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Islamic State threatens ex-cricketer and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir twice in 2 days

Former cricketer and Bharatiya Janata Party MP since 2019 from East Delhi, Gautam Gambhir received death threats from IS (Islamic State, aka ISIS) terrorists based out of Kashmir. This is the second time that he is being threatened in as many days. 

On Tuesday, Gautam received an email on his official email address from the terrorist Sunni Islamic group IS that said that they are going to kill him and his family. He informed the Delhi police and even as they were trying to trace the origin of the email, another one arrived on Wednesday night.  

The emails are being sent from the email ID ‘[email protected]’ and the second one said, “We intended to kill you, but you survived yesterday”. “If you love the life of your family, stay away from politics and the Kashmir issue.” Attached along with the second email was a video, shot outside Gautam’s Delhi residence.

His staff who had earlier informed the police over the phone, submitted a written complaint this time around and asked the police to raise an FIR. The written complaint was submitted to Daryaganj DCP and security has been increased around his residence. 

Gautam has been at the forefront of criticizing terrorist forces trying to destabilize Bharat. He is especially vocal when it comes to our security forces who are being targeted by Pakistan. Last week, Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu had called Pakistan PM Imran Khan his ‘elder brother’, and Gautam had come down hard on him. 

Gautam called Sidhu spineless and termed such flattery as disgusting. He reminded that Pakistan is nothing but a terrorist-sponsoring state headed by Taliban supporters like Khan. “Send ur son or daughter to the border & then call a terrorist state head ur big brother!,” Gautam added. 

IS network expanding in Bharat

Security agencies had recently arrested Umar Nisar Bhat aka Qasim Khorasani from Achabal in the Anantnag district of Kashmir. Bhat and his associates were believed to be based out of Afghanistan but intelligence agencies discovered that he was in Anantnag and apprehended them. He is said to be the first terrorist arrested from Bharat who establishes a direct link between IS and Kashmir. 

Two of his associates, Tanveer Ahmed Bhat and Rameez Lone too were arrested and all 3 were active in Kashmir since 2016. Their responsibilities included arms/explosives procurement, logistics, cadre recruitment for IS and were directly involved in anti-Bharat activities.

Bhat confessed that anti-Hindu Swat al-Hind (Voice of Hind) magazine was regularly published and released in Pakistan and that he was in touch with his Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) handlers. So far, 17 issues of the magazine have been published, the  first edition coming out in February 2020. Calling nationalism a disease, it urged Indian Muslims to follow the Caliphate. Nisar said that the first edition was put together by a Kashmiri couple, Jahanzeb Sami and Hina Baig, living in Delhi who were arrested last year just after the anti-Hindu Delhi riots.

Transcripts of his chats regarding the production and circulation of the magazine were retrieved from his Telegram history. Such propaganda was supposed to generate the concept of  Wilayat Al-Hind (Islamic State province in India) in Bharat.  

He also accepted that he had links with Bangladesh and Maldives-based Islamic Ameer (chief). The module had recruited IS operatives from Bhatkal, Karnataka and Telangana. 

He also said he was in contact with Pakistani Punjabi national Amir Sultan Huzaifa aka Huzaif Al-Bakistani who was killed in a US drone strike in Afghanistan, and was responsible for radicalisation of Indian Muslim youth. Bhat also communicated with Aijaz Ahangar, a Kashmiri resident who fled to Pakistan and is a chief recruiter of the Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir. Ahangar was arrested in 1992 by Bharatiya security forces but released after 2 years. He was arrested in 2020 by Afghan national forces, but has been released from prison after the recent Taliban takeover.

The recent threats against Gautam, accompanied by a video of his Delhi residence, clearly show that ISIS cells are operational in Kashmir and the rest of Bharat. 

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