Terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed changes its name to Majlis Wurasa-e-Shuhuda Jammu wa Kashmir, calls for renewed jihad against India

Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar

The Pakistan-based terror organisation Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) has changed its name to evade the international pressure and evade the agencies as it continues its terror activities against India and world at large. According to a report by Hindustan Times, JeM has changed its name to Majlis Wurasa-Shuhuda Jammu wa Kashmir (gathering of the descendants of martyrs of J&K).

The report cites counter terrorism agencies in India and states that while the name of the terror organisation has changed, the cadre and the leadership remains the same. Earlier it was known as Khudam-ul-Islam and Al Rehmat Trust. JeM’s new flag is the same as previous one where ‘Al Jihad’ is replaced with ‘Al Islam’.

The move comes to evade international scrutiny and pressure so that they can continue their jihadi training activities in Pakistan. Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar, JeM chief and globally designated terrorist Masood Azhar, is now heading the newly named terror outfit, the report states. Masood Azhar, is reportedly ‘terminally ill’ at Markaz Usman-o-Ali in Bahawalpur, Pakistan. It is believed that JeM shifted its operations here after Indian Air Force targeted the Balakot terror camps following the Pulwama terror attack earlier this year.

As per the report, Maulana Abid Mukhtar has called for a jihad against India already. He has also held rallies calling for jihad against Israel and the United States as well. 30 suicide attackers are already ready to attack India, especially the military installations, convoys of Indian security forces and cantonments.

Earlier this week, Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat had informed that Pakistan has also reactivated the Balakot terror camp, which was destroyed by Indian Air Force. Now the new reports suggest that Masood Azhar’s brother Rauf Asghar has not only reactivated the Balakot training camps but also motivating the new recruits at new training facilities in Bahawalpur and Sialkot to attack Indian security establishments.

Madarsas which specialise in training and radicalising youth to carry out terror activities have also been operational since Indian government abrogated Article 370 making Jammu & Kashmir an integral part of India without any riders. The main training centres have also been given instructions to prepare for an ‘all out confrontation’ between India and Pakistan and jihadi in Kashmir. Intelligence reports suggest that Pakistan will try to infiltrate as many terrorists as possible before the snowfall starts in October in the valley.

In Houston at the ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event on 22nd September, Sunday, PM Modi had talked about a ‘decisive war’ against terror. He had said that the time had come for a decisive war against terror. Addressing the same event, US President Donald Trump has also raised the issue of ‘radical Islamic terrorism’, the brand of terrorism that Pakistan specialises in.

OpIndia Staff: Staff reporter at OpIndia