Modi figures in Al-Qaeda hit list


New Delhi: The Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has directly mentioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a video message released by its publicity wing As-Sahab on May 2.

AQIS Chief Maulana Asim Umar, in the video called ‘From France to Bangladesh: The Dust Will Never Settle Down’, mentioned PM Modi in relevance to what alleges as the war against Muslim.

In the video, Umar talks about attack on Muslims “through World Bank and IMF policies, drone attacks, satanic conspiracy of Kerry-Lugar bill, Charlie Hebdo’s writings, UN charter, official sermons by muftis and Narendra Modi’s speeches which call for Muslims to be burnt alive- this is the same war.”

AQIS has claimed responsibility for the assassination of several secular writers and intellectuals in Bangladesh and Pakistan, including Avijit Roy who was hacked to death on Dhaka in February.

AQIS is “seeking to raise the flag of jihad, return Islamic rule, and imposing Sharia across the Indian subcontinent.”