Name of Organization
Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami (HUJI) (Movement of Islamic Holy
HUJI was formed by the
in 1980 to fight Jihad against Soviet forces in
It originated by the name
Afghaneen that merged with a militant group
Harkat-ul-Mujahideen to form Harkat-ul-Ansar in 1989.
After Harkat-ul-Ansar was designated as a Foreign
Terrorist Organization by USA it was renamed as
Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami in 1997 while, in the areas of
Bangladesh it is operated with the name of HUJI
Founder and Leader:
Qari Saifullah Akhtar
Qari Saifullah Akhtar is born in 1958 in South
He is a graduate of Banuri Masid in Karachi.
Akhtar is a militant leader and has established close
association with Osama bin Laden and Taliban headed by
He was involved in a plot to overthrow the Pakistani
government and was arrested in an attempt to assassinate
senior military leaders.
He was released from detention as the charges against
him were dismissed.
Akhtar was arrested in U.A.E and deported to Pakistan
for his attempts of assassinating Pervaiz Musharraf in
December 2003 and was released in 2007.
He has been
involved in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
He was brought before the court and alleged for his
involvement in the suicide attack on Bhutto on March 20,
2008 and was released on June 8, 2008 due to lack of
It have been implied that Qari Saifullah Akhtar along
with the leader of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Qari Muhammad
Zafar, are the mastermind behind September 20 bombing at
Marriot Hotel in Islamabad.
Muhammad Ilyas Kashmiri.
Kashmiri was reported to be killed by a U.S drone attack
in June 2011
while later other sources confirm that he is still alive
and active on the borders of Pakistan and Afghanistan
Leader of Hyderabad Cell:
School of thought/ Classification
fights for the liberation of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)
It achieves its goals through an extremist agenda of
HUJI-B operating in Bangladesh are targeting progressive
intellectuals and issued a slogan “Amra
Sobai Hobo Taliban, Bangla Hobe Afghanistan (We
will all become Taliban and we will turn Bangladesh into
HUJI has a
strong network in the western state of India, Uthar
Pradesh and a wide network of seminaries in Pakistan.
There are 30 seminaries established in the area of
Korangi and 18 in other areas of Karachi.
The seminaries of HUJI are also present in Chechnya
(Xinxiang), Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
the branch offices of HUJI are located in 40 districts
and tehsils of Islamabad, Sargodha, Multan, Dera Ghazi
Khan, Multan , Khanpur, Gujranwala, Mianwali, Gujrat,
Dera Ismail Khan, Bannu, Kohat, Swabi and Peshawar.
organization receives direct support from Al-Qaeda and
Osama bin Laden. According to some allegations this
organization is also receiving funding from
international Islamic NGOs and some madrassas operating
Information about the alleged NGOs and madrassas is not
have accounts in two branches of Allied Bank in
Islamabad and also generate funds from their more than
40 branch offices in Pakistan.
Recruitment tools & demographics
on their recruiting resources to support their
operations. They allegedly recruit children, to be used
In November 2009, five Americans were arrested in
Sargodha; they were recruited by Qari Saifullah Akhtar
through internet to Al Qaeda in North Waziristan.
camps of HUJI are located in Kandahar, Kabul and Khost.
Connections & linkages
Chief of HUJI, Ilyas Kashmiri is
operational commander of Al-Qaeda.
It is closely linked to
and the Taliban.
HUJI has provided fighters to Taliban in Afghanistan.
The members of this group are trained at the training
HUJI has been merged with its splinter group
forming Harkat ul-Ansar. Harkat ul-Ansar is now
operating with the name of Harkat il-Mujahideen,
Jaish-e-Muhammad and Mujahideen-E-Tanzeem.
Areas of Operation
operates primarily in Pakistan, Bangladesh and India.It
also operates in other nations; Afghanistan,
Arakan-Burma, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami was formerly known as:
Jamiat Ansarul Afghaneen
Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami is also referred to by the
Harkat ul Jihad e Islami
Harkat ul Jihad al Islam
Harkat ul Jihad
Who they are:
is a militant group, operational in Bangladesh, Pakistan and
India. It has been assisted by the Al-Qaeda in its operations as
well as by the Taliban.
It was formed in 1980
during the Afghan/Soviet war, by the name Jamiat Ansarul
Afghaneen (JAA). Towards the end of the Afghanistan war, it
altered its strategy and now fights for the freedom of the
Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir against the Indian forces.
HUJI aims at liberating Kashmir from the influence of Indians by
fighting against the Indian Army.
HUJI aims at targeting
youth for recruitment through social media forums..
HUJI uses online tools
by disseminating their videos on social media. There are reports
that HUJI leader Akhtar has recruited five Americans through the
recruitment videos available on Youtube.
Reetz, Sűfî spirituality fires reformist zeal: The
Tablîghî Jamâ‘at in today's India and Pakistan, Archives
de sciences sociales des religions [En ligne], 135 |
juillet - septembre 2006, mis en ligne le 01 septembre
2009, consulté le 29 novembre 2014. p 33.