Banned Kashmiri militant outfits re-emerging in Pakistan

April 26th, 2008 - 3:23 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, April 26 (IANS) Various militant organisations, including the Hizbul Mujahideen, are re-emerging in Pakistan, especially in Karachi, after they remained underground for past several years, it was reported here Saturday. Dawn News TV said activists of some sectarian organisations had carried out wall chalking, hoisted their flags and displayed posters to inform the public about their activities, including gatherings in mosques in Karachi.

The channel also quoted sources in banned militant outfits as saying that these organisations were active under new names and venues, adding that they had recently held large rallies in Karachi.

Prominent outfits like the Harkatul Mujahideen, the Hizbul Mujahideen and the Al-Badar - the militant outfits fighting in India’s Jammu and Kashmir - have established their new offices, Daily Times said.

The Harkatul Mujahideen has moved its base from Islamabad to the outskirts of Rawalpindi, and is likely to rename itself as the Insarul Ummah.

The Jaish-e-Muhammad leadership is meeting in Bahawalpur over the weekend to finalise a new name for their outfit.

The Harkat-e-Jihad-e-Islami is holding a gathering May 4 in Kotli in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

The United Jihad Council led by the Hizbul Mujahideen met Monday in order to discuss a new strategy, according to Dawn News.

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