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India-Pakistan
Banned outfits collecting funds booked, Punjab tells SC
2015-07-31
[DAWN] In a bid to curb terror financing, the Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

government has booked a number of banned
...the word banned seems to have a different meaning in Pakistain than it does in most other places. Or maybe it simply lacks any meaning at all...
organization
s for illegally collecting funds from the public.

The cases have been registered against Al-Rasheed Trust (Maymar Trust) and Al-Rehmat Trust in Multan, Ansarul Ummah, Sipa-e-Sahaba and Tehrik-e-Ghulbai-e-Islam in Bahawalpur and Jaish-e-Muhammad in Gujranwala. The accused involved in illegal collection of funds have been enjugged
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
and investigations are in progress.

The information was shared on Wednesday with a two-judge Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja which had taken up a case relating to activities of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

The matter cropped up during the June 23 hearing of a bail application of Haroonur Rashid who had been booked for alleged fraud in a business transaction. During the case, it emerged that the parties involved had invested in a Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
-based NGO 'Baraan' which was registered in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
but had spread its activities to Tank, Bannu and D.I. Khan.

Consequently, the apex court asked for information about the steps the government had taken after Dec 24, 2014 -- the day the National Action Plan (NAP) was prepared in consultations with all political parties against the backdrop of the Dec 16, 2014 massacre of children in Peshawar's Army Public School -- to curb extremism and militancy in the country.

A voluminous report submitted by Additional Advocate General of Punjab Razzaq A. Mirza on Wednesday said the provincial Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) was strictly monitoring activities of outlawed organizations and hardcore bad boys, including those mentioned in the Fourth Schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) 1997, as well as their controllers involved in raising and possessing funds for terrorism.

According to the report, the CTD has arrested a gang of 12 people found collecting funds for Jaish-e-Muhammad and Al-Rehmat Trust and confiscated 'Jihadi' literature and receipt books.
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India-Pakistan
Provinces asked to scrutinise NGOs' sources of funding
2015-07-18
[DAWN] The federal government informed the Supreme Court on Thursday that it had asked the provincial governments as well as the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration to strictly monitor the functioning of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), scrutinise their sources of funding and seek audit reports from them.

The information was provided in a report submitted by the interior ministry in compliance with earlier court orders.

On July 1 and 3, a three-judge bench headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja had asked Attorney General Salman Aslam Butt to come up with information about the steps the government had taken after Dec 24, 2014 -- the day the National Action Plan (NAP) was prepared in consultations with all political parties against the backdrop of the Dec 16, 2014 massacre of children in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
's Army Public School -- to curb extremism and militancy in the country.

The matter relating to NGOs' activities cropped up during the June 23 hearing of a bail application of Haroonur Rashid who had been booked for alleged fraud in a business transaction.

It was revealed during the hearing that the parties involved in the matter had invested in "Baraan", a Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
-based NGO, which was registered in Peshawar but carried out its activities in Tank, Bannu and D.I. Khan.

The non-availability of relevant figures was termed by the court alarming, especially when the 20-point NAP included a stipulation that "all funding sources of Death Eaters and terrorist outfits will be frozen".

Later Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan
...Currently the Interior Minister of Pakistain. He is the senior leader of the Pak Moslem League (N) and a close aide to Nawaz Uncle Fester Sharif. He is noted for his vocal anti-American railing in the National Assembly. However (comma) Khan told the U.S. ambassador that he was in fact pro-American but he and the PML-N would have to be critical of US actions in order to remain publicly credible. Khan cited his wife and children's US citizenship as proof, which means he's lying to one side or the other and probably both. He wears a wig, but you probably guessed that. since hair doesn't grow naturally in that shape or texture...
had said in a statement that his ministry would submit a detailed report on NAP's implementation to the Supreme Court to prove, with statistics, that the plan was not an eyewash.
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India-Pakistan
SC seeks details about NGOs' source of funding
2015-06-24
[DAWN] At a time when the federal government is planning to regulate non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the matter caught the attention of the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja asked the federal and provincial governments to furnish complete details about the source of funding of the NGOs, the sectors where they spent money, mechanism to monitor their activities and the process of their registration.

"In case appropriate and complete information is not shared, the federal interior secretary as well as four chief secretaries will be summoned in person," the court warned.

The matter was taken up during the hearing of a bail petition of Haroonur Rashid who was booked for an alleged fraud in a business transaction. It was revealed during the hearing that the parties involved in the case had invested in "Baraan", a Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
-based NGO.

The court decided that it would first take up the issue relating to the activities of NGOs and then deal with the bail petition. It observed that the print media was full of stories regarding the issue of NGOs and the statements of the ministers, but in reality nothing was happening to rein in such organizations.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar had said on Monday that the government intended to re-register all local and international NGOs operating in the country within six months and they would be allowed to work only after security clearance.
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India-Pakistan
Inshallah management mars Islamic university's affairs
2014-10-05
[DAWN] International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) has been marred by administrative mismanagement, which is evident from the fact that eight faculty/departments are being run on ad hoc basis.

According to sources, the faculty of Islamic Studies (Usuluddin), which is one of the pioneer departments of IIUI, is being run by Assistant Professor Dr Haroonur Rashid who is working as a deputy dean – a post which does not exist.

A source said there was no provision for the post of deputy dean in the university’s rules.

He said the president of the university, Dr Ahmad Yousif A. Al Draiweesh, was the dean of the faculty of Islamic Studies but most of its affairs were being run by the deputy dean.

Interestingly, the source said Dr Haroonur Rashid, who was a Grade 19 officer, even had Grade 20 professors working under him.

Similarly, the faculty of Arabic was being looked after by an associate professor, Dr Hafiz Bashir, working as an acting dean for the last two years.
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India-Pakistan
JI for end to military operation in FATA
2008-12-16
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has asked the government to stop the ongoing military operation in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

Addressing a gathering of displaced people from Bajaur in Shero Jhangai area of Peshawar on Monday, JI leaders Sahibzada Haroonur Rashid and Zarnoor Afridi said the government should put an end to the 'pro-US policies.'

They said thousands of people would join the JI march on December 18 to pressurise the government to stop NATO supplies via Pakistan. The JI leaders told the gathering that American forces wanted to reach Islamabad after subduing the people of the tribal areas. They said JI workers would never allow the US to do that.
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India-Pakistan
Constable shot dead in Swat
2008-05-06
MINGORA: Militants shot dead a Frontier Reserve Police (FRP) constable on Monday at Kalakot area of Matta. After killing Constable Haroonur Rashid, the militants fled the scene. Meanwhile, the authorities have put security on high alert in Swat following rising activities of militants in different areas. Security forces are strictly checking all vehicles at Fizza Gut, Kanju, Braim and Veeni checkposts to restrict the activities of militants.
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India-Pakistan
SC moved against military action in Tribal Areas
2007-10-18
Jamaat-e-Islami Bajaur Agency Naib Ameer and ex-MNA Sahibzada Haroonur Rashid on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court against the deployment of the armed forces in the tribal areas and prayed for the immediate halt to military action there. Rashid has filed the petition through his counsel Barrister Farooq Hassan, making the Federation of Pakistan and Aiwan-e-Sadr the respondents. The secretary to the president will represent the president as well as the federation.
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India-Pakistan
Qazi, Fazl spar over resignations
2007-01-10
Qazi Hussain Ahmed, president of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), and Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the six-party alliance’s secretary-general, continued sparring over the issue of resignations from parliament following a ‘grand jirga’ of NWFP parliamentarians here at Frontier House on Tuesday. “The MMA Supreme Council is the body to take the final decision on resignations from the National Assembly,” said Qazi. Fazl was quick to respond that his Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl) party had already decided that it would not resign from the NA. He added that he would not allow any MMA member to quit parliament in protest at the Women’s Protection Act.
Settle this like true sons of Allan, gentlemen. Scimitars at one pace.
However, both later told reporters that there were no differences in the MMA.
I agree. It's the same old tired posturing, pouting, preening, and pomposity day after day after day.
The two held separate meetings with NWFP Chief Minister Akram Duranni and Senator Maulana Gul Naseeb Khan. Sources told Daily Times that the MMA’s internal differences and national politics were discussed at the meetings. The sources said that Qazi demanded that the government conduct an inquiry into the bombing of a madrassa in Bajaur Agency before the by-election to a National Assembly seat there, vacated by MMA member Sahibzada Haroonur Rashid, that is due today. Fazl said the present assemblies could not re-elect President General Pervez Musharraf.
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India-Pakistan
JUI-F accuses JI of exploiting religion
2006-12-27
The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) on Tuesday criticised the Jamaat-e-Islami for exploiting the religious sentiments of people over the Bajaur Agency by-poll scheduled for January 10. The JI’s Sahibzada Haroonur Rashid quit his National Assembly seat in protest at the October 30 airstrike on a madrassa in Bajaur, and is now leading a campaign against the January 10 by-polls.

Senator Abdur Rashid from Bajaur Agency told a press conference that the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal would not accept responsibility for any incident. “Some parties are trying to score political points over the issue, and they are using the MMA platform for this purpose,” said the senator in an indirect reference to the JI-led campaign.

Rashid said that participation in the January 10 poll was a democratic and constitutional right of the people of Bajaur. The polls had nothing to do with the deaths of the “innocent people” killed in the strike, he added.

The JUI-F senator also criticised the JI for branding opponents of the by-poll “friends of martyrs” and supporters “friend of the US”. “If the by-poll takes place, it will not hurt the families who lost their relatives in the airstrike,” he said.
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India-Pakistan
Another MNA from Bajaur resigns
2006-11-01
Another MNA from Bajaur Agency, Maulana Mohammad Saddiq, resigned from the National Assembly on Tuesday in protest at an attack on a madrassa that killed 80 people. Member National Assembly Sahibzada Haroonur Rashid was the first to announce his resignation in protest against the strike. Saddiq resigned following the demand of protesting tribesmen in the agency. He said he had sent his resignation to the Jamaat-e-Islami chief with the request to pass it on to the National Assembly speaker. “We cannot remain silent over this barbaric incident,” he told the protesting tribesmen.
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India-Pakistan
Shooting stops in Miranshah as jirga tries to reach peace deal
2006-03-08
MIRANSHAH: An uneasy calm prevailed in North Waziristan on Tuesday as government officials with the help of tribal elders tried to pacify pro-Taliban tribesmen after some 140 militants were estimated killed in recent days.
I'll betcha a dose or two of napalm would pacify the crap out of them...
However, a curfew imposed on Monday on Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan, remained in force on Tuesday despite no reports of fresh fighting, a senior security official in the region told AP. He said the talks between tribal elders and militants’ representatives which began on Monday were continuing. “There is some progress and we hope things will be OK soon,” he said.
Why? Have the bad guyz decided to go back to Arabia? Have the locals begun studying cause and effect?
“The curfew is continuing today so the situation can return to normal quickly,” Zaheerul Islam, a top political official in Miranshah, told Reuters. “Forces are present in the town while jirgas and talks are also going on,” he said.
Gonna try and save face all around, huh? Hope it works better than it did with Nek Mohammad.
Islam planned to meet with tribal elders later on Tuesday to persuade shop owners in Miranshah to reopen their doors, said tribal elder Malik Mumtaz Khan, who will be attending the meeting. The government wants the businesses to be ready to trade when the curfew is lifted.
The problem isn't the businesses being closed. The businesses are closed because of the problem.
Meanwhile, troops searched for two clerics accused of instigating the fighting in Miranshah and made seven arrests in overnight raids.
None of them the holy men, I'll betcha...
“We are desperately searching for the two main culprits, Maulvi Abdul Khaleq and Maulvi Sadiq Noor, but we still do not have any information about their whereabouts,” a senior security official told AFP.
Have you checked their houses? Have you checked Fazl's guest house?
Security forces used explosives on Tuesday to demolish a madrassa in Miranshah run by Khaleq, another security official said. Officials said Noor and Khaleq have been trying to impose strict Islamic laws in Miranshah and are closely linked to the Taliban. Khaleq, who runs a major madrassa in Miranshah, had called for a “holy war” against the army after troops last week destroyed an Al Qaeda training centre in nearby Saidgai village, officials said.
Jihad, of course, is the answer to every question...
Khaleq’s brother was among some 40 militants killed in the raid on Wednesday, they added.
I hope his departure from the gene pool was suitably painful.
Noor also runs a preaching centre and a madrassa near Miranshah. A senior army official said if the two were “captured or killed” the resistance in Miransah will die down, the same way it subsided in neighbouring South Waziristan when top militant commander Nek Mohammad was killed in a missile strike in 2004.
That was after about eight months of the jirga nonsense, complete with tribal lashkars led by drummers.
Army spokesman Maj Gen Shaukat Sultan described Tuesday as “quiet”, with no reports of fighting. The militants had apparently withdrawn to the hills where a Miranshah resident, Shirin Khan, said security forces were directing their gunfire late on Monday night.
"Chaudry! Shoot that mountain!"
"Yes, sahib!"
[KERBOOM!]
"That should take care of them. What's for dinner?"
The BBC said its correspondent had been detained for a few hours and then expelled from North Wazristan. Haroonur Rashid, the BBC’s Urdu correspondent based in Peshawar, and two other Pakistani journalists working for foreign media organisations were not allowed to enter the tribal region on Monday morning, the BBC Urdu website reported. “Haroon was not told why he was detained,” the BBC website said. He was later set free on the “intervention of high officials but was ordered to immediately leave the area”.
"Beat it, Harun! And don't come back!"
"But I live here!"
Suspected militants beheaded a teacher in South Wazristan, officials said on Tuesday. Said Badshah, 35, who ran a private school, failed to return home late Monday in Barwan village, near Wana, the main town in South Waziristan, a local administration official told AFP. His headless body was found in a remote area on Tuesday evening, the official said. Officials suspect that militants were behind Badshah’s murder as he had no known enemies in the area and he was the son of a pro-government tribal elder.
Well, never mind. He's dead now, so have another jirga and reach an "understanding" with the guys who killed him. No doubt they were motivated by piety or something.
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Afghanistan/South Asia
JI calls jirgas against ‘breach’ of Wana deal
2004-06-07
The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has announced that it will convene jirgas to condemn the alleged atrocities of the government in the tribal areas and the violation of the Wana Agreement. The first grand jirga would be held on June 13 in Khyber Agency. JI naib ameer, Senator Professor Muhammad Ibrahim, said this while addressing a tribal jirga at the Al Markaz Islami on Sunday. The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) senator said it would be a mistake on the part of the government if it conducted an operation in the tribal areas. “Registration of foreigners is not part of the Wana Agreement and the government should not impose this condition on the tribesmen,” Mr Ibrahim said while accusing the government of violating the Wana Agreement.
The whole idea was to get control of the foreigners in South Waziristan...
He said the next jirgas would be held in North Waziristan on June 27, Mohmand Agency on July 11, Bajaur Agency on July 18, Darra Adam Khel on July 21 and in Kurram Agency on July 25. The senator said two grand jirgas would be held in Orakzai and South Waziristan agencies.
Really gonna whip up the rubes, is he?
The JI leader urged the government to solve the Wana issue through dialogue. He said the NWFP governor had made a big “blunder” by declaring the Ahmedzai Wazir tribe an enemy. “The governor should take these words back,” he demanded. The senator demanded the release of “innocent” tribal elders belonging to the Ahmedzai Wazir tribe, an end to the blockade of the Wana bazaar, the return of impounded vehicles and an end to the curfew-like situation. MNA Shabbir Ahmed Khan, MNA Haroonur Rashid and Zar Noor Afridi and other party activists from the tribal agencies attended the jirga.
At least we know which side they're on...
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