Sunni Tehreek lauds army operation against Taliban, terms it jihad
Sunni Tehreek has declared the army's anti-Taliban operation a jihad and has appealed to the nation to render all possible support as they did during the 1965 war.

"We welcome the military operation against these extremists," Sunni Tehreek chief Sarwat Aijaz Qadri said on Saturday. He announced his support for Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's call for countrywide Save Pakistan rallies, conventions and seminars. "The Taliban have tried to change the geography and ideology of Pakistan, therefore, it is the responsibility of all citizens to oppose them and defend our nation," Qadri vowed.

"The Pakistan Army, through this operation, has proved that we are a peace-loving nation but will not tolerate the brutalities of the Taliban," he said. He added that the Taliban and their allies have assassinated several Sunni scholars and custodians of shrines.

"The army's operation is against the followers of Satan who are carrying out Satan's work by killing innocent Muslims and bombing shrines and holy places," he stated.

"What sort of Islam does the Taliban want to impose in Pakistan? Does their Islam allow the killing of innocent Muslims and bombing of shrines of great Muslim saints who preached the true essence of our religion?" questioned Qadri.

"The Taliban's activities are enough and adequate proof that they are enemies of Islam. Pakistan needs true Sufism, not Moulvi Sufi Mohammad-ism," he said.

Posted by: Fred 2009-05-10