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India-Pakistan
Partying with jihadis
2016-08-27
[DAWN] FOR many years now, the Pak military has been criticised for supporting violent jihadi groups. And liberals can be forgiven for having strong feelings on the subject. During the 1990s, when the Kashmire insurgency was in full swing, the liberals repeatedly predicted a backlash. The number of people killed by jihadists since then -- including many in the army -- shows that the liberals’ warnings were well founded.

But the military has not been alone in indulging the men of violence. Civilian leaders too have cut deals with jihadis who, if circumstances permitted, would like to see those politicians not only out of power but dead and buried too. And this is not a point that favours one party over the others: all the mainstream parties have made compromises with the murderous Moslems.

The most obvious recent example concerns the decision of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
provincial administration to grant $3 million to Samiul Haq
...the Godfather of the Taliban, leader of his own faction of the JUI. Known as Mullah Sandwich for his habit of having two young boys at a time...
’s Haqqani madressah. Lest anyone be in any doubt about where Samiul Haq stands on matters of contemporary politics, his recently published book claims that the Afghan Taliban provided good government; that the late Osama bin Laden
... who used to be alive but now he's not...
was an "ideal man" and that Al Qaeda was a figment of the Western imagination.

Perhaps more importantly, some of those who assassinated Benazir Bhutto
... 11th Prime Minister of Pakistain in two non-consecutive terms from 1988 until 1990 and 1993 until 1996. She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of the Pakistain People's Party, who was murdered at the instigation of General Ayub Khan. She was murdered in her turn by person or persons unknown while campaigning in late 2007. Suspects include, to note just a few, Baitullah Mehsud, General Pervez Musharraf, the ISI, al-Qaeda in Pakistain, and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, who shows remarkably little curiosity about who done her in...
met in his madressah whilst planning the attack. And Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who ain't the sharpest bulb on the national tree...
has form in this area. When, in 2013, he agreed to head up the Pakistain Taliban’s negotiating team he demonstrated not only that he thought peace could be achieved through dialogue but also that he was willing to represent and speak for the TTP.

But it is not fair to single out the PTI leader. After all, in 2010 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....

provincial administration gave $1m to institutions linked to Jamaat-ud-Dawa
...the front organization of Lashkar-e-Taiba...
. In the same year, files recovered from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad
... A pleasant city located only 30 convenient miles from Islamabad. The city is noted for its nice weather and good schools. It is the site of Pakistain's military academy, which was within comfortable walking distance of the residence of the late Osama bin Laden....
reportedly revealed that as Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif
...Pak dynastic politician, brother of PM Nawaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab...
suggested the Pakistain government was ready to re-establish "normal relations" with the Pak Taliban as long as it did not conduct operations in Punjab. And there have been compromises within Punjab as well. In the run-up to the 2013 election there were widespread reports of a seat adjustment deal between the PML-N and ASWJ. Faced with criticism about these arrangements, some PML-N spokesmen did not issue a denial but argued instead that PPP exhibited a blatant double standard on the issue because it had done much the same thing in 2008.

Certainly, the PPP has on occasion helped hardliners. Given what happened in Islamabad in 2007, it is astonishing that, today, Abdul Aziz Ghazi is not only back in charge of the Lal Masjid
...literally the Red Mosque, located in Islamabad and frequented by all sorts of high govt officials. The proprietors, Ghazi Abdul Rasheed and Maulana Abdul Aziz Ghazi, unleashed their Islamic storm troopers on the city, shutting down whorehouses and beating people up who weren't devout enough. The Musharraf govt put an end to the nonsense by besieging the place. Abdul Aziz Ghazi was nabbed while he was trying to escape dressed up like a girl. BBC reported that the corpse count at 173, but other claims, usually hysterical, say there were up to 1000 titzup. Among their number was Abdul Rashid Ghazi. Everyone then said tut-tut and what a nice guy he had been...
but also drawing a state salary. As a recent independent documentary, Among the Believers, has recorded, it is not as if Abdul Aziz Ghazi has changed his view on the need to overthrow the government and impose Sharia: "if you think you can change us, forget it," he said.

And yet while Asif Ali Zardari was president the authorities not only oversaw the rehabilitation of Abdul Aziz Ghazi but went as far as offering him land for a new madressah on the edge of Islamabad. The idea, it seems, was that Lal Masjid needed to be compensated for the destruction it had brought upon itself.

These examples of civilian willingness to do business with violent jihadis suggest that they should not be taken too seriously when they criticise the army for doing much the same thing. Yet there is an important difference between the two. Ever since 1947-48, when the state connived in allowing Pakhtun rustics to go on jihad in Kashmire, the military has perceived the jihadis as a strategic asset that can help achieve various policy objectives. And some objectives have been achieved. The successful Mujahideen campaign against the Soviets in Afghanistan demonstrated that the violent jihadis can serve a purpose.

The politicians have different motives. Some are simply trying to protect themselves. After all, anyone extending favours to the jihadi leadership must calculate that there will be an improved chance that they won’t be the victim of an attack. But it’s not just a case of avoiding physical harm. There is also the grubby business of political advantage. Politicians on all sides have calculated that if securing power depends on reaching a deal with the religious hardliners then it’s a price well worth paying.

For millions of Paks who are not at the top of the various power structures, it might seem obvious enough that people who use violence to secure their objectives should be opposed. But most of those who have held power in Pakistain seem to have seen it differently. And while the military is often criticised for sponsoring jihadis, it’s only fair to point out that the politicians have themselves repeatedly appeased them.
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Afghanistan
Communists would have occupied Pakistan had the Afghans not stopped them: Samiul Haq
2016-08-20
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A prominent Pak politician and religious scholar Maulana Samiul Haq
...the Godfather of the Taliban, leader of his own faction of the JUI. Known as Mullah Sandwich for his habit of having two young boys at a time...
has said the communists would have occupied Pakistain had the Afghans not stopped them.

Samiul Haq who is considered as the father of the Taliban group made the remarks as the Pak authorities have stepped up crackdown on the Afghan refugees which he called a bad policy.

He was speaking at a meeting with elders of the Afghan refugees here, insisting that the act would render the sacrifices of Paks meaningless.

"The forced repatriation and the law-enforcement agencies personnel’s harsh treatment of Afghan refugees would spoil the sacrifices Paks rendered by hosting the Afghans during the last more than 30 years," he was quoted as saying in a report by The News Internaitonal.

Samiul Haq further added that the Afghans laid down their lives to stop the invading forces of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan from intruding into and occupying other Islamic countries of the region.He said the communists would have occupied Pakistain had the Afghans not stopped them in Afghanistan.

He also claimed that the anti-Moslem powers wanted to pitch the Afghans and Paks against each other.

Assuring the Afghan elders to taCommunists would have occupied Pakistain had the Afghans not stopped them: Samiul Haqke up the issue with the civil and military leadership in Pakistain, Samiul Haq asked the Ulema across the country to inform the people about the consequences of the policy of unfriendly attitude towards the Afghan refugees for peace in Pakistain and the region.
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India-Pakistan
Fazl rules out possibility of coup in country
2016-07-18
[DAWN] PESHAWAR: Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...Assembly of Islamic Clergy, or JUI, is a Pak Deobandi (Hanafi) political party. There are two main branches, one led by Maulana Fazlur Rahman, and one led by Maulana Samiul Haq. Fazl is active in Pak politix and Sami spends more time running his madrassah. Both branches sponsor branches of the Taliban, though with plausible deniability...
-Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
has ruled out possibility of military coup in the country.

"I don’t see any possibility of military takeover in the country, no doubt Army Chief Gen Raheel Sharif
..Pak chief of army staff, meaning he pulls the strings on the Nawaz Sharif puppet to make it dance and sing and not do much at all....
is a popular commander," he said in reply to a question put to him during a presser here on Tuesday.

He lauded the Turkish people and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
... Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him...
for foiling the coup in The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
The JUI-F chief said that some elements tried to instigate the army for takeover by displaying portraits of Gen Raheel across the country. He said that those elements attempted to make Gen Raheel controversial.

"Those, who displayed portraits of Gen Raheel, should be tried under Article 6 of the Constitution," he demanded, adding that those elements had harmed the army chief through displaying his portraits.

There was need of strict action against those elements, who had invited the army chief to take over, he said.

Mr Fazl said that abortive military coup in Turkey was an international conspiracy.

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India-Pakistan
Taliban madrassah agreed to reforms in return for Rs300m: Imran Khan
2016-06-25
[DAWN] Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
(PTI) chairman Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who who convinced himself that playing cricket qualified him to lead a nuclear-armed nation with severe personality problems...
on Friday said Darul Uloom Haqqania
...an Islamic seminary located in Akora Khattak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The seminary propagates the Deobandi trend of Sunni Islam and is headed by Maulana Samiul Haq, known as the Godfather of the Taliban. It has been dubbed The University of Jihad due to the methods and content of instruction along with the future occupations of its alumni....
agreed to implement reforms in return for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
(KP) government's budget allocation of Rs300 million for the religious seminary.

The seminary is located in Nowshera district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and currently run by Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...the political wing of the Pak Taliban...
-Sami chief Maulana Samiul Haq
...the Godfather of the Taliban, leader of his own faction of the JUI. Known as Mullah Sandwich for his habit of having two young boys at a time...
. It has faced several controversies in the past as its students Abdullah alias Saddam Nadir alias Qari Ismail, Rasheed alias Turabi and Faiz Muhammad have been accused of involvement in the murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto
... 11th Prime Minister of Pakistain in two non-consecutive terms from 1988 until 1990 and 1993 until 1996. She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of the Pakistain People's Party, who was murdered at the instigation of General Ayub Khan. She was murdered in her turn by person or persons unknown while campaigning in late 2007. Suspects include, to note just a few, Baitullah Mehsud, General Pervez Musharraf, the ISI, al-Qaeda in Pakistain, and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, who shows remarkably little curiosity about who done her in...
. The seminary is also said to be the alma mater of many prominent Afghan Taliban leaders.

"Musharraf received billions from the west for madressah reform and even Maulana Samiul Haq was approached but he rejected the grant, now they are ready for reforms as they trust PTI's government," Imran Khan told journalists during a presser in Islamabad.

Imran added that progressive reforms are being implemented to better integrate seminary students in to the mainstream, and said those opposing such moves know "little of Pak society."

"Are millions of students studying in these seminaries terrorists?"

The PTI chief further added he has asked the KP government to conduct a presser to better explain the grant.

Related: Imran defends KP govt's Rs300m grant for Darul Uloom Haqqania

When asked if he will visit PM when he returns to Pakistain, as the PM visited him when he fell from the container, the PTI chief stated he has sent flowers to the PM and would have visited him "if he were treated in a Pak hospital."
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India-Pakistan
Funds for madressah
2016-06-24
[DAWN] DOLING out public funds to forward political agendas is a well-established practice in Pakistain. Out of many such instances, one particular political donation has been in the news of late. According to reports, the PTI-led KP government has put aside Rs300m for Darul Uloom Haqqania
...an Islamic seminary located in Akora Khattak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The seminary propagates the Deobandi trend of Sunni Islam and is headed by Maulana Samiul Haq, known as the Godfather of the Taliban. It has been dubbed The University of Jihad due to the methods and content of instruction along with the future occupations of its alumni....
, located in Akora Khattak, from the recently passed provincial budget. Party and government officials have defended the ’donation’ in the name of bringing the seminary -- overseen by Maulana Samiul Haq
...the Godfather of the Taliban, leader of his own faction of the JUI. Known as Mullah Sandwich for his habit of having two young boys at a time...
, who runs his own faction of the Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...the political wing of the Pak Taliban...
-- into the mainstream. Apparently, the funds will be spent on construction and repairs at the seminary. However,
some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go...
this ’donation’ has raised hackles, as questions of propriety and conflict of interest arise.

For one thing, the madressah is a private institution. Critics are right to ask why a private set-up is receiving a large amount of public funds. After all, the KP budget is financed by the taxpayer; it is not the funds of the PTI that are being provided to the Darul Uloom, but of the people of the province. Also, if the KP administration justifies providing government funds to a private madressah, what of the other private institutions in the province; will they also be entitled to financial support from the state? Even if the seminary did not have links to hard-line circles -- as it very much does -- it would be difficult to justify this transfer of funds. Moreover, the Darul Uloom is a highly political seminary, a veritable arm of the JUI-S. Samiul Haq is also a rival of the JUI faction led by Maulana Fazlur Rahman, who in turn has a toxic rivalry with the PTI. So the financial support can be seen as supporting the ’enemy’ of the KP government’s ’enemy’, while the madressah is located in district Nowshera, the home district of the KP chief minister, which raises issues of conflict of interest. The decision to grant the seminary state funds should be revisited as it sets a negative precedent and politicises public funds.
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India-Pakistan
Imran defends KP govt's Rs300mn grant for Darul Uloom Haqqania
2016-06-23
[DAWN] Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
(PTI) chairman Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who ain't the sharpest bulb on the national tree...
on Monday defended Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
(KP) government's budget allocation of Rs300 million for religious seminary Darul Uloom Haqqania
...an Islamic seminary located in Akora Khattak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The seminary propagates the Deobandi trend of Sunni Islam and is headed by Maulana Samiul Haq, known as the Godfather of the Taliban. It has been dubbed The University of Jihad due to the methods and content of instruction along with the future occupations of its alumni....
In an interview with Geo News, Imran Khan said the funds and support will help the seminary students assimilate in our society, bring them in to the mainstream and keep them away from radicalisation.

"The same Darul Uloom was supported and financed by ANP, even the late Wali Khan went there," said the PTI chief.

Imran elaborated that when the Taliban were opposing the anti-polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
campaign in the province and were killing polio workers, Maulana Samiul Haq
...the Godfather of the Taliban, leader of his own faction of the JUI. Known as Mullah Sandwich for his habit of having two young boys at a time...
(head of Darul Uloom Haqqania) supported him and launched a polio-immunisation campaign.

The KP government set aside a grant of Rs300 million for the construction and rehabilitation of the Darul Uloom Haqqania in Akora, Khattak, in the annual provincial budget for the upcoming fiscal year angering both Awami National Party
founded by Abdul Wali Khan in 1986. Part of the PPP-led cabinet 2008-13. The ANP is considered left wing, advocating for secularism, democratic socialism, public sector government, and economic egalitarianism....
(ANP) and Pakistain Peoples Party (PPP).

The seminary, located in Nowshera district and currently run by Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...the political wing of the Pak Taliban...
-Sami chief Maulana Samiul Haq, has faced controversy in the past as its students have been accused of involvement in the murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto
... 11th Prime Minister of Pakistain in two non-consecutive terms from 1988 until 1990 and 1993 until 1996. She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of the Pakistain People's Party, who was murdered at the instigation of General Ayub Khan. She was murdered in her turn by person or persons unknown while campaigning in late 2007. Suspects include, to note just a few, Baitullah Mehsud, General Pervez Musharraf, the ISI, al-Qaeda in Pakistain, and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, who shows remarkably little curiosity about who done her in...
However,
there's more than one way to stuff a chicken...
the seminary administration denied having any connection with the suspects.
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India-Pakistan
Every drop of blood to be avenged: Nawaz Sharif
2015-12-17
[Khaleej Times] Peshawar: Pakistain's leader called on Wednesday for vengeance under portraits of children killed by Taliban bullets as the country marked the first anniversary of a school massacre that left 151 people dead in its worst-ever krazed killer attack.
Are they gonna put Samiul Haq in charge of the vengeance?
Families of the victims along with military and politicians attended an emotional ceremony at the army-run school in of 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.
to mark the assault, which mostly claimed the lives of schoolchildren and has been termed a "mini-9/11" for the country.
Children are usually easier targets. Adults can be armed and dangerous.
Relatives were accompanied by students bearing images of their loved ones as they spoke one by one of children with bright smiles who worried about their hair and handwriting but had dreams of being artists and engineers.
If they'd dreamed about growing up to be jihadis maybe they'd have lived to detonate their own vests.
"My children, today I make this promise to you, that I will take Dire Revenge for every drop of your blood," Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
... served two non-consecutive terms as prime minister, heads the Pakistain Moslem League (Nawaz). Noted for his spectacular corruption, the 1998 Pak nuclear test, border war with India, and for being tossed by General Musharraf...
said, addressing the victims directly.
"Yeah. Trust me on this."
The ceremony, which a military official said was attended by some 2,500 guests including celebrities and sports stars, was broadcast live on state television.
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
Powerful military chief Raheel Sharif
..Pak chief of army staff, meaning he pulls the strings on the Nawaz Sharif puppet to make it dance and sing and not do much at all....
and opposition leader Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who ain't the sharpest bulb on the national tree...
were also in attendance.
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India-Pakistan
MQM opts out of dialogue again, says resignations final
2015-09-04
[DAWN] Muttahida Qaumi Movement
...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead...
(MQM) in an emergency presser called early Thursday morning announced its decision to withdraw from talks with the government once again, alleging that the government was not serious about the dialogue process.

The party had simultaneously resigned from the National Assembly, Senate and the Sindh Assembly last month over what it said were "excesses" committed by security forces against its workers and members during the Rangers-led operation in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
.

Following the party's resignation from the three legislative floors, the government was reluctant in accepting the resignations and tasked Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...Assembly of Islamic Clergy, or JUI, is a Pak Deobandi (Hanafi) political party. There are two main branches, one led by Maulana Fazlur Rahman, and one led by Maulana Samiul Haq. Fazl is active in Pak politix and Sami spends more time running his madrassah. Both branches sponsor branches of the Taliban, though with plausible deniability...
--Fazl chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
to hold talks with MQM in an attempt to persuade the party to withdraw its resignations.

But talks broke down abruptly almost immediately after they began when an liquidation attempt was made in Karachi on MQM MNA Rashid Godil, whose driver was killed in the gun attack. The attack had happened as Maulana was holding talks with an MQM delegation at Nine Zero in Karachi.
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India-Pakistan
Afghanistan urges Sami to push for resumption of Taliban peace talks
2015-08-09
[DAWN] Afghanistan has sought the help of Maulana Samiul Haq
...the Godfather of the Taliban, leader of his own faction of the JUI. Known as Mullah Sandwich for his habit of having two young boys at a time...
to urge the Taliban to resume the Pakistain-brokered peace talks, which had been halted after the announced death of Taliban chief Mullah Omar
... a minor Pashtun commander in the war against the Soviets who made good as leader of the Taliban. As ruler of Afghanistan, he took the title Leader of the Faithful. The imposition of Pashtunkhwa on the nation institutionalized ignorance and brutality in a country already notable for its own fair share of ignorance and brutality...
Afghanistan's ambassador in Pakistain, Janan Mosazai, along with a delegation met the Maulana, who is the chief of his own faction of Jamaat-e-Ulema-e-Islam, and held a six-hour long meeting with him in Nowshera, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
.

Sources say the Afghan ambassador conveyed President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
's message to Sami, requesting him to play his role in resumption of the suspended talks with Afghan Taliban.

Talking to media, Mosazai said Samiul Haq enjoys great support in Afghanistan and Pakistain, and confirmed that he requested the holy man to play his role for peace in the region.

The holy man, who runs the famous Darul Uloom Haqqania
...an Islamic seminary located in Akora Khattak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The seminary propagates the Deobandi trend of Sunni Islam and is headed by Maulana Samiul Haq, known as the Godfather of the Taliban. It has been dubbed The University of Jihad due to the methods and content of instruction along with the future occupations of its alumni....
, appreciated Mosazai's struggle for restoration of peace in Afghanistan and agreed to play his role in the matter.

On Aug 6, Maulana Samiul Haq, an influential figure among members of the Taliban on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistain border, himself had urged the newly declared head of the group, Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour, to sit down with rivals who have challenged his right to leadership.

"I would arrange for members of the two rival factions together to sit down in front of each other, ‎and in the presence of other leading religious scholars, we would listen to both sides and overcome this issue amicably," he told media.

Pakistain had hosted a meeting between the Afghan government and Afghan Taliban representatives in Murree on July 7, 2015, which was also attended by representatives from China and the United States.

The second round of the talks, which was scheduled to be held in Pakistain on July 31, 2015 was postponed after reports regarding the death of Mullah Omar and the ensuing leadership crisis among Taliban.
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Afghanistan
'Father of Taliban' Sami ul-Haq pledge allegiance to Mullah Mansoor
2015-08-07
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] An influential Pak religious scholar who was once labelled as the 'Father of Taliban' has pledged allegiance to the newly appointed Taliban supreme leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor.

Several other religious holy mans from Afghanistan and Pakistain pleged allegiance to Mullah Mansoor during a gathering presided over by Maulana Sami ul-Haq.

The holy mans were associated with Darul Uloom Haqqania
...an Islamic seminary located in Akora Khattak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The seminary propagates the Deobandi trend of Sunni Islam and is headed by Maulana Samiul Haq, known as the Godfather of the Taliban. It has been dubbed The University of Jihad due to the methods and content of instruction along with the future occupations of its alumni....
in Akora Khattak in the Nowshera district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
province of Pakistain.

The former Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is said to have graduated from the 4,000-student religious seminary along with several top cadres of the Afghan Taliban.

According to the Pak media reports, Maulana Sami ul-Haq along with the other holy mans called upon Afghan Ulema and people to forge unity in their ranks and submit to the leadership of Mullah Mansoor in order to 'foil the designs of infidels'.

Mullah Omar
... a minor Pashtun commander in the war against the Soviets who made good as leader of the Taliban. As ruler of Afghanistan, he took the title Leader of the Faithful. The imposition of Pashtunkhwa on the nation institutionalized ignorance and brutality in a country already notable for its own fair share of ignorance and brutality...
was mysteriously killed in a hospital in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
city of Pakistain in the month of April in 2013, according to the Afghan intelligence and top Taliban capo Mansoor Dadullah.

Taliban formally confirmed the death of Mullah Omar by issuing a statement last week and later announced the Mullah Mansoor was appointed as the group's new supreme leader.

Reports regarding the death of Mullah Omar emerged last week suggesting Pakistain have confirmed the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar to the Afghan government.

Mullah Omar's death was first confirmed by a splinter group of the Taliban -- Afghanistan Islamic Movement Fidai Mahaz, which claimed that he was assassinated Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor and Gull Agha.
Gul Agha Sherzai gave the Talibs their start, when they strung up some of his ruthless henchmen for raping young girls. He resumed his seat as governor of Kandahar under the early Karzai regime. Karzai appointed somebody else and Gul Agha chased him off. He later tried to establish himself in Herat and that didn't work, and I think he went from there to Khost. Anything they say against him I'm willing to believe. I'm sure he keeps a villain suit in his closet.
The group's front man Qari Hamza said Mullah Omar was killed two years ago in the same month of July.

Hamza claimed that the group has evidences to prove their claims that Mullah Omar was killed by Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor and Gull Agha.
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India-Pakistan
Ulema against polio
2015-08-07
[DAWN] PARENTAL refusals continue to be a worrying factor in the drive against polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
in Pakistain. As reported in this paper yesterday, during the last vaccination campaign in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
, parents of over 21,000 children refused to allow their offspring to be inoculated against the crippling disease. Of these, 21pc declined on religious grounds. This was pointed out during a meeting in Quetta that provincial health officials held with prominent intellectuals and Learned Elders of Islam. With a vaccination drive scheduled to start soon in Balochistan, the religious leaders were asked to play a proactive role, particularly in the high-risk Quetta block, which includes Quetta, Pishin and Killa Abdullah districts. Significantly, these areas were the most affected by polio last year in the province which recorded around 25 polio cases. The religious leaders present at the meeting reaffirmed their continued support for the polio eradication campaign.

However,
if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
the clergy needs to do far more than mouthing platitudes and giving reassurances. It has considerable sway over societal attitudes to education and healthcare, particularly in the country's more conservative areas. Vaccination against polio is no exception. In fact, religious sentiment has been especially exploited on this issue by bully boyz to derail the anti-polio effort, render the work of vaccinators exceedingly dangerous and even justify the murder of around 70 polio workers and members of their security detail since 2012. Religious leaders can play a vital role to change the narrative and counter those peddling disinformation. However,
if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
the endeavour must be sustained and relentless enough to develop critical mass. In 2013, hard-line holy man Maulana Samiul Haq
...the Godfather of the Taliban, leader of his own faction of the JUI. Known as Mullah Sandwich for his habit of having two young boys at a time...
issued a fatwa urging parents to have their children vaccinated against polio; he later appeared in a photo-op with PTI chief Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who ain't the sharpest bulb on the national tree...
who administered anti-polio drops to his grandson. Aside from dramatic visuals, such one-stop, flash-in-the-pan efforts achieve little of substance. Pakistain's clergy could look to the stunning success in polio eradication by India where Learned Elders of Islam committees -- including representatives of various Moslem sects as well as a doctor -- were formed to address parental reservations regarding vaccination, reportedly found most often among Moslem communities. The strategy is often cited as having played a definitive role in India's campaign. Meanwhile,
...back at the shouting match, Bart was wondering if fisticuffs would be appropriate at this point...
although authorities in Pakistain have even jugged
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
parents/guardians for refusing to get their children inoculated against polio, they could perhaps -- as a somewhat less draconian sanction -- also consider linking the issuance or renewal of certain documents to parents allowing their children to be vaccinated.
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Religious minorities feel insecure in the country, NA told
2015-03-17
[DAWN] Members of opposition and treasury benches in the National Assembly on Monday said religious minorities are feeling insecure in the country due to the deteriorating law and order situation.

Commenting in the National Assembly regarding the terrorist attacks on churches in Lahore, Pakistain Peoples Party (PPP) MNA Syed Naveed Qamar said on Monday: "Government has failed to control terrorism as murderous Moslems are able to strike at any place". The forces of Evil carried out suicide kaboom on churches to defame Pakistain, he added.

Muttahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) politician Syed Asif Hasnain said the terrorist attacks on minorities are damaging the image of the country, while the people have started to believe that Pakistain is no more a secure country for the minorities.

Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...Assembly of Islamic Clergy, or JUI, is a Pak Deobandi (Hanafi) political party. There are two main branches, one led by Maulana Fazlur Rahman, and one led by Maulana Samiul Haq. Fazl is active in Pak politix and Sami spends more time running his madrassah. Both branches sponsor branches of the Taliban, though with plausible deniability...
-Fazl (JUI-F) politician Asiya Ansar said it was the responsibility of intelligence agencies to counter such heinous plans as people have been facing terrorism for over a decade now.

She said minorities are feeling insecure in their own country. "People believe they will fail to get justice that's why they are taking law in their own hands," the JUI-F MNA said.

Ruling party's MNA Khalil George demanded of the government to establish a separate task force to protect worship places across the country.

"The media should call those as 'deaders' who bit the dust in the forces of Evil attack in Lahore," he requested.
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