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Now that's a crackdown! Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalil, the founder of the banned Harkat-ul Mujahideen who signed Al Qaeda/Osama bin Laden's 1998 fatwa against “Crusaders and Zionists," join the the PTI, the ruling political party of Imran Khan. thenews.com.pk/latest/342877-…
Khalil's HUM was in contact with Osama bin Laden's trusted courier while bin Laden was living in Abbottabad. HUM was in direct contact with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate. longwarjournal.org/archives/2011/…
Fazlur Rehman Khali was listed by the US as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in 2014. Here is my writeup and background on his activities. longwarjournal.org/archives/2014/…
In 2011, Khalil openly lived in an Islamabad suburb, without fear of repercussions from the Pak state. Keep in mind his HUM was involved in the attack on the US Consulate in Karachi, hijacking an Indian airliner, and murdering @WSJ reporter Daniel Pearl.
@WSJ In Aug. 2014, when the US designated Khalil's Harakat ul Mujahideen, it noted that HUM ran training camps in eastern Afghanistan.
@WSJ I hope the irony of the announcement that Khalil and his followers back PTI the same day that Pakistan announces its "crackdown" on terrorist groups isn't lost on anyone.
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