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Officials said the PFI is inspired by radical Islamist scholars such as Syed Abul Moududi and Allama Iqbal, as well as terrorists such as Osama bin Laden.  (Representational photo: AP)

Officials said the PFI is inspired by radical Islamist scholars such as Syed Abul Moududi and Allama Iqbal, as well as terrorists such as Osama bin Laden. (Representational photo: AP)

The PFI cadres have joined the al-Nusra Front, an affiliate of Islamic State and al-Qaeda in Syria. Officials say about 15 cadres are already in ISIS

Amid nationwide crackdown on Popular Front of India (PFI) on Thursday, top intelligence sources told CNN-News18 that the organization has direct links with terror groups.

He said the PFI is inspired by radical Islamic scholars like Syed Abul Maududi and Allama Iqbal, as well as terrorists like Osama bin Laden.

It is following in the footsteps of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and Kerala’s T Nazeer Group, which is affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

The PFI cadres have joined the al-Nusra Front, an affiliate of Islamic State and al-Qaeda in Syria. Officials say that about 15 cadres are already in ISIS.

They also have cadres like Abdul Gayoom, Abdul Manaf, Shabbar and Suhail in ISKP Afghanistan.

What the investigating officers say about the various links between the PFI and several terror groups:

PFI and SIMI

  • They have been executing the agenda of SIMI since the ban in 2001.
  • PFI Vice Chairman EM Abdul Rehman was the National Secretary of SIMI
  • PFI’s National Executive Committee member Prof P Koya was also a member of SIMI and was in touch with Jamaat-e-Islami.
  • Pune blast in June 2022 was carried out by PFI cadre Rashid Shaikh who was a former member of SIMI
  • Rashid was very close to Sheikh Shakeel Abdul Rehman, who is the trustee of the Kamaruddin Masjid, the meeting place of former SIMI members.

PFI and ISIS

  • Abdul Rauf, PFI cadre and area president of the organisation’s Munderi unit, is a close aide of Mohammed Shelji of the ISIS cadre.
  • both of them ejaculated together
  • Abdul Rauf provided finance for ISIS recruits in Syria and Khorasani, as well as logistical support to a military
  • Another cadre, Abu Tahir, who was working with PFI mouthpiece Thejas Daily, went to Syria in the name of Hijra and never returned. Later, he posted about his joining ISIS on social media
  • Chalad Noor, PFI leader from Pappinisseri, was an arms trainer in PFI and also joined ISIS

PFI and Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT)

  • ABT members were to visit Murshidabad in June 2022 to meet PFI member Safikul Islam
  • It was to be in the office of an NGO, IQRA Research Foundation
  • This was to decide the strategy and spread of PFI activities

PFI’s support to the accused in the Bangalore serial blasts

  • PFI is fully supporting Islamic Seva Sangh founder Abdul Nassar Madani and jailed in 2008 Bengaluru serial blasts case
  • PFI creating social media accounts and channels to push for Madani’s release
  • A YouTube channel is controlled by Amjad Kanniyapuram, the state leader of Campus Front of India, a PFI affiliate.
  • Another YouTube channel MSIP run by PFI is inviting Islamic preachers in praise of official Madani (Some other PFI YouTube channels are Arivu KL01, Kerala Power Voice and Islamic Power Voice)

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