“We are at war and I am a soldier… your support of [your governments] makes you directly responsible… just as I am directly responsible for protecting and avenging my Muslim brothers and sisters.” – Sidique Khan (London bomber)
Part One: Some Background
In 2002, MI5 stated that out of 100 terrorists in the UK, 40 were of Pakistani origin.
Similarly, British Ministers, some time later, said that 70% of terrorism affecting the UK has links to Pakistan. Despite that, two weeks after the London bombings of 2005, a Foreign Office Minister, Ian Pearson, said:
‘The governments of Pakistan is a key ally in the effects we are making to combat extremism, radicalisation and terrorism, both in the UK and overseas.”
Bahukutumbi Rahman, a former Indian intelligence officer, wrote that “the seeds of the radicalisation of the Pakistani Diaspora in the UK were sown during the military dictatorship of Zia [in the late 1970s]”. This was partly a reference to General Zia encouraging many Deobandi clerics, from Pakistan, to go to the UK as preachers in the mosques attended by British Pakistanis.
It can be said that one of the first signs of the Islamisation of Pakistani Brits (before the ‘Rushdie Affair’) came in February 1984 when a group of British terrorists, of Pakistani origin, kidnapped an Indian diplomat posted to the Assistant High Commission in Birmingham (UK). The British Pakistani terrorists demanded the release of a leader of a terrorist group. The Indian government refused the demand. The UK terrorists killed the diplomat.
Yet before that, in 1974, an Islamic Foundation was set up in Leicester to propagate the Islamist ideology of the Pakistani political group Jamaat al-Islami, a group which promised to spread Sharia law to both Muslims and non-Muslims. Indeed a former chairman and rector of the Islamic Foundation in Leicester, Professor Kurshad Ahmad, also doubled up as the vice president of the Jamaat al-Islami party in Pakistan.
Similarly, and a little later, in 1978, a European headquarters of the extreme movement Tablighi Jamaat was set up in, of all places, Dewsbury (West Yorkshire). Tablighi Jamaat was, and is, a huge recruiter for jihad across the world. Indeed the 7/7 bomber, Sidique Khan (see intro) attended the Tablinghi Jamaat Mosque in Dewsbury.
The Pakistani Tablighi Jamaat, again, who are active elsewhere in the UK, want Pakistani Muslims, and all other Muslims, to return to the basics of Islam and separate themselves from non-Muslim – from you and I.
Of course it was the demonstrations against Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses which realty brought extreme Islam to our shores.
At that time, the Saudis encouraged a number of groups, all inspired by Jamaat-I-Islami, in the UK to set up the United Kingdom Action Committee on Islamic Affairs (UKACIA) to run the demos against the Satanic Verses (primarily in Bradford).
This should be no surprise once we become aware of the propaganda, direct from Pakistan, which is often and frequently beamed into the homes, via satellite, of British Pakistani Muslims. These programmes often inform them about such facts as that the ‘Hindus are out to massacre them’.
On top of that there are the many radicalised mosques throughout the UK. Imams –often supporters of Wahhabism - brought directly over from Pakistan to feed the prejudices of British Pakistanis often preach these mosques in.
In addition, the Ahle Hadith Wahhabist movement, also funded by Saudi Arabia, and which runs countless extreme madrasses in Pakistan, also has over 50 ‘Islamic centres’ in England alone (as of 2006). On the Ahle Hadith website it tells its readers that their fellow UK citizens – you and I – are “kuffar” and warns them:
“Be different from the Jews and Christians. Their ways are based on sick or deviant views concerning their societies.”
Part Two: Some Blood and Guts
It can truthfully be said that the roots of the London bombings (2005) go back to Pakistan.
Sadique Khan was trained in northern Pakistan in July 2003. Indeed three of the four bombers – Khan, Shehzad Tanweer and Hasib Hussain – visted Pakistan between November 2004 and January 2005 (six months before the London bombings). Two bombers, Khan and Tanweer, also visited madrasses in Lahore and Faisalabad – not just to pray and study, but also to learn how to make explosives. (This is Islam, remember?)
The London bombers also received ‘advice or direction’ from many individuals in Pakistan.
Muktar Said Ibrahim, the leader of the later 21st July bombing plot – the failed attempt by five British Islamists to attack London’s transport system – had also been to Pakistan at similar times to that of Khan and Tanweer. They attended training camps there.
It is very likely that the Pakistani Intelligence Service (ISI) trained the 7/7 bombers, as well as many other UK Islamoterrorists of Pakistani background. For example, Omar Khyam, who was then a 25-year-old Pakistani from Surrey, was the leader of a group of five men who were found guilty, in April 2007, of a bomb plot in the UK. Previously, in 2002, Omar Khyam had trained in a camp near Muzaffarabad – the capital of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir. Khyam’s family had a history of serving in the Pakistani military and in the Pakistani Intelligence Service (ISI) and it was ‘by using [his] military connections’ that he was ‘found’ in Pakistan and brought back to the UK.
In addition, Dhiron Barot, a British convert (or ‘revert’!) to Islam, was given a 40-year prison sentence in 2006 for plotting various bomb outrages in the UK and the US. He had already undergone ‘lengthy training in Pakistan’ in 1995. The skills he acquired might have been used in his subsequent planned terrorist attacks, which included setting off a radio-active ‘dirty bomb’ and gassing the Heathrow Express train. He too was probably trained by Pakistan’s ISI.
A camp run by the psychotic terrorist group Harkat ul-Mujahideen (HUM), in Pakistan’s Mansehra, had for years taken British volunteers from the Finsbury Park Mosque (Abu Hamza’s pad) for training. Khan, the 7/7 bomber, visited this very same camp in July 2001, while Tanweer (another 7/7 bomber) was trained there in handling explosives and arms.
A Pakistani state-controlled offshoot of HUM is the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM), which had many contacts with British UK bombers when these British Pakistanis visited Pakistan.
Rashid Rauf, also a British Pakistani, was thought to be involved in the August 2006 plot to bomb Heathrow Airport, was also a member of Pakistan’s JEM.
Another JEM of British Pakistani origin was Mohammed Bilal, who, as a 24-year-old in 2000, drove a car full of explosives into an Indian army base, at Srinagar, killing nine people in the process.
The JEM is known to recruit among British men of Kashmiri and Punjabi (a region of Pakistan) background.
There is also the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET), which was partly formed by the Pakistani Intelligence Service (ISI) and in whose camps hundreds of British Pakistanis have be trained to become jihadists. Some of the 7/7 bombers are thought to have had contacts with LET when they visited Pakistan.