Google Play Store Hosts Beloved Mobile App for Banned Terrorist JeM Organization Containing Masood Azhar’s Teaching


“Achi Bateen”, a digital platform and mobile app providing Islamic education, remains active on the Android market platform Google Play Store worldwide. The app is said to be linked to the Pakistani terrorist organization Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and provides teachings and audio messages from radical Islamist and terrorist Masood Azhar, who is also the founder of JeM. Although he says he has no association with the outfit openly.

The JeM terrorist group has been sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) since 2001 and has also been identified as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) by the US State Department. However, the app remains intact on Google Play, owned by US tech giant and software developer Google.

With over 5000 downloads, the so-called free “educational” app contains quotes, messages and links to books from several Islamic preachers in Pakistan. The app also contains links to external web pages that host books, literature and audio messages from Masood Azhar and his associates.

Surprisingly, the app was recently launched in December 2020 and contains old articles by Masood Azhar under the pseudonym “Saadi,” a pseudo-identity well identified with the head of JeM.

“The app connects to servers at the Contabo data center based in Germany. This company made headlines for ignoring copyright claims made by different people, ”said India Today, according to Tarun Wig, co-founder of Innefu Lab.

Once installed, the app accesses both network and Global Positioning System (GPS) locations. The app can start automatically once the user boots their device, and it also continues to run in the background. It has access to the approximate and precise location of the phone, network, storage, media and other files.

“Any such app, if identified, should be immediately reported to Google who will remove the app from the Play Store and notify users as well,” Wig said.

(with contributions from India Today)

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Posted on: Tuesday October 12, 2021 5:09 PM IST

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