The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has come out with a list in which it banned 86 terrorist outfits and for India this will be a blessing in disguise since this list includes the Indian Mujahideen and also the Lashkar-e-Tayiba. [Tracing hawala money transactions in India]
UAE's ban will make a difference
Both the IM and the Lashkar have been problematic for India since their area of focus has been India only. Although these outfits have been banned by the United States of America too, the ban by the UAE is bound to make a major difference to the Indian agencies who are fighting the menace of these two outfits.
The UAE has been a second home especially to the Indian Mujahideen. It had become a transit point for the Indian Mujahideen operatives who shuttled between UAE and India.
The likes of a Assadullah Akthar who was nabbed along with Yasin Bhatkal had taken shelter in the UAE after he executed the Varanasi blasts. When the Indian agencies were hunting for him, he stayed in the UAE and controlled the module from there.
UAE's banning IM will stifle it financially
However Indian agencies point out that the biggest benefit of the IM being banned by the UAE is that this will choke them of their finances. The largest remittance into the kitty of the IM has found to be from the UAE as their operatives still manage to raise money through sympathizers in the UAE.
If one were to track the antecedents of several IM operatives which includes Yasin Bhatkal, it can be found that they had initially left India for the UAE and then were radicalized into joining the outfit. The list of names are endless and the most important minds of the IM had all been recruited from the UAE before being sent to India. Yasin Bhatkal, Assadullah Akthar, Dr Shahnawaz, Abdul Wahid Bhatkal and Abdul Sattar just to name a few.
Indian agencies praise UAE's cooperation
The Indian agencies say that the cooperation that they have with the UAE in curbing this menace of terrorism has been excellent. However with the ban being enforced, these terrorists will find it impossible to breed in the UAE. Prior to the ban, India used to send information to the UAE and then seek deportation of these terrorists. However now with the ban in place, UAE will play a suo motu role and choke these persons.
UAE module of UM helped in its resurgence
What one must remember is that it was the UAE module of the IM which helped their resurgence. After the first crack down on the IM way back in 2010, the outfit had gone into hibernation. However each one of them very easily managed to re-group in the UAE and the first signs of this was seen in back to back attacks in Old Delhi and Varanasi.
UAE's ban will stifle the IM financially
The investigations that followed into the Varanasi blasts revealed that it was a module of the IM in the UAE which had carried out this attack. Although the attack was of a very small magnitude, it ensured that the cadres had been motivated and this gave the oxygen to get back into business.
UAE module masterminded the Varanasi blasts
The report of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) submitted at that time suggested that Dr Shahnawaz and Assadullah Akthar who ran the UAE module had masterminded this attack. Both these persons had fled India and had taken shelter in Sharjah at that time and from there they remote controlled the attack.
This was for the first time that the IB had discovered the UAE module and over the years it had proven to be a headache for the agencies. Not only did the operatives find a safe hideout in the UAE, but they also manage to raise and divert funds with much ease.
Now with the ban in place, the IM will find the going tough the Indian agencies believe.