Despite reports that the Pakistani Haqqania University Terrorist Seminar addressed an online session in December 2020 at Darul Uloom Deoband, Saharanpur, security agencies have yet to launch an investigation to determine the scope of the radical organization and possible threats due to the organization’s activities in India.
The Pioneer previously reported that the threat to India from terrorist groups in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region like the Haqqani Network and ISIS’s Khorasan Province is real and imminent.
The Haqqani Network, a project of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), has ostensibly made inroads into Islamic seminaries in the country through Haqqania University, also known as Darul Uloom Haqqania, in the apparent aim of attracting young gullible people to join its fold to advance the 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 delivered an online lecture at Darul Uloom Deoband, Saharanpur in the Uttar Pradesh on December 7 of last year as part of a three-day conclave that began on December 6, 2020, the anniversary of the demolition of the old Ramjanmbhoomi-Babri Masjid complex.
Hamid-ul Haque Haqqani is also the chairman of the Difa-e-Pakistan Council of which Lashkar-e-Tayabba leader Hafiz Sayeed is a founding chairman. Haqqani is the son of Sami-ul Haq who is considered the father of the Taliban. After the assassination of his father, Haqqani also became president of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, Pakistan.
The Haqqani network’s outreach in India had apparently led to clamor to support the Taliban regime from a representative sample of individuals from a particular community and Muslim clerics calling for the separation of girls ‘and boys’ education in accordance with the exhortations of Taliban.
In fact, Darul Uloom Haqqania is the alma mater of the world’s leading global terrorists. The Darul Uloom Haqqania has the notorious distinction of producing several global terrorists like the founder of the Taliban, Mullah Omar, the leader of Lashkar-e-Tayabba Hafiz Sayeed and the boss of Jaish-e-Mohammad Masood Azhar, among others. Mullah Omar’s son, Mullah Mohammad Yakoob, is Afghanistan’s defense minister under the current Taliban regime in Kabul.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s main campus radicalizes around 4,000 students each year. The seminary has 10 campuses in the Af-Pak region.
Haqqani’s online address was facilitated by Darul Vice Chancellor Uloom Deoband, Saharanpur, Arshad Madani. Madani is also the chairman of the Arshad faction of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, a group of Muslim clerics, since the parent organization split in 2008.
After the Taliban take control of Afghanistan last month, Madani called for the segregation of education for girls and boys, including by non-Muslims, in order to propagate Taliban ideology . Following his call and the rise of the Taliban in Kabul last month, a number of leaders from several states have urged recognition of the Taliban regime. Their direct or indirect links to the Haqqani network cannot be excluded and should be probed, security experts said.