Despite reports of Pakistani terror seminary Haqqania University addressing an online session in December 2020 at Darul Uloom Deoband, Saharanpur, the security agencies are yet to launch an enquiry to ascertain the radical outfit’s reach and possible threats due to the outfit’s activities in India.
The Pioneer had earlier reported that the threat to India from the terror groups from Afghanistan-Pakistan region like the Haqqani Network and Islamic State Khorasan Province is real and imminent.
The Haqqani Network, a project of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), has ostensibly made inroads into the Islamic seminaries in the country through the Haqqania University, also known as as Darul Uloom Haqqania, in an apparent bid to attract gullible youth to join its fold for taking forward Islamist agenda in the subcontinent.
According to a 37-minute video recording of the seminar, Hamid-ul Haque Haqqani, a radical scholar and Vice Chancellor of Darul Uloom Haqqania, Akora Khattak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan addressed an online conference at Darul Uloom Deoband, Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh on December 7 last year as part of a three-day conclave that began on December 6, 2020, the anniversary of the demolition of the erstwhile Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri Masjid complex.
Hamid-ul Haque Haqqani is also the Chairman of the Difa-e-Pakistan Council of which Lashkar-e-Tayabba chief Hafiz Sayeed is a founder chairman. Haqqani is the son of Sami-ul Haq who is considered the Father of Taliban. After his father’s assassination, Haqqani also became chairman of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, Pakistan.
The Haqqani Network’s outreach in India had apparently led to the clamour for supporting the Taliban regime from a cross-section of individuals of a particular community and Muslim clerics giving call to segregate education for girls and boys in line with the Talibani exhortations.
As a matter of fact, Darul Uloom Haqqania is the alma mater of top global terrorists of the world. The Darul Uloom Haqqania has the notorious distinction of producing several global terrorists like the founder of Taliban, Mullah Omar, Lashkar-e-Tayabba chief Hafiz Sayeed and Jaish-e-Mohammad boss Masood Azhar among others. Mullah Omar’s son Mullah Mohammad Yakoob is the Defence Minister of Afghanistan under the current Taliban regime in Kabul.
The main campus in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa radicalizes an estimated 4,000 students every year. The seminary has 10 campuses in the Af-Pak region.
The online address by Haqqani was facilitated by the vice chancellor of Darul Uloom Deoband, Saharanpur, Arshad Madani. Madani is also the President of the Arshad faction of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, an outfit of Muslim clerics, since the split of the parent organization in 2008.
Post-takeover of Afghanistan by Taliban last month, Madani gave a call for segregating education for girls and boys including by non-Muslims in order to propagate the Talibani ideology. Following his call and Taliban’s ascent in Kabul last month, a number of leaders from several States exhorted recognition to the Taliban regime. Their direct or indirect linkages to the Haqqani Network could not be ruled out and need to be probed, security experts said.