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Fazlur Rehman Khalil

Fazlur Rehman Khalil is a founder of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM) and current leader of Ansar-ul-Umma, which is accused of being a front organization of the banned HuM.[1]

Khalil cofounded Harakat-ul-Jihad-ul-Islami (HuJI) in 1980 with Irshad Ahmad and Qari Saifullah Akhtar, all three had graduated from Jamia Uloom-ul-Islamia Banuri Town in Karachi. He would later go on to found and lead Harkat-ul-Mujahedeen.[2] Khalil was a signatory of Osama bin Laden's 1998 fatwa called the International Front Against Jews and Crusaders.[1][3]

He stepped down as emir of HuM in February 2000 and his second-in-command, Farooq Kashmiri, assumed leadership of the group.[4][5]

In May 2004, Pakistani authorities arrested Khalil for helping transport Pakistani militants into Afghanistan. After six months he was released due to lack of evidence. After Hamid and Umer Hayat reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in June 2005 that they had received training at an Al Qaeda camp run by Khalil, he went into hiding.[6][7]

In March 2006, eight assailants dragged Khalil and his driver from a mosque in Tarnol, about three miles northwest of Islamabad. He was held for five hours, beaten and left in front of a mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad.[8]

At the behest of the Musharraf government in 2007, Khalil was among a group of clerics who attempted to negotiate an end to the Red Mosque standoff.[3][9]

The New York Times reported in June 2011 that Khalil lived freely on the outskirts of Islamabad and continues to maintain links with the Pakistani Army.[3]


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  2. ^ "A Profile of Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami (HuJI), Movement of Islamic Holy Warriors". CF2R. 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2014-08-18.
  3. ^ a b c Gall, Carlotta; Pir Zubair Shah; Eric Schmitt (2011-06-23). "Seized Phone Offers Clues to Bin Laden's Pakistani Links". The New York Times. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  4. ^ "Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999) and 1989 (2011) concerning Al-Qaida and associated individuals and entities". United Nations. 2011-10-07. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  5. ^ "In the Spotlight: Harakat ul-Mujaheddin (HuM)". Center for Defense Information. 2002-07-09. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  6. ^ "Terrorist Organization Member Profile: Fazlur Rehman Khalil". National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism - University of Maryland. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  7. ^ Imran, Mohammad (2005-06-13). "Fazlur Rehman Khalil goes underground". The Daily Times. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  8. ^ Zaidi, Mubashir; Paul Watson (2006-03-30). "Pakistani Militant Leader Is Beaten". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  9. ^ "Emergence of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen". The Express Tribune. 2011-06-25. Retrieved February 22, 2012.