Harkat on recruitment spree in J&K, Bangla
7 November 2001
New Delhi: Harkat-ul-Mujahideen has launched a massive recruitment drive in Jammu and Kashmir and Bangladesh to “continue the struggle against anti-Islamic forces”, Intelligence officials said. Rahman Khalil and Sadaatullah Khan, who head the organisation in Pakistan and PoK, are personally monitoring the recruitment drive. According to Intelligence officials, more than 6000 youths, most of them from Bangladesh, have joined the group. Paramilitary forces on the Indo- Bangla and the Indo-Pak borders have been put on high alert. Intelligence inputs suggest “a six-week training course will be organised in the border districts. The youths will be sent to camps in Afghanistan for training in use of arms, ammunition and explosives. The camps are reportedly being run by Jalaluddin Haqqani, the leader of the Hezb Islami (Khalis) Afghan Mujahideen group. The recruitment drive is being funded by Bin Laden’s Al-Qaida and also by Pakistan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The drive in Kashmir and Bangladesh began after more than 3,000 youths were recruited from Arabia, Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan and The Philippines. Some Harkat leaders visited Bangladesh last month, reports said. The Harkat, a member of Osama bin Laden’s Islamic World Front, has been sending armed volunteers to Afgha-nistan to assist Mujahideen groups there.