Manifesto for action: spokesperson Usama Mahmoud
In a second statement, released by the group’s newly-appointed spokesperson Usama Mahmoud, laid out a six point agenda for the new group. First, his statement states, al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent will wage “jihad against America and the system of international infidels who grew up under its auspices”.
This system, he argued, had caused “the dominance of the infidels on the lands of the Muslims of Bosnia, Chechnya, Kashmir, [and] Burma”.
Mahmoud’s second objective calls for “the application of shari’a and the revival of the Muslim community. The statement then goes on to assure the liberation of “all occupied Muslim lands, [and] liberate the people of the Indian subcontinent, oppressed Muslims in particular, and induction of the nation of Muhammad”.
The remaining three parts of the agenda call for ensuring “the victory of the Islamic emirate in Afghanistan, that is the greatest hope of the Islamic world to revive the Caliphate”. It also promises to strive for the “establishment of an Islamic society”, and a Caliphate free of “usury and exorbitant taxes”.
Fighting our way: Sheikh Asim Umar
‘Fighting our way’, the third statement issued on Thursday, is a text by the Sheikh, or chief, of the new organisation, the Pakistani cleric Asim Umar. Focussed on the global context, Umar’s text states that “god, who shoved Russia’s news into the dirt, is also humiliating America, which claimed godhood for itself”. It claims a new map of the world is emerging: “we have triumphed in the battlefields of Yemen, and on the other side of the Gulf of Aden are the mujahideen of Somali; look to the southern Meditteranean to see the jihadist movements in Egypt, Libya and Algeria; Italy is but a hundred and fifty kilometres from Tunisia”.
“Fight them”, Umar exhorts followers, not for one year, not for two years or several years, but until persecution is no more, and religion is all of Allah and all systems except the system of Islam prevails, and the rule of god is no longer compromised”.