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Bangladesh
'Ansarullah now eying madrasa students'
2015-05-25
[Dhaka Tribune] Salafist outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team, currently under government's consideration for banning for suspected links to the killing of secular activists, is now inviting madrasa students and those involved with Islami Chhatra Shibir
... the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh...
to increase strength, police say.

Earlier, Ansarullah leaders had recruited many tech savvy students of public and private universities.

Police say they are monitoring the activities of the outfit's members on different websites and Facebook to trace their location. But no significant progress have been made since the August 2013 arrest of Ansarullah chief Jasim Uddin Rahmani and 31 of his followers.

Seven leaders and activists of the group are now facing trial for the killing of war crimes trial campaigner Ahmed Rajeeb Haider. They all are expelled students of the North South University.

Detectives say Ansarullah follows international terrorist groups Al-Qaeda and Taliban to establish Shariah law in Bangladesh. They have also been working with Chhatra Shibir, 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...
's student wing, and banned turban groups including HuJI
Founded in 1984 by Fazlur Rehman Khalil and Qari Saifullah Aktar. The Bangla branch was established in 1992 with assistance from Osama bin Laden. Recruits come mostly from Deobandi madrassahs. HuJI and Fazlur Rehman Khalil are signators of bin Laden's declaration of war on the west.
, JMB and Hizbut Tahrir
...an al-Qaeda recruiting organization banned in most countries. It calls for the reestablishment of the Caliphate...
Police say Ansarullah has gained support from different radical Islamist groups which are vocal against "atheists for their anti-Islamic activities" after the recent killing of science writers and Rajshahi University teacher Prof AKM Shafiul Islam.

Some Ansarullah leaders are now visiting madrasas in Dhaka and the nearby areas, and inviting students to join the outfit, a top police officer said seeking anonymity.

According to sources in law enforcement agencies, the outfit is trying to take as members the students, especially those involved with Chhatra Shibir, who possess extreme views against secular forces.

Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of the Detective Branch of police, said Ansarullah might have around 100 technologically-sound members from among students of some of the renowned educational institutions.
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India-Pakistan
Saudi minister seeks support of religious parties
2015-04-15
[DAWN] The Saudi Minister for Religious Affairs, Sheikh Saleh bin Abdul Aziz, on Monday remained busy soliciting the support of religious parties in his country's conflict with Yemen's Houthi
...a Zaidi Shia insurgent group operating in Yemen. They have also been referred to as the Believing Youth. Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is said to be the spiritual leader of the group and most of the military leaders are his relatives. The Yemeni government has accused the Houthis of having ties to the Iranian government, which wouldn't suprise most of us. The group has managed to gain control over all of Saada Governorate and parts of Amran, Al Jawf and Hajjah Governorates. Its slogan is God is Great, Death to America™, Death to Israel, a curse on the Jews ...
rebels.

The Saudi minister had arrived in Islamabad on Sunday on a previously unannounced trip amid growing doubts in Riyadh and among its allies about Islamabad's support for the offensive against Houthis after a parliamentary resolution called for observing neutrality in the conflict.

Sheikh Saleh's only engagement with government functionaries on Monday was a meeting with his Pak counterpart, Sardar Mohammad Yusuf, who later hosted a reception in his honour.

But for most of the day, the Saudi minister interacted with holy men from Wafaqul Madaris Al-Arabia and JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
.

The meetings coincided with statements by some religious parties that they could send fighters to Soddy Arabia
...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face...
if the government refused to send troops in support of the Saudi-led operation against Houthis.

There has also been an upsurge in activities by the religious parties for moulding public opinion in favour of the Saudi action and the need for Pakistain to support it.

Jamaat Ahle Hadith held a conference on Saturday and before that Jamaat-ud-Dawa
...the front organization of Lashkar-e-Taiba...
brought out a rally calling for Pakistain's participation in the war against Houthis.

In his meetings, the Saudi religious minister has been saying that Riyadh remains confident that Pakistain will support it.

Sheikh Saleh's visit was preceded by a trip by Saudi Chief Adviser on Religious Affairs Dr Abdul Aziz.

A source disclosed that there had been a sudden increase in the number of visitors to Pakistain over the past fortnight.
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India-Pakistan
JUI-F against joining far-away civil war
2015-04-07
[DAWN] The Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...a pak religious party. It is usually part of the govt, never part of the solution...
(JUI-F) has said it will attend the joint session of parliament called to discuss the Yemen
...an area of the Arabian Peninsula sometimes mistaken for a country. It is populated by more antagonistic tribes and factions than you can keep track of. Except for a tiny handfull of Jews everthing there is very Islamic...
crisis on Monday and give its point of view on the matter.

"Since we don't know about the government's policy and the way it wants to deal with the situation, our party has decided to first listen to it and then give our opinion on the matter," JUI-F spokesperson Jan Mohammad Khan Achakzai told Dawn after a consultative meeting of the party held at the official residence of its chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
here on Sunday to discuss the Yemen crisis.
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India-Pakistan
Imran lambastes Muslim leaders, Ulema, West
2015-02-02
[NATION.PK] Chairman Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
(PTI) Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who who convinced himself that playing cricket qualified him to lead a nuclear-armed nation with severe personality problems...
on Wednesday criticised Moslem leaders, West and religious scholars for failing to take action or stand against the blasphemous publication in a French magazine.
Addressing a gathering of religious holy mans 'Ulema Mashaikh Conference' here at a local hotel, Khan started his criticism by pointing finger at his rival Mualana Fazlur Rehman, Ameer JUI-F, and then lashed out at Moslem leaders, besides flaying Western democracies.

The PTI chief even blamed rulers of the Moslem world for the publication of blasphemous caricatures in French magazine, arguing that they (Moslem leaders) should have played a role and should have stood against the sacrilegious act.

He said a small section of society was looting the whole country, adding that he had witnessed religious holy mans being "sold off" against a price.

"There is a Maulana (holy man) who conveniently fits right in with those who are looting the country," Khan said in an apparent gesture to JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
.

After blaming his political rivals, Khan went on to lambaste the role of generals, lawyers, holy mans and everyone, adding that the religious scholars were not playing their effective role in uniting the nation.
He added that the holy mans should have taken a stand against oppression long ago.

The PTI chief said that Islam is spreading rapidly in Europe and that the publication of blasphemous caricatures was done to provoke Moslems and alienate them from Western society.

Khan also called for reforms in religious seminaries but he again resorted to scathing criticism of the ongoing multi-billion Metro Bus Project of PML-N government, adding that money was wasted in unnecessary projects.

"Why money is not spent to reform syllabus of seminaries and why billions are wasted in bus projects?" asked Khan.
The PTI leader ended his speech by once again trumpeting allegations of polls rigging, adding that 2013 elections were rigged and the people were deprived of their right to vote.
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India-Pakistan
JUI-F chief warns govt against stopping foreign funding
2015-01-31
[DAWN] Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...the political wing of the Pak Taliban...
Fazal (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
has warned the government against stopping foreign assistance from being received by Pakistain's religious seminaries.

"The government cannot stop this and if the buildings of seminaries are occupied, we would continue to teach under the shadow of trees," he told the media after chairing a parliamentary committee meeting on Kashmire.

He said the government was taking this action to please the United States which he alleged was creating disturbance within the country.
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Bangladesh
Hefazat demands release of Mufti Harun
2015-01-27
[Dhaka Tribune] The central leaders of radical Islamist platform Hefajat-e-Islam
...a madrassa-based false nose and mustache of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, formed in 2010 to protest against secular education. In 2011 demonstrated violentyly against women's rights and in 2013 held large rallies demanding capital punishment of Shahbag Square protesters and banning women working outside the home...
yesterday demanded the immediate release of Harun Bin Izhar, son of Senior Nayeb-e-Ameer Mufti Izharul Islam Chowdhury.

In a statement, the Hefazat leaders also warned of tougher movement if Mufti Harun was not freed.

Mufti Harun is in jail in a grenade blast case at his father's Lalkhan Bazar Madrasa in Chittagong which is believed to be a den of banned Islamist group HuJI
Founded in 1984 by Fazlur Rehman Khalil and Qari Saifullah Aktar. The Bangla branch was established in 1992 with assistance from Osama bin Laden. Recruits come mostly from Deobandi madrassahs. HuJI and Fazlur Rehman Khalil are signators of bin Laden's declaration of war on the west.

Leaders of the platform, comprising Islamist parties mainly of the BNP-led alliance, alleged that the government had locked away
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Mufti Harun in a "fake, preplanned and staged" incident and that he was serving jail term "without committing any offence."

His rearrest from jail gate recently by detectives is a clear violation of human rights
...which are usually open to widely divergent definitions...
, Hefazat claims.

A Chittagong court on June 25 last year indicted Mufti Izhar, Mufti Harun and seven others in a case filed over recovery of picric acid after the grenade blasts on October 7, 2013.

Several locally-made grenades were set off at Jamaatul Ulum Al Islamia Madrasa, a Qawmi madrasa headed by Mufti Izhar, leaving five students injured critically. Later three of them gave up the ghost. Police filed three cases in connection with the blast, killing and recovery of picric acid.
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India-Pakistan
Madressah & education reform
2015-01-22
[DAWN] IF the Learned Elders of Islam belonging to the various schools of thought have really agreed to accept a regulatory mechanism for their madressahs and also changes in their curriculum there is good reason to celebrate the development -- although one hopes that the government is not misreading the situation.

Before the Learned Elders of Islam sat down with the ministers of interior and religious affairs last Saturday to discuss matters relating to the madressahs they issued an edict against suicide kabooms and denounced war against Pakistain as un-Islamic. Whether this decree represents an honest change of heart on the part of the Learned Elders of Islam and whether they did not consider it expedient to stay aloof from the people's resolve to fight the hard boys, only time will tell.

A resolution of this kind was nevertheless necessary at the moment at least to counter Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
's quaint plea for avoiding any reference to religion while thinking of dealing with terrorism. Any concession to the JUI-F chief on this point would have amounted to rejecting evidence about the identity and objectives of many a Death Eater group. There is no need to emphasise the lesson the world has learnt, that while all Moslems do not indulge in terrorism, many of the terrorist formations openly claim to be carrying out their religious duty.

However,
it was a brave man who first ate an oyster...
this fatwa has less meaning than the accord that is reported to have been reached between the government and the Learned Elders of Islam.

According to media reports -- and it would have been better to release the text of the agreement so that ordinary citizens could check whether any side was reading more into it than what the text warranted -- the Learned Elders of Islam have agreed to compulsory registration of all madressahs. This should mean that nobody will be allowed to open and run any seminary without registration.

Much will depend on what new conditions for registration/recognition are going to be because 35,337 madressahs, out of a total of 43,586, or more than 80pc, are reported to be already registered and yet they have been outside any regulatory system.

It is reasonable to expect that before registering an institution the competent authority will satisfy itself about the sponsors' bona fides, as to whether they are an association recognisable under the law, whether they are answerable to a body and to the community on the lam, and whether their capacity to manage an educational institution can be objectively verified.

More important than registration is the madressah organizations' readiness to accept the principle of regular audit of their accounts and to receive foreign funds only through official channels. While democratic elements and rights activists are unlikely to allow the government unlimited power to interfere with the receipt of foreign funding by educational institutions a system of documenting all transactions should be put in place. This will go a long way towards guaranteeing supervision of the use of foreign parties' philanthropy.

What the government has pledged the Learned Elders of Islam in return needs a closer look because in the past religious parties gained more at the cost of the government than what they appeared to concede to it. The madressahs have been assured that no action will be taken against anyone without concrete evidence of its having violated the law. A strange promise since action on the basis of solid evidence of unlawful action is supposed to be the rule regardless of the identity and status of the party at the receiving end. Or is it a wrong assumption?

Two joint committees (Learned Elders of Islam, federal and provincial governments' representatives) will be set up, one to decide upon registration formalities and the other to propose curriculum reform. Reference has been made to an understanding on deleting from the madressah courses material that contributes to militancy or causes hatred among different communities.

The agreement on joint committees to develop a supervisory mechanism or approve curriculum reform suggests extension of state-public partnership to religious seminaries and one should like to see this principle extended to stakeholders in other fields.

Matters could improve considerably if lawyers, medical practitioners, academics, engineers, farmers, labour leaders and other civil society organizations too were considered entitled to meaningful consultation before laws and policies affecting them were finalised. It is also necessary to ensure that the facility offered to the seminaries does not obstruct efforts for a thorough revision of the place of madressahs in the country's educational system.

It is perhaps time to define the role of madressahs. During the colonial period the madressah offered Moslem children the facility of instruction in religious matters that was not available at public schools. The madressah thus supplemented the scheme of educating the young ones. For that purpose the madressah is no longer needed, for study of religion is compulsory in all state and private institutions.

If the madressahs constitute a parallel system of education then the rationale for their existence and unchecked proliferation needs to be scrutinised. What after all is expected of the madressah graduates? What are the possibilities of their being employed on jobs that promote the public weal? Has anyone ever estimated the number of madressahs and their graduates this country needs or can afford?

The production of seminary graduates in a greater number than the country's capacity to offer them proper assignments will create enormous problems. Nobody can say where a large horde of jobless seminary graduates will be landed by their ambition, inclination and frustration.

Finally, there is much to be said in favour of looking at madressah reform not merely in the context of the war against terrorism but in the broader context of the need for reorganising the entire education sector. Thanks to the flawed curriculum and the distortions in the textbooks the state sector is perhaps creating more hard boyz than the madressahs.

The demand for reforming the management of public education and the curriculum, particularly for offering students in all institutions a narrative about rationalism, tolerance, pluralism and peace can no longer be resisted.
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India-Pakistan
JUI-F to table resolution in NA to de-seat Imran
2015-01-13
[DAWN] Seeking to de-seat Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaf
...a political party in Pakistan. PTI was founded by former Pakistani cricket captain and philanthropist Imran Khan. The party's slogan is Justice, Humanity and Self Esteem, each of which is open to widely divergent interpretations....
(PTI) Chairman Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who who convinced himself that playing cricket qualified him to lead a nuclear-armed nation with severe personality problems...
from his National Assembly membership in view of his perpetual absence from the House's sessions, the Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...Assembly of Islamic Clergy, or JUI, is a Pak Deobandi (Hanafi) political party. There are two main branches, one led by Maulana Fazlur Rahman, and one led by Maulana Samiul Haq. Fazl is active in Pak politix and Sami spends more time running his madrassah. Both branches sponsor branches of the Taliban, though with plausible deniability...
Fazl (JUI-F) on Monday decided to move a resolution against the cricketer-turned-politician in the Parliament.

"Our wedding gift to Imran Khan will be de-seating him from his NA membership," said JUI-F Central Information Secretary Hafiz Hussain Ahmed while speaking to Dawn.

Last week, Khan tied the knot with DawnNews anchor Reham Khan in a low-key ceremony.

As mandated by the Constitution, no member of the Parliament can remain absent for 40 consecutive sessions. In a case where a member is absent for 40 sessions, any member of the Parliament can bring attention of the NA speaker to the motion to unseat the member.

It may be mentioned that Khan has remained absent from the house for 41 consecutive days his latest being today's session.

JUI-F MNA Naeema Khishwar has been directed by party chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
to table the resolution in the NA.

Fazl and Imran have exchanged heated words on numerous occasions. Tensions between the two politicians had reached a new level after the May 2013 general elections.
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India-Pakistan
Aitzaz assails Fazl for retracting from his stance on military courts
2015-01-11
[DAWN] Pakistain Peoples Party (PPP) big shot Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan on Saturday assailed Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...Assembly of Islamic Clergy, or JUI, is a Pak Deobandi (Hanafi) political party. There are two main branches, one led by Maulana Fazlur Rahman, and one led by Maulana Samiul Haq. Fazl is active in Pak politix and Sami spends more time running his madrassah. Both branches sponsor branches of the Taliban, though with plausible deniability...
-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
for retracting from his stance in the multi-party conference over establishment of military courts in the country, DawnNews reported.

Speaking at a ceremony here, he said that Rehman had agreed to the collective decision on National Action Plan (NAP) taken against the backdrop of deadly Taliban attack on an army-run school in Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
that killed 150 people, mostly school children.

Establishment of military courts to decide terrorism related cases is a part of the NAP. The JUI-F chief has opposed the national strategy to tackle terrorism, terming the 21st Constitutional Amendment as a collective suicide kaboom on democracy by parliamentary parties.

Our stance against terrorism should be understood. Terrorists have been given an escape route through this law... for instance if any terrorist shaves his beard off and takes off his turban renaming himself as Saulat Mirza or Ajmal Pahari, then terrorism would be accepted and the terrorist would not be presented in a military court, he said during a presser on Thursday only to draw severe criticism from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement
...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead...
(MQM).

A petition has also been filed in the Supreme Court, challenging the establishment of military courts. The petition states that the contentious amendment to establish military courts in the country is against the basic structure of the Constitution.
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India-Pakistan
Twisting the narrative
2015-01-10
[DAWN] OBFUSCATION, deception and wrongful conflation are the usual tools of the religious right when it comes to attacking any form of consensus on the need for state and society to focus seriously on the fight against militancy. Now, it is the turn of Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
of the JUI-F to try and create doubts in the minds of the public about what the principal internal threat is in Pakistain and suggest that there is some kind of conspiracy afoot against madressahs, conservative Moslems and the religious right here. Clearly, the 21st Amendment is a deeply flawed, undemocratic piece of legislation, and anti-terrorism military courts for civilians are a blow to the democratic project. There are many good and proper reasons to oppose draconian laws on grounds of principle and in practice too. But in criticising the 21st Amendment to the Constitution and an amendment to the Army Act for singling out religious bandidos hard boyz for trial in military courts and threatening to launch a national movement, the JUI-F chief is simply pandering to his base and doing his best to confuse issues.

To be clear, the principal internal threat in Pakistain today is terrorism and militancy in the name of religion simply, the Islamist militancy, terrorism and bad boy threat. In trying to lump other groups carrying out political violence together with Islamist groups waging war against the Pak state and society, Maulana Fazlur Rehman appears to be deliberately trying to dilute the national consensus and create fresh discord between state and society. Political groups embracing separatist or sub-nationalist ideologies inside Pakistain do resort to violence. But, inspired by a sense of disenfranchisement and exclusion from mainstream Pakistain, those non-religious, secular movements need to be won over by political action at the macro level and thwarted in their violent agenda by more effective law-enforcement and intelligence-gathering at the micro level to prevent attacks. To its credit, the wider political class understands the very fundamental difference between the overarching Islamist militancy threat and small-scale, regional groups that have turned to violence to achieve otherwise justifiable political aims of inclusivity and equality. Hence the very specific focus in the new legislation on the much bigger and more potent Islamist threat.

It is fairly obvious that by demanding all forms of armed militancy be treated in the same way ie the new military courts regime be used against all groups that have resorted to any kind of political violence the JUI-F is trying to drive a wedge between state and society and ensure that the effect of the National Action Plan and military courts embedded within that plan is minimal. To do so makes sense for the JUI-F because of an unpleasant truth: the party continues to sympathise with and have allies in the world of Islamist Lion of Islam groups here. The JUI-F is yet positioning itself on the wrong side of a democratic, inclusive, moderate Pakistain.
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India-Pakistan
Masses will be mobilised against amendments: Fazl
2015-01-09
[DAWN] JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman
Deobandi holy man, known as Mullah Diesel during the war against the Soviets, his sympathies for the Taliban have never been tempered by honesty ...
said on Thursday that the 21st Amendment and the Army Act Amendment were draconian laws which would promote terrorism.

He said at a presser that religious parties would hold a seminar in Lahore on Jan 22 to inform the nation about the negative impact of these amendments.
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India-Pakistan
JUI-F distances from counterterrorism legislation
2015-01-06
Jamiat-i-Ulema-i-Pakistan-Fazal (JUI-F) has startled its coalition partners by announcing that it will not support the amendments in the Constitution and the Army Act the PML-N-led government has tabled in the National Assembly to fight terrorism.

“This is an action targeting the religious-minded of a single sect. We were neither informed about the amendments nor was our input (in drafting them) taken,” declared the party chief, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, at a press conference here.

His statement came on the day the assembly started debating the bill amending the Army Act to allow military courts to try civilians too in terrorism cases.

JUI-F chief was also critical of linking madaris (Islamic schools) and seminaries with the spread of terrorism in the country.

His grievances were shared by the chief of Jamaat-i-Islami, the only other Islamic party represented in the parliament. Mr Sirajul Haq separately told a party gathering that the target of those decrying terrorism was Islam and the madaris.

Both the leaders spoke of ‘consequences’ if their fears became the truth in the guise of counterterrorism under the National Action Plan (NAP) that their parties had agreed to in the aftermath of the Peshawar carnage of schoolchildren last month.

However, Jamaat-i-Islami Emir sounded more specific. “If there is any large scale action against the madaris,” he said, Maulana Fazlur Rehman confined himself to saying that there is no distinction between terrorists. “A terrorist is a terrorist. How can one say this is religious terrorism? And what about killing in the name of ethnicity and tribes? Is that not terrorism?” he asked.

Incidentally, neither the Maulana neither his party ever hinted at any of the known terrorist groups being behind the terror attacks the JUI-F have suffered over the years.

Senior party leaders say the government’s approach to the issue is not directed to end terrorism, but to sidetrack the public sentiments from the root causes of terrorism.

“This is a flawed policy,” spokesperson and former JUI-F MNA, Hafiz Hussain Ahmed told Dawn.

“Who cut deals with Baitullah Mehsud?” he pointedly asked referring to the ferocious leader of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, killed in a US drone attack in August 2009.
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