Talibanís Mullah Omar our new inspiration, not Osama: jailed SIMI chief

Former chief of the Students Islamic Movement of India Safdar Nagori, arrested in Indore last month, is said to have told his interrogators that he regards Taliban's Mullah Omar as the "true caliph" of the Muslim world and that he was working to establish links with him through NRI contacts in the Gulf. Investigators have told The Sunday Express that Nagori said his aim was to wage jihad in India under Omar's leadership.

Nagori told interrogators that he had "great respect" for Osama bin Laden but could not consider him a "caliph" as he had been uprooted from his own soil.

According to him, Mullah Omar stood out in comparison because he was waging a jihad from within his own country and on his territory. For this reason, he considered Omar more capable to lead a new Islamic caliphate. Mullah Omar has been in hiding since the ouster of the Taliban from Afghanistan. He is believed to be still in the country, somewhere in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border belt. His last speech, reportedly written by him, was released in April 2007 where he exhorted his cadres to carry out more suicide bombings.

While Nagori had still not succeeded in establishing contact with the Taliban leader, sources said, he made considerable headway and would possibly have achieved success in few months. Investigators have found leads to make some inquiries in the Gulf region through friendly agencies.

It's learnt that the admiration for Omar was a common thread in the interrogation of key leaders arrested along with Nagori on March 27.

This included Nagori's brother Kamaruddin, key organizers in South India Shibly Peedical Abdul and Mohammed Adnan alias Hafiz Mullah. The Nagori brothers and one of the other arrested, Aamil Parvez, have undergone narco-analysis in Bangalore.

That Nagori was drawn towards Mullah Omar also emerged in the interrogation of Lashkar-trained terrorist Raziddin Nasir, who was arrested from the Hubli region in Bangalore.

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