|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|
|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.
|JI chief terms long march a drama|
|[Dawn] Amir on Friday termed the Dr Tahirul Qadri's long march a drama that ended up in a frightful manner with his agreement with the government in which none of his demands was met.|
Commenting on the agreement, the JI leader said Qadri who was overjoyed only a couple of days back on the Supreme Court's order for the arrest of the prime minister had finally accepted the script signed by the same premier.
Similarly, he said, Qadri was seen embracing and commending the same ministers and government representatives to whom he had been dubbing former ministers only two days back. Conversely, he said, the information minister who had been ridiculing Qadri in his talk with journalists a day earlier, was seen embracing him as a fast friend.
Hasan said Qadri had played with the sentiments of thousands of people, including womenfolk, and befooled them.
"Finally Qadri talked to the government team on the same terms upon which the government was ready to talk to him before his long march, and he also accepted government's conditions," he deplored.
The JI amir said the demand for dissolution of the Election Commission that had been set up with a consensus of all political parties and removal of the chief election commissioner was not only unconstitutional but also non-serious.
MWM: The Majlis-e-Wahdat-e- een on Friday criticised JUI-F Chief for opposing governor's rule in "As Fazl stated that there should be an in-house change instead of governor's rule in Balochistan, it seems that he is concealing facts about the government failure that caused the killing of scores of innocent people there during the last few years," says a .
|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.
|Jamaat steps up efforts to form poll alliance against MMA|
|[Dawn] The has intensified its efforts to form a broader electoral alliance of religious parties to counter -led Mutahidda Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) in the next general elections.|
The Jamaat organised Ulema and Mashaikh Convention here at Afghan Football Ground on Saturday that was attended by leaders of various religious parties and groups who don’t have representation in MMA.
A joint declaration, issued at the end of the convention, said that anti-America religious-political parties should go for a greater cooperation before next general elections to stop growing US interference in internal affairs of the country.
“This convention appeals to brave s of the country, especially people of , to use votes as a weapon in forthcoming elections to defeat the exposed and unexposed agents of America and western powers,” said the declaration.
Sources said that crucial meeting of religious parties and personalities would be held in Islamabad soon to decide parameters of the proposed electoral alliance.
An insider said that meeting of the likeminded parties had been delayed owing to absence of Maulana Sameeul Haq, who had gone to for performing Haj. The source did not rule out induction of other political parties, having anti-US stance, in the proposed alliance.
The convention was addressed by JI chief , JUI-S provincial chief Maulana Yousaf Shah, former MNA from Karak Maulana Shah Abdul Aziz Mujahid, Maulana Khalil Ahmad Mukhlis of JUI (ideological group), Maulana Mohammad Ismail Derwaish of Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat, Maulana Pir Mohammad Cheshti, a dissident of Jamaat Ulema-e-Pakistain (Noorani group), World Ulema and Mashiakh Council chairman Maulana Mohammad Shoaib and Jamaat Ittehad Ulema Pakistain president Maulana Abdul Malik.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman recently revived MMA without including JI and JUI-S in the alliance. He announced to contest next polls from the platform of MMA. Jamaat Ulema-e-Pakistain (JUP), Markazi Jamaat Ahl-e-Hadith, Islami Tehrik and a faction of JUI-S have joined the MMA.
The speakers at the convention strongly criticised Maulana Fazlur Rehman without mentioning his name and blamed him for sabotaging unity among religious parties.
Munawar Hassan said that MMA was dissolved in 2008 and now the alliance was restored without finding out causes of its dissolution. He said that MMA was formed to forge unity among s.
He said that his party wanted to ascertain the reasons and causes, which led to the disintegration of the six-party alliance. One major objective of the formation of MMA was that the component parties of the alliance would not cooperate with Asif Ali Zardari and other agents of America, he added.
|Police on guard as DPC holds anti-film march today|
|[Dawn] The is bracing for another protest march being organised by Difa-e-Pakistain Council (DPC) today (Monday) against the blasphemous film made in US and drone strikes in tribal area of the country.|
Capital city police have made elaborate arrangements to protect sensitive places and brought empty containers to be placed in front of the US Consulate late in the night to protect its building. The US diplomatic mission is situated in the cantonment area. One lane of the Khyber Road has already been blocked with containers.
The district administration has already declared the vicinity as a prohibited zone. A driver said that traffic police had impounded over 30 containers and parked them near the US consulate. A senior police officer said that security of the consulate was a major source of concern that was why additional security arrangements had been made.
The DPC, including 40 religious parties and banned outfits, has announced to take out a protest rally from 's provincial secretariat near Chamkani.
, , Maulana Mohammad Ahmad Ludhianvi and other leaders of the council would lead the rally. They would be taken to Karkhano Market adjacent to in a vehicular procession where the leaders would address workers.
Organisers insist that vehicular procession would be taken through Khyber Road and as such passing through the red zone, which houses the provincial secretariat, assembly, judicial complex and security installations.
Sources said that strict security arrangements had been made in view of the Sept 21 riots which rocked . Five people were killed and around 80 in the violence on the day. The mobsters also ransacked public and private properties and burnt cinema houses during the rioting. Police have procured footages of the protests and are looking for 46 suspects who allegedly ransacked properties.
District coordination officer Mohammad Javid Marwat and senior held a meeting with the council's leaders at Al Markaz-e-Islami on Sunday to persuade them to change route of the march. The district administration suggested them to use Sher Shah Suri Road or Ring Road, but they (organisers) did not agree.
"We can't change the route and will protest in front of the consulate before heading to Jamrud," said Beherullah, district president of Jamaat-e-Islami.
The DCO said that the council's leaders gave a firm assurance of holding a peaceful rally. He said that the marchers would be allowed to use a single lane of Khyber Road if they insisted to pass through it.
|Haqqani network has no presence in Pakistan: JI|
|[Dawn] central chief has said that Haqqani network has no presence in Pakistain.|
"It is based in Afghanistan and the US should encounter it there," he said.
Addressing a public gathering here on Sunday, the JI chief asked the authorities to stop military operation in tribal areas as innocent citizens were being killed in the action.
JI central deputy chief Sirajul Haq, provincial deputy chief Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, district chief Maulana Asadullah, Islami Jamaat Tulba central chief Zubair Safdar, Jamaat Tulba Arabia chief Mahmood Bashir, Sahibzada Yaqub Khan, Muzafar Syed, Saeed Gul, Izazul Afkari, Syed Sultanat Yar and Maulana Mohammad Ismail also spoke on the occasion.
The JI chief said that more than 350 drone strikes had been carried out so far in the tribal areas. Innocent citizens were killed in those attacks, he added.
Mr Hassan said that the US and forces were facing a historical defeat. Hatred against America, he said, was spreading in the entire world. "That is why now some elements in America and the west are making sacrilegious films and cartoons to defame s," he said.
He asked the authorities to immediately halt military operation in the tribal areas and settled districts of as it was not a solution to militancy.
The JI chief said that observing holiday and holding Seerat Conference at Islamabad by the government were fruitless as the world did not take any notice of the same. He said that government should expel the US ambassador from Pakistain.
Mr Hassan said that people wanted change in the country. He said that JI would promote Islamic culture through ballot instead of bullet.
Ruling out revival of Mutahidda Majlis-e-Amal, the JI chief alleged that all political parties were involved in corruption and lawlessness.
The JUI-F, he said, had been part of government for the last four and a half years but the situation there had been deteriorating with each passing day.
Addressing the gathering, Sirajul Haq demanded of the government to close the American embassy until the anti-Islam film was banned in Europe and America. He said that Organisation of the Islamic Conference should pressurise the UN to frame laws for imposing ban on blasphemous contents.
Criticising the ruling Awami National Party, Mr Haq alleged that blood was being shed since it had come into power. He said that lawlessness, price hike, selling of national institutions and corruption destroyed the country.
Mr Haq said that innocent citizens in to protect the US consulate and cinema houses. "Burning a cinema is a crime but killing a human is not a crime in the eyes of our rulers," he said.