Saved from ISIS net in 2017, young Kashmiri slips again and lands in prison


After being rescued from the clutches of Turkey’s banned ISIS terrorist group in 2017, Afshan Parvez was found to be a sleeper cell of a terrorist cluster in Jammu and Kashmir that promotes the armed crusade against the country’s sovereignty. officials said here. on Sunday.

Parvez, a resident of downtown Khanyar, was 21 when he was rescued from Ankara, after his parents claimed he had been misled by some to join the ranks of terror. And, showing a human face, a young J&K police officer tied up all the details and took him back to India.

But after falling asleep at times after returning from Ankara, the now 25-year-old Parvez was again seen active but in a different way as he was using the cellphones of unsuspecting people to move his agenda forward. the terrorist group’s request banned, according to officials.

Suspicion against Parvez grew when intelligence agencies, while investigating a terrorist case of Ahmed Nagar in Kashmir last year, noticed a sample of voices and writings on an online magazine “Voice of Hind ”who supported ISIS propaganda.

Intense investigation showed that a virtual private network (VPN) was accessible from the same general area and the article was uploaded, allowing security agencies to call him at least for a routine interrogation at the station. police, officials said.

The National Investigation Agency, acting on the basis of information provided by the state and central agencies, arrested Parvez earlier this month along with two other people identified as Tawheed Latief and Suhail Ahmad.

Officials said some pseudo-identities were spotted online and that tracking one of those identities led to Parvez, who then allegedly became a hardened ISIS operative in Kashmir and was tasked with recruiting and to radicalize young people in the country and wage a war against the Indian state. in addition to raising funds to support terrorist financing activities on the ground through a cybercampaign.

Parvez, officials said, was in contact with ISIS operatives in Afghanistan from where he was receiving instructions to advance the agenda of the banned terrorist organization in the country.

Parvez, who ostensibly left home in 2017 after an argument with his father who wanted him to join a university, was interested in religious studies, officials said.

After leaving for Iran in March of the same year, from where he was due to return to Delhi on April 9 after exploring avenues for religious studies in Europe, he sent a message to his family to tell them that he was facing “problems”, officials said.

After his family asked the local police for help, an investigation was launched to locate him and using central agencies, their Iranian counterparts were approached who discovered Parvez was on his way to Ankara.

Authorities in Ankara have been contacted and he was picked up while on a bus in the Turkish capital and was sent to India on May 25, 2017 by a Turkish Airlines flight, officials said.

ISIS’s new measures were viewed with concern by security agencies, as they believed that some young people in Kashmir were radicalizing themselves by the “jihadist” propaganda material shared by ISIS on the internet.

There have been calls for the caliphate in Kashmir in the past and this has been seen as a disturbing turn in activism in the valley, which has largely revolved around a demand for independence or secession in Pakistan, without a sub- overtly religious text, officials feel.