Jihad in India, and for the same ultimate objective it has everywhere: to establish an Islamic state. From IANS, with thanks to Teri:
Ahmedabad, Nov 19 : An Islamic cleric arrested earlier this month was planning to bring militant groups together to fight for an Islamic state in India, police claimed Friday.
The plan was revealed during the interrogation of Mohammed Nasiruddin alias Maulana Nasiruddin, arrested in Hyderabad after a shootout in which one of his supporters was killed, police here said.
“Maulana has been associated with Jamaat-e-Islami, a moderate organisation since 1970. The notorious Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) is a student wing of the organisation and Maulana has been associated with it too,” Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) D.G. Vanzara told reporters.
“He has been associated with several other organisations and has connections spreading from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. He has confessed during interrogation that he was working on bringing a number of organisations under one banner to intensify ‘jihad’ for establishing a “Khilafat” or Islamic theocratic state in India,” Vanzara said.
He said the Maulana was also a great orator and motivated many youths to go to Pakistan for terrorist training.
“Maulana very proudly noted in the confession that Osama bin Laden was his role model,” Vanzara said.