Wiki Points To Synergy Between Kashmir Militants, Qaida9 May 2011
Times of India
New Delhi: Robust inter-twining between Kashmiri militancy and al-Qaida is visible from the interrogation details of many Pakistani prisoners who were in Guantanamo Bay on suspicion of being al-Qaida and Taliban members. Interrogation details of 69 Pakistani prisoners, one of the highest numbers in the US military prison in Cuba, are available from Wikileaks. Only Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia had more prisoners than Pakistan in the list of those whose interrogation details were obtained by Wikileaks. The intermingling between Kashmiri militancy and al-Qaida raises the possibility of Qaida putting more focus on India in future, than it has done until now under the Saudi Arabian-Egyptian leadership, if Pakistani and other South Asians control the reins of the terror group. Many Pakistani prisoners in the US military prison, such as Abdul Sedar Nafeesi, Abdul Sattar and Abdul Halim Sadiqi are all members of militant groups that have significant focus on Kashmir. Some of the terrorists landed up in Afghanistan because they couldn't reach Kashmir, while at least one reached Afghanistan to fight 'Hindus'. Sedar Nafeesi, a Pakistani from Miachinu, was part of the fighting force of Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (HuJI) which has been active in Kashmir for several years and which carried out several sensational terrorist attacks elsewhere in India. He told interrogators that he was part of the fighters who went to Konduz after US operations started in Afghanistan in 2001. Abdul Sattar, a Pakistani citizen who is now 30, was arrested when he was just 20. He joined Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, which later became HuJI. He was neither a member of al Qaida nor Taliban, but was fighting against the Americans and Northern Alliance. The interrogation report shows Abdul Halim Sadiqi, another Pakistani, may have got into the jihad after he started looking for his brother Abdullah Sadiqi immediately after the 9-11 attacks. Both the brothers are members of Jaish-e-Mohammed, the terrorist group founded by Maulana Masood Azhar, and both fought in Afghanistan. Jaish founder Azhar was in an Indian jail for several years, and was freed in 1999 by India for the safe release of IC814 passengers after their aircraft was hijacked to Kandahar. The US interrogation report rates Jaish as a Tier 1 target, which is a designated terror group having state support. The interrogation report said Jaish was aligned with the pro-Taliban political party Jamiat-i-Ulema-i Islam (JUI-F).