Qazi wants: local Taliban's office in country
The syphilis has finally settled in his brain.
[Dawn] Former Jamaat-e-Islami
...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
chief Qazi Hussain Ahmad
... third president (1987--2009) of the Pak Jamaat-e-Islami. Qazi was also head of the Muttahidah Majlis-e-Amal until his ego became bigger than the organization. Qazi is what is known as a fiery preacher, which means he has lots of volume, a good delivery, and not a lot of reverence for coherence. He was the patron of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Rasool Sayyaf and Osama bin Laden during the war against the Soviets. He used to recommend drinking camel's urine to maintain good health before his kidneys started to go...
on Tuesday said Pak Taliban should be allowed to open an office in the country to clear their position on acts of terrorism.

Mr Qazi told news hounds after a public meeting here that if the US could allow Afghan Taliban to set up an office in Qatar, then the Pakistain should give the same facility to local Taliban on its soil.

"In my personal opinion, Pak Taliban should have a proper office in the country as it will help the world learn about their stand on acts of terrorism taking place in Pakistain or abroad," he said.

The ex-JI chief said the US was holding peace talks with Afghan Taliban, Hizb-e-Islami and other groups but ironically, Pakistain was not allowed to hold dialogue with Pak Taliban.

He said the lasting peace in the region could be ensured by the withdrawal of the US and NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
forces from Afghanistan.

Mr Qazi blamed the US presence in Afghanistan for acts of terrorism in Pakistain. He said if the government wanted peace, then it should stop following the pro-US policies.

The ex-JI chief said his party would support the all parties conference on counterterrorism if it was called to hold meaningful discussion. He added that violence couldn't be stopped by the use of force.

Mr Qazi supported religious scholar and Minhajul Koran International chief Tahirul Qadri's call for electoral reforms, but rejected his call for giving the army and the judiciary participation in the interim setup created for the next elections.He said if the Constitution was followed, there was no room for the army and judiciary in the caretaker government.

The ex-JI chief said his party was trying to force the government to hold general elections on time and that it wouldn't support any attempt to delay the imminent polls.

He urged the Election Commission to follow articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution before holding elections.

JI leaders Sirajul Haq and Qazi Luqman also addressed the public meeting.

In Swari area of Buner, provincial JI chief Professor Mohammad Ibrahim on Tuesday addressed a party meeting and said the current rulers were pursuing the US agenda in the garb of anti-terror war whose sufferers were innocent people.

He said the US had never been a trusted friend of Pakistain but even then, the rulers and military generals were loyal to the US.

Mr Ibrahim said his party believed in adherence to the Constitution and would come to power through democratic process. He said JI was striving for the enforcement of Islamic law in the country.

The JI leader urged the party workers to prepare for the imminent elections.

JI district chief Mohammad Hanif and religious scholar Dr Fazali Azeem also spoke on the occasion.

Posted by: Fred 2012-12-27