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The Saudi Double Speak: Talk ‘War on Terrorism’, Fund ‘War of Terrorism’

India and Saudi Arabia have been strengthening their bilateral relationships with the growing bonhomie of the its two leaders Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and Ruler and Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. Both leaders have committed to engage in a ‘war on global terrorism’. However, Saudi Arabia exposes its double-speak on terrorism when it directly and indirectly funds ‘war of terrorism’ against India. IndianExpose investigates…

Saudi Arabia is a country where terrorist and militants under the guise of holy pilgrims, social welfare and charity organisations set up front companies to launder funds and receive money from Saudi-government sanctioned charities. Interestingly US Intelligence Agency in different US-cables opine that financing to charitable fronts of terror organisations is done with knowledge of the Saudi government.

Two organisations Jamat-ud-Dawa and Al Khidmat Foundations have reportedly received over USD 100 million in funding from Saudi Arabia.

The Jamat-ud-Dawa was founded by Hafiz Mohammed Saeed. The organisation is reportedly the political arm of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

Under the leadership of Hafiz Saeed, LeT has a strong focus on Kashmir. Saeed had once stated in a speech, “There cannot be any peace while India remains intact. Cut them, cut them so much that they kneel before you and ask for mercy.”

In 2008, the United Nations Security Council had added Pakistan-based terrorist group and four of its leaders to the list of entities and organizations known to support Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

The Security Council had listed Jamaat-ud-Dawa as an alias of the proscribed Lashkar-e-Taiba terror group. In that Hafiz Saeed had been listed as the leader of the Lashkar-e-Taiba.

The UNSC also listed Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Haji Mohammad Ashraf, and Mahmoud Mohammad Ahmed Bahaziq as senior members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba.

UN had identified Mahmoud Bahaziq as the main finance behind the establishment of LeT. Bahaziq is a Saudi Arabian national.

A US-cable details how LeT, responsible for the Mumbai Terror Attack in 2008, used a Saudi-based company to fund its terror activities in India.

The US-cable further stated the following:

“In fact, LeT and JUD stem from the same original organization, Markaz-ud-Dawawal-Irshad (MDI). When LeT was declared a terrorist organization in Pakistan in 2002, MDI publicly divested itself of LeT at that time and renamed itself JUD. LeT transferred most of its assets and personnel to the newly formed JUD, ensuring its survival.

We believe that LeT uses JUD facilities as a public front for its activities and shares offices, phone numbers, personnel and bank accounts. LeT’s old offices merely changed the name on the door.

JUD’s budget, using funds from both witting and unwitting donors, is dedicated to social services and/or humanitarian relief but some is used to finance LeT operations.

We are also aware that LeT and JUD share many senior leaders, including Hafiz Saeed, who according to information available to the USG, as of 2009 continued to control LeT and issue guidance to LeT.”

The Al Khidmat Foundation which is headed by Hafiz Naeem Ur Rehman reportedly founded the Hizbul Mujahideen under the watchful eyes and advice of the Pakistan Intelligence Service – Inter Intelligence Services (ISI).

Rehmaan interestingly presides over the Jamaat-i-Islami chapter in Karachi.

The poster boy of Kashmiri militancy Burhan Wani who a gunned down by the Indian Armed forces was a Hizbul Mujahideen.

On the death of Burhan Wani, Rehman had commemorated his death and termed it as a ‘martyrdom’ and declared that ‘Jihad is the only way forward to liberate Jammu and Kashmir from Indian occupation.”

A US-cable dating back to November 13 2008 of Bryan Hunt, then-principal officer at US Consulate in Lahore stated,

“Government and non-governmental sources claimed that financial support estimated at nearly 100 million USD annually was making its way to Deobandi and Ahl-e-Hadith clerics in the region from “missionary” and “Islamic charitable” organizations in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates ostensibly with the direct support of those governments.”

The cable further elucidated in the modus operandi of the Islamic clerics:

“The local Deobandi or Ahl-e-Hadith maulana will generally be introduced to the family through these organizations. He will work to convince the parents that their poverty is a direct result of their family’s deviation from “the true path of Islam” through “idolatrous” worship at local Sufi
shrines and/or with local Sufi Peers.

The maulana suggests that the quickest way to return to “favor” would be to devote the lives of one or two of their sons to Islam. The maulana will offer to educate these children at his madrassa and to find them employment in the service of Islam.

The concept of “martyrdom” is often discussed and the family is promised that if their sons
are “martyred” both the sons and the family will attain “salvation” and the family will obtain God’s favor in this life, as well.

An immediate cash payment is finally made to the parents to compensate the family for its “sacrifice” to Islam. Local sources claim that the current average rate is approximately approximately USD 6500 per son.”

Zakir Naik – the controversial Islamic preacher – currently hiding in Malaysia over his provocative speeches in India was awarded the King Faisal International Price for ‘Service to Islam’ off USD 200,000 in 2015 by King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz.

The global and Indian intelligence network have opined that the spread of Saudi funded radical Wahhabi Islam is the single biggest reason behind the radicalization of few Indian Muslims.

Saudi Arabia in its mission of establishing a Muslim brotherhood- have been sending millions of dollars every year to Indian Muslim organizations and radical Madarssas– which are ultimately being used to radicalize the Indian youth in Kashmir and other states in India.

Saudi Arabia has become the major source of funding for almost all of the Muslim separatists movements in the world. Be it Kashmir, Palestine, Chechnya, or Xinxiang movement.

The challenge that the Indian government faces is that in its growing relationship with Saudi Arabia and the liberal views of its Crown Prince and Deputy Prime Minister Mohammad Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud will Prime Minister Modi be able to stop the in-flow of Saudi money into India to spread ‘Wahabism’ and ‘Islamic Radicalisation’ which is normally routed through charitable organisations but eventually a portion of the funds are diverted to terror and militancy activities in India.

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