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|[Pak Daily Times] The NATO and ISAF command in Afghanistan has recently witnessed a new kind of enemy, which, according to a NATO commander, "is not the Taliban or the Haqqani group", Daily Times confirmed. Officials confirm the presence of a new, more modern and sophisticated Punjabi Taliban in of Afghanistan. They are a more section of the Pakistain-backed Lashkar-e- (LeT) who had broken off from their mother organisation and refused to take orders from LeT supremo, Hafiz Saeed. |
In reality, this rebellious group, which had just split from the LeT, is the old Tehreekul Mujahideen (TM) and a faction of the previously split Kairun Naas (KN) of the LeT, which had been formed by the more fanatical Ahl-e-Hadith that held the Conference in 1990, attended by both Hafiz Saeed and Professor Sajid Mir. Daily Times investigations reveal two reasons behind the split: Pak intelligence agencies have finally decided to split the jihadi groups as a policy to make them weaker, and Jamaatud Dawa (JD), LeT, TM and KN split as they had become too powerful; sectarian and ideological tensions within the Ahl-e-Hadith faction about the concept of jihad, as the more fanatical group fighting in Afghanistan is more into the Arab Mujahideen camp.
It is to be noted that previously a faction split from the JD in 2004 when armed broke out in the premises of its headquarters, and the breakaway faction, KN, vowed to kill Hafiz Saeed, the JD head. Saeed had previously joined the Afghan jihad pretty late in 1987 on the insistence of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, who had traditionally headed the operational part of the LeT.
Organisational structures of the JD and LeT were severely hurt by accusations from within the JD about Hafiz Saeed's involvement in nepotism, corruption, his second marriage to a fallen comrade's widow, which became a personal issue with Prof Iqbal, a top JD council member, who himself married an underage Baltistani girl. In a series of blunders, Saeed appointed his brother-in-law, Maulana Abdul Rehman Makki, then a teacher at Medina University in , second in command of JD, which did not go down well with a lot of people, especially with Lakhvi, as it was seen as an attempt by Saeed to control the finances of JD.
In 2001, Saeed also came under fire when he renamed Markaz Dawat Wal Irshad as Jamaatud Dawa, and separated it from LeT. Lakhvi disapproved of the decision then and Daily Times can confirm that he has finally fallen out with the JD chief now and is in-charge of most of JD's properties in Sindh and directly controls the Muridke centre, popularly known as 'Markaz-e- '. Lakhvi, said to be the behind the Mumbai attacks, has developed links with Arab in Pakistain, where he married his sister off with the top al Qaeda terrorist, Abdul Rehman Sherahi. He was the one who helped Lakhvi connect with top al Qaeda and Arab leaders, and heavily invested in LeT's infrastructure.
It should also be taken into account that the Jamaat Ahl-e-Hadith also opposed the formation of Markaz Dawat Wal Irshad (JD) because of possible Saudi support to it, which did not happen. JD was also barred from recruiting students from the Ahl-e-Hadith madrassas as they were under the control of Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith and openly supported by the Saudis. And it looks now, confirmed a former spy chief, "that the new rogue part of JD fighting in Pakistain could well be those who were behind 26/11 in Mumbai, you never know."
Interior Ministry officials confirmed to Daily Times about an American request to probe into the affairs of many Pak jihadis who are joining various Arab and Afghan forces in Afghanistan and FATA to carry out attacks on the ISAF forces, especially in of Afghanistan.
|The next general elections could see another religio-political alliance in the field as efforts are underway to bring Sunni parties onto one political platform before the elections. |
Sources told Daily Times on Sunday that Deobandi and Ahl-e-Hadith parties will not be included in the proposed Sunni-political alliance, which is expected to be named 'Sunni Ittehad Council'. This development comes amid talks of revival of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA). Maulana Fazlur Rehman's disposition to keep his alliance with the government has marred prospects of MMA's restoration. This forced the Sunni leaders to form a new religious alliance based.
The MMA leadership has conditioned revival of the alliance to Rehman distancing himself from the government, which he is not ready to do yet. Sources in religious parties said that Rehman kept assuring alliance members that he would quit government after the revival of the MMA, however, they asked him to quit before revival of the alliance. The allied parties have now conditioned calling a meeting of MMA leadership with Rehman's withdrawal from government.
Attacks on Data Darbar, blamed on militants belonging to the Deobandi sect also played a role in distancing Sunnis from Deobandi and Ahl-e-Hadith politicians and paved the way for a new Sunni alliance. Following the attacks, Sahibzada Fazal-e-Karim, a prominent Sunni leader, who is now in the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), had demanded the Punjab government to remove Law Minister Rana Sanaullah from his position because of his alleged links to the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba, but his demand was not entertained. Karim is now actively working to form a Sunni alliance.
Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi also favours the formation of a Sunni alliance but he and Sahibzada Karim also face a situation similar to the one confronting Rehman. The Sunni leadership has asked both men to quit PML-N and Pakistan People's Party, if they are interested in the formation of Sunni Ittehad Council. Karim and Kazmi, despite having their own religious parties, had contested the 2008 general elections on the tickets of PML-N and PPP, respectively. Sources said that the two, like Rehman, are adopting delaying tactics and might be left out of the new alliance.
Karim heads Markazi Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Pakistan while Kazmi is the General Secretary of Nizam-e-Mustafa Pakistan led by Haji Hanif Tayyab. Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan, headed by Sahibzada Abul Khair Muhammad Zubair; Nizam-e-Mustafa Pakistan, Sunni Tehrik led by Sarwat Ejaz Qadri; Markazi Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan led by Sahibzada Fazal-e-Karim; Jamaat Ahl-e-Sunnat led by Sahibzada Mazhar Saeed and other smaller parties will be part of the proposed Sunni Ittehad Council.
|Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmad Khan has urged religious parties to shun sectarianism and work for the promotion of Islam. |
Moulana Shahabuddin hoped the recent visit of Sardar Abdul Qayyum would yield positive results for the resolution of the Kashmir issue. He pledged his full support to Sardar Abdul Qayyum Khan, and said he fully supported the peace process between Pakistan and India, and believed that the Kashmir issue must be solved through negotiations.
|Professor Sajid Mir was elected unopposed as the president of Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith at the party's central executive committee meeting on Sunday. Hafiz Abdul Kareem and Haji Abdur Razzaq were nominated as the party's general and finance secretaries. |
Members of the Jamiat passed a resolution condemning the proposed amendments to the Hudood Ordinance and warned they would protest if the "government tries to change the Islamic clauses of the Constitution".
|Seven more militant organisations are likely to be banned after Eidul Fitr and âa number of othersâ put on a watch list, official sources told Daily Times here on Tuesday. âHarkatul Jihad Al Islami (HJI), Jamiatul Mujahideen Al Aalmi (JMA) and Tehrikul Mujahideen Pakistan (TMP) may face the ban for militant activities, while Ahl-e-Hadith Youth Force (AYF), Tehrik Difa-e-Sahaba, Jamiat Ishaat Touhed-wal-Sunnah, Almi Tanzeem-e-Ahl-e-Sunnat (ATAS) may be banned on account of their sectarian activitiesâ, sources said. Sources said HJI Ameer Qari Saifullah Akhtar was reportedly an adviser to Taliban chief Mulla Omar. They said Akhtar was also involved in a 1995 coup attempt by senior army officers, Brig Mustansar Billa and Maj Gen Zaheerul Islam Abbasi. |
Harkat ul Jihad Islami is actually the biggest or second biggest Deobandi Jihadi outfit in Pakistan. They are virtually unknown compared to the Jaish or Lashkar, but despite the low profile, they were extremely close to the Taliban, because Mullah Omar fought in the same faction as the HuJIâs leaders, back in the anti-Soviet Jihad. Its Jihadis operate in Burma, Chechnya, Tajikistan and elsewhere; and is part of Osamaâs International Islamic Front.
AYF is the youth wing of the Markazi Jamait-e-Ahl-e-Hadith, while ATAS had attempted to besiege the Armyâs General Headquarters in Rawalpindi in 2000 to press for the enforcement of Sharia law.
Iâm pretty sure that ATAS tried to press for Sharia law back before Musharaf came to power in the military coup, which would be in 1999. I remember the government of the day trying to figure out what to do about this guy threatening to storm the capital, and in the end the government had to send envoys to his house to beg him not too.
The organizations likely to be put on the watch list are Al Badr Mujahideen, Tehrik Tahaffuz-e-Namoos-e-Sahaba, Jamiat Ghurba-e-Ahl-e-Hadith, Al Mohajeroon, Al Akhtar Trust and Al Rasheed Trust. Al Akhtar Trust and Al Rasheed Trust have been declared sponsors of terrorism in some countries. Al Badr is reportedly involved in jihad in Held Kashmir. Jamiat Ghurba-e-Ahl-e-Hadith runs the Karachi seminary Jamia Abu Baker, from where Indonesian and Malaysian students were arrested last month
The meeting also condemned setting up offices of two American political parties in Pakistan. It was observed that these parties will work to bring forward secular forces in Pakistan and will work against the solidarity of the country.
Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal appears to be the umbrella organization for all the major player religio-loons opposing Musharraf's policies.
|2001-10-08 The Alliance|
After Sunday's attacks, the influential Afghan Defense Council, based in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, issued a call for holy war. ``It is the duty of every Muslim to support their brothers in this critical hour,'' council leader Riaz Durana said. ``We will support the Taliban physically and morally against the aggression of America.''
Munawar Hassan, deputy chief of Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan's most powerful religious political party, called the strikes ``an attack against Islam.''
Condemnation also came from the militant group Harakat ul-Mujahedeen, one of several organizations whose assets were frozen by the United States, Pakistan and other countries as part of a campaign against movements linked to Osama bin Laden. ``Americans have used their might to kill innocent people in Afghanistan instead of targeting training camps,'' said Amar Mehdi, spokesman for the group, which advocates the independence of Indian-ruled Kashmir.
In downtown Peshawar, near the Afghan border, knots of men gathered shouting ``Osama! Osama!'' and ``America is a terrorist.''
In Lahore, an organization of Muslim clerics issued a condemnation and said Americans now face a ``highly critical situation'' in the Muslim world. ``We appeal to all Muslims living anywhere in the world to extend full support to their Afghan brothers in this critical time,'' said Sazid Mir, president of Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith>Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith. Hundreds of emotional Islamic clerics and students studying in pro-Taliban religious institutions staged demonstrations in Lahore condemning America. Youths belonging to the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami also protested.
|2001-10-07 The Alliance|
The Taleban's consul general in Karachi, Pakistan, said the Taleban were now "ready for jihad" - holy war now that the attacks had started. Elsewhere in Pakistan, where a large swathe of public opinion favours the Taleban, several Muslim leaders denounced the strikes and urged support for Afghanistan. "We appeal to all Muslims living anywhere in the world to extend full support to their Afghan brothers at this critical time," said the Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith>Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith Pakistan group.