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|MMA wants elections to be declared ‘null and void’|
|[DAWN] The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) has called for declaring the entire electoral exercise "null and void" and rejected the results outright.|
Speaking to Dawn after a meeting of the alliance on Thursday, MMA’s secretary general Liaquat Baloch said that after reviewing the post-election situation, the MMA leadership had decided to convene a multi-party conference (MPC) in Islamabad on Friday (today) to thrash out a joint strategy.
The recently revived alliance of five religio-political parties suffered a drubbing in the elections and even its chief,
|JI for solution to moon-sighting issue|
|[DAWN] Liaquat Baloch says the split in the Eid celebrations on sectarian grounds in this age of advance science has made the nation a laughing stock. acting Emir |
Speaking at an Iftar dinner in the city on Sunday, he stressed that the federal and provincial governments should resolve the issue of moon-sighting on a permanent basis with the consultation of religious scholars.
Mr Baloch said the government had made the month of Ramazan and its different forms of worship a joke and its attitude was almost criminal.
he said, the poor and sincere people would be duly rewarded by Allah for their noble deeds during the sacred month.
|KP treasury, opposition mulling joint candidates for Senate polls|
|[DAWN] provincial chief Professor Ibrahim Khan on Tuesday said the ruling and opposition parties in the Assembly were considering fielding joint candidates for Senate elections to discourage horse trading.|
Addressing a news conference here at the party's provincial secretariat, Professor Ibrahim said central general secretary of his party Liaquat Baloch met Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in on Monday and discussed the strategy for the March 3 Senate polls.
|New JI leader from KP raises worries for some|
|[Dawn] The election of new chief of from may not be a coincidence, as political analysts feel that groundwork for strengthening the party in the militancy infested region had started in 1980s.|
The election of KP Senior Minister Sirajul Haq as the new JI chief has created apprehensions among many as the JI leadership shifted from urbanised scholarly figures to a comparatively younger member hailing from a remote district who physically participated in holy war against Soviet forces in Afghanistan in 1980s.
Founded by Syed Abul Ala Maududi, a scholar, theologian and socio-political philosopher in Lahore in 1941, JI was considered as an urban based and educated middle class party having roots in big cities like and Lahore.
Political analysts say that JI -- which was led by who belonged to a small town of Nowshera district for 22 years, more than Maulana Maududi -- has changed the Jamaat from a mainstream party to a regional entity.
Prof Ijaz Khattak, who teaches in University of 's International Relations Department, says there is a visible change in the character of the JI, which had sufficient vote bank and street power in Karachi and Lahore.
"JI, which was dominated by the urban based educated middle class, has now been confined to a small mountainous district like Lower Dir and has been taken over by Pakhtuns," he observed, adding that feudal class which has its own mentality and thinking has also made inroads in JI.
"It was expected that will galvanise the party in urban areas, but he failed and election of Sirajul Haq strengthened this argument that Jamaat has been restricted to Lower Dir," said Dr Khattak.
Late Qazi Hussain who was elected JI chief in 1987 is considered the longest serving chief of Jamaat who relinquished office in April 2009. He was succeeded by Munawar Hassan.
Insiders said that during his two decades long tenure as Jamaat chief, late Qazi Hussain had relaxed and simplified the process of getting the status of 'Rukn' (member of Jamaat having the vote right). The 'Rukn' can cast vote in the election of emir or chief of the party.
They said that a large number of people from KP and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas were given the status of 'Rukn' of Jamaat during Qazi's era. Initially, they said that it took three to four years for a person to become 'Rukn' of JI.
"There are two factors which played a major role in the victory of Sirajul Haq against Munawar Hassan and Liaquat Baloch, another stalwart of JI from Lahore. First, a significant number of Pakhtuns has become 'Arakeen' or members and second, Mr Haq is more popular among young 'Arakeen' than Mr Hassan and Mr Baloch," said one analyst, who once was active member of Jamaat. He believed that 60 per cent of all the 'Arakeen' were young.
JI provincial information secretary Israrullah advocate said that the number of 'Arakeen' was approximately 31,000 of which about 8,000 belonged to the KP and Fata. Females also have the right to vote.
"This impression is wrong that Pakhtuns have voted for Sirajul Haq," he said and maintained that under the party constitution candidates could neither make a lobby nor run a campaign for themselves.
Another analyst said that Sirajul Haq was a very good orator that was why he was more popular among the JI workers than other leaders.
Mohammad Riaz, Islamabad-based political analyst, said that election of Sirajul Haq was an indication that JI was on the verge of decline both politically and academically as aggressive group had dominated the moderate circle in the party.
Maulana Maududi was a scholar and had command over different subjects, Mr Riaz opined, adding that the late Maulana had formed JI to provide common platform to all school of thoughts.
Before his election Sirajul Haq was senior deputy emir of the party and had also served as provincial chief of JI. He opposes co-education and supports separate assembly for female s in the province.
He had also served as head of Islami Jamaat Talba, a student wing of JI. His close associates and rivals said that Sirajul Haq had actively participated in the Afghan war when Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979.
Senator Zahid Khan of Awami National Party associates election of new JI chief with changing geo-strategic scenario across the Durand Line. He said that when Afghan war was at peak Qazi Hussain Ahmad was elected JI chief and he was given a task in Afghanistan.
After five years, he said, another Pakhtun was elected JI emir, which he termed very worrisome. "This is not a coincidence and deliberately another Pakhtun has been elected Jamaat chief at a time when situation is changing in Afghanistan.
"His election is not in the interest of the region," remarked Zahid Khan who also belongs to Lower Dir. He said: "I know Siraj since he was associated with Hizbe-e-Islami chief Gulbadin Hikmatyar whose group is still very active in of Afghanistan." He said that the JI and HI shared same ideology and Jamaat would again play active role in Afghanistan.
|Conspiracy to make Pakistan a secular country: JI|
|[DAWN] Secretary General, Liaquat Baloch on Friday said that the Protection of Pakistain Ordinance and the security policy were a conspiracy to turn Pakistain into a secular country. (JI), |
Addressing a convention of the Jamaat-e-Talaba Arabia in Lahore, he said that the secular lobby in the country was out to shake the foundations of the mosques and the madrassahs to fulfill a western agenda.
He said it was unfortunate that the secular elements were working so openly under the Pakistain League-Nawaz government.
he said that the Pak s would defend the Islamic ideology, the mosques and the madrassahs at every cost.
The JI Secretary General said that the madrassahs, the mosques and the pulpit were the strongest fortresses of the Pakistain ideology and the movement for the enforcement of the Islamic system, and the government should allow them to perform their religious duties independently.
Baloch said that instead of interfering in the working of the mosques and madrassahs, the government should take note of the destruction of the education system in the universities and colleges along with the free mixing of the genders at educational campuses which, according to him, leads to immoral practices.
The society, he said, was badly suffering from chaos, disruption and extremism.
He said that Islam is the religion of love and peace but disruption was the outcome of the rulers drifting away from the objectives of the creation of Pakistain.
He said the Tahafuz-e-Pakistain Conference being organised by the JI in on the 23rd of March would be a historic event.
The Protection of Pakistain Ordinance (PPO) which Liaquat Baloch criticised, is seen by many as a draconian law.
Critics say in its present shape the law gives powers to security agencies to infringe the fundamental rights of the citizens guaranteed under the constitution.
Others say that it will lead the country to the path of becoming a 'security state'.
|Tepid outrage over terrorism|
|[Pak Daily Times] 's tough cop Chaudhry Aslam Khan, a leader of the terrorist-battered Awami National Party (ANP) Mian Mushtaq, several security personnel guarding the Pakistain League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Amir Muqam and, of course, the hero of Hangu, young Aitzaz Hassan were all martyred at the hands of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) in the past several days. Elsewhere in the world such attacks would have triggered a swift and befitting response by the state, but not in Pakistain. Why would it be any different now? |
Had this country not opted for inaction when was martyred? Did it move at all when the lionhearted Bashir Bilour was slain? Before that, did the state not fail to budge after the deaths of the Inspector General Police (IGP) Malik Saad, Superintendent Police (SP) Khan Raziq and scores of ANP workers in one bombing? Pakistain, it seems, has a remarkably high pain tolerance. Every time agony is inflicted on its people by the terrorists, the Pak leadership squanders the opportunity to build consensus for decisive action. Choosing dithering and confusion over resolve and clarity has become the hallmark of the Pak state.
Prime Minister 's timely but tepid recognition of the sacrifice rendered by the 15-year-old Aitzaz and Mr reprimanding his own government in for failing to reach out to the young hero's family is somewhat of a departure from the past but why could Mr Sharif not be his usual magnanimous self in honouring Aitzaz? The boy rendered the ultimate sacrifice -- his conscious decision by all accounts -- laying down his life to save his schoolmates from a terrorist maniac. What more could he do to earn the Nishan-e-Shujaat, the top civilian award for gallantry? Why did the prime minister settle for the third highest award, the Sitara-e-Shujaat, is better known to him and is his prerogative. he may wish to consider that if only the Pak state had the guts to grapple with like Aitzaz did, things may have been different today.
Mr Imran Khan's statement is welcome but, yet again, he condemned only the murder and not the murderers whom he calls his brothers and 'our people'. His coalition partner, the 's (JI's) Liaquat Baloch called Aitzaz a shaheed (martyr). Just months prior, the JI's chief had called the TTP ringleader, Hakeemullah Mehsud, a martyr. Mr Khan and his JI partners cannot have their jihadist cake and eat it too. They will have to choose sides. Aitzaz is a martyr and Hakeemullah was a merciless killer and thug. The TTP may be Mr Khan's 'own people' but they are enemy number one of the Pak people. Mr Khan and the JI types cannot have it both ways -- they must come clean on terrorism. The opium of negotiations that they have been peddling has paralysed the Pak state. Mr Khan, with massive help from the media, has reduced the complex issue of jihadist terrorism to merely a reaction to the drone attacks. His solution is fantastically simple too: talk to what is the lunatic fringe even among the terrorists. The Pashtuns are facing an existential threat: families are moving out of in droves, the jihadist extortion is rampant and the TTP is encroaching upon the outskirts of the city. It is no different in Charsadda, Mardan and Nowshera. The people do not have the luxury to wait for Mr Khan's experiments in governance.
the ultimate responsibility to pull the country out of this morass still rests with Mr Nawaz Sharif. His interior minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, has been shooting -- or more accurately talking -- in the dark. It seems that he has ghost emissaries reaching out to ghost Taliban and conducting ghost negotiations. The process that Chaudhry Nisar has been promising for six months never did take off. There were no talks before the TTP honchos Wali-ur-Rehman and Hakeemullah Mehsud were killed and none whatsoever afterwards. The interior minister owes the people a candid explanation. Someone recently wrote that the interior minister is leaning towards a Plan B, i.e. military action against the TTP. The fact is that the PML-N government is merely plodding along and has no comprehensive plan whatsoever to tackle the militancy nationwide.
Whatever the PML-N's understanding with the Punjab-based jihadists is, it seems to be working. Nawaz Sharif's government appears in no hurry to take the terrorism bull by the horns so long as the beast remains in FATA and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The PML-N's cavalier attitude to even its preferred solution of talks is reflected by reportedly asking Maulana to act as an intermediary with the Taliban. It cannot be lost on the government that, as recently as a few weeks ago, the Haqqani network men were conducting prayer services for their assassinated leader Nasiruddin Haqqani in the vicinity of Maulana Samiul Haq's Haqqaniyah Madrassa in Akora. The PML-N has to get its act together, and soon. Relying on Samiul Haq types is a recipe for bigger disasters.
The Taliban are trying to project power but, by all accounts, still remain on the ropes. There is bickering among various TTP factions and with their transnational jihadist cohorts. A spike in extortions -- including in Islamabad -- and new recruitment videos indicate an element of desperation in the TTP. The Mehsud faction apparently is refusing to share the kitty left behind by Hakeemullah. This is when the state has its chance to assert its power instead of the interior minister's wishy-washy statements about how difficult it is to fight terrorism. Mr Nawaz Sharif must put his house in order if he wishes to do something meaningful about the TTP hordes. Given the abysmal performance of some of his lieutenants, he may even have to consider a cabinet reshuffle. He simply cannot afford to have his ministers waffling at such critical junctures.
The military seems inclined to take on the TTP and General Raheel Sharif's tribute to the hero of Hangu was perhaps the most unequivocal one in Pakistain. Whether the military will abandon its Afghan proxies is highly suspect but, unless it cuts them loose, it may just be chasing its tail. for all of that to happen, the narrative has to be wrestled back from the jihadists' advocates in the political parties and the media. This is where Mr Sharif will have to take charge, pronounce his vision clearly, set the goals and cut through the confusion spread by TTP apologists. Things as they stand are untenable but is Mr Sharif up to the task? Unfortunately, his tepid outrage over terrorism suggests otherwise.
|Sectarian violence : Religious leaders for implementation of code of conduct|
|[Pak Daily Times] A grand conference of 32 religious groups and political parties under the umbrella of Pakistain Ulema Council (PUC) on Wednesday demanded the government implement the recently prepared code of conduct and make it a formal law to curb sectarian violence in the country.|
What're the penalties for breaking the code of conduct? Who imposes them?... [silence]
The 'Istehkam-e-Pakistain Conference' was attended by PUC Chairman Maulana Tahir Asharfi, Secretary General and Milli Yakjehti Council Secretary General Liaquat Baloch, leader Amir Hamza, Sunni Ittehad Council Chairman Syed Mahfooz Mashhadi, PPP's Naveed Chaudhry, Shia Ulema Council Vice President Hafiz Raza Naqvi, Mujeebur Rehman Inqlabi from Jamia Ashrafia and other scholars.
Addressing the conference, Maulana Tahir Asharfi said that participants of the conference have announced their support for the prescribed code of conduct and pledged to abide by these regulations.
He said they would also present a resolution on Friday for the arrest of killers of innocents and implementation of the code of conduct across the country.
Presenting the joint statement, Ashrafi announced that they would organise conferences in all provinces of the country to establish peace and harmony in Pakistain.
The conference decided that Sunni Ittehad Council leader Mahfooz Mashhadi would help table the bill of code of conduct in the Punjab Assembly.
Liaquat Baloch said that "today our mosques and imambargahs are target of sectarian violence and we must unmask the faces behind this evil design". He said the code of conduct could ensure religious peace in the country. He also demanded implementation of the capital punishment to make such criminals an example for terrorists.
|Stop it, for God's sake -- Shumaila Raja|
|[Pak Daily Times] In the debate, 'Who is a shaheed (martyr) and who is not', we have gone too far, much to the amusement of our enemy. What the (JI) Ameer said was unfortunate, and it really hurt the sentiments of people, the army and the polity. But most of all unfortunate is the JI's opting to stick to its Ameer's stance, probably to gain political mileage. The JI was not in the mainstream. The only served to retrieve its 'lost glory'.|
This tiny issue has itself helped to distract the nation's attention from more pressing issues. The Pakistain intelligence agencies have issued reports indicating a rise in sectarian strife in Punjab during the month of Muharram. Two s will assail opponents during the last three days of Muharrum on the dates of 8th, 9th and 10th respectively. Terrorists will carry out targeted attacks on Shia gatherings, majaalis (commemorative gatherings) and mourning processions, as well as assassinating specific and prominent personalities in order to accomplish their ulterior motives.
This news came amidst reports that the US Senate Intelligence Committee has quietly approved a plan to step up both public and internal government oversight of the use of armed drones to kill suspected overseas, including US citizens. According to , the committee voted in closed session earlier this week to approve legislative language that would require the US spy agencies to make public statistics on how many people were killed or injured in missile strikes launched from US-operated drones. The committee also approved language intended to bolster scrutiny of spy agency deliberations over decisions about targeting US citizens or residents for lethal drone strikes overseas. The has been under pressure from foreign governments, the UN and groups to be more transparent and rigorous in accounting for the civilian casualties caused by drone strikes. Though the committee did not release full details of its deliberations on the measures, sources familiar with the discussions said that some committee Republicans were opposed to the drone-related clauses in the bill, which would authorise intelligence activities for the current government fiscal year that began on October 1.
With this in mind, some saner elements have stepped forward and started creating an environment of rapprochement, urging the JI to offer an apology and asking the military leadership to ignore it. One of the leading analysts, Ehsan Mahmood Khan, who recently authored a book, Human Security in Pakistain, said: "Syed Munawwar Hasan's statement looks to be an isolated and personal opinion. Consider a while that Liaquat Baloch, Jamaat-e-Islami's Secretary General, visited the native town of Major-General Sanaullah Khan Niazi in Daud Khel, Mianwali, on September 18, 2013. He offered condolences with the martyr's younger brothers, Rehmatullah Khan Niazi, DIG, and Ameenullah Khan, ex-Nazim, and paid rich tribute to . The JI's local leadership was also accompanying him. Addressing a conference there he told the media that the Pakistain army's sacrifices in the defence of the country were matchless and unprecedented. 'The whole nation is proud of its brave soldiers and officers.' He said that the external involvement in this tragic act could not be unattended, as it has been traced in many cases in the past. This is the time that the Pakistain army, people, political government and media are on one page, which is good omen indeed. Does it mean that Munawwar Hasan and Liaquat Baloch have different views or their point of view is not that of the Jamaat-e-Islami?"Addressing a on the spot, he said that the sacrifices of Pakistain army to curb extremism are matchless, and that the entire nation is proud of its army men.
another analyst, Hussain Naqi, has a different opinion. He said, "Howsoever belated, the ISPR retort to JI Amir Munawwar Hasan is interesting but one is surprised that the ISPR spokesperson was unaware that Munawwar's mentor Maulana Maudoodi, whom the ISPR spokesperson mentioned with admiration, had exactly similar views about the shuhada of Pakistain army's 1948 war, and what Maulana Maudoodi had said about the creation of Pakistain is also well known. For almost half a century, the army top brass has been collaborating with the Jamaat-e-Islami and its political philosophy in violation of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah's secular standpoint about Pakistain's polity."
In Shahbaz Thuttal's view, the Indians and CIA must be enjoying the outburst of the JI Ameer, as what they have been trying for the last over 60 years to divide the Pakistain nation in two groups and spread hatred against the army is now being actively done by the JI, who were the great supporters of and even became ministers under him. The Nawaz government should take a firm and strong stand. Now, otherwise, they will continue to be blackmailed by the JI. It is very strange that the PML-N is the only party that has not given any response so far, except for its Sindh Assembly minority that joined the resolution against the JI Amir's salvo. All other parties have supported the .
In his view, Riaz Jafri said, "I think we should bury the hatchet right here. The JI Ameer said something and the army and the general public gave their own point of view. That should be the end of it instead of insisting upon an 'unconditional apology' and the Ameer sticking to his own guns. Any further digging into the issue is likely to widen the chasm within the nation. Who is a shaheed and who is not, is not for them to decide. As a general belief all soldiers laying down their lives for their country and cause are assumed to be shaheed. Even in the Indian army any soldier dying on the front is called shaheed -- irrespective of his being a or non- . Muhammad Rafi's famous song has become immortal in this context and he is not addressing only the Indian s in it: "Watan ki raah me watan ke naujavan shaheed ho/Pukarate hai ye zamin-o-aasama'an shaheed ho/Shaheed teri maut hi tere watan ki zindagi/Tere lahu se jaag uthegi is chaman ki zindagi." he said, Syed Munawwar Hasan should have refrained from giving his opinion on such a sensitive matter and his utterances can only be termed as most untimely, immature and thoughtless to the extent of being reckless on his part.
Professor Alya Alvi has, however, raised very pertinent questions. She says that the former JI Ameer (late) twice survived murder attempts. If he were killed, what would then Munawwar Hasan call him: shaheed or killed? If, God forbid, Munawwar Hasan is killed in a , what would the JI call him: a martyr or just killed? The TTP killed namazis while offering Juma prayers in the Parade Lane mosque, and many other mosques and s. Were those innocent s not shaheed?" In fact, the JI and 's statements have tried to damage the national cause and create confusion among the people, particularly the soldiers of our armed forces who are ever ready to sacrifice their lives as and when the nation calls for it.
|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.
|Speakers at JuD rally lash out at India, US|
|[Dawn] It was the usual India-US bashing at the (JuD) rally held in the twin cities to mark Defence Day on Friday.|
Chanting slogans and holding banners, the emotionally-charged JuD activists and madressah students blamed New Delhi and Washington DC for the woes of Pakistain.
"We came here to show the US that the people of Pakistain will stand up for the rights of the s of , Egypt and Syria," said Mohammad Akbar, a 29-year-old unemployed man from Gujranwala.
He said JuD wanted the supremacy of the s and for this cause he had come to attend the rally.
"The people of will not get their rights without the help of the s of the world," he said.
Allah Ditta, 20, a madressah student from Okara, said he and his friends had come to attend the rally on the call of JuD to show their strength to the enemies.
"Defence Day ... I don't know, but I came here for the rights of the oppressed s in , Egypt and Syria. We want to send a message to the US that military action against any country is unacceptable," he said.
Almost all participants accused the US and India of collaborating to slow down the pace of economic progress in Pakistain.
"They joined hands in Afghanistan to topple the government of Taliban and get access to the natural resources of the country," said Mujahid Ali, a seminary student from Bhakkar.
Earlier in the day, hundreds of people reached the twin cities from Punjab and Azad to take part in the rally despite a ban imposed by the Rawalpindi city administration.
The city district government allowed JuD to organise the Friday congregation at Liaquat Bagh but it did not give them the permission to march towards the federal capital.
The outfit had also installed loudspeakers and banners on Road and Liaquat Road despite the ban.
on the request of Rawal Town administrator Mohammad Ali Randhawa, the organisers removed the banners.
"I showed them the orders of District Coordination Officer (DCO) Sajid Zafar after which they removed the loudspeakers and the banners," Mr Randhawa said.
When asked about the ban on the rally, the administrator said it was the duty of the police to stop them.
On the other hand, a police official, requesting not to be named, said the government had not instructed them to stop the participants from holding the rally.
"Though there was no permission for the rally, we will not take any decision against the organisers without getting orders from the provincial government," he said.
despite the ban on holding rallies, the JuD chief, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, led hundreds of his party activists and madressah students to D Chowk in Islamabad.
During the rally, traffic on the roads in Rawalpindi and Islamabad remained choked with the police seeming helpless to control the movement of vehicles on Islamabad Expressway, Blue Area, Highway and Benazir Bhutto Road.
Addressing the rally at D Chowk, called upon Prime Minister to take steps to stop Indian aggression in .
"We expect a courageous step from Nawaz Sharif similar to the one he took during his first tenure and refused to bow to world pressure and went ahead with nuclear tests," he said.
Hafiz Muhammad Saeed held India responsible for terrorist activities in Pakistain and said the government-proposed all parties' conference on terrorism would not achieve its objectives unless India was stopped from carrying out terror activities in the country.
"The holding of the all parties' conference is a good step but it is also necessary to identity the enemy to get rid of the menace of terrorism," he said.
Hafiz Muhammad Saeed said Nawaz Sharif wanted to improve the economic condition of Pakistain but it would not be possible without making the country's defence impregnable.
"If our borders are secured, people will invest on different projects," he said.
He also said Pakistain should not be afraid of the US as the latter had faced defeat in Afghanistan and wanted a safe passage from there. "Pakistain should help its neighbours flush out their enemies to ensure security of its borders," he added.
The JuD leader further said: "People expected that Nawaz Sharif will introduce Islamic economic laws and eliminate interest system as it was against Islam."
"If you take the first step, the people of the tribal areas and others will help impose Islamic laws in every field of the country. Islam is the solution to all the problems faced by the country," he said.
The JuD chief warned the US not to attack Syria, saying that Pakistain should help Syria by uniting all countries.
(JI) Secretary General Liaquat Baloch and Mian Aslam criticised India for violating in and the US for planning to attack Syria.
|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.
|JI ready for alliance with the like-minded|
|[Dawn] Liaquat Baloch says they have yet to decide to make an alliance with any party for the forthcoming general elections. (JI) Secretary-General |
At a at the press club, he said his party was open to make alliance with "like-minded parties". PML-N chief has recently hinted at making an alliance with the JI.
He said joining religious alliance should be a good option but the chances of the MMA's revival had diminished because of "irresponsible" statements by JUI-F leaders.
Mr Baloch said the JI would take out rallies on Nov 23 against the Israeli attack on . He said the JI expressed solidarity with the people of Paleostinian and condemned the Israel attack on unarmed s. Baloch who returned from Sudan after attending a three-day convention of Islamic movements hosted by the Tehrik Islami, Sudan, said Paleostinian representatives told the participants that a one-sided genocide was being carried out in with help of US-manufactured arms. Israel had imposed a blockade on Gazooks for the last many years and even the food and medicines were not allowed into the area. Referring to Syrian representatives, Baloch said the US was deliberately delaying a peaceful solution in Syria only to protect Bashar al Asad and to allow maximum destruction of Syrian infrastructure, economy and human resource.