Following the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, People’s Mujahidin Organization of Iran (PMOI), a notorious terrorist clique, responsible for the murder of over 17,000 innocent Iranian civilians, tried to establish terror bases outside the Iranian territories. Gradually Turkey, the UAE, Iraq and Pakistan became scenes for PMOI’s nefarious activities.
Afghanistan, too, became a target for the US-backed terrorists after the U.S. invasion in 2001. The reason behind PMOI’s interest to Afghanistan as a suitable safe haven government is too simple: Afghanistan is a war-ravaged country with no powerful central government. Moreover, the United States has overwhelming military and political influence in Afghanistan. Although, PMOI terrorists had no previous experience in Afghanistan, they relentlessly attempt to deceive Afghan diaspora in Europe in order to recruit them. Given PMOI military acumen in guerrilla warfare and committing myriad of terror operations against Iranian civilians, the PMOI members serve as valuable tool for creating instability in Afghanistan and beyond.
In 2012, Pakistani intelligence officials revealed that a group of 2,000 PMOI terrorists supported by Israel have set up a secret training camp in Shindand, a small town located in the western province of Herat. Allegedly, PMOI fighters sought to carry out sabotage operation of all types inside Iran, using Afghanistan as a springboard. But the Afghan government and newspapers immediately denied these reports. Muhammad Saleh Saljughi, a member of the Afghan parliament from Herat province, rejected the entire story, undermining it as “baseless rumour”.
Now as the U.S. prepares to leave Afghanistan and whether these dangerous reports turn true or not, the Afghan government and civil society must remain vigilant and united vis-à-vis PMOI’s sinister activities in their country.
The PMOI was once listed as a terrorist organization in the U.S. and EU and is still widely viewed as a cult built around the personality of its infamous self-styled president, Maryam Rajavi. Some of PMOI’s outrageous practices include forcing the group’s male members to divorce their wives and have them married to Rajavi’s missing husband, Massoud Rajavi.