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Has the Lashkar-e-Taiba split as well?
[Pak Daily Times] The NATO and ISAF command in Afghanistan has recently witnessed a new kind of enemy, which, according to a NATO commander, "is not the Taliban or the Haqqani group", Daily Times confirmed. Officials confirm the presence of a new, more modern and sophisticated Punjabi Taliban in Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Binny's house in Chitral...
of Afghanistan. They are a more beturbanned goon section of the Pakistain-backed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) who had broken off from their mother organisation and refused to take orders from LeT supremo, Hafiz Saeed.

In reality, this rebellious group, which had just split from the LeT, is the old Tehreekul Mujahideen (TM) and a faction of the previously split Kairun Naas (KN) of the LeT, which had been formed by the more fanatical Ahl-e-Hadith that held the Kashmire Conference in 1990, attended by both Hafiz Saeed and Professor Sajid Mir. Daily Times investigations reveal two reasons behind the split: Pak intelligence agencies have finally decided to split the jihadi groups as a policy to make them weaker, and Jamaatud Dawa (JD), LeT, TM and KN split as they had become too powerful; sectarian and ideological tensions within the Ahl-e-Hadith faction about the concept of jihad, as the more fanatical group fighting in Afghanistan is more into the Arab Mujahideen camp.

It is to be noted that previously a faction split from the JD in 2004 when armed festivities broke out in the premises of its headquarters, and the breakaway faction, KN, vowed to kill Hafiz Saeed, the JD head. Saeed had previously joined the Afghan jihad pretty late in 1987 on the insistence of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, who had traditionally headed the operational part of the LeT.

Organisational structures of the JD and LeT were severely hurt by accusations from within the JD about Hafiz Saeed's involvement in nepotism, corruption, his second marriage to a fallen comrade's widow, which became a personal issue with Prof Iqbal, a top JD council member, who himself married an underage Baltistani girl. In a series of blunders, Saeed appointed his brother-in-law, Maulana Abdul Rehman Makki, then a teacher at Medina University in Soddy Arabia, second in command of JD, which did not go down well with a lot of people, especially with Lakhvi, as it was seen as an attempt by Saeed to control the finances of JD.

In 2001, Saeed also came under fire when he renamed Markaz Dawat Wal Irshad as Jamaatud Dawa, and separated it from LeT. Lakhvi disapproved of the decision then and Daily Times can confirm that he has finally fallen out with the JD chief now and is in-charge of most of JD's properties in Sindh and directly controls the Muridke centre, popularly known as 'Markaz-e-Taiba'. Lakhvi, said to be the criminal mastermind behind the Mumbai attacks, has developed links with Arab cut-throats in Pakistain, where he married his sister off with the top al Qaeda terrorist, Abdul Rehman Sherahi. He was the one who helped Lakhvi connect with top al Qaeda and Arab leaders, and heavily invested in LeT's infrastructure.

It should also be taken into account that the Jamaat Ahl-e-Hadith also opposed the formation of Markaz Dawat Wal Irshad (JD) because of possible Saudi support to it, which did not happen. JD was also barred from recruiting students from the Ahl-e-Hadith madrassas as they were under the control of Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith and openly supported by the Saudis. And it looks now, confirmed a former spy chief, "that the new rogue part of JD fighting in Pakistain could well be those who were behind 26/11 in Mumbai, you never know."

Interior Ministry officials confirmed to Daily Times about an American request to probe into the affairs of many Pak jihadis who are joining various Arab and Afghan forces in Afghanistan and FATA to carry out attacks on the ISAF forces, especially in Kunar province
... which is right down the road from Binny's house in Chitral...
of Afghanistan.

Attique urges religious parties to shun sectarianism
Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmad Khan has urged religious parties to shun sectarianism and work for the promotion of Islam.
In Pak, they consider sectarian slaughter to be the promotion of Islam.
“Islam is a religion of peace and abhors terrorism,” said Khan, while talking to a 65-member delegation of the Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith, led by Moulana Shahabuddin Madni, here at the Prime Minister House on Friday. “We will solve the Kashmir issue peacefully by ensuring implementation of the proposals put forward by President General Pervez Musharraf,” said Khan.
"And then we'll kill all the infidels."
He lauded the leading role of former Prime Minister and President Sardar Abdul Qayyum in Kashmir’s independence movement.

Moulana Shahabuddin hoped the recent visit of Sardar Abdul Qayyum would yield positive results for the resolution of the Kashmir issue. He pledged his full support to Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan, and said he fully supported the peace process between Pakistan and India, and believed that the Kashmir issue must be solved through negotiations.

Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith elects officials
Professor Sajid Mir was elected unopposed as the president of Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith at the party's central executive committee meeting on Sunday. Hafiz Abdul Kareem and Haji Abdur Razzaq were nominated as the party's general and finance secretaries.
Is he a conehead or is that just a drastic example of foreshortening?
Professor Abdul Rehman Ludhyanvi, Mufti Muhammad Yousaf, Maulana Meraj Khan, Maulana Ali Muhammad Abu Turab and Maulana Shahbuddin Madani would head the party in the Punjab, Sindh, NWFP, Balochistan and Azad Kashmir, respectively. While Hafiz Shahid Ameenm, Maulana Afzal Sardar, Maulana Fazalur Rehman Madani, Maulana Azizur Rehman Zamrani and Muhammad Sadiq Mir would serve as the party's provincial general secretaries. The officials are to serve their respective offices for a term of four years. The party's patron-in-chief Maulana Mueenuddin Lakhvi chaired the meeting.

Members of the Jamiat passed a resolution condemning the proposed amendments to the Hudood Ordinance and warned they would protest if the "government tries to change the Islamic clauses of the Constitution".

2,000 protest against cartoons in Multan
MULTAN (Rantburg News Service): More than 2,000 howling turbans continued beating the Danish dead horse in a routine, by-the-numbers demonstration of Islamic thought in Multan. The frenzy, organised by Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, the Power Looms Association, Majlis-e-Shehriyan (MS) and Anjuman Tajiran, was held at Chowk Manzoor.

The by-now obligatory cash prize was announced at the demonstration for the killer of the cartoonist. “I announce a Rs 10 million cash award on behalf of the bar association for anyone who kills the blasphemer,” said Syed Athar Shah Bukhari, the president of District Bar Association. As president of the bar association, Bukhari is presumably a lawyer, and knows that Pakistan has no laws against incitement to murder.

The protestors carried the usual placards and banners inscribed with witty slogans such as, “End trade, diplomatic ties with blasphemous states”, “Down with the United States”, “Death to Denmark”, “Down with Israel”. The protestors also burnt an effigy of US President George W Bush and flags of Denmark, USA, Norway, Italy and Israel.

Allama Khalid Mehmood Nadeem, Allama Inayatullah Rehmani, Rao Zafar Iqbal (Jamaat-e-Islami), Mufti Hidayatullah Pasroori (MMA), Intizar Qureshi (MS), Khaliq Qandeel Sindhu, central secretary general of the Power Looms Association, Akhtar Butt and Khalid Qureshi of Anjuman Tajiran addressed the rally, waving their arms, rolling their eyes, and spraying the first six rows with spittle. “We will continue our protest till the arrest of people who drew these blasphemous caricatures of Prophet Muhammad (PTUI PBUH) whether the Danes have laws against such things or not! We are ready to lay down our lives for this sacred cause,” said Rao Zafar Iqbal, who made no immediate moves to lay down his life.

The Alliance
Talibs ready for jihad
  • BBC
    The Taleban's consul general in Karachi, Pakistan, said the Taleban were now "ready for jihad" - holy war now that the attacks had started. Elsewhere in Pakistan, where a large swathe of public opinion favours the Taleban, several Muslim leaders denounced the strikes and urged support for Afghanistan. "We appeal to all Muslims living anywhere in the world to extend full support to their Afghan brothers at this critical time," said the Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith>Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith Pakistan group.
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    Afghan Defense Council calls for jihad
  • AP
    After Sunday's attacks, the influential Afghan Defense Council, based in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, issued a call for holy war. ``It is the duty of every Muslim to support their brothers in this critical hour,'' council leader Riaz Durana said. ``We will support the Taliban physically and morally against the aggression of America.''

    Munawar Hassan, deputy chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan's most powerful religious political party, called the strikes ``an attack against Islam.''

    Condemnation also came from the militant group Harakat ul-Mujahedeen, one of several organizations whose assets were frozen by the United States, Pakistan and other countries as part of a campaign against movements linked to Osama bin Laden. ``Americans have used their might to kill innocent people in Afghanistan instead of targeting training camps,'' said Amar Mehdi, spokesman for the group, which advocates the independence of Indian-ruled Kashmir.

    In downtown Peshawar, near the Afghan border, knots of men gathered shouting ``Osama! Osama!'' and ``America is a terrorist.''

    In Lahore, an organization of Muslim clerics issued a condemnation and said Americans now face a ``highly critical situation'' in the Muslim world. ``We appeal to all Muslims living anywhere in the world to extend full support to their Afghan brothers in this critical time,'' said Sazid Mir, president of Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith>Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith. Hundreds of emotional Islamic clerics and students studying in pro-Taliban religious institutions staged demonstrations in Lahore condemning America. Youths belonging to the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami also protested.
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    Pak fundos to combine strength for elections
  • Major religious parties in the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal will contest the October elections jointly at a common platform. This was decided at a meeting held on under the Chairmanship of Maulana Shah Ahmad Noorani of Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan. Jama'at-i-Islami's acting duce Syed Munawar Hasan and Naib Amir Liaquat Baloch, JUI's Maulana Samiul Haq, Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith's Prof. Sajid Mir, JUI's Hafiz Hussain Ahmad and Riaz Durrani, JUP's K.M. Azhar, Pir Ijaz Hashmi and others attended the meeting.

    The meeting also condemned setting up offices of two American political parties in Pakistan. It was observed that these parties will work to bring forward secular forces in Pakistan and will work against the solidarity of the country.
    Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal appears to be the umbrella organization for all the major player religio-loons opposing Musharraf's policies.
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