"Pak Floats Yet Another Militant Outfit" (Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources)
Formation of Islamic Extremist Group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)
By: Dwarika Prasad Sharma
Date: September 9, 2000
Source: The Times of India
About the Author: At the time the primary source article was written, Dwarika Prasad Sharma worked as a writer for The Times of India.
The Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM, or Army of Mohammed) was formed in Pakistan during January-February 2000 by Maulana Masood Azhar. The former leader of the extremist group, Harkat ul-Ansar (HuA), Azhar, was earlier released from prison by the Indian government on December 31, 1999, after hijackers demanded his exchange for 155 Indian Airlines hostages. Azhar is believed to have received assistance in setting up the JeM from the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in Pakistan, the Taliban network in Afghanistan, and Osama Bin Laden.
Also known as Khuddam-ul-Islam and Tehrik ul-Furqaan, JeM is an Islamic extremist group whose stated goals are to unite the disputed territory of Kashmir (located in the northern portion of the Indian subcontinent) with Pakistan, to unite...
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