|Syed Munawar Hassan||Syed Munawar Hassan||Jamaat-i-Islami||India-Pakistan||20020623|
|Syed Munawar Hassan||Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal||India-Pakistan||20020623|
|Syed Munawar Hassan||Jamaat-i-Islami Pakistan||Afghanistan/South Asia||20020418|
|IHC moved against Munawar for comments against Army|
|[Pak Daily Times] The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has been moved for restraining from acting as amir of (JI) for "ridiculing armed forces of Pakistain".|
Shahid Orakzai, through a petition filed on Tuesday, pleaded that statements given by Syed Munawar Hassan and silence of the government on this count can jeopardise national security. The court was told that Munawar Hassan was among the three persons who were nominated as guarantors by a private militia which accepts the responsibility for attacks on armed forces with pride. The respondent, he said, paid tribute to this militia and has dubbed violence committed by it as acts meant for safeguarding the ideological and geographical frontiers of the country.
The petitioner questioned whether any political party or its head is entitled to make religious announcements in connection with a war on their own. "If the high court accepts such right of any party then it should issue a certificate in this regard," he added.
|JI chief rapped over army remarks|
|[Pak Daily Times] Leaders of different political parties on Monday expressed their reservations on JI chieffor issuing a controversial statement against the martyred of armed forces and those who had laid down their lives in the war against terrorism. In his message on social website Twitter, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto said Hassan's statement was not a political one. He insulted our soldiers and praised the enemy. Army had every right to issue that statement, he tweeted. A day earlier, Bilawal had urged the Supreme Court (SC) to take suo moto notice on the statement The Awami National Party (ANP) asked the JI chief to review the controversial statement against the martyred of security forces. Talking to s outside the Parliament House, ANP leaders Zahid Khan and Afarasiab Khattak said their party had moved an adjournment motion against the JI in the Senate. They regretted that that -Fazl (JUI-F) and Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) had not yet responded to the statement of JI chief. Opposition leader in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah also criticised the JI Chief Manwar Hassan for issuing a controversial statement against the martyred of armed forces. "The statement of JI Chief has anguished the sentiments of the families of martyred, who have sacrificed their lives to safeguard frontiers of the motherland," he told s outside Parliament House. Shah said Munwar Hassan had declared Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) chief Hakeemullah Mehsood martyred while in past he had even said that he did not know him. Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) announced to stage nationwide protest against Munawar Hassan on coming Friday. Media reports said the SIC said in its statement that Munawar committed an act of treason, calling Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud a martyr. Majlis Wahdat-e- een (MWM) said that dead could not be declared as , JI chief should tender apology for controversial statements. Addressing a on Monday, MWM chief Allama Nasir Abbas Jafri said it is wrong to express sympathies for terrorists. Separately, a local Jirga in called for apology from Munawar Hasan for declaring as . The jirga, which was held in Naik Pekhel area of Swat on Monday, asked Hasan to backtrack from his controversial statement.|
|JI refuses to apologise; 'advises' army not to 'indulge in politics'|
|[Pak Daily Times] Undeterred by the ire of Pakistain Army and refusing to apologise, the (JI) has said that its ameer, 's statement regarding the Pakistain Army is correct and according to sharia.|
Munawar Hassan's recent controversial announcement to give certificate of martyrdom to Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud and derision of military personnel who have rendered sacrifices in the war against terrorists, drew strong ire of the army which asked the JI chief to tender an unconditional apology. Jamaat-e-Islami General Secretary Liaquat Baloch on Monday said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) had issued a political , which was unbecoming of a military force.
Responding to the ISPR over Munawar Hassan's remarks, Baloch said the army did not have the right to interfere in political affairs. He spoke with s following the meeting of the JI Majlis-e-Shura, which was also attended by Munawar Hassan. Baloch said the ISPR had issued a political to achieve a specific purpose. "The issue at hand is the closure of supplies and drone attacks."
The JI leader said his party was willing to offer any kind of sacrifice for the country. He said it has always rendered sacrifices to safeguard the ideological as well as geographical boundaries of the country and has always acknowledged Pakistain Army's sacrifices. Baloch said "we condemn Upper Dir and Salala incidents, but army has no right to question any political party directly". According to the JI leader, attention was being diverted to personal debates with a specific purpose.
Earlier on Monday, the JI chief said he stood by his statement in which he termed Mehsud a "martyr", as his party's Majlis-e-Shura (Advisory Council) met to discuss the issues of local bodies' elections, drone attacks and the controversy caused by the Mehsud remark. During the Majlis-e-Shura meeting, Baloch said the country would have to get out of the drone war in order to establish sustainable peace. He said that the JI chief did not attack the reputation of the army, therefore no questions should be aimed at his statements.
He further said that martyrdom was a dignified rank which could only be conferred by "none other than Allah". Baloch refused to answer questions put forward by media and wrapped up the presser by saying "the struggle will continue". The JI has decided to write to Prime Minister about the issue. Media reports said that the correspondence would ask Nawaz to ensure immediate ceasefire and dialogue with Taliban, while the party has also decided to condemn the ISPR statement against its chief.
|Govt to convene counter-terrorism APC on Sept 9|
|[Dawn] In a bid to evolve consensus on national counter-terrorism strategy, the Pakistan government has at last decided to convene a multi-party conference on September 9, DawnNews reported.|
Good symbolism. The 12-year anniversary of the assassination of Ahmed Shah Masood.
Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Thursday night contacted all key political leaders of the country and officially invited them to attend the important meeting.
Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamaat-e-Ulema Islam (all branches) might present a problem, since they're sponsors and enablers of terrorism.
PTI chief , Opposition Leader in NA Syed Khurshid Shah of PPP, MQM's Dr Farooq Sattar, JUI-F chief , Mehmood Khan Achakzai of PKMAP, JI chief Mir Hasil Bazinjo and Allama Sajid Mir were among those who were invited by the interior minister.
So you know they're gonna accomplish something substantive.
The moot was initially scheduled to take place on July 12. it was delayed because the government wanted to further fine tune the draft of its national security and counter-terrorism policy before tabling it at the conference.
There it can be contemptuously dismissed as an instrument of American imperialism.
The political leadership of Pakistan is expected to decide in the meeting whether to negotiate with Taliban militants or to use force to eradicate the menace of terrorism facing the country.
I'm guessing they're going to go for the negotiations route. That will put them on the back burner until the Americans are out of Afghanistan, at which point the Taliban wil take over to Obama's surprise, and the guys with turbans can then swarm across the LOC. They can have another war over Kargil or Siachen or someplace like that. Hafiz Saeed will howl for the use of nuclear weapons to avenge the blood of Moslems. Maybe they will this time and both Islamabad and Muzzafargah will be vaporized, the blood of their inhabitants along with them. Maybe Peshawar. Pakistain will lose the war. The turbans will return to plotting the next one.
Speaking to a press conference on July 4, Chaudhry Nisar said Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez and DG ISI Lt-Gen Zaheerul Islam would brief the party heads on security situation in different parts of the country in the conference, officially called by Prime Minister earlier on the same date.
|Jamaat for meaningful talks with Taliban|
|[Dawn] chief has said that government should take the offer of peace talks by Taliban seriously and hold meaningful dialogue with the s.|
Addressing an 'Eid Milan' party at Nishtar Hall here on Monday, he urged the government to take all stakeholders into confidence before holding negotiations with the Taliban, who renewed their offer for peace talks with the government recently.
"The government and Taliban should come with open mind for talks to restore lasting peace in the country," the JI leader said. A large number of JI workers attended the function, which was organised in connection with Eidul Fitr.
Mr Hassan blamed some secular forces for creating hurdles in negotiations with Taliban in tribal areas. "These forces should understand that if government can hold talks with hijackers then why not with Taliban," he said.
The JI leader said that government should take all stakeholders and political forces on board for the upcoming All Parties Conference (APC). He was of the view that APC should not be only a formality and the government should circulate its agenda among the stakeholders before the conference.
Mr Hassan said that government had yet to respond to the Taliban's offer. The reason, he said, was that the government might have been waiting for green signal from the US government. He said that America was trying to hold talks with Afghan Taliban in Doha (Qatar) while it opposed negotiations between Pakistain and local Taliban.
Mr Hassan also asked Taliban to explain their position before holding formal talks with the government. He said that coalition government in did not have the mandate to negotiate with Taliban. Only central government could do it, he added. provincial government should cooperate with the centre, he said.
|A mature response: Imran Khan's fall|
|[Dawn] IMRAN Khan's injuries resulting from a fall from a forklift during a poll rally in Lahore on Tuesday gave the nation some anxious moments and it was a moment of relief when doctors declared the PTI chief out of danger. Unfortunate though it was, such an accident was not entirely unexpected. The hair-raising somersault only underscored the utter disregard of safety measures in the boisterous rallies that are an essential feature of our electioneering. The threat to life doesn't come from the alone; the chaos that is the hallmark of all public activity in South Asia poses perhaps an equal threat to life and limb. Too many party workers and supporters want to be on the dais and be seen close to the leader, resulting in the kind of jostling and pushing witnessed on Tuesday evening.|
But what was a welcome departure from all the mudslinging that has characterised the campaigning was the mature response of politicians -- across the political spectrum -- to Mr Khan's plight. For instance, Mr Khan and had been at each other's throats even before the campaigns began. With the approach of election day, the vitriol had scaled new heights. on Tuesday, the PML-N chief announced the cancellation of all campaign activity for Wednesday. Mr Sharif had expressed similar solidarity with the Bhutto family on the of that had resulted in the postponement of polls by several weeks. Apart from Mr Sharif, messages of sympathy for the PTI leader poured in from other party heads and politicians. They ranged from political foes including Altaf Hussain and former prime minister to friends such as and Maulana , not to speak of . The MQM and the announced a halt to campaigning for a day, and , who is frequently criticised by the PTI, sent him a bouquet. Equally heartening was Mr Khan's own attitude as he spoke from his hospital bed, urging the people to cast their vote on May 11.
This maturity has been welcomed by a nation that often views its representatives with cynicism. one niggling thought remains. Why have many of the leaders moved by Tuesday's dreadful spectacle not shown the same sympathy for those killed and in the election rallies bombed by the TTP? Were these victims and their grieving relatives lesser human beings undeserving of solace because they belonged to the 'wrong' political parties?
|JI reiterates demand for troop deployment|
|[BETA.DAWN] The (JI) has reiterated its demand for deployment of army troops at polling stations in to ensure fair and transparent elections.|
Speaking at an election rally at Bagh-e-Jinnah here on Sunday, JI leaders said that fair and transparent elections were necessary for getting Karachi rid of and extortion.
They warned that if army troops were not deployed in Karachi the 'thappa mafia' would hijack the polls.
JI Amir said the future of the country was linked to fair elections.
Terming US intervention in the affairs of Pakistain the biggest problem faced by it, Mr Hassan said those who called themselves 'liberal' were in fact the supporters of the US policies and those who opposed US intervention were being called 'conservatives'.
"I want to make it clear to the so-called liberals that Pakistain was created so that [holy] Koran and Sunnah could be followed here," he remarked.
The JI chief held the PPP, and the Awami National Party responsible for lawlessness in Karachi, saying "they are reaping what they sowed".
He urged the people of Karachi to reject in the elections the parties whose members were involved in criminal activities. The JI wanted to make Karachi a peaceful city once again, he added.
|JI chief wants APC for the sake of polls|
|[Pak Daily Times] Jamaat-e-Islami chief Syed Munawar Hassan has called for an all-parties conference (APC) on the unfolding uncertain situation ahead of the general election to make the election a possibility.|
During his visit to Quetta on Monday, he met Jamhoori Watan Party chief Nawabzada Talal Akbar Bugti at the Bugti House where both the leaders deliberated on seat adjustment.
"A committee has been formed, comprising the representatives of both the parties, to evaluate the possible seat adjustment between the JI and the JWP," he said.
i.e., deciding who's going to win where.
He said that the postponement of election would bring very serious results, so the caretaker prime minister should hold an APC, ensuring the participation of the army and intelligence agencies, along with politicians, to make the general election a possibility.
|Jamaat-i-Islami wants to make Pakistan a model state similar to Medina|
|[Dawn] (JI) chief Monday presented a 29-point party manifesto for the upcoming general elections.|
The main points of the manifesto are that the JI wants to make Pakistain a model state similar to Medina, where everyone enjoys equal rights.
Sovereignty of the country was among the top priorities of the JI manifesto, whereas elimination of terrorism and lawlessness was also included.
The manifesto also stressed upon the agricultural amendments by eliminating feudal system adding elimination of unemployment and power crises.
The JI in its manifesto also expressed determination to activate industrial sector in every area of the country and introduce a revolutionary industrial programme.
|JI asks people to reject 'US agents' in elections|
|[Dawn] amir has said that failure of the two major parties to reach a consensus on caretaker prime minister shows the incompetence of their leadership. He asked people to reject 'US agents' in coming election.|
Mr Hassan was speaking at the two-day congregation of Jamaat Ishaat Touheed wa Sunnah (JITS) at Panjpir here on Saturday. Besides, Maulana Tayab Panjpeeri, chief of the JITS, the gathering was attended by its followers from all parts of , tribal belt and Punjab.
Earlier, the chiefs of the two religious parties held a meeting at Panjpir madrassa and discussed issues of mutual interests. The JITS has not participated in general election in past, but its leaders enjoys significant political and religious standing among masses.
Speaking at the congregation, the two leaders declared that they had been striving for the establishment of true Islamic system in the country. They said that other systems had failed in Pakistain and there was no need of more practices.
|APC calls for immediate peace talks with Pakistani Taliban|
|[Dawn] Pakistain's government should take immediate steps to initiate peace talks with Talibs, says a declaration by the All Parties Conference (APC) called to discuss ways to restore peace in the country's militancy-hit tribal areas.|
The APC, summoned by the -Fazl (JUI-F) and attended by major political parties and tribal leaders, also agreed on using the platform of a grand tribal jirga for peace negotiations with the Pak Talibs.
The declaration also agreed on expanding the membership of the grand jirga to include stakeholders representing all schools of thought.
The APC statement also emphasised on taking steps towards peace, keeping in consideration the law and the writ of the government.
The main ruling Pakistain People Party (PPP) and the leading opposition party, the Pakistain League-Nawaz (PML-N), assured their complete support for steps taken for the establishment of peace in the country.
Addressing the conference, PML-N President urged all political parties to play their due role in meeting challenges faced by the country.
Sharif said that the offer of dialogue by the Pak Taliban should be taken seriously. He said that today not only Pakistain, but the entire region was plagued by terrorism.
He congratulated the JUI-F for convening the APC, adding: "We should keep aside our political differences and play our due role in maintaining peace in the country."
PPP President Makhdoom Amin Faheem said that his party would support every step taken for peace in accordance with the Constitution.
Speaking earlier at the inaugural address of the APC, the JUI-F chief said that talks with Pak Talibs would be useless without taking the military into confidence. Fazl also stressed that peace in Pakistain's tribal region is closely linked to peace in neighbouring Afghanistan.
"Peace in the tribal areas is linked to peace in Afghanistan. We should put the past behind us and move forward towards peace talks," said Rehman.
Pakistain League-Quaid Secretary General Mushahid Hussain asked that if dialogue with India could be pursued, then why not with the Taliban.
The moot was also attended by Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, (JI) chief , MQM Deputy Convener Dr Farooq Sattar, PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, former Chief Minister Akram Durrani, Mehmood Achakzai of the Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PKMAP), tribal elders and other leaders.
|JI to attend JUI-F sponsored grand tribal moot|
|[Dawn] The (JI) has decided to participate in a soon-to-be-held grand tribal moot sponsored by -Fazl (JUI-F) to discuss the FATA situation and search out ways and means for restoring peace.|
This was announced by JI chief at a joint with his JUI-F counterpart on Saturday
Rehman visited Mansoora- the JI headquarters in Lahore- to invite the JI leadership at the All Parties Conference (APC) scheduled for Feb 28 in Islamabad.
Speaking to media representatives, Syed Munawar Hassan said the prevailing law and order situation called for a decisive dialogue with the Pak Taliban for restoration of peace. He said the government's attitude of ignoring the offer of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) and taking it as a sign of weakness was the worst example of indifference.
The JI chief said the federal as well as the provincial governments have failed to discharge their duties, therefore, the national leadership should step forward for restoration of peace in the country.
He said the country was facing terrorism and lawlessness, adding the whole nation wanted to get rid of terrorism at the earliest. The menace of terrorism had also given rise to the problems of price hike, energy crisis, unemployment and more, he said.
Hassan appreciated Fazlur Rehman's peace efforts and accepted the Islamabad moot invitation.
To a question, he said the JI had recommended the name of justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid as caretaker prime minister and added that now it was for Leader of the Opposition in NA Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to meet the prime minister and ensure the formation of caretaker setup.
Speaking on the occasion, Maulana Fazlur Rehman informed that the FATA tribes have formed a "Grand Jirga" for restoration of peace, and the Jirga had expressed the desire to meet national leaders for putting forth their proposals.
He said law and order was the biggest issue in the country. Houses are being demolished and innocent people are being killed in drone attacks, said the JUI-F chief. If the national leadership did not step forward, someone else might take the lead for selfish interests, he added.
The JUI-F delegation also included Maulana , Maulana Attaur Rahman, Maulana Amjad Khan and Riaz Durrani.
JI deputy chiefs Dr Muhammad Kamal, Sirajul Haq, JI Secretary General Liaqat Baloch, and JI KP chief Prof Muhammad Ibrahim Khan were also present on the occasion.