The Popular Front of India (PFI) has been maintaining close ties with a radical Turkish group accused of supplying arms to al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadists in Syria and even two top leaders of the just-banned outfit were hosted by the group, officials said on Thursday.
The Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (Insan Hak ve Hurriyetleri ve Insani Yardim Vakfi, commonly known as IHH) projects itself as a Turkish human rights organisation involved in constructive work benefiting the society.
However, investigators have found that it is an al-Qaeda-linked Turkish charity organisation which was accused of smuggling arms to al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadists in Syria in January 2014. Leaked emails of Berat Albayrak, a former finance minister of Turkey and the son-in-law of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, also reportedly implicated the IHH in arming Libyan groups.
The IHH has been identified as an organisation that closely works with Turkish intelligence service MIT. According to a Nordic Monitor report, E M Abdul Rahiman and Professor P Koya, members of the PFI's national executive council, were privately hosted in Istanbul by the IHH.