‘ISI had warned IM not to link with Al-Qaeda’

A Delhi court has taken cognisance of the NIA’s second charge sheet against Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and others in which it was revealed that Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI had warned Indian Mujahideen (IM) not to establish link with global terror groups like Al-Qaeda.

District judge IS Mehta took cognisance of the 277 page supplementary charge sheet and fixed the matter on 7 March for further proceedings. NIA told the court that Bhatkal’s group was warned against shifting towards another banned outfits and it is media who named the group as IM, however it was earlier known as ‘Usaba’.

NIA charge sheet claimed that IM has decided to shift towards Al-Qaeda since they felt that the Pakistani agency was against the true jihadi ideology, even after ISI officials strictly warned IM not to do so. ‘Investigation has established that the ISI of Pakistan has been providing monetary and infrastructural support to the IM operatives for waging terrorist activities within India. However, it has emerged that the senior IM operatives including Iqbal Bhatkal, Riyaz Bhatkal, Mirza Shadaab Beg and others were not very happy with the ISI’s control on their activities and wanted to intensify their jihad or war against India with the assistance of global terrorist organisations like al Qaeda and Taliban, ‘ said the chargesheet.
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