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India-Pakistan
Afghanistan urges Sami to push for resumption of Taliban peace talks
2015-08-09
[DAWN] Afghanistan has sought the help of Maulana Samiul Haq
...the Godfather of the Taliban, leader of his own faction of the JUI. Known as Mullah Sandwich for his habit of having two young boys at a time...
to urge the Taliban to resume the Pakistain-brokered peace talks, which had been halted after the announced death of Taliban chief Mullah Omar
... a minor Pashtun commander in the war against the Soviets who made good as leader of the Taliban. As ruler of Afghanistan, he took the title Leader of the Faithful. The imposition of Pashtunkhwa on the nation institutionalized ignorance and brutality in a country already notable for its own fair share of ignorance and brutality...
Afghanistan's ambassador in Pakistain, Janan Mosazai, along with a delegation met the Maulana, who is the chief of his own faction of Jamaat-e-Ulema-e-Islam, and held a six-hour long meeting with him in Nowshera, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
.

Sources say the Afghan ambassador conveyed President Ashraf Ghani
...former chancellor of Kabul University, now president of Afghanistan. Before returning to Afghanistan in 2002 he was a scholar of political science and anthropology. He worked at the World Bank working on international development assistance. As Finance Minister of Afghanistan between July 2002 and December 2004, he led Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery until the Karzais stole all the money. ..
's message to Sami, requesting him to play his role in resumption of the suspended talks with Afghan Taliban.

Talking to media, Mosazai said Samiul Haq enjoys great support in Afghanistan and Pakistain, and confirmed that he requested the holy man to play his role for peace in the region.

The holy man, who runs the famous Darul Uloom Haqqania
...an Islamic seminary located in Akora Khattak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The seminary propagates the Deobandi trend of Sunni Islam and is headed by Maulana Samiul Haq, known as the Godfather of the Taliban. It has been dubbed The University of Jihad due to the methods and content of instruction along with the future occupations of its alumni....
, appreciated Mosazai's struggle for restoration of peace in Afghanistan and agreed to play his role in the matter.

On Aug 6, Maulana Samiul Haq, an influential figure among members of the Taliban on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistain border, himself had urged the newly declared head of the group, Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour, to sit down with rivals who have challenged his right to leadership.

"I would arrange for members of the two rival factions together to sit down in front of each other, ‎and in the presence of other leading religious scholars, we would listen to both sides and overcome this issue amicably," he told media.

Pakistain had hosted a meeting between the Afghan government and Afghan Taliban representatives in Murree on July 7, 2015, which was also attended by representatives from China and the United States.

The second round of the talks, which was scheduled to be held in Pakistain on July 31, 2015 was postponed after reports regarding the death of Mullah Omar and the ensuing leadership crisis among Taliban.
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Afghanistan
'Father of Taliban' Sami ul-Haq pledge allegiance to Mullah Mansoor
2015-08-07
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] An influential Pak religious scholar who was once labelled as the 'Father of Taliban' has pledged allegiance to the newly appointed Taliban supreme leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor.

Several other religious holy mans from Afghanistan and Pakistain pleged allegiance to Mullah Mansoor during a gathering presided over by Maulana Sami ul-Haq.

The holy mans were associated with Darul Uloom Haqqania
...an Islamic seminary located in Akora Khattak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The seminary propagates the Deobandi trend of Sunni Islam and is headed by Maulana Samiul Haq, known as the Godfather of the Taliban. It has been dubbed The University of Jihad due to the methods and content of instruction along with the future occupations of its alumni....
in Akora Khattak in the Nowshera district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
province of Pakistain.

The former Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is said to have graduated from the 4,000-student religious seminary along with several top cadres of the Afghan Taliban.

According to the Pak media reports, Maulana Sami ul-Haq along with the other holy mans called upon Afghan Ulema and people to forge unity in their ranks and submit to the leadership of Mullah Mansoor in order to 'foil the designs of infidels'.

Mullah Omar
... a minor Pashtun commander in the war against the Soviets who made good as leader of the Taliban. As ruler of Afghanistan, he took the title Leader of the Faithful. The imposition of Pashtunkhwa on the nation institutionalized ignorance and brutality in a country already notable for its own fair share of ignorance and brutality...
was mysteriously killed in a hospital in 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...
city of Pakistain in the month of April in 2013, according to the Afghan intelligence and top Taliban capo Mansoor Dadullah.

Taliban formally confirmed the death of Mullah Omar by issuing a statement last week and later announced the Mullah Mansoor was appointed as the group's new supreme leader.

Reports regarding the death of Mullah Omar emerged last week suggesting Pakistain have confirmed the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar to the Afghan government.

Mullah Omar's death was first confirmed by a splinter group of the Taliban -- Afghanistan Islamic Movement Fidai Mahaz, which claimed that he was assassinated Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor and Gull Agha.
Gul Agha Sherzai gave the Talibs their start, when they strung up some of his ruthless henchmen for raping young girls. He resumed his seat as governor of Kandahar under the early Karzai regime. Karzai appointed somebody else and Gul Agha chased him off. He later tried to establish himself in Herat and that didn't work, and I think he went from there to Khost. Anything they say against him I'm willing to believe. I'm sure he keeps a villain suit in his closet.
The group's front man Qari Hamza said Mullah Omar was killed two years ago in the same month of July.

Hamza claimed that the group has evidences to prove their claims that Mullah Omar was killed by Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansoor and Gull Agha.
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India-Pakistan
Ulema against polio
2015-08-07
[DAWN] PARENTAL refusals continue to be a worrying factor in the drive against polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
in Pakistain. As reported in this paper yesterday, during the last vaccination campaign in Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
, parents of over 21,000 children refused to allow their offspring to be inoculated against the crippling disease. Of these, 21pc declined on religious grounds. This was pointed out during a meeting in Quetta that provincial health officials held with prominent intellectuals and Learned Elders of Islam. With a vaccination drive scheduled to start soon in Balochistan, the religious leaders were asked to play a proactive role, particularly in the high-risk Quetta block, which includes Quetta, Pishin and Killa Abdullah districts. Significantly, these areas were the most affected by polio last year in the province which recorded around 25 polio cases. The religious leaders present at the meeting reaffirmed their continued support for the polio eradication campaign.

However,
if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
the clergy needs to do far more than mouthing platitudes and giving reassurances. It has considerable sway over societal attitudes to education and healthcare, particularly in the country's more conservative areas. Vaccination against polio is no exception. In fact, religious sentiment has been especially exploited on this issue by bully boyz to derail the anti-polio effort, render the work of vaccinators exceedingly dangerous and even justify the murder of around 70 polio workers and members of their security detail since 2012. Religious leaders can play a vital role to change the narrative and counter those peddling disinformation. However,
if you can't say something nice about a person some juicy gossip will go well...
the endeavour must be sustained and relentless enough to develop critical mass. In 2013, hard-line holy man Maulana Samiul Haq
...the Godfather of the Taliban, leader of his own faction of the JUI. Known as Mullah Sandwich for his habit of having two young boys at a time...
issued a fatwa urging parents to have their children vaccinated against polio; he later appeared in a photo-op with PTI chief Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who ain't the sharpest bulb on the national tree...
who administered anti-polio drops to his grandson. Aside from dramatic visuals, such one-stop, flash-in-the-pan efforts achieve little of substance. Pakistain's clergy could look to the stunning success in polio eradication by India where Learned Elders of Islam committees -- including representatives of various Moslem sects as well as a doctor -- were formed to address parental reservations regarding vaccination, reportedly found most often among Moslem communities. The strategy is often cited as having played a definitive role in India's campaign. Meanwhile,
...back at the shouting match, Bart was wondering if fisticuffs would be appropriate at this point...
although authorities in Pakistain have even jugged
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
parents/guardians for refusing to get their children inoculated against polio, they could perhaps -- as a somewhat less draconian sanction -- also consider linking the issuance or renewal of certain documents to parents allowing their children to be vaccinated.
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India-Pakistan
Religious minorities feel insecure in the country, NA told
2015-03-17
[DAWN] Members of opposition and treasury benches in the National Assembly on Monday said religious minorities are feeling insecure in the country due to the deteriorating law and order situation.

Commenting in the National Assembly regarding the terrorist attacks on churches in Lahore, Pakistain Peoples Party (PPP) MNA Syed Naveed Qamar said on Monday: "Government has failed to control terrorism as murderous Moslems are able to strike at any place". The forces of Evil carried out suicide kaboom on churches to defame Pakistain, he added.

Muttahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) politician Syed Asif Hasnain said the terrorist attacks on minorities are damaging the image of the country, while the people have started to believe that Pakistain is no more a secure country for the minorities.

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) politician Asiya Ansar said it was the responsibility of intelligence agencies to counter such heinous plans as people have been facing terrorism for over a decade now.

She said minorities are feeling insecure in their own country. "People believe they will fail to get justice that's why they are taking law in their own hands," the JUI-F MNA said.

Ruling party's MNA Khalil George demanded of the government to establish a separate task force to protect worship places across the country.

"The media should call those as 'deaders' who bit the dust in the forces of Evil attack in Lahore," he requested.
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India-Pakistan
JUI-F, JI rattle govt on military courts law
2015-01-06
[Dawn] Two religious parties and two smaller government allies seemed to have rattled the government in the National Assembly on Monday, opposing some religion-related passages of a key constitution amendment bill despite assurances from Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan
...Currently the Interior Minister of Pakistain. He is the senior leader of the Pak Moslem League (N) and a close aide to Nawaz Uncle Fester Sharif. He is noted for his vocal anti-American railing in the National Assembly. However (comma) Khan told the U.S. ambassador that he was in fact pro-American but he and the PML-N would have to be critical of US actions in order to remain publicly credible. Khan cited his wife and children's US citizenship as proof, which means he's lying to one side or the other and probably both. He wears a wig, but you probably guessed that. since hair doesn't grow naturally in that shape or texture...
that speedy trial military courts sought to be set up to try hard boyz would be no kangaroo courts.

It was earlier expected that the Constitution (Twenty-first Amendment) Bill, tabled in the house on Saturday at military's behest, would steer quickly without much ado after it was exempted from scrutiny by a house standing committee soon after its introduction, so it could go to the Senate on Tuesday.

But Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq allowed a previously unexpected debate after the government-allied 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) expressed its reservations at a news conference before coming to the house.

The main opposition PPP also conveyed to the government its hesitation to vote for military courts on the 87th birth anniversary of its founder, executed former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
...9th PM of Pakistain from 1973 to 1977, and 4th President of Pakistain from 1971 to 1973. He was the founder of the Pakistain Peoples Party (PPP). His eldest daughter, Benazir Bhutto, would also serve as hereditary PM. In a coup led by General Zia-ul-Haq, Bhutto was removed from office and was executed in 1979 for authorizing the murder of a political opponent...
.
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India-Pakistan
Punjab is the training centre for terrorists: ANP
2015-01-03
[DAWN] Awami National Party
founded by Abdul Wali Khan in 1986. Part of the PPP-led cabinet 2008-13. The ANP is considered left wing, advocating for secularism, democratic socialism, public sector government, and economic egalitarianism....
central general secretary Mian Iftikhar Hussain on Thursday declared Punjab a training centre for holy warriors and their criminal masterminds and demanded that the government begin a decisive action against terrorist outfits in the province.

He was speaking at the ?Shuhada Amn Qaumi Conference? here at Nishtar Hall on Thursday.

The Jamaat-e-Islam had organised the event to pay homage to 150 people, mostly children, massacred by the Taliban at the Army Public School and College 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.
on Dec 16.

Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, JUI-S chief Samiul Haq
...the Godfather of the Taliban, leader of his own faction of the JUI. Known as Mullah Sandwich for his habit of having two young boys at a time...
and leaders of various political parties were in attendance.

Mian Iftikhar told participants that terrorism could not be eliminated from the country until an operation began against terrorist organizations in Punjab.
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India-Pakistan
Pakistani officials furious over country’s portrayal in ‘Homeland’
2014-12-27
[NYPOST] ... The biggest gripe is that the show depicts Pakistan as undemocratic and allied with terrorists.

"Repeated insinuations that an intelligence agency of Pakistan is complicit in protecting the terrorists at the expense of innocent Pakistani civilians is not only absurd but also an insult to the ultimate sacrifices of the thousands of Pakistani security personnel in the war against terrorism," a source said.
"E pur se muove."
'MALIGNING A COUNTRY THAT HAS BEEN A CLOSE PARTNER AND ALLY OF THE US ... IS A DISSERVICE NOT ONLY TO THE SECURITY INTERESTS OF THE US BUT ALSO TO THE PEOPLE OF THE US.'
- Nadeem Hotiana
"Our culture embraces Western society. Pakistan believes in the democratic system of voting in our presidents."
We've seen that. Omar Saeed Sheikh hasn't been hanged. Hafiz Saeed is still in business, which involves blowing stuff up in India. Samiul Haq, the father of the Taliban, was the (failed) negotiator with them. The head of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi strolls in and out of court. You turned Swat over to a furry-faced holy man and his equally furry-faced son-in-law and then had to fight to get it back. Christians, Hindoos, Sikhs, and Shiites are bumped off regularly and Mullah Diesel is part of the government. Who's going to Lal Masjid every Friday? How about Hamid Gul? Mirza Aslam Beg? How many TNSM yokels made it home from the fighting in Afghanistan in 2001? Y'really wanna discuss a land of corruption and feudalism, over-seasoned with religious fanaticism?
"Pakistanis never embraced the dictators who, in the past, ruled the country because they took over the presidency through violent means.
Yeah. Nobody liked Zia-ul-Haq. Somehow his policies live on after he's decomposed.
" 'Homeland' makes it seem that Pakistan has contempt for Americans and its values and principles. That is not true."
Then his lips fell off.
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India-Pakistan
JUI-F activists take to streets against attack on party chief
2014-10-26
[DAWN] Activists 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...
-Fazl (JUI-F) on Friday held rallies across Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
to condemn suicide kaboom on the 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 ...
during a public meeting in Quetta on Thursday, and demanded arrest of the perpetrators.

The party activists took out a procession from the Namak Mandi mosque 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.
city, which turned into a public meeting at Qissa Khwani after passing through different roads.

The party's provincial general secretary Maulana Shujaul Mulk and former provincial minister Maulana Amanullah Haqqani led the rally. The participants were holding banners and placards inscribed with demands for arrest of the perpetrators of the suicide kaboom.

Shouting slogans against the terrorists, the protesters called upon the federal and Balochistan
...the Pak province bordering Kandahar and Uruzgun provinces in Afghanistan and Sistan Baluchistan in Iran. Its native Baloch propulation is being displaced by Pashtuns and Punjabis and they aren't happy about it...
governments to take immediate steps for arrest of those involved in the terrorist act.

They said that JUI-F had always worked for enforcement of Islamic system in the country and had very open policies, but even then its emir was targeted for the third time.

"We will give all kind of sacrifices for protection of our leader and the murderous Moslems cannot cow us down through such coward tactics," vowed the speakers.
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India-Pakistan
JUI-F leader gunned down in Hangu
2014-09-22
[DAWN] District Leader 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...
Fazl (JUI-F) Mualana Sher Alam Farooqi was bumped off in Tor Gundai area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa's
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
Hangu district
... Hangu is famous for its greenery, hills, beauty and water. Most of the people of this area are Bangash & Orakzai Pashtuns. Part of the Bangash are Shia. The Orakzai and the Sunni Bangash are determined to kill them...
on Sunday.

JUI-F Information Secretary Jalil Jan told Dawn.com that gunnies opened fire on Mr Farooqi outside his residence. He was struck down in his prime. Rescue teams rushed to the site of the incident and shifted the body to a local hospital for his appointment with Doctor Quincy.

The 55-year-old Farooqi graduated from Haqqania Madrassa and was the Deputy Emir of Thall Tehsil of Hangu district.

Mauala Sher Alam Faroqi was a close associate and class fellow of Mulana Gul Naseeb Khan.

'PTI government responsible'
The JUI-F has held the PTI government responsible for the death of their leader.

The provincial president of the JUI-F Mulana Gul Naseeb Khan in a statement said that the K-P government has failed to protect its citizens.

JI General Secretary Maulana Shuja-ul-Mulk said the provincial government is not serious in controlling the law and order situation. He said murders and kidnapping for ransom continue unabated.
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India-Pakistan
Haqqania Madrassa Largest Islamic Training Center for Taliban
2014-08-30
That'd be Samiul Haq's madrassa. Remember he was the Pak govt negotiator with the Pak Talibs?
[Tolo News] Deputy head of the largest Islamic training center, Darul Uloom Haqqania Madrassa located in Pakistain, called on the Taliban to fight against the Afghan government and foreign troops on Monday during an exclusive interview with TOLOnews.

Reports indicate that Mullah Omar
... a minor Pashtun commander in the war against the Soviets who made good as leader of the Taliban. As ruler of Afghanistan, he took the title Leader of the Faithful. The imposition of Pashtunkhwa on the nation institutionalized ignorance and brutality in a country already notable for its own fair share of ignorance and brutality...
, the notorious Taliban leader, has awarded the madrassa many times in training newcomers to fight.

"We call on the Afghan Taliban's and ask them what relations do the thousands of foreign troops have with Afghanistan?" asked Mawlana Hafiz-ul-Haq Haqqani, deputy head of the Darul Uloom Haqqania Madrassa. "They should fight against them [foreign troops] and the Afghan government."

More than 4,000 Afghan and Pakistain Taliban are currently being trained by the madrassa. Those who have completed their training join either willingly or forcefully are sent off to fight in Afghanistan targeting military and non-military personnel.

According to a number of Pak political experts, during the soviet invasion in Afghanistan many members of the Mujahidin were trained by the madrassa and sent out to defend the country.

"Those who fought against the soviet troops alongside the Mujahidin were trained by the Pak madrassas," Mohammad Jan Babur, Pak journalist, said.

Political analyst in Pakistain, Shamim Shahid, said the "Taliban regime in Afghanistan are graduates of Pakistain's madrassas."

The Haqqania Madrassa trains more than 4,000 students, but Pakistain has roughly 16,000 active madrassas in the country, of which almost 600,000 students are learning.
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India-Pakistan
Sami urges govt to pursue talks with Taliban again
2014-06-13
[DAWN] Maulana Samiul Haq
...the Godfather of the Taliban, leader of his own faction of the JUI. Known as Mullah Sandwich for his habit of having two young boys at a time...
, the chief of his own faction of Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...the political wing of the Pak Taliban...
(JUI-S) and a member of the now dysfunctional Taliban negotiation committee, said on Thursday that dialogue is the only solution to bring back peace in the country, DawnNews reported.

Speaking at a presser here, he urged the government of 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...
to pursue peace talks with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP), saying that the country was currently in a state of war.

Commenting on last night's US drone attacks in North Wazoo, the JUI-S chief said: "The government can see now that drone strikes have started again as soon as peace talks is over with the Taliban."

Maulana Sami, who is known as "Father of Taliban" in the West, said he entered into the government's peace initiative with all honesty. He blamed the government for derailing the grinding of the peace processor.

"(Military) operation is not the solution to the issue ... were you expecting that Taliban will present sweets to you?" he said.

He condemned the armed attack on 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...
airport that killed 37 people including all ten bully boyz on Sunday night.

Maulana Sami said that involvement of foreign hands was being investigated in the airport attack.

Commenting on Pak forces' air strikes in North Waziristan, he said thousands of rustics have fled the area due to the ongoing 'war.' He said his party would do all possible to help the IDPs.
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India-Pakistan
Fazl blames 'powers that be' for Fata turmoil
2014-06-01
[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...
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 Friday blamed the 'powers that be' for turmoil in Fata and said those powers wanted to begin military operation in North Wazoo instead of resolving the issue through dialogue.

Speaking at a tribal jirga, Mr Fazl said only one institution was trying to impose its decision on the entire nation and even didn't care about the joint resolutions of parliament and All-Party Conference.

He said the military operation against bully boyz was eyewash and that the real action had been launched against rustics.

"JUI is being victimised for opposing military operation in North Waziristan," he said.

Says Fata people being ridiculed at security checkpoints
The JUI-F chief came down heavily on security forces for 'ill-treating' the Fata people and alleged that common man in the region was ridiculed at the military's checkpoints.

"I challenge them (security forces to show a single terrorist, who has been enjugged
Into the paddy wagon wit' yez!
at army checkpoints," he said.

He said Learned Elders of Islam had de-radicalised thousands of would-be jacket wallahs but their contribution hadn't been acknowledged.

The JUI-F chief said preparations for a full-fledged military operation in North Waziristan had been finalised and that 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...
had given a serious statement that he gave one chance to peace by initiating talks with the Taliban.

He said the government was not sincere about restoration of peace through talks and that was why his party didn't join the process.

Mr Fazl said his party didn't favour talks between the government and Taliban committees as political forces gave mandate for the same to the tribal jirga, which was formed in 2012.

He said he was sure peace talks won't succeed but even then, he didn't oppose the process.

"The reason for annoyance of powers that be is that JUI wants to engage tribal jirga in peace talks with the Taliban, which is not acceptable to one institution," he said.

The JUI-F chief said his party was 'punished' in general elections for principled stand on the matter.

He said he was trying to bring religious forces to a single platform and would soon meet leaders of religious parties for the purpose.

The jirga, where 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...
chief Sirajul Haq, Pakistain People's Party leader Rahimdad Khan, MNAs, MPAs and tribal Maliks were in attendance, unanimously passed a resolution demanding that the government announce a special package for the rehabilitation of internally displaced persons and reconstruct damaged infrastructure in tribal areas.

It passed another resolution condemning the recent military operation in Mirali and Miranshah
... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas...
and asking the government to begin meaningful talks with the Taliban for peace.

The participants agreed that tribal jirga should be engaged in talks.

They also condemned the killing of Malik Qadir Khan and other tribal elders, who had begun efforts for restoration of peace in Fata.
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