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|Fazl in Doha for talks with Afghan Taliban: JUI-F|
|[Dawn] Hafiz Hussain Ahmed, a leader of the party and general secretary of the Milli Yakjehti Council, on Saturday. (F) chief has gone to Qatar to hold talks with the Taliban, revealed |
Speaking at a condolence reference for leader here, he urged the government and the army to take the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain's talks offer seriously and initiate a dialogue to ensure a peaceful atmosphere during the general election.
But contrary to the statement by Hafiz Hussain Ahmed, a for JUI-F, Abdul Jalil Jan, told Dawn in that Maulana Fazl had gone abroad on a private visit.
According to the western media, the US is in contact with the Taliban in Qatar to persuade the group to initiate negotiations with the Afghan government as Washington prepares for the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan in 2014.
Hafiz Hussain did not disclose on whose behalf Mr Rehman had gone to Doha.
he said the JUI-F was playing a pivotal role in the and the maulana was in Qatar to advance the process.
He said the use of force was no solution to the conflict between the Taliban and the military and urged them to sit on the negotiating table to restore peace in the region.
The Jamaat's deputy Amir, Sirajul Haq, said the government was looking towards the US for a signal after the negotiation offer by the Taliban. "The government is not sincere in peace negotiations and is waiting for dictation from Americans."
He said if the US could hold talks with the Taliban why Pakistain could not do so.
|Islamic sendoff for Qazi Hussain Ahmed in Peshawar|
The funeral prayers were led by JI Chief , and were attended by a large number of political and religious leaders including Central Amir of Jamaat e Ulema Islam (JUI-F) Fazlur Rehman, Chairman Qaumi Watan Party (QWP), Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, Pakistain President, Javed Hashmi, JUI-F leader, Hafiz Hussain Ahmed, JI leader Liaquat Baloch, Former Senior Minister, Siraj Ul Haq, JUI-Sami Chief, Maulana , Professor Khurshid Ahmed, former MNA Shabeer Ahmed Khan, senators, members of the parliament, officials, ex-local government representatives, and a large number of workers of JI.
After the prayers, his body was shifted to Ziarat Kaka Sahib in Nowshera district where he was laid to rest in his ancestral graveyard.
Earlier today, Ahmed's body was brought from Islamabad to his residence in Peshawar.
Many party workers and supporters from all over the country were traveling to Peshawar to attend the funeral.
President of Pakistain Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, Federal Information Qamar Zaman Kaira, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Governor and Chief Minister offered condolences over the death of the veteran politician and called it a great loss.
Pakistain league- Nawaz (PML-N) chief , Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain and Religious scholar and Minhaj-ul-Koran International chief Dr Tahirul Qadri, among others, also offered condolences over the demise of the former JI chief.
The 74-year-old religious scholar had died in Islamabad of cardiac illness.
Ahmed was suffering from cardiac disease for quite some time and turned critical three days ago.
Qazi Hussain Ahmed, 74, was also a prominent religious scholar, Islamic theologian, Islamic democracy advocate.
Qazi joined JI in 1978 and was elected as the party's ameer (chief) in 1987, a position he would be re-elected to on two more occassions before finally stepping down in 2009. He served as the party's ameer for 22 years.
Last November, he escaped an attack unhurt when a detonated explosives near his convoy in the Mohmand tribal agency.
|JUI-F Set To Join 'MMA' For General Elections|
|* Party says will not join PPP in coming elections|
ISLAMABAD: As political activities in the country gain momentum as part of preparations for the next general elections, Fazl (JUI-F) is all set to enter an MMA-style religious camp to fetch electoral sympathies during the next general elections, clearly saying it would not be with Pakistain People's Party (PPP) in the days to come.
Sources close to the PPP-JUI-F nexus told Daily Times that some top players of the PPP tried to convince JUI chief Fazalur Rehman to forge an election alliance before the polls. The JUI-F chief categorically rejected the offer, expressing his clear stance to go with religious parties during the next general elections by entering into either in an MMA-type alliance or at least have settlement with right-wing religious forces, the sources said.
The sources privy to the whole diplomacy further claimed that the top brass of the PPP desired to have an electoral alliance with the JUI-F, as they had established a formula of seat adjustment with Pakistain League-Quaid (PML-Q), but the situation turned against the expectations of the PPP as JUI-F leaders wanted electoral alliance with other religious parties, including the (JI).
Sources, however, said both parties (JUI-F and JI) are on negotiating table to finalise the possible electoral alliance. On the other hand, MQM also rejected PPP's offer to join hands in next general elections, as a top leader of the MQM said they believed in political alliances after elections, not before elections.
JUI-F central leader Hafiz Hussain Ahmed on several occasions has underlined the need of early revival of 'MMA' because of changing political conditions in the country, which suggests JUI-F would go for an 'MMA' in near future.
In this regard, both the JUI-F and JI have brought flexibility in their previous stance. Earlier, JI had struck the condition that 'MMA' could not be revived unless JUI-F quit the PPP-led coalition government, while linked the JI's return to the fold of 'MMA' to its seeking 'apology over causing harm to unity of religious parties'.
The sources further said the former coalition partners of 'MMA' have increased contacts, to make functional their religio-political group in national politics. The JUI-F was part of the MMA that garnered 58 of the 342 seats in parliament, a provincial majority in NWFP and provincial minorities in Sindh and . MMA later collapsed in 2005 amid differences among participant political parties. In the 2008 general election, only the JUI-F participated because the other major component party of the MMA, the JI, boycotted the elections on issues regarding the eligibility of former president and restoration of the judiciary. unlike the 2002 elections, when the MMA swept national and provincial assemblies, in 2008 the JUI-F won seven general seats in the National Assembly, which got them one additional seat on women's reserved seats, raising the total to 8 in the Lower House.
|Javed Hashmi, Hafiz Hussain, Mian Aslam sent to Adiala Jail|
|Police launched a massive crackdown on All Parties Democratic Movement (APDM) leaders and workers in Rawalpindi and Islamabad early on Sunday and arrested Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Acting President Javed Hashmi, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) leader Hafiz Hussain Ahmed and the MMA’s parliamentarian Mian Muhammad Aslam under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance. The raids were made to stop the movement from demonstrating outside the Supreme Court on Monday and Tuesday and then outside the Election Commission on September 29 when the nomination papers of the presidential candidates would be scrutinised.|
A list given to the police by the government also includes the names of anti-government religious leaders. “The list also includes the names of those who are dead or are outside Pakistan,” a police officer said, adding that orders were also issued for the arrest of PML-N Chairman Raja Zafarul Haq, Information Secretary Ahsan Iqbal and Ch Nisar Ali Khan.
Hashmi and Hafiz Hussain Ahmed were arrested from parliament lodges, while Mian Aslam was arrested from his residence in F-8 and sent to Adiala Jail for 30 days under Section 3 of the MPO.
Raids for arrest of Qazi, Asfandyar, Imran: Raids were also made for the arrest of MMA President Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Awami National Party chief Asfandyar Wali Khan and Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan. Police also searched the rooms of MMA leader Liaquat Baloch and PML-N leader Tehmina Daultana. They both were not present there.
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|Usual protests flare over Rushdie honour|
Margaret Beckett, Britain's foreign secretary, said on Wednesday that Britain was "sorry" people were upset about the knighthood. However, she insisted it was awarded to Rushdie for his literary achievements. Beckett said: "Obviously we are sorry for people who have taken very much to heart this honour, which is after all for a lifelong body of literary work."
Afghanistan's Taliban on Wednesday also condemned the knighthood, which Britain's Queen Elizabeth awarded to the Indian-born British writer last week. A Taliban spokesman said: "We ... consider this another major affront to Islam by the infidels."
There was widespread condemnation for the knighting in Pakistan and several leaders called for Rushdie's death, while protesters demanded Britain withdraw the honour. Benazir Bhutto, former Pakistani prime minister, condemned remarks by Ijaz-ul Haq, the religious affairs minister, who had said a suicide attack against Salman Rushdie was justified. Haq had said that the Rushdie honour merited such an attack by Muslims but later withdrew the comment insisting that he meant to say that the award to Rushdie would foster extremism.
Bhutto said that although the knighthood awarded to Rushdie had outraged the sentiments of Muslims, Islam did not permit murder and nor did the law allow suicide killings for those with divergent views.
Hafiz Hussain Ahmed, a Pakistan opposition leader, at a rally of about 200 women outside parliament in the capital Islamabad, said: "This is an attempt to provoke Muslims all over the world."
Rushdie's book, "Satanic Verses", prompted protests, some violent, by Muslims in many countries after it was published in 1988. Muslims say the novel blasphemed against the Prophet Mohammad and ridiculed the Koran and events in early Muslim history.
Robert Brinkley, British high commissioner to Pakistan, said on Monday that Rushdie's knighthood was a reflection of his contribution to literature and was not intended as an insult to Islam or the Prophet Mohammad. But on Tuesday, Pakistan summoned Brinkley to protest against the award. Britain's envoy in Iran was also summoned.
In Islamabad, Abdul Rashid Ghazi, a religious leader at the capital's Red Mosque, said in a statement that Rushdie should be killed. He said: "He is condemned to death. Whosoever is in position to kill him, he should do so."
In the central Pakistani city of Multan, about 300 people chanted "Death to the British Queen" and "Death to Rushdie". They burned a British flag and effigies of Queen Elizabeth and Rushdie.
Several hundred people including members of the provincial parliament protested in the Pakistani city of Lahore. The Pakistani parliament had adopted a resolution on Monday deploring the knighthood.
John Reid, Britain's home secretary, reiterated on Wednesday that the government stood by the award. He said: "I think we have a set of values that accrues people honours for their contribution to literature even when they don't agree with our point of view. That's our way and that's what we stand by."
In Malaysia, about 30 protesters demonstrated outside the British embassy in Kuala Lumpur chanting "Destroy Salman Rushdie" and "Destroy Britain".
The late Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a death warrant against Rushdie in 1989, forcing him into hiding for nine years. In 1998 Iran's government formally distanced itself from the death warrant, but some groups in Iran have regularly renewed the call for his death, saying Khomeini's ruling is irrevocable.
|'Non-Muslim can hold CJP office'|
|Constitutional experts, politicians and a minority leaders on Thursday blasted the claims of some clerics that a non-Muslim cannot hold the office of chief justice in Pakistan, saying that the Constitution does not restrict any such appointment. Qari Hanif Jalandhry, central leader of Ittehad Tanzimat-e-Madrassa-e-Dinya (ITMD), has said that Pakistan is an Islamic country hence a non-Muslim cannot hold the office of chief justice. “There is no such example in Muslim history or in any Muslim country,” he said.|
Jalandhry said this was the first time in the history of the country that such an issue had risen. Asked to comment on Article 180(b) of the Constitution, which says that “the president shall appoint the most senior of the other judges of the Supreme Court to act as chief justice of Pakistan”, Jalandhry said parliament should amend the Constitution.
Senior constitutional expert Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan rejected Jalandhry’s view and said there was no constitutional provision barring a non-Muslim from becoming the chief justice of the country. “The Supreme Court is not the Federal Shariat Court, though there is a Shariat Appellate Bench of the Supreme Court comprising Muslim judges,” he said. However, he said it was not mandatory for a non-Muslim chief justice or a judge to be part of the Shariat Appellate Bench. “A non-Muslim cannot be declared ineligible to become chief justice on the basis of religion,” Aitzaz said. “Justice Bhagwandas cannot become a member of the Shariat Appellate Bench even if he becomes chief justice.”
Hafiz Hussain Ahmed, deputy parliamentary leader of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), said that according to the Constitution, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was still chief justice of Pakistan. “By raising this issue of whether or not a non-Muslim can become the chief justice of the country, the government is confusing the nation,” he said, but added that a non-Muslim can become the chief justice of the country. Raja Zafarul Haq, chairman of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), said there was no constitutional bar on a non-Muslim becoming the chief justice. “According to my opinion, there is nothing wrong if a non-Muslim becomes the chief justice of Pakistan,” he said, adding however, that this was not the right time to discuss such issues.
Commenting on the statements of Maulana Samiul Haq and religious organisations that a non-Muslim cannot become chief justice in an Islamic country like Pakistan, All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA) Chairman Shahbaz Bhatti said that there was no constitutional bar on a non-Muslim to become chief justice of Pakistan. He said one of the most outstanding and dynamic judges in the history of Pakistan was Justice AR Cornelius, a Christian, who headed the apex court from 1960 to 1968. Bhatti referred to Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s address to the first Constituent Assembly on August 11, 1947, in which he had clearly said that Pakistan would not be a theocratic state and religion had nothing to do with the business of the state.
|Suicide attacks are un-Islamic: clerics|
|After the recent wave of suicide attacks in Pakistan, a Karachi-based Urdu daily newspaper conducted a survey seeking fatwas (religious decrees) on suicide attacks, SouthAsiaNet, an online academic magazine reported on Friday. In the survey, clerics from all schools of thought have declared suicide attacks un-Islamic and forbidden them under the Shariah. They said that killing a non-Muslim without a legitimate cause was against the Islamic way of life. Maulana Ameer Hamza of the Jamaatud Dawa said that a suicide attack was, beyond doubt, an act of terrorism. He said that someone who kills himself to kill others also “recounts for the sins of those who (he has) killed”. |
The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam’s Hafiz Hussain Ahmed said that since Islam did not permit the killing of innocent people, it was necessary to figure out why suicide bombers went to such extremes. He said that since there was no way of effectively stopping a suicide bomber, the only solution was to eliminate the causes which gave rise to such resentment that people resorted to suicidal tactics.
Former minister and Sunni cleric Dr Mehmood Ahmad Ghazi said, “a suicide attack was clearly murder and its legality was further called into question by the fact that they occurred in a Muslim state which was not occupied by infidels”.
The Jamaat-e-Islami’s Dr Anis Ahmed said that “the term suicide is very notorious in itself and we need to (establish) the (reasons behind) such acts of extremism.” Determining the moral status of such suicide attacks is far too complex an issue to be sorted out by a mere ‘yes’ or ‘no’, he said. “After all,” he said, “what can a Palestinian do when his parents and children have been killed, his house demolished he has no means of earning a living any more? Should he thank those who victimized him? He inevitably turns to extreme measures then. When he is pressed against the wall, he naturally uses his body as a tool of war. These are undoubtedly extraordinary circumstances.”
Allama Qamber Abbas Naqvi, president of the Shia Ulema Council, said that killing a non-Muslim without a legitimate cause was haraam (forbidden), so killing innocent Muslims would be illegal to the highest degree. He said that some elements were trying to mislead young Muslims by portraying suicide attacks as a service to Islam and bringing their country and their religion into disrepute. He said that Islam ensured that the life, property and honour of non-Muslims would be protected, so it could not sanction the killing of innocent Muslims.
Other clerics quoted in the report included Sunni scholars Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman and Allama Jamil Ahmed Naeemi and Shia clerics Allama Abass Hussain, Allama Sheryar Aabidi, Allama Shehnshah Naqvi and Allama Ather Mashhadi.
|Qazi, Hafiz likely to continue NA 'boycott'|
|Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) President Qazi Hussain Ahmed and former deputy secretary general Hafiz Hussain Ahmed are likely to continue their ‘boycott’ of the National Assembly, despite the MMA general council’s decision otherwise, sources privy to the development told Daily Times. |
“Both leaders were present in the city recently but they did not attend the NA session though the general council had decided in favour of MMA members’ attending the proceedings after withdrawal of the earlier decision to resign en-bloc from the NA,” the sources said. “Qazi being the president of the MMA was not willing to attend the NA session because he was a staunch supporter of resignations, but he accepted the majority decision of the alliance’s general council just to keep the MMA intact,” the sources said. They said that Hafiz Hussain Ahmed, who still holds the portfolio of deputy parliamentary leader of the MMA, was also not willing to attend the session because he had publicly announced his resignation after the passage of the Women’s Protection Bill (WPB).
The sources said that a cold war between the two top leaders of the MMA – Qazi and Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the alliance’s secretary general – was still on over the issue of resignations. A top Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader said that it would be very hard for Qazi to attend the NA session because he believed that the MMA had made a public commitment to resign from the NA if the WPB were passed.
On the other hand, the sources said that problems between Hafiz and the Balochistan chapter of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) still persisted, despite reports that the issues were settled on during a meeting between Maulana Fazl and Hafiz in the presence of Qari Hanif Jullandhry at Mina during Haj.
The confrontation began after Hafiz announced his resignation, which the Maulana Muhammad Khan Sheerani-led Balochistan chapter of the JUI-F considered a violation of the party discipline. The central executive committee of the party, in a hurriedly called meeting, decided to issue a show cause notice to Hafiz. The sources said that the issue was apparently resolved during the Mina meeting, but the Balochistan JUI-F did not support Hafiz in the MMA’s internal elections and replaced him with Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri as deputy secretary general of the alliance.
|US operations in Pakistan expose flaws, says Fazl|
|Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) secretary-general, said on Friday that the statements by US commanders saying that they have been hitting Al Qaeda and Taliban targets inside Pakistan exposed fault lines in the Pakistani government’s policies. |
“It is the result of our government’s flawed policies that US generals are now openly talking of operations inside Pakistan, despite the fact that Pakistan has been their ally for the last five years in the so-called war on terror,” he told a press conference at the Parliament Lodges.
He called Afghan President Hamid Karzi a puppet. He refused to comment on the replacement of Hafiz Hussain Ahmed with Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidery as the MMA deputy secretary-general, calling it an internal part matter.
|JUI-F refuses to back anti-govt rallies in NWFP, Balochistan|
|The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl) has not agreed to back anti-government rallies in NWFP and Balochistan, so the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) has decided to postpone the rallies, MMA sources told Daily Times on Wednesday.|
According to the sources, MMA Balochistan President Maulana Muhammad Khan Shirani believes rallies in Balochistan and NWFP would harm the provincial governments. The MMA is a coalition partner in the Balochistan government and runs the NWFP government.
The MMA has announced a schedule of protest rallies in Punjab and Sindh. The rallies will be held in Punjab on January 22 and 23 and in Sindh on January 29, 30 and 31. No schedule for rallies in the other two provinces has been announced. In both provinces, the JUI-F has more street power and seats than any other party of the MMA, so the alliance cannot go ahead with protests there without the JUI-F, said the sources, adding that this was the second time the MMA faced such a situation. The JUI-F had previously backed down from the MMA decision to quit the assemblies, and now it disagrees with the alliance about holding rallies in the provinces where it has public support, said the sources.
They said that at the MMA Supreme Council meeting of December 7, the JUI-F had agreed to organise demonstrations, in collaboration with other opposition parties against the government, but it had now changed its decision.
Earlier, Hafiz Hussain Ahmed was supposed to attend the MMA Supreme Council meeting, but the JUI-F leadership later asked Abdul Ghafoor Haideri to attend in his stead. Hafiz Hussain is the only JUI-F leader who supports the decision to resign from the assemblies. “The JUI-F, fearing potential problems if Hafiz was at the meeting, decided to send Haideri instead,” the sources said.
|JUI-F serves notice on Hafiz|
|Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) has decided to serve show cause notice on Hafiz Hussain Ahmed for deciding to resign from the National Assembly without consulting the party leadership. A decision in this regard was taken at the JUI-F’s executive committee meeting here on Thursday, sources said. Hussain, an MNA from Balochistan and also deputy secretary general of the party, had handed his resignation to the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal leadership and had vowed that he would not reverse his decision.|
|Hafiz may be suspended from JUI-F|
|The central executive committee (CEC) of Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) will meet over two days here starting from December 4 to discuss the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal’s decision to quit the National Assembly in protest at the Women’s Protection Bill. Sources told Daily Times that the committee would also discuss what action to take against Hafiz Hussain Ahmed, the JUI-F leader who resigned from parliament immediately after the passage of the bill, without taking party leaders into confidence. A reported clash between Hafiz Hussain and Maulana Ghafoor Haidery, the party’s secretary general, during an MMA supreme council meeting will also come under discussion, the sources said. Maulana Sheerani, the JUI-F chief in Balochistan, and other top leaders of the JUI-F will press for suspension of Hafiz Hussain’s party membership, the sources said.|