Ayman al-Zawahri

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6 Sep, 2014

Indian groups reject Al Qaeda

Major Indian Muslim groups reject Al Qaeda’s efforts to set up a chapter on the subcontinent after al-Zawahri announces that Qaedat al-Jihad fi’shibhi al-qarrat al-Hindiya, or Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), will fight for Islamic law in Gujarat, Assam and Kashmir. All-India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat president Zafarul-Islam Khan:

We, the Indian Muslims totally reject the al-Qaida chief’s offer to help us and consider it a disservice to the cause of Muslims in the subcontinent. We do not want any meddling in our affairs by a foreign terrorist outfit

All-India Muslim Personal Law Board member Maulana Farangi Mahli:

Al-Qaida leadership believes that they will be able to rope in the disaffected Muslim young men from some Indian pockets and they will drive its operation in India. The outfit made similar attempt in Kashmir some years ago when it failed to attract Kashmiri Muslim youth.

Chennai-based Muslim community leader Professor M. H. Jawahirulla:

Indian Muslims have long faced the aggression from right wing Hindu extremists in the Hindu majority society. Al-Qaida’s call to Islamize India will only bring further miseries to minority Muslims and it has no room in a pluralistic or multi-religious society of India. There are secular-minded parties and organizations in India standing in support of Indian Muslims.

4 Sep, 2014

Announces South Asia affiliate

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri announces the formation of a South Asian chapter, Qaedat al-Jihad in the Indian subcontinent:

[The group] is the fruit of a blessed effort of more than two years to gather the mujahedeen in the Indian subcontinent into a single entity.

He says Qaedat al-Jihad will fight for an Islamic state and laws across the region…

…which was part of the Muslims’ territories before it was occupied by the infidel enemy.

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