An account in the name Tehreek-e-Taliban India (TTI) was opened on Twitter last month and posted its first tweet on February 9. A quick glance at the account’s timeline leave no doubt that it is a terrorist group that wants to wage a ‘war of liberation’ in Bharat. By February 12, there were reports that Bharat’s law enforcement agencies had asked Twitter to shut down this account.
Yet, 11 days later, the account is still active on the US-based social media platform.
In fact, TTI themselves have put out two tweets on the communication they received from Twitter after objections were raised by Bharatiya law enforcement. The screenshots of communication from Twitter were mockingly shared by TTI with threats to the ‘fascist Indian government’-
For the uninitiated, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is an offshoot of the Islamic terror factory created by Pakistan in its tribal areas adjacent to Afghanistan. Ironically, TTP has now turned on the same Pakistan state which spawned it.
TTI is clearly inspired from TTP, although they tried to obfuscate in a tweet, “Taliban is a common name. And it has nothing to do with the Taliban in Afghanistan or Pakistan. The Indian Taliban is made up of Muslim scholars. And created for peace in India and Kashmir. And so far thousands of Indian and Kashmiri Muslims have joined it”.
With the ‘map’ they have shared of Bharat along with this tweet, they couldn’t have made their intentions any clearer.
Another tweet talks of an impending announcement of the emir (leader) of TTI. The attached image promotes the ongoing ‘hijab in classroom’ demand stoked by PFI. “Hijab is Haya, Haya is Emaam” (Hijab is modest, modesty is faith) “We can die but we can’t surrender”, “Allahu Akbar”, “We Stand with Girls in Hijab” are slogans on the banner that shows a group of women clad in black-grey burqas and niqab.
Another tweet is standard jihadi rhetoric on “fighting polytheists and unbelievers” (like Hindus) to “bring them out of darkness” and “exalt God’s (Allah’s) word and make it supreme in the whole world”. It provides an unadulterated meaning of what ‘jihad’ means to the groups who live and die by it, and not the watered down meaning told by terror apologists. Just to make their message even more clear, TTI has helpfully attached an image of gun-toting men.
TTI has also retweeted a tweet by an official of the Afghan Taliban government, glorifying Mullah Mohammad Omar, the Taliban founder who became the head of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan after Taliban first seized power in 1996. Omar had allowed Osama Bin Laden to operate his Al Qaeda terror camps in Afghanistan.
It is staggering that the Government of Bharat has allowed this flagrant violation of our laws and sovereignty by TTI and Twitter to go unpunished for so many days! Nations across the world are cracking down on big tech firms and levying significant fines for relatively minor infractions of their sovereign laws.
What is Bharat waiting for? Why haven’t MeitY, I&B ministries and security agencies cracked the whip on Twitter yet?