Our Norwegian correspondent The Observer has translated an article from today’s Dagbladet about the disappearance of a “Norwegian” Salafist in Pakistan. Arfan Bhatti’s antics in his adopted home have been featured in this space before, but now Mr. Bhatti has gone missing during an, ahem, field trip to the heartland of jihad.
The Observer sends this introductory note:
The ‘Norwegian’ mujahid Arfan Bhatti is apparently missing in action somewhere in the mountainous border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
His comrade in Norway, the bearded monkey Ubaydullah Hussain, who apparently is too much of a coward to take part in the Jihad against the infidels, is demanding that the Norwegian authorities do everything in their power to put pressure on Pakistan to start looking for this brave lion of Allah.
I don’t think anything will come of it. As a matter of fact I think that Ubaydullah Hussain and the rest of the bearded monkeys of the Prophet’s Ummah are going to be terribly disappointed.
Don’t they know that the Jihad giveth and the Jihad taketh away?
The translated article:
The Prophet’s Ummah: Demands that Norway put pressure on Pakistan to find Bhatti
Islamist has disappeared
(Dagbladet): — We demand that the Norwegian authorities do everything in their power to convince the Pakistani government to prioritize this case as it involves a missing Norwegian citizen, says Ubaydullah Hussain to Dagbladet.
Hussain, the leader of the Norwegian Islamist group the Prophet’s Ummah, is concerned that one of the organization’s most prominent members, Arfan Bhatti (35), has gone missing abroad.
Bhatti has been away from Norway for a long time, and is most likely somewhere on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan — a Taliban stronghold — where he has been photographed carrying weapons.
It was Bhatti’s family that notified the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (UD) yesterday through Bhatti’s lawyer John Christian Elden, after the 35-year-old hadn’t been heard from since January 7.
“It is unusual for him not to make contact — he has done so regularly up until now,” says Elden to VG.
Dagbladet has been informed that the Police Security Service (PST) was unaware that Bhatti was missing until his family notified the Foreign Ministry yesterday.
No comment from the Foreign Ministry
“We do not comment on cases involving Norwegian citizens. That also applies to Bhatti — so I will neither confirm nor deny that we have received notification that he’s disappeared,” says Veslemøy Salvesen, a spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, to Dagbladet.
In such cases the normal procedure is for the Foreign Ministry to contact the local embassy — in this case the Norwegian embassy in Islamabad — which then starts looking into the matter and initiates contact with the local police.
Arfan Bhatti has been in the public eye for a long time — first as a notorious gang member in Oslo, and then for having been involved in firing shots at the synagogue in the city. He was also accused of planning a terror attack against the U.S. embassy, a charge that he was eventually acquitted of.
Lately he has gained notoriety as a member of the militant Islamist organization the Prophet’s Ummah. The group is mired in controversy. Last weekend the leader of the organization, Ubaydullah Hussain, praised the latest terror attack targeting foreign hostages in Algeria.