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    Head of JUI-F. "Mullah Diesel."
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India-Pakistan
Fazl arrives in Karachi to push for MQM's return to Parliament
2015-08-18
[DAWN] The chief of 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...
-- F (JUI-F), 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 ...
, reached Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
Monday evening where he is scheduled to hold talks with the disgruntled 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) leaders who resigned from Parliament last week in protest over excesses committed during the Rangers-led security operation in Karachi.

Fazl has been tasked to sooth the MQM politicians and convince them to take back their resignations. He is expected to hold a meeting with MQM officials tomorrow at Nine Zero.
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India-Pakistan
JUI-F chief tasked to woo MQM lawmakers back to parliament
2015-08-14
[DAWN] 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 ...
on Thursday was tasked with the responsibility to convince 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) politicians to withdraw their resignations submitted a day earlier.

Earlier, Prime Minister 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...
chaired a meeting of the parliamentary leaders to discuss the matter of resignations submitted by MQM politicians.

After the meeting, Maulana Fazlur Rehman addressed mediapersons outside Parliament House and said that Khursheed Shah had tasked him with the responsibility "to contact the increasingly corpulentAltaf Hussain
..The head of MQM in Pakistain, who has lived in London and hasn't laid eyes on Pakistain since Caesar made corporal. Judging from the size of him,he may be a Hutt...
and MQM leadership so that they agree to take back their resignations and return to parliament."

He said MQM's actions could cause a political crisis and that he will make efforts to defuse the situation.

The JUI-F further said that he will consult constitutional experts before approaching MQM politicians and added that positives signs had also been received from the MQM.

Fazl said that he had already stated obvious his stance on the situation that once the resignations are submitted or are sent to the speaker's chamber, then the resignations cannot be taken back as per rules of constitution.
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Bangladesh
Militant leader wanted to fight poverty with jihad
2015-06-26
[Dhaka Tribune] The chief of recently emerged Bangladesh Jihadi Group had launched the krazed killer platform as a means of changing his financial condition by sending members to Syria and Iraq to fight for the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
, detectives say.

Md Asaduzzaman alias Milon alias Milu alias Abdullah alias Anik, the suspected commander of the group jugged
Yez got nuttin' on me, coppers! Nuttin'!
on Wednesday, was unable to bear the family needs with Tk100 that he used to get by assisting a lawyer.

At the court, Asad had met with the brother of Harkat-ul Jihad Al Islami Bangladesh (HuJI-B
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.
) chief Maulana Abdur Rouf and soon became close to work together.

The group also planned robbing banks to raise funds. But most of its members including the second-in-command, Maulana Nurullah Kashemi, were arrested before committing the robbery at a private bank in Saidpur.

Both Asad and Kashemi met with Rouf at the jail before launching the platform in October last year, officials at the Detective Branch of police say.

Asad completed his LLB from Darul Ihsan University, but did not get a job anywhere. He then started working as an assistant of a lawyer at the Dhaka Judge's Court. But since the pay was tiny, he had to lend money from his relatives and other lawyers.

"He was feeling helpless, and at some point decided to change the society and the people through jihad," DB Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam told news hounds yesterday.

Brother of the HuJIB chief often went to the court to deal with Rouf's cases and came in contact with Asad.

Kashemi had served as resident preacher at a mosque while staying in Kuwait. Returning home recently, he opened a branch of Al-Azhar University of Egypt. But failing to make profit from the business, he shut it down. He later started writing Islamic books and giving sermons at different religious functions. During his bad times, Kashemi contacted a number of people to do something significant for Islam, but none supported him. Then he met Asad, who took him to Rouf.

The group was recruiting students from madrasas and private universities with radical views as members, and working to send them to the Middle East as IS fighters after training in Shariatpur and some bordering areas in the northern part of the country.

"Asad was planning to go abroad to collect funds," Monirul said.

The platform had invited the members of all banned and little-known krazed killer organizations to work together to establish a Shariah state by undermining the democratic process, castigating the rulers and terrorising the secular forces and the law enforcers.

A team of counter-terrorism and transnational crime unit of the DB police arrested Asad and Firoz Md Tomal, the key financier of Bangladesh Jihadi Group, during a drive in the capital's Mohammadpur area.

Detectives also recovered three foreign pistols, 16 rounds of bullet, 1kg explosives and two laptops from their possessions, Monirul said.

A case was filed against the arrestees with Mohammadpur police under the Anti-Terrorism Act. They were placed on a five-day remand yesterday by a Dhaka court.

The duo were arrested on information given by the nine members of the group including Kashemi held on June 7. Their explosives suppliers, a lab assistant of Dhaka University and three others, were arrested on June 16.

Ex-defence, police trained recruits

As part of their plan to provide extensive training to the new recruits, the Jihadi Group leaders were trying to convince terminated and retired officials of different forces to work as trainers, Monirul said adding that some of them had already agreed to assist the group.

Once the training was completed, their target was to send the members to Syria to work for IS. On return, they were supposed to work to establish Shariah rule in Bangladesh.

Tomal financed

Hailing from a rich family, Tomal had completed graduation on electrical engineering at Independent University of Bangladesh. His father, an assistant commissioner of customs, has at least 17 houses and flats in the capital. Tomal used to collect the rents, Monirul said.

"Tomal used to finance the outfit through Asad. But as it was difficult to run the outfit only by one financier, they were planning to conduct bank robbery."

Both the arrestees admitted that Tomal owned the recovered pistols.

Sanowar Hossain, additional deputy commissioner of DB police, told the Dhaka Tribune that they had got identities of 25-30 members of the group and hoped that the others would be arrested
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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 Americaâ„¢, 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
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
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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