Exposed: Links between Deobandi militants of Sipah Sahaba Pakistan and Uzbek militants

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Banned Deobandi militant organisation Sipah Sahaba in Punjab province (Pakistan) has contacts with Uzbek militants who charge $40,000 for carrying out terrorist attacks in Pakistan, a federal minister told the National Assembly on Tuesday, 18 December 2012.

During the parliament’s session, Federal Minister Sheikh Waqas Akram told the assembly that the Uzbek militants were in contact with the banned outfits in Punjab, adding that the members of these banned organisations in Jhang, Faisalabad and other cities could be seen wearing shirts of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU).

“These (Uzbek) militants demand a payment of US$40,000 to perform terrorist attacks on Pakistani soil,” he told the assembly.

Akram, who belongs to ruling coalition partner the Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q), said Interior Minister Rehman Malik should stop “spinning tales” and take definitive action against these banned militant outfits. Interior Minister Rehman Malik is known for reinforcing and repeating policy statements and priorities of Pakistan army.

The minister’s disclosure comes after a brazen attack on Peshawar’s Bacha Khan Airport and military airbase on Saturday by Deobandi-Salafist militants, some of who are said to be foreigners of Dagestan and Uzbek origins.

Uzbek militants are known to corroborate with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in battles against the Pakistani security forces, which include an attack on Bannu jail conducted to release Deobandi Sipah Sahaba Taliban inmates and the high-profile prisoner Adnan Rashid Deobandi. (Source: Dawn)

Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) is a militant Islamist group formed in 1991 by the Islamic ideologue Tahir Yuldashev, and former Soviet paratrooper Juma Namangani. In 2001, the IMU was largely destroyed while fighting alongside the Taliban against coalition forces in Afghanistan. Namangani was killed, while Yuldeshev and an unknown number of fighters escaped with remnants of the Taliban to Waziristan in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan. Since then the IMU has reportedly opened training camps in Waziristan and is now involved with other Deobandi groups (Sipah Sahaba and Taliban)  attempting to undermine the authority of the government of Pakistan .

It may be recalled that Deobandi militants and their propagandists have recently started a propaganda campaign to suggest that the Deobandi and Uzbek militants who attacked Peshawar air base a few days ago where Shias, not Deobandis. Details can be read here:

ازبک دہشتگردوں کے پنجاب کی کالعدم تکفیری دیوبندی تنظیم سے رابطے ہیں، شیخ وقاص اکرم

اسلام ٹائمز: مسلم لیگ ق کے رکن قومی اسمبلی کا کہنا ہے کہ انکے حلقے میں کالعدم دیوبندی تنظیم سپاہ صحابہ کے افراد اسلامک موومنٹ آف ازبک کی ٹی شرٹ پہنے پھرتے ہیں۔ ایک ازبک پاکستان میں دہشتگردی کی کارروائی کے 40 ہزار ڈالر لیتا ہے۔

اسلام ٹائمز۔ وفاقی وزیر شیخ وقاص اکرم نے قومی اسمبلی میں انکشاف کیا ہے کہ ازبک دہشت گردوں کے پنجاب کیکالعدم دیوبندی تنظیم سپاہ صحابہ سے رابطے ہیں، جبکہ ازبک دہشت گرد پاکستان میں ایک کارروائی کا چالیس ہزار ڈالرز معاوضہ لیتے ہیں۔ قومی اسمبلی کا اجلاس ڈپٹی سپیکر فیصل کریم کنڈی کی زیر صدارت اسلام آباد میں ہوا۔ وفاقی وزیر شیخ وقاص اکرم نے انکشاف کیا کہ ازبک دہشت گردوں کا پنجاب کی کالعدم تنظیموں کے ساتھ رابطہ ہے، ازبک تنظیموں کا ساتھ دینے والے کالعدم تنظیم کے خلاف ایکشن لیا جانا چاہئے۔ انہوں نے کہا کہ پنجاب میں کالعدم تنظیموں کے لوگ اسلامک تحریک ازبکستان کی شرٹس پہنے نظر آتے ہیں، جبکہ ایک ازبک پاکستان میں دہشت گردی کی کارروائی کیلئے چالیس ہزار ڈالرز لیتا ہے۔ وزیر داخلہ کہانیاں سنانے کی بجائے ان کے خلاف ایکشن لیں۔

دیگر ذرائع کے مطابق مسلم لیگ ق کے رکن قومی اسمبلی شیخ وقاص اکرم نے کہا ہے کہ ایک کالعدم تنظیم ازبکوں کو پناہ دے رہی ہے۔ شیخ وقاص اکرم نے کہا کہ ان کے حلقے میں کالعدم تنظیم کے افراد اسلامک موومنٹ آف ازبک کی ٹی شرٹ پہنے پھرتے ہیں۔ وزیر داخلہ کہانیاں سنانے کی بجائے ازبک افراد کو پناہ دینے والوں کے خلاف کارروائی کریں۔

The hand written note of the Uzbek Takfiri Salafist

“My name is Musa’b and I am from Dagestan (Russia),” so wrote one of the militants who ended up fighting, holed up inside an under-construction house, barely a kilometre away from the scene of Saturday night’s brazen attack on the Pakistan Air Force base inside the Bacha Khan International Airport. The handwritten letter, written in Urdu, was found on Musa’b’s body after he was killed in Pawaka village, along with four others, the day after the assault on the airfield. It gives a rare insight into the mindset of militants indoctrinated to fight Pakistani forces, and also points to the growing role of foreign militants in attacks inside Pakistan.

“I am taking part in these blessed operations because you people do not act upon the divine faith. You people neither act on its teachings nor accept it. Indeed, you follow the laws of the infidels,” he writes. “The heretics are liable to be killed till the evil is eliminated. Killing (them) is obligatory,” he sermonises in the single-page letter.

The letter does not address the Pakistani forces directly, but knowing that he and his fellow fighters would soon be taking on the Pakistani forces in their quest to seize control of the PAF base and the adjoining international airport, it was clear who it was meant for.

Law enforcers have long had experience of coming across Uzbeks in course of various encounters and operations, but this is the first time, they say, they have come across so many of them in Peshawar.

That the Pakistani Deobandi militants (Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan and Sipah Sahaba) and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan have long been collaborating and conducting joint operations inside Pakistan’s tribal areas is no secret. What, however, has come as a surprise is a pronounced and extremely visible role of the IMU in action in the settled districts of Pakistan.

Reams of video footage is available to corroborate the Pakistani Deobandis-IMU long association with each other in battles against the Pakistani forces inside the tribal areas, mainly in North and South Waziristan, including recently released visuals of them undertaking joint fire-raids against army posts in the Mahsud heartland.

Why are Deobandi militants of Sipah Sahaba Taliban relying more now on the IMU for support is not clear, but law enforcement officers who have had the experience of fighting them acknowledge Uzbek fighters for their ferocity, alacrity and training.

For the law enforcement agencies, the increasing and growing role of foreign fighters in audacious and high-profile attacks could well change the dimension of the whole war game in Pakistan.

Two very large tattoos engraved on the back of two foreign fighters have caught their immediate attention. Some within the law enforcement officers believe the militants got those tattor engraves in the Russian Federation before taking up the cause of the “Holy Jihad” to fight the “infidels” “in the land of Jihad”. Ttattooing is a common practice in Russia, including Chechnya and Daghistan, and central Asian republics of Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan. One of the killed foreign militants had a small star-like tattoo on his shoulder and leg, while one had his name “Yusuf” engraved on his arm in Russian alphabet.

The law enforcement agencies are increasingly facing more daring and brazen attacks inside urban populated centres, not just from Pakistani militants under the Sipah Sahaba and Taliban umbrella but also a horde of foreign militants based in the tribal region. (Source: Dawn)

خودکش حملہ آور سپاہ صحابہ طالبان کی اوقات ملاحظہ ہو۔

اللہ ان تمام سپاہ صحابہ طالبان کو ایسی ہی بلکہ اس سے بھی زیادہ بری موت دے آمین



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