According to the intelligence agencies, al Qaeda is making inroads into India, sowing the seeds of a “final war” across the country, through mobilisation of its resources for jihad.
The ideological goal of the terrorist organization, according to a detailed report is Ghazwa-e-Hind, or the final battle in India.
Ghazwa-e-Hind refers to an indoctrinated view of a final apocalyptic war and the term is used by jihadi circles, even on the web.
The intelligence report further adds that the al Qaeda network, which was created by Arab rebels, is now having fresh recruits from Kashmir-centric groups.
The report indicates that the situation could put India in a tough position as the extremist group has a base in India, that it seeks to strengthen now.
“Not only Kashmiri groups but Taliban and al-Qaeda affiliates have stakes in the larger scheme of Ghazwa-e-Hind where India is regarded as next battleground in the ‘End of Times’ battle. This ideology is likely to be used to drive Taliban and al-Qaeda affiliates into Kashmir,” the intelligence report says.
Kashmiri groups have also access to an online English publication of al Qaeda called Azan where they can download the group’s documents. The publication is being circulated via emails and encryption tools.
In the meantime, the Pakistani Taliban group – Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has also declared to open offices in Kashmir, with media reports suggesting a Taliban flag was put up on the walls of Kashmir’s Hari Parbat fort with slogans reading “Welcome Taliban”.
The al Qaeda network recently released a video urging youths from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat and South India to join them for jihad.