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    ‘IS in Lanka not linked to Pakistan but India’, says global terror expert

    Professor of Security Studies at Singapore’s Nanyang University and global terror expert of Sri Lankan origin, Dr Rohan Gunaratna said the influence of the Tamil Nadu Tawheed Jamaath in India has been very damaging to Sri Lanka.

    Sri Lanka is still struggling to get back on its feet after eight suicide bomb attacks killed more than 250 people and shattered the peace that had reigned for a decade since the end of a brutal 30-year civil war in which more than 120,000 people were killed.

    To Indians weary of Islamist terror from Pakistan-based groups, the Sri Lanka carnage bears familiar hallmarks. Professor of Security Studies at Singapore’s Nanyang University and global terror expert of Sri Lankan origin, Dr Rohan Gunaratna, tells Padma Rao Sundarji in Colombo about the spread of the Islamic State (IS) in the region and the dangers it poses.

    Q: The suicide attacks on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka in which more than 250 people were killed, have revealed an established network of Islamist extremism in western, central and eastern Sri Lanka. Some years ago, PM Wickremesinghe himself confirmed to this writer in an interview, that 32 affluent Sri Lankans had joined the Islamic State. Though invented in Sri Lanka by the Tamil terror group LTTE which was defeated in 2009, suicide attacks remain the hallmark of Pakistan-based terror groups. Are there any links between the IS-related groups in Sri Lanka and Pakistan?

    A: The first Sri Lankan foreign terrorist fighter who went to Syria and Iraq was one Mohammed Muhsin Nilam. He was killed in 2015. He was an old boy of Sri Lanka’s elite Trinity College. He went to a madarssa for six months, but preferred a university education. He joined the International Islamic University in Pakistan in September/October 2007 and earned an LLB.

    Q: Sri Lankan officials emphasize the good relations between Colombo and Islamabad. But have there been exchanges at other levels too? Did ‘motivational’ speakers from Pakistan travel in and out of Sri Lanka?

    A: Extremist preachers from Tamil Nadu influenced the formation of radical groups in Sri Lanka. The influence of the Tamil Nadu Tawheed Jamaath in India has been very damaging to Sri Lanka. As IS is spreading to Asia, it is vital that our governments and the religious authorities meet once a month and start to counter the threat. In the next five years, our countries will be ruined by the spread of IS ideology. Although there are non violent Wahabis and Salafis, the research in the region show that foreign ideologies are detrimental to traditional Islam - Sufism - that Muslims have inherited for centuries. The Wahabi and Salafi models breeds intolerance. With incitement, exclusivism leads to extremism and terrorism.

    Q: The terrorists involved in the Easter carnage were affluent. But an operation of this scale also requires logistical outside support. If Saudi Arabian clerics provided the ideology and Gulf returnees received their initiation in radical Islam during their tenures overseas, surely some country with easier passage into Sri Lanka provided the training? Like Pakistan?

    A: The IS network in Sri Lanka is not linked to Pakistan but to India and the Middle East. The funding was mostly generated and the training too conducted in Sri Lanka itself. IS built several training camps including in Vanathavilu, Hambanthota, Nuwaraeliya. The technology was mostly from the Internet. The bomb maker was Mohammed Hashtoon, a bright, young Muslim who was radicalized and recruited by (the chief Easter Sunday terrorist ) Zahran Hashim. His wife, Pulasthini Mahendran, was a Tamil Hindu convert to Islam. Both studied together. An autodidact, Hashtoon worked at a pharmacy in Colombo and conducted the most lethal bombing at St Sebastian church in Negombo.

    Q If there was indeed an IS link to the Easter attacks, surely the IS-Khorasan, the terror organization’s ‘South Asia bureau’ in Afghanistan-Pakistan was involved rather than the IS that is in disarray, in faraway Syria?

    A: The IS Khorasan was created in 2015 but later, it created four other branches including one for Sri Lanka. In an attempt to rebuild the caliphate, the IS wants to strengthen its provinces. These branches will pose a threat to the entire region. Governments should develop a zero tolerance policy and work together to eliminate the IS threat. IS Sri Lanka had cyber links to most of these branches.

    Q : Finally, it is said that SL was picked because of lax security, as a ‘soft target’, etc. Is India the principal target in the long run? Agree or disagree, you can’t rule out Pakistani involvement or tacit support. According to Indian authorities, Pakistani diplomats based in Kathmandu and Colombo, have financed recces of US and Indian installations by terrorists with the intention of targeting them, they have pushed fake Indian currency into India to destabilize it. Surely Sri Lanka is a stepping stone to the larger goal for Islamist terrorists, which is India?

    A: About 63% of the world’s Muslim population lives in Asia. Like other Asian Muslims, Indian Muslims are moderate, tolerant and value coexistence. Nonetheless, IS is spreading in the Asian region including in India. The threat is spreading at a rapid pace, especially through cyber. On May 10, 2019, IS branch Wilayah as Hind (the “India province”) claimed that it had used machine guns to clash with Indian security forces in Amshipura village in J&K’s Shopian district. Since November 2017, IS has claimed attacks against Indian security forces in J&K. The creation of dedicated IS entities in countries and sub regions as opposed to large regions, reflects a new strategy by IS. With the global expansion of IS, the group is decentralizing, giving more power to IS branches in countries.


    Source: https://www.hindustantimes.com/india...YGIIVwgBI.html


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    Looks like Padma Rao Sundarji was trying too hard to somehow link Pakistan with these attacks in Lanka or get a word out of Dr Rohan Gunaratna's mouth against Pakistan.


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    Tamil Nadu and Kerala are hot beds of radicalisation within India. In the past these violent Tamilians played a crucial role in propping up the LTTE. 2 states which are a hotbed of IS recruiters.

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    Tamil Nadu has become a hotbed of Islamic extremism recently, Kerala as well. Maximum IS recruits are from these 2 states, may be the Gulf effect since many Tamils and Malayalis work in that part of the world. We have a fault and need to accept it, Tamil Muslim society has to step up and counter this alien form of Islam in our state, Islam practiced by most here is tolerant and peaceful. Our politicians can not ignore this any longer, blaming Pakistan all the time will not solve our problems.

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    Welcome to yesterday. It's a renowned and verifiable fact that India is a breeding ground for terrorists.

    Champion False Flaggers!

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    India exporting terrorism. Wow such breaking news. Indians will find a way to look the other way and keep blaming Pakistan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sshakir411 View Post
    India exporting terrorism. Wow such breaking news. Indians will find a way to look the other way and keep blaming Pakistan.
    We have 170 million Muslims. We need to export our share of idiots to the world too.

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    It's time to crack down on these Islamic Terrorist in T.N. Show no mercy to these idiots and monitor all the mosques and Islamic centers closely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swashbuckler View Post
    Tamil Nadu has become a hotbed of Islamic extremism recently, Kerala as well. Maximum IS recruits are from these 2 states, may be the Gulf effect since many Tamils and Malayalis work in that part of the world. We have a fault and need to accept it, Tamil Muslim society has to step up and counter this alien form of Islam in our state, Islam practiced by most here is tolerant and peaceful. Our politicians can not ignore this any longer, blaming Pakistan all the time will not solve our problems.
    In chennai its gone better only recently, initially most used to even support Pakistani cricket team but then they went downhill so ...

    South TN to be exact is hot bed for it..they are good people but too religious and brainwashed with this aspect which they pass on to their children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by troodon View Post
    We have 170 million Muslims. We need to export our share of idiots to the world too.
    Still Indians. Deal with it.

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    Tamil Nadu has been supporting terrorism for decades, but the only saving grace is that it is directed against Sri Lanka and not Pakistan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Welcome to yesterday. It's a renowned and verifiable fact that India is a breeding ground for terrorists.

    Champion False Flaggers!
    I said this on day 1. Anyone who has been following world events will know it was India who supported the decades long terrorism agianst Lanka and it was Pakistan who helped Lanka to defeat it. The bombers were in India, obviously training but some fools think Paksitan, an ally of Lanka was behind the attacks. You cant educate these sheep, their mind is only fed by their masters.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    I said this on day 1. Anyone who has been following world events will know it was India who supported the decades long terrorism agianst Lanka and it was Pakistan who helped Lanka to defeat it. The bombers were in India, obviously training but some fools think Paksitan, an ally of Lanka was behind the attacks. You cant educate these sheep, their mind is only fed by their masters.
    Hopefully Pakistan helps us defeat the terrorism in Kashmir too .. we really require Paks help..want to crush it like Pak helped Rajpaksa crush LTTE.

    Hopefully Pakistan doesn’t differentiate as good and bad terrorism

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaDed View Post
    Hopefully Pakistan helps us defeat the terrorism in Kashmir too .. we really require Paks help..want to crush it like Pak helped Rajpaksa crush LTTE.

    Hopefully Pakistan doesn’t differentiate as good and bad terrorism
    You need to understand people fighting against occupation are not terrorists.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    You need to understand people fighting against occupation are not terrorists.
    Expected answer..

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaDed View Post
    Expected answer..
    He’s right though. I’m not defending terrorists but certain black groups who rebelled were labelled as terrorists in early 20th century America. Antifa are labelled as terrorists by many right wing Americans. You need to look at all the perspectives and be more open minded (no one is defending stuff like Mumbai attacks etc which were obviously terrorist attacks)

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliasad1998 View Post
    He’s right though. I’m not defending terrorists but certain black groups who rebelled were labelled as terrorists in early 20th century America. Antifa are labelled as terrorists by many right wing Americans. You need to look at all the perspectives and be more open minded (no one is defending stuff like Mumbai attacks etc which were obviously terrorist attacks)
    Then I would say read about Lanka civil war...


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    Quote Originally Posted by JaDed View Post
    Expected answer..
    You haven't countered it. If I bring a gun to your house, are you a terrorist for resisting me?


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    The whole world blames India for breeding and exporting terrorism. India is a no-go country for most westerners. Organizations operating in India were banned by the UN.

    Oh wait, is it India or someone else?

    No matter how hard Pakistani try to sell this narrative, none is buying it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Odd_One View Post
    The whole world blames India for breeding and exporting terrorism. India is a no-go country for most westerners. Organizations operating in India were banned by the UN.

    Oh wait, is it India or someone else?

    No matter how hard Pakistani try to sell this narrative, none is buying it.
    Your feelings got hurt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    You haven't countered it. If I bring a gun to your house, are you a terrorist for resisting me?
    Im glad you are understanding this ,and unlike you i wont call this integration..like you do with other countries kingdoms..
    Last edited by JaDed; 12th June 2019 at 05:50.

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    So tamizhans living in Lanka all these years were not getting discriminated and killed at their home, Chinese Muslims don't get discriminated in their home, seriously some posters have basically taken bias to the next level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JaDed View Post
    Then I would say read about Lanka civil war...
    Tbh it just comes down to human nature, for perpetual peace there must be perpetual war. A common enemy unites the people and is this easily misled.

    The winners will be labelled liberators and the losers will be termed as terrorists, it has been so since the beginning of time.
    Last edited by DeadBall; 12th June 2019 at 06:20.

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    India thinks every radical organisation has Pak links. They even try to convince the world that Hindu terrorism is related to Pakistan.


    PP's own self proclaimed sharpshooter and defender of Islam and Pakistan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeadBall View Post
    Tbh it just comes down to human nature, for perpetual peace there must be perpetual war. A common enemy unites the people and is this easily misled.

    The winners will be labelled liberators and the losers will be termed as terrorists, it has been so since the beginning of time.
    I know its more complicated than the binaries we indulge in.. guess sometimes i just let myself into the mental pit of a never ending argument.


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