Lunatics taking over the asylum -- Hina Hafeezullah Ishaq
[Pak Daily Times] Munawwar Hasan, the Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami
...The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
(JI) has made the headlines again. I suspect that he was feeling a bit left out with all attention being showered on another Maulana of a different group, Jamaat-e-Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl. In order to outshine Maulana 'Diesel' who, drawing on his vast reservoir of knowledge, recently stated for the ignorant and imbecile Pak nation that "even a dog killed by the US is a martyr", the JI Maulana has declared that Hakeemullah Mehsud, the chief of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP), a recent target of a US drone, is a 'shaheed' (martyr). Had the Ameer's 'ilm' (knowledge) stopped here, many of us would have chosen to ignore this, but it was not to be. In order to go one up on the JUI (F), he elaborated that the soldiers who had laid down their lives defending our country, were not shaheed. To be precise, it was in response to the question: "Whether we should consider the Pak soldiers who die while fighting the TTP shaheed or not?" posed by Saleem Safi in his TV programme. Maulana Hasan stated that since Americans who die fighting in this area are not shaheed, rather they are perceived as having died a "zillat ke maut" (ignominious death), how can anyone who supports the US, logistically and otherwise, and fights alongside them for fulfilling their goals, be a shaheed? If an American cannot be a shaheed, then neither can the other!

I am unable to tame my sense of disgust. I cannot but help recall that this is the same maulana who a while back said that rape victims should keep their mouths shut unless they can provide four witnesses in their support. Is not shaheed a person who dies fighting for a just cause? Are not those slaughtering people, blowing up innocent women, children and men, killing and maiming mercilessly, pure evil?

The Pakistain army through a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has condemned Munawwar Hasan's statement, terming it 'misguided and self-serving' and an insult to the deaders and their families. The army has asked for an unconditional apology. There has been widespread protest against Hasan's statement as well as a visit by Prime Minister (PM) 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...
to GHQ to pay tribute to the deaders. The PM House issued a statement stating: "Those who have fought for Pakistain, the shaheed (deaders) and ghazis (living), have sacrificed their today for ensuring a better tomorrow for our future generations. All of them are our benefactors."
Posted by: Fred 2013-11-15