New Delhi, Sept 12: Maulana Masood Azhar, chief of Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), raised the issue of Rohingya Muslims and asked his followers to ‘be ready’ for action against Myanmar government. In an article published in JeM’s magazine al-Qalam, Masood Azhar said, “We have to do something for Rohingya Muslims”. This is the first time such call of action in the Myanmar is given by the JeM chief.
“All of us must do whatever we can for the Myanmar Muslims. Just say your prayers, and get up to help them. You don’t need to show off what you are doing: just do it, and never stop,” Azhar wrote in his regular column under the pen-name ‘Saadi’, reported Indian Express. “It is because of the sacrifices of the Myanmar Muslims that the ummah is waking up and we are seeing this new awakening among the Muslims of the world,” he further stated.
JeM terrorist Masood Azhar has been involved in terror activities in India. While India has been trying to designate Masood Azhar as global terrorists by the United Nations, China has been blocking New Delhi’s bid. China has signed the BRICS declaration naming Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and JeM, but it hasn’t given its nod to ban Masood Azhar.
“Even though the ongoing insurgency in Myanmar’s Rakhine state has shown relatively rudimentary military capacities, with attacks against troops and police sometimes carried out with knives and machetes, Indian intelligence believes Jaish operatives helped provide training to Rohingya jihadists at camps run in Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts in 2013-14,” the Indian Express reports stated.
Reportedly, in 2012, Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba also held a conference to highlight the Rohingya issue. As per intelligence sources, back then, Lashkar operatives Shahid Mahmood and Nadeem Awan were sent to Bangladesh and Thailand’s Mae Sot to make contact with Rohingya refugees living along the border with Myanmar.
The Jaish-e-Mohammed chief also lashed out at a media report which claimed Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu as the ‘Osama bin Laden of Myanmar’. Azhar said Osama was a lion who helped the helpless and added if Wirathu is a lion, he should come out to a Islamic state where he will beaten up by the Muslims to “a pulp”.
Al-Qaeda’s affiliate Harkat al-Shabab also issued a statement regarding the Rohingya issue and urged al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent to gather themselves and attack the ‘evil Buddhists’.