As the international media has been gradually exposing a very disturbing fact about infiltration of Islamic State (ISIS) members into the United States and Europe, a funder of ISIS has not only been enjoying full privileges but also has been pushing the agenda of this jihadist outfit by sitting right inside the United Kingdom. While we know about Qatar’s efforts of buying the international media and western policymakers by spending millions of dollars, the aforesaid ISIS funder also has recently hired a number of journalists and politicians in Britain and the EU member nations.
Reports in the international media said, Interpol has issued Red Notice on the members of a fugitive Bangladeshi family, who now are residing in Britain. According to information, Interpol issued Red Notice on Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife Farjana Anjum, and daughters Shehtaz Munasi Khana and Parisa Pinaz Khan for committing serious types of crimes, including terror-financing, money laundering and other types of crimes. The members of this family are convicted in a few criminal cases in Bangladesh, which include terror-financing, money laundering and dealing in arms.
According to newspaper reports, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and members of his family had smuggled-out millions of dollars from Bangladesh since 2009 and deposited into various bank accounts in the United Arab Emirates. This family also has purchased immigrant status in Britain under Visa Tier 1, VAF Number 511702, and invested over 12 million pounds, while the entire amount had been dirty money. They also established a company named Zumana Investment & Properties Limited, Incorporation certificate number 0741417, dated October 25, 2010. The registered office of this company is located at Unit 29 Eleanor Street, London, E3 4UR, United Kingdom.
Sitting in Britain, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and his family are operating their businesses in Dubai [in United Arab Emirates]. According to newspaper reports, this family is having business relations with notorious Dawood Ibrahim’s D-Company and has been involved in trafficking in drugs and arms.
The Khans also are also funding Islamic State as well as other militancy groups and madrasas.
On January 17, 2019, the Dhaka (Bangladesh) residence of this family was raided by the members of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Bangladesh Police. During this raid, a huge volume of arms, ammunition, detonators, explosives, counterfeit currency note, Islamic State propaganda materials, and recruitment tools. In the seized documents, CTTC also found evidence of the Khan family’s involvement in terror financing.
Three separate cases were lodged on the same day with the Cantonment Police Station in this regard against Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, Farjana Anjum Khan, Shehtaz Munasi Khan, and Parisa Pinaz Khan. These include, CR case number 4466/2009, dated December 30, 2009, under section 416, 467, 471 and 109 of the Bangladesh Penal Code, which is under trial with the Court of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate; Case number 10, dated January 17, 2019, under section 6 (2), 7, 11 and 12 of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2009; Case number 11, dated January 17, 2019, under section 25/A of the Special Powers Act of 1974; and Case number 12, dated January 17, 2019, under section 19/A of the Arms Act of 1878.
It was earlier reported in the newspaper that Md. Shahid Uddin Khan sent few thousand dollars to one of his jihadist counterpart days before the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka.
ISIS now is spreading wings
Following fall of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, this jihadist group, similarly as Al Qaeda has entered the next phase of jihad, which is continuing through internet and print and electronic media. According to analysts in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other top intelligence agencies in the world, combating cyber-jihad is far difficult and challenging in comparing to the physical war against those jihadist groups. Recently, terror-patron Qatar has already penetrated deep inside the US media and on June 4, 2019, being substantially compensated, the Washington Times published a “special section” of articles lavishing praise on Qatar, its institutions, and its global influence. Each of these articles was labeled as “sponsored,” although the Washington Times neglected to say by whom. At first glance, this was a surprising insertion in a conservative paper whose editorial board has previously been critical of the Middle Easterner countries.
According to a report by Martha Lee, Research Fellow at the MEF, and Sam Westrop, director of the Forum’s Islamist Watch project and analysts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Qatari money is everywhere, in previous years its influence had been perceived mostly on the European and American left.
For past many years, Middle Eastern countries are spending lavishly in buying media in the West as well as journalists and media personnel. According to reports published in various news outlets, each year, the amount of Islamic charity fund known as zakat exceeds few billion dollars, and instead of using that fund for the under-privileged people, it is being used in being used in buying voice of secularist and non-Muslim media outlets in the world.
Amongst the Gulf countries, Saudi Arabia alone collects more than US$ 35 billion from zakat every year. Saudi Arabia is the only country in the Gulf to both impose a zakat payment, income tax and corporation tax, which it assesses and collects under its Department of Zakat and Income Tax. The kingdom levies zakat on Saudi, GCC nationals and businesses.
In United Arab Emirates, the amount of zakat collected from the millionaires stood at least US$ 8 billion. On the other hand, Qatar, another oil-rich nation in the Gulf though has not institutionalized zakat payment but it does have a Zakat Fund which is voluntary and as in the UAE, can be paid online. According to statistics, annual amount of zakat collected in Qatar is also above US$ 5 billion.
According to assessment, the global collection of zakat per year would be more than US$ 600 billion.
Although zakat fund is supposed to be used for helping the poor and upliftment of their lives, Muslim nations in the Gulf are using such fund in patronizing media houses around the world, especially in the non-Muslim nations.
British journalist hired by Islamic State funder
Media reports said, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and members of his family had entered into secret business dealings with Tory Party MP Stephen Hammond. Photographs of secret meetings between Khan and Hammond had also been published. This family has been using the British soil for continuing their pro-jihadist and criminal activities. Several months back, Shahid Uddin Khan hired a British journalist named David Bergman as his media adviser. Knowing full well of Khan’s connections with Dawood Ibrahim as well as ISIS, this British journalist did not hesitate in joining hands with this notorious family. In addition to Bergman, Md Shahid Uddin Khan has also hired another person named Tasneem Khalil, who has been living on self-exile in Sweden. Khalil enjoys patronization from Qatar.
Qatar’s Al Jazeera TV channel, which is known in the world as terror-network, has been giving regular coverage to radical Muslims and pro-jihadist individuals. While Khalil is enjoying all the benefits of an asylum seeker in Sweden, he also has been actively working in favor of radical Islam and jihad.
David Bergman already has series of controversies in Britain and Bangladesh. Although he is a journalist by profession, in the United Kingdom, he is not associated with any newspaper or news outlet while during his stay in Bangladesh, Bergman was serving as a reporter with an English daily named The New Age against nominal salary.
It should be mentioned here that David Bergman is the son-in-law of renowned lawyer Dr Kamal Hossain, who is a political affiliate of pro-Islamist and anti-Semitic Bangladesh National Party (BNP) and Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh (JIB). In addition to his responsibility as the media adviser to ISIS-funder Shahid Uddin Khan, David Bergman also is serving the purpose of his father-in-law in media offensives against the ruling secularist Awami League. Due to their pro-Islamist commitments to their clients, Bergman and Khalil are also exhibiting their vendetta against individuals and groups confronting radical Islam and jihad by spreading propaganda against Bangladesh’s counter-terrorism organizations and security agencies.