his other relatives associated with JeM are also located inside the complex!
Maulana Masood Azhar
The construction of the huge three-acre palatial complex had begun way back in 2012, and became operational in 2015 during the regime of Nawaz Sharif. The Provincial Punjab Government and the Federal Government had sanctioned a huge amount of money for this purpose. Masood Azhar also raised funds from the Middle East, Africa and the UK. While the Bahawalpur complex serves as the entrance to all Jaish cadres, they also receive training at Balakot, later. The JeM usually organises two seminars in Bahawalpur and Haripur every year.
Sources close to the Indian Defence Ministry have revealed that the JeM leaders spread misleading information about the Government of India’s position on the minority issue, among the Pakistani youths. Some JeM members – like Code Babar, Abu Ayubi Nadihal, Farad, Ikram Bhai, Mohammad Altaf Baba and Sabir Ahmed Kallas – are reportedly misleading the youths in the northern Indian province.
The International Crisis Group, based in Brussels, has informed the UN that Rajanpur (in Pakistan’s Punjab Province), Kashmore (in the Sindh Province of Pakistan) and Balochistan’s Dera Bugti District are the ‘Sanctuary of Terrorists‘, where thousands of terrorists receive training to take active parts in their Holy War!
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