The Popular Front of India popularly known as PFI is a wolf posing in sheep clothing. For the last 12-years PFI has been posing as a social organisation but at the background it is a terror organisation working to destabilize India, create a fear psychosis amongst Indian Muslims and to turn India into an Islamic nation by 2047.
Intelligence agencies have been watching the PFI since it first came on the radar over repeated religious-based violence in Kerala and other southern states in 2012. More importantly, over the last 10-years PFI has been slowly creating an army across India of Islamic radicalised men and women working as underground and overground workers.
Over the last 5-years PFI intensified its spread of Islamic radicalism across 22 states in India and did not restrict its tentacles to southern Indian states alone.
PFI, according to intelligence agencies internal reports has links with international terror organisations such as ISIS, Al Qaeda, Hamas and Lashkar-e-Toiba. They reportedly also have strong links with the Pakistani-intelligence agency ISI.
PFI has been funded adequately by terror-sympathising organisations in countries such as Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Maldives, Mauritius and many more countries.
In a 2010 dossier on Popular Front of India (PFI), the Intelligence Bureau has stated that PFI is a Confederation of Islamic organizations which were collaborating with the banned Islamic terrorist organization Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). It also stated that it was spreading its reach in Kerala, Delhi, Manipur, Goa, Rajasthan, UP, Bengal, Karnataka, and West Bengal.
PFI dossier also highlighted the fact that organizations like the Citizen’s Forum, Goa, Community Social, and Educational Society, Rajasthan, Nagrik Adhikar Suraksha Samiti, West Bengal, Liong Social Forum, Manipur, and the Association of Social Justice, Andhra Pradesh were all part of PFI’s growing network.
In 2017, calls for a ban on PFI got fresh impetus after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) submitted to the home ministry a comprehensive dossier that listed the Islamic group’s links with terror-related cases that the agency had investigated. The NIA dossier said the PFI was the second avatar of the National Development Front which was formed in 1993 after the Babri Masjid demolition and subsequent riots.
PFI has been radicalising young Muslims over the years, earlier this year, a purported video of a boy chanting slogans against Hindu and Christian communities during ‘Save the Republic’ rally conducted by Popular Front of India (PFI) on May 21, 2022, that went viral was disturbing and shocking. Indoctrinating children to hate non-Islamic followers is the cornerstone in the spreading of Islamic radicalism. Last year, Islamic radicalised children took out a protest demanding the beheading of Hindu cleric Yati Narsinghanand. The children were shouting, ‘Gustakh-E-Rasool Ki Ek Hi Saza, Sar Tan Se Juda’ which literally means, “If you insult our Prophet, there is only one punishment, that your head must be decapitated.”
In 2022, Swedish Research Organisation – Nordic Monitor’s report revealed that Popular Front of India (PFI)allegedly met with İnsan Hak ve Hürriyetleri ve İnsani Yardım Vakfı (IHH) or better known as Humanitarian Relief Organisation.
The Popular Front of India (PFI) met with IHH on October 20, 2018. The two key PFI leaders who attended the meeting were E.M. Abdul Rahiman and Prof. P. Koya, members of the National Executive Council of the PFI, according to the report. It was also attended by IHH Secretary-General Durmuş Aydın and IHH Vice President Hüseyin Oru.
According to a report by The Investigative Project on Terrorism in the Middle East Forum it reveals, “IHH has helped fund the Hamas military wing, which used the money to buy weapons and build training facilities, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Relations said.
IHH has been designated as a terrorist organization by Israel, Germany, and the Netherlands. IHH was a key player in the 2010 Free Gaza Movement flotilla that sought to break a blockade on Gaza. Ten people were killed when one of the boats refused to turn back and passengers attacked Israeli commandos as they tried to board.
Reports from that time allege that IHH distributed aid to the Salafist group Ahrar al-Sham, which fought alongside ISIS and the al-Qaida affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra. Turkish authorities additionally found that IHH not only recruits militants for al-Qaida and other terrorist groups but also provides terrorist groups access to arms and medical treatment.
A report by Jonathan Schanzer for the Foundation for Defence of Democracies states that “The IHH came under considerable scrutiny following the 2010 flotilla to Gaza. The Dutch and German governments both issued designations of purported IHH branches for their ties to Hamas (the Turkish IHH denied any connection to them). U.S. agencies also began examining whether the IHH deserved a terror designation. A leaked classified cable reveals the Treasury Department’s concerns that the IHH has provided Hamas with material assistance.
According to a report by the Danish Institute for International Studies, the Turkish authorities began investigating IHH in 1997 after receiving information that “leaders of IHH were purchasing automatic weapons from other regional Islamic militant groups.” A raid on the organization’s offices turned up weapons, explosives, and instructions for making IEDs. Danish researchers also cited the investigation into IHH by French counterterrorism magistrate Jean-Louis Bruguiere that found that IHH maintained contact with al-Qaeda in Milan and Algerian terrorists in Europe, recruited militants for fighting in Bosnia, Chechnya, and Afghanistan, and played a central role in the al-Qaeda bomb plot targeting Los Angeles International airport.”
PFI links with IHH is just one of the connections with international terror sympathising NGOs.
The PFI was banned in Jharkhand and several states had petitioned the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to ban this controversial organisation, that is reportedly known as the new organisational face of SIMI. PFI is also linked to violence and deaths of Hindus and Christians across India.
The PFI group is also reportedly linked to Love Jihad cases in Kerala. In fact, the Syro-Malabar Church in a statement to the media some months ago, shockingly revealed that their study into the Love Jihad cases involving Muslims boys and Christian girls could be over 4000 cases. The Syro-Malabar Church has even petitioned the Prime Minister of India to address the growing concerns of Love Jihad in the state.
Over 1400 cases against the PFI in India over the last 12-years by different intelligence agencies and police authorities. Numerous banks accounts in India and countries such as UAE, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar. Indian authorities have identified large source of unaccounted money used towards activities meant to destabilizing India, creating fear psychosis in the Indian Muslims and creating a foundation to establish an Islamic nation in India. PFI has been directly linked to the Delhi riots, protests in Shaheen Bhag and violence across India over the last couple of years.
‘Operation Octopus’ by the Indian government is a clinical action of dismantling this PFI from its roots. The ban on PFI is a step to cripple this Islamic radical organisation and a message to emerging Islamic radicalised organisation in India. PFI dossier 2022 nails the terror links of the PFI, it is undoubtedly a terror organisation. The five-year ban on PFI is to curb to stem the rot of Islamic radicalisation in India.