According to latest Report in the Nordic Research and Monitoring Network, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an’s secretive paramilitary group SADAT in its official event that was also participated by the Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, a Kashmiri-born convicted felon who served time in US federal prison ,where he urged volunteers to be allowed to enter Palestine and Kashmir in back drop of alleged human rights abuses in the region.
Fai had travelled to Turkey and Europe to join discussions with SADAT officials in the past. Raising the possibility of deploying fighters to Kashmir at a SADAT meeting is especially concerning given that SADAT has facilitated fighter trafficking to Syria, provided arms and logistical support to jihadist groups around the world, and has been involved in training Libyan Islamist factions.
Militant Turkish Islamist groups have always kept a close eye on Kashmir, hoping to send fighters to fight the Indian army. Some of them were killed in battles while fighting Indians. Some of them, battle-hardened elsewhere, went to Bosnia, Chechnya, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan to pursue jihadist causes and take up arms against “infidels.”
Osman Öztürk, a Turkish jihadist who went to Kashmir in 1997 was killed by Indian Army operations in the valley while fighting for Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, a radical and separatist organization that is listed as a terrorist entity by the European Union, India, Canada and the US.
Oztürk has become a symbol for Turkish jihadists, who regard him as a hero and a martyr. He was even featured on calendars that were distributed around the world, including to radical organisations in the Kashmir region for indoctrination and recruitment campaigns for new aspirants.