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|Militant leader wanted to fight poverty with jihad|
|[Dhaka Tribune] The chief of recently emerged Bangladesh Jihadi Group had launched the platform as a means of changing his financial condition by sending members to Syria and Iraq to fight for the , detectives say.|
Md Asaduzzaman alias Milon alias Milu alias Abdullah alias Anik, the suspected commander of the group on Wednesday, was unable to bear the family needs with Tk100 that he used to get by assisting a lawyer.
At the court, Asad had met with the brother of Harkat-ul Jihad Al Islami Bangladesh ( ) chief Maulana Abdur Rouf and soon became close to work together.
The group also planned robbing banks to raise funds. But most of its members including the second-in-command, Maulana Nurullah Kashemi, were arrested before committing the robbery at a private bank in Saidpur.
Both Asad and Kashemi met with Rouf at the jail before launching the platform in October last year, officials at the Detective Branch of police say.
Asad completed his LLB from Darul Ihsan University, but did not get a job anywhere. He then started working as an assistant of a lawyer at the Dhaka Judge's Court. But since the pay was tiny, he had to lend money from his relatives and other lawyers.
"He was feeling helpless, and at some point decided to change the society and the people through jihad," DB Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam told s yesterday.
Brother of the HuJIB chief often went to the court to deal with Rouf's cases and came in contact with Asad.
Kashemi had served as resident preacher at a mosque while staying in Kuwait. Returning home recently, he opened a branch of Al-Azhar University of Egypt. But failing to make profit from the business, he shut it down. He later started writing Islamic books and giving sermons at different religious functions. During his bad times, Kashemi contacted a number of people to do something significant for Islam, but none supported him. Then he met Asad, who took him to Rouf.
The group was recruiting students from madrasas and private universities with radical views as members, and working to send them to the Middle East as IS fighters after training in Shariatpur and some bordering areas in the northern part of the country.
"Asad was planning to go abroad to collect funds," Monirul said.
The platform had invited the members of all banned and little-known organizations to work together to establish a Shariah state by undermining the democratic process, castigating the rulers and terrorising the secular forces and the law enforcers.
A team of counter-terrorism and transnational crime unit of the DB police arrested Asad and Firoz Md Tomal, the key financier of Bangladesh Jihadi Group, during a drive in the capital's Mohammadpur area.
Detectives also recovered three foreign pistols, 16 rounds of bullet, 1kg explosives and two laptops from their possessions, Monirul said.
A case was filed against the arrestees with Mohammadpur police under the Anti-Terrorism Act. They were placed on a five-day remand yesterday by a Dhaka court.
The duo were arrested on information given by the nine members of the group including Kashemi held on June 7. Their explosives suppliers, a lab assistant of Dhaka University and three others, were arrested on June 16.
Ex-defence, police trained recruits
As part of their plan to provide extensive training to the new recruits, the Jihadi Group leaders were trying to convince terminated and retired officials of different forces to work as trainers, Monirul said adding that some of them had already agreed to assist the group.
Once the training was completed, their target was to send the members to Syria to work for IS. On return, they were supposed to work to establish Shariah rule in Bangladesh.
Hailing from a rich family, Tomal had completed graduation on electrical engineering at Independent University of Bangladesh. His father, an assistant commissioner of customs, has at least 17 houses and flats in the capital. Tomal used to collect the rents, Monirul said.
"Tomal used to finance the outfit through Asad. But as it was difficult to run the outfit only by one financier, they were planning to conduct bank robbery."
Both the arrestees admitted that Tomal owned the recovered pistols.
Sanowar Hossain, additional deputy commissioner of DB police, told the Dhaka Tribune that they had got identities of 25-30 members of the group and hoped that the others would be arrested
|'Ansarullah now eying madrasa students'|
|[Dhaka Tribune] outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team, currently under government's consideration for banning for suspected links to the killing of secular activists, is now inviting madrasa students and those involved with to increase strength, police say.|
Earlier, Ansarullah leaders had recruited many tech savvy students of public and private universities.
Police say they are monitoring the activities of the outfit's members on different websites and Facebook to trace their location. But no significant progress have been made since the August 2013 arrest of Ansarullah chief Jasim Uddin Rahmani and 31 of his followers.
Seven leaders and activists of the group are now facing trial for the killing of war crimes trial campaigner Ahmed Rajeeb Haider. They all are expelled students of the North South University.
Detectives say Ansarullah follows international terrorist groups Al-Qaeda and Taliban to establish Shariah law in Bangladesh. They have also been working with Chhatra Shibir, 's student wing, and banned groups including , JMB and Police say Ansarullah has gained support from different radical Islamist groups which are vocal against "atheists for their anti-Islamic activities" after the recent killing of science writers and Rajshahi University teacher Prof AKM Shafiul Islam.
Some Ansarullah leaders are now visiting madrasas in Dhaka and the nearby areas, and inviting students to join the outfit, a top police officer said seeking anonymity.
According to sources in law enforcement agencies, the outfit is trying to take as members the students, especially those involved with Chhatra Shibir, who possess extreme views against secular forces.
Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of the Detective Branch of police, said Ansarullah might have around 100 technologically-sound members from among students of some of the renowned educational institutions.
|Saudi minister seeks support of religious parties|
|[DAWN] The Saudi Minister for Religious Affairs, Sheikh Saleh bin Abdul Aziz, on Monday remained busy soliciting the support of religious parties in his country's conflict with Yemen's rebels.|
The Saudi minister had arrived in Islamabad on Sunday on a previously unannounced trip amid growing doubts in Riyadh and among its allies about Islamabad's support for the offensive against Houthis after a parliamentary resolution called for observing neutrality in the conflict.
Sheikh Saleh's only engagement with government functionaries on Monday was a meeting with his Pak counterpart, Sardar Mohammad Yusuf, who later hosted a reception in his honour.
But for most of the day, the Saudi minister interacted with from Wafaqul Madaris Al-Arabia and JUI-F chief .
The meetings coincided with statements by some religious parties that they could send fighters to if the government refused to send troops in support of the Saudi-led operation against Houthis.
There has also been an upsurge in activities by the religious parties for moulding public opinion in favour of the Saudi action and the need for Pakistain to support it.
Jamaat Ahle Hadith held a conference on Saturday and before that brought out a rally calling for Pakistain's participation in the war against Houthis.
In his meetings, the Saudi religious minister has been saying that Riyadh remains confident that Pakistain will support it.
Sheikh Saleh's visit was preceded by a trip by Saudi Chief Adviser on Religious Affairs Dr Abdul Aziz.
A source disclosed that there had been a sudden increase in the number of visitors to Pakistain over the past fortnight.
|JUI-F against joining far-away civil war|
|[DAWN] The (JUI-F) has said it will attend the joint session of parliament called to discuss the crisis on Monday and give its point of view on the matter.|
"Since we don't know about the government's policy and the way it wants to deal with the situation, our party has decided to first listen to it and then give our opinion on the matter," JUI-F spokesperson Jan Mohammad Khan Achakzai told Dawn after a consultative meeting of the party held at the official residence of its chief here on Sunday to discuss the Yemen crisis.
|Imran lambastes Muslim leaders, Ulema, West|
|[NATION.PK] Chairman Pakistain (PTI) on Wednesday criticised leaders, West and religious scholars for failing to take action or stand against the blasphemous publication in a French magazine.|
Addressing a gathering of religious s 'Ulema Mashaikh Conference' here at a local hotel, Khan started his criticism by pointing finger at his rival Mualana Fazlur Rehman, Ameer JUI-F, and then lashed out at leaders, besides flaying Western democracies.
The PTI chief even blamed rulers of the world for the publication of blasphemous caricatures in French magazine, arguing that they ( leaders) should have played a role and should have stood against the sacrilegious act.
He said a small section of society was looting the whole country, adding that he had witnessed religious s being "sold off" against a price.
"There is a Maulana ( ) who conveniently fits right in with those who are looting the country," Khan said in an apparent gesture to JUI-F chief .
After blaming his political rivals, Khan went on to lambaste the role of generals, lawyers, s and everyone, adding that the religious scholars were not playing their effective role in uniting the nation.
He added that the s should have taken a stand against oppression long ago.
The PTI chief said that Islam is spreading rapidly in Europe and that the publication of blasphemous caricatures was done to provoke s and alienate them from Western society.
Khan also called for reforms in religious seminaries but he again resorted to scathing criticism of the ongoing multi-billion Metro Bus Project of PML-N government, adding that money was wasted in unnecessary projects.
"Why money is not spent to reform syllabus of seminaries and why billions are wasted in bus projects?" asked Khan.
The PTI leader ended his speech by once again trumpeting allegations of polls rigging, adding that 2013 elections were rigged and the people were deprived of their right to vote.
|JUI-F chief warns govt against stopping foreign funding|
|[DAWN] Fazal (JUI-F) chief has warned the government against stopping foreign assistance from being received by Pakistain's religious seminaries.|
"The government cannot stop this and if the buildings of seminaries are occupied, we would continue to teach under the shadow of trees," he told the media after chairing a parliamentary committee meeting on .
He said the government was taking this action to please the United States which he alleged was creating disturbance within the country.
|Hefazat demands release of Mufti Harun|
|[Dhaka Tribune] The central leaders of radical Islamist platform yesterday demanded the immediate release of Harun Bin Izhar, son of Senior Nayeb-e-Ameer Mufti Izharul Islam Chowdhury.|
In a statement, the Hefazat leaders also warned of tougher movement if Mufti Harun was not freed.
Mufti Harun is in jail in a grenade blast case at his father's Lalkhan Bazar Madrasa in Chittagong which is believed to be a den of banned Islamist group
Leaders of the platform, comprising Islamist parties mainly of the BNP-led alliance, alleged that the government had Mufti Harun in a "fake, preplanned and staged" incident and that he was serving jail term "without committing any offence."
His rearrest from jail gate recently by detectives is a clear violation of , Hefazat claims.
A Chittagong court on June 25 last year indicted Mufti Izhar, Mufti Harun and seven others in a case filed over recovery of picric acid after the grenade blasts on October 7, 2013.
Several locally-made grenades were set off at Jamaatul Ulum Al Islamia Madrasa, a Qawmi madrasa headed by Mufti Izhar, leaving five students injured critically. Later three of them . Police filed three cases in connection with the blast, killing and recovery of picric acid.
|Madressah & education reform|
|[DAWN] IF the belonging to the various schools of thought have really agreed to accept a regulatory mechanism for their madressahs and also changes in their curriculum there is good reason to celebrate the development -- although one hopes that the government is not misreading the situation.|
Before the sat down with the ministers of interior and religious affairs last Saturday to discuss matters relating to the madressahs they issued an edict against s and denounced war against Pakistain as un-Islamic. Whether this decree represents an honest change of heart on the part of the and whether they did not consider it expedient to stay aloof from the people's resolve to fight the s, only time will tell.
A resolution of this kind was nevertheless necessary at the moment at least to counter 's quaint plea for avoiding any reference to religion while thinking of dealing with terrorism. Any concession to the JUI-F chief on this point would have amounted to rejecting evidence about the identity and objectives of many a group. There is no need to emphasise the lesson the world has learnt, that while all s do not indulge in terrorism, many of the terrorist formations openly claim to be carrying out their religious duty.
this fatwa has less meaning than the accord that is reported to have been reached between the government and the .
According to media reports -- and it would have been better to release the text of the agreement so that ordinary citizens could check whether any side was reading more into it than what the text warranted -- the have agreed to compulsory registration of all madressahs. This should mean that nobody will be allowed to open and run any seminary without registration.
Much will depend on what new conditions for registration/recognition are going to be because 35,337 madressahs, out of a total of 43,586, or more than 80pc, are reported to be already registered and yet they have been outside any regulatory system.
It is reasonable to expect that before registering an institution the competent authority will satisfy itself about the sponsors' bona fides, as to whether they are an association recognisable under the law, whether they are answerable to a body and to the community , and whether their capacity to manage an educational institution can be objectively verified.
More important than registration is the madressah organizations' readiness to accept the principle of regular audit of their accounts and to receive foreign funds only through official channels. While democratic elements and rights activists are unlikely to allow the government unlimited power to interfere with the receipt of foreign funding by educational institutions a system of documenting all transactions should be put in place. This will go a long way towards guaranteeing supervision of the use of foreign parties' philanthropy.
What the government has pledged the in return needs a closer look because in the past religious parties gained more at the cost of the government than what they appeared to concede to it. The madressahs have been assured that no action will be taken against anyone without concrete evidence of its having violated the law. A strange promise since action on the basis of solid evidence of unlawful action is supposed to be the rule regardless of the identity and status of the party at the receiving end. Or is it a wrong assumption?
Two joint committees ( , federal and provincial governments' representatives) will be set up, one to decide upon registration formalities and the other to propose curriculum reform. Reference has been made to an understanding on deleting from the madressah courses material that contributes to militancy or causes hatred among different communities.
The agreement on joint committees to develop a supervisory mechanism or approve curriculum reform suggests extension of state-public partnership to religious seminaries and one should like to see this principle extended to stakeholders in other fields.
Matters could improve considerably if lawyers, medical practitioners, academics, engineers, farmers, labour leaders and other civil society organizations too were considered entitled to meaningful consultation before laws and policies affecting them were finalised. It is also necessary to ensure that the facility offered to the seminaries does not obstruct efforts for a thorough revision of the place of madressahs in the country's educational system.
It is perhaps time to define the role of madressahs. During the colonial period the madressah offered children the facility of instruction in religious matters that was not available at public schools. The madressah thus supplemented the scheme of educating the young ones. For that purpose the madressah is no longer needed, for study of religion is compulsory in all state and private institutions.
If the madressahs constitute a parallel system of education then the rationale for their existence and unchecked proliferation needs to be scrutinised. What after all is expected of the madressah graduates? What are the possibilities of their being employed on jobs that promote the public weal? Has anyone ever estimated the number of madressahs and their graduates this country needs or can afford?
The production of seminary graduates in a greater number than the country's capacity to offer them proper assignments will create enormous problems. Nobody can say where a large horde of jobless seminary graduates will be landed by their ambition, inclination and frustration.
Finally, there is much to be said in favour of looking at madressah reform not merely in the context of the war against terrorism but in the broader context of the need for reorganising the entire education sector. Thanks to the flawed curriculum and the distortions in the textbooks the state sector is perhaps creating more than the madressahs.
The demand for reforming the management of public education and the curriculum, particularly for offering students in all institutions a narrative about rationalism, tolerance, pluralism and peace can no longer be resisted.
|JUI-F to table resolution in NA to de-seat Imran|
|[DAWN] Seeking to de-seat Pakistain (PTI) Chairman from his National Assembly membership in view of his perpetual absence from the House's sessions, the Fazl (JUI-F) on Monday decided to move a resolution against the cricketer-turned-politician in the Parliament.|
"Our wedding gift to Imran Khan will be de-seating him from his NA membership," said JUI-F Central Information Secretary Hafiz Hussain Ahmed while speaking to Dawn.
Last week, Khan tied the knot with DawnNews anchor Reham Khan in a low-key ceremony.
As mandated by the Constitution, no member of the Parliament can remain absent for 40 consecutive sessions. In a case where a member is absent for 40 sessions, any member of the Parliament can bring attention of the NA speaker to the motion to unseat the member.
It may be mentioned that Khan has remained absent from the house for 41 consecutive days his latest being today's session.
JUI-F MNA Naeema Khishwar has been directed by party chief to table the resolution in the NA.
Fazl and Imran have exchanged heated words on numerous occasions. Tensions between the two had reached a new level after the May 2013 general elections.
|Aitzaz assails Fazl for retracting from his stance on military courts|
|[DAWN] Pakistain Peoples Party (PPP) Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan on Saturday assailed -Fazl (JUI-F) chief for retracting from his stance in the multi-party conference over establishment of military courts in the country, DawnNews reported.|
Speaking at a ceremony here, he said that Rehman had agreed to the collective decision on National Action Plan (NAP) taken against the backdrop of deadly Taliban attack on an army-run school in that killed 150 people, mostly school children.
Establishment of military courts to decide terrorism related cases is a part of the NAP. The JUI-F chief has opposed the national strategy to tackle terrorism, terming the 21st Constitutional Amendment as a collective on democracy by parliamentary parties.
Our stance against terrorism should be understood. Terrorists have been given an escape route through this law... for instance if any terrorist shaves his beard off and takes off his turban renaming himself as Saulat Mirza or Ajmal Pahari, then terrorism would be accepted and the terrorist would not be presented in a military court, he said during a on Thursday only to draw severe criticism from the (MQM).
A petition has also been filed in the Supreme Court, challenging the establishment of military courts. The petition states that the contentious amendment to establish military courts in the country is against the basic structure of the Constitution.
|Twisting the narrative|
|[DAWN] OBFUSCATION, deception and wrongful conflation are the usual tools of the religious right when it comes to attacking any form of consensus on the need for state and society to focus seriously on the fight against militancy. Now, it is the turn of of the JUI-F to try and create doubts in the minds of the public about what the principal internal threat is in Pakistain and suggest that there is some kind of conspiracy afoot against madressahs, conservative s and the religious right here. Clearly, the 21st Amendment is a deeply flawed, undemocratic piece of legislation, and anti-terrorism military courts for civilians are a blow to the democratic project. There are many good and proper reasons to oppose draconian laws on grounds of principle and in practice too. But in criticising the 21st Amendment to the Constitution and an amendment to the Army Act for singling out religious for trial in military courts and threatening to launch a national movement, the JUI-F chief is simply pandering to his base and doing his best to confuse issues.|
To be clear, the principal internal threat in Pakistain today is terrorism and militancy in the name of religion simply, the Islamist militancy, terrorism and threat. In trying to lump other groups carrying out political violence together with Islamist groups waging war against the Pak state and society, Maulana Fazlur Rehman appears to be deliberately trying to dilute the national consensus and create fresh discord between state and society. Political groups embracing separatist or sub-nationalist ideologies inside Pakistain do resort to violence. But, inspired by a sense of disenfranchisement and exclusion from mainstream Pakistain, those non-religious, secular movements need to be won over by political action at the macro level and thwarted in their violent agenda by more effective law-enforcement and intelligence-gathering at the micro level to prevent attacks. To its credit, the wider political class understands the very fundamental difference between the overarching Islamist militancy threat and small-scale, regional groups that have turned to violence to achieve otherwise justifiable political aims of inclusivity and equality. Hence the very specific focus in the new legislation on the much bigger and more potent Islamist threat.
It is fairly obvious that by demanding all forms of armed militancy be treated in the same way ie the new military courts regime be used against all groups that have resorted to any kind of political violence the JUI-F is trying to drive a wedge between state and society and ensure that the effect of the National Action Plan and military courts embedded within that plan is minimal. To do so makes sense for the JUI-F because of an unpleasant truth: the party continues to sympathise with and have allies in the world of Islamist groups here. The JUI-F is yet positioning itself on the wrong side of a democratic, inclusive, moderate Pakistain.
|Masses will be mobilised against amendments: Fazl|
|[DAWN] JUI-F chief said on Thursday that the 21st Amendment and the Army Act Amendment were draconian laws which would promote terrorism.|
He said at a that religious parties would hold a seminar in Lahore on Jan 22 to inform the nation about the negative impact of these amendments.