The Rohingya insurgents who claim responsibility for the attacks on Myanmar border posts 12 days ago has strong links with Jamaat-e-Islami. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) headed by a 40-year old Ataullahabu Ammar Junjuni has been aided and abetted by Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), informed source said.
Chris Blackburn, a British researcher on Islamic terrorism confirms ARSA recruitments, training and funding were under the shadow of JeI in Pakistan and Bangladesh.
The Rohingya diaspora, from where ARSA commander Ataullah Junjuni hails was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, to a family of Rohingya refugees. Ataullah later moved to Saudi Arabia, where among a Rohingya diaspora community of around 150,000 he served as an imam in a mosque.
Muslim Aid, a British charity organization which was setup by fugitive Bangladeshi war criminals (who have been tried in absentia and awarded death penalty) have links to JeI in Pakistan and Bangladesh, Palestinian Hamas and numerous jihadi groups.
Dr. Wakar Uddin, who was featured prominently on the Arakine Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) Facebook page has ties to Muslim Aid, is the chairman of the relatively shy American branch of the charity. It was known that Wakar Uddin was in fact running ARSA’s Facebook page. Most terror and conflict research outfits have warned several countries about this.
Last Friday, the Facebook admin has blocked the ARSA account, so has YouTube too deleted their video posts deleted. Chris, who also specializes on Jamaat-e-Islami shared his findings with the Daily Asian Age, has said against this backdrop, ARSA armed insurrection is shown as home-grown, which is not true.
“The leadership of Rohingya insurgent (ARSA) were recruited from among those who were born and raised in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan,” he said.He said that ARSA is not an offshoot of now defunct militant group, the Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO).
Indonesia’s extremist Islamic – Defenders Front (FPI) with links to the Jamaat-i-Islami’s Muslim Aid network of charities have announced in the social media and in press interviews that FPI is now recruiting volunteers for ARSA in Myanmar. Volunteers, Chris observed that actually means recruiting Jihadis.
Aris Munandar, an Indonesian of Jemaah Islamiya, facilitates and provides support to Jamaat-e-Islami activities in Southeast Asia. He is also the head of KOMPAK, a non-governmental organization that produced videos used in the recruitment of JeI members.
Munandar, a disciple of Bashir, is considered as a dangerous Indonesian and is still on the UN sanctions list for ties to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. He was the point-man for foreign charities such as Muslim Aid and al-Haramain money laundering funds for jihadi groups in Syria and Myanmar.
The said Munandar, did not hide his strong reservation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for destabilizing Pakistan and Jamaat’s activities in Bangladesh. The shadowy militant faction whose offensive on 25 August threatened to plunge Myanmar’s western Rakhine state into wider conflict, with real potential for large-scale communal violence, is committed to securing citizenship and basic civil rights within Myanmar for the state’s Rohingya Muslim population.
Myanmar authorities on August 27 outlawed ARSA as a “terrorist organization” called “Harakah al Yaqin” (or Faith Movement), a clandestine militant force.
However, Myanmar officials refer to ARSA insurgents as ‘ARSA extremist terrorists’ and have stopped calling them ‘extremist Bengali terrorists’, after Bangladesh lodged protest over the word ‘Bengali’, which means the people of Bangladesh and West Bengal in India.