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India-Pakistan
Afghan Taliban will support Pakistan against foreign aggression: Sami
2017-09-16
[DAWN] The Afghan Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
have announced that they would support Pakistain against any threat by the Trump administration, pledging to stand by the government in case of any aggressive design pursued by the United States against the country.

Surprisingly, the announcement was not made public by the Emarat Islami Afghanistan, the official name of the Afghan Taliban, and was released by 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...
, chief of his own faction of the Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...a Pak religious party. It is usually part of the govt, never part of the solution...
, from Akora Khattak where he runs his madressah.

According to the statement, the Ittehad Ulema-e-Afghanistan ‐ a little known entity ‐ had after a meeting announced their support for Pakistain against an American aggression.

The meeting between the Afghan Taliban and Emarat Islami Afghanistan held under the banner of `Ittehad Ulema-e-Afghanistan’ was led by Mufti Mehmood Zakri. Representatives of various groups and religious organizations reportedly attended the meeting. It was not clear how those religious leaders are different from the Afghan Taliban.

Later, they sent a written statement to Maulana Haq, extending full support to Pakistain in case of an attack by the US or India. They said they would fight for Pakistain like they had rendered sacrifices for their own country [Afghanistan].

They urged Pak political and religious parties to shun their differences and forge unity among their ranks.

They also vowed that the Afghan Taliban would continue their jihad in Afghanistan and would struggle for the implementation of Islamic system in their country.

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India-Pakistan
Army won’t act against Haqqani network, says Samiul Haq
2017-08-25
[DAWN] Defence of Pakistain Council (DPC) chief 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...
said on Wednesday that the Pakistain Army would not take any action against the Haqqani network.

Addressing a presser at the National Press Club, where he lambasted US President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
’s recent remarks about Pakistain, he said that those he was affiliated with "were still fighting the Americans in Afghanistan".

In the most dire warning ever issued by a US president to Pakistain, Mr Trump accused Pakistain of "shelter[ing] the same organizations that try every single day to kill our people", despite being paid billions and billions of dollars.

Maulana Samiul Haq, who is the chief of his own faction of the Jamaat Ulema Islam (JUI-S), also issued a call for ’jihad’ to every section of society.

When asked about terrorist attacks being carried out in Pakistain by local actors affiliated with religious groups, the Maulana claimed that no Pak was involved in killing innocent people.

"We should hang Kulbushan [Jadhav] and other spies at once," he said, adding: "The West has been defaming jihad, [equating it] with terrorism, but we need to raise a call to jihad and ask each prayer leader in every mosque to preach the importance of jihad, so that our youth is prepared all the time."

He said: "We are fighting the Americans in Afghanistan and those who cannot fight are waging jihad with their words and pens; the whole nation needs to rise up to defeat the West."

At his presser, the DPC leader took aim at the recent US policy statement on Afghanistan, Pakistain and India.

He alleged that the US was defaming Pakistain for the ills of the Afghan government which, he said, had connived with the CIA and Indian intelligence, killing civilians and security personnel in Pakistain.

He praised China for its prompt reaction to the US president’s speech and said that the leaders of Pakistain should learn how to stand against US designs from North Korea and Iran.

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Bangladesh
Hefazat takes the Tea Party route
2017-08-04
That is the original, untouched headline, dear Reader.
[Dhaka Tribune] Over 50 central leaders of 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...
Bangladesh are planning to take part in the next national election under the banner of various registered Islamist political parties.

Although the Qawmi madrasa-based fundamentalist Islamist group claims to be a non-political movement, many of its members have already taken part in several local government elections in recent times, winning a few.

Following these victories, Islamist politicians who are affiliated with the group are now seeing the organization as a potential vote bank.

Despite its reiterations about not participating in elections, Hefazat central leadership has been silently consenting to these political aspirations. Sources within the organization say the leadership sees this as an opportunity to materialise their 13-point agenda.

Hefazat was formed in 2010 and came to prominence by mobilising opposition to the Shahbagh Movement in early 2013. It was then that they issued their now infamous 13-point charter, which included demands for a ban on the free mixing of men and women, and the death penalty for atheists.

Hefazat Ameer Shah Ahmed Shafi has said many times that his group is not a political party and they will not take part in any election.

But over the last few years, several Hefazat leaders have won public offices through local government elections, with tacit support from the group’s central command.

Nasir Uddin Munir, general secretary of Hefazat’s Hathazari municipality unit, was elected vice-chairman of Hathazari Upazila Gay Pareehad in 2014. The Hathazari madrasa is the headquarters of the group.

A Hefazat leader, seeking anonymity, said the organization sees this as a sign that they are popular among the public.

Some of the political parties where Hefazat leaders are vying for candidacies are: Nezam-e-Islami Party, 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...
, Khelafat Andolan, Khelafat Mojlish (Ishak), Khelafat Mojlish (Habibur Rahman), Khelafat Islami and two factions of Islami Oikya Jote
... a political party in Bangladesh. In the 2001 elections the party won 2 out of 300 elected members in an alliance with the Bangladesh Nationalist Party. It has a focus on building an islamic state, and has used the madrassas to gain support...
(IOJ).

Sources said Hefazat now plans to field candidates in over 50 constituencies, although some of the names under consideration by the group are accused of crimes and are facing several cases.
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India-Pakistan
JUI-F leader shot dead in Charsadda
2017-07-28
[DAWN] A religious scholar and leader of the Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...the political wing of the Pak Taliban...
-Fazl (JUI-F) was rubbed out in Shabqadar tehsil of Charsadda district on Wednesday morning.

According to police, Maulana Haq Nawaz Haqqani, administrator of Jamia Muhammadia in the Matta Mughalkhel area, was going to the mosque in his seminary for Fajr prayer at about 4.20am when two men on a cycle of violence opened fire on him. He suffered 10 bullet wounds and died instantly, while the killers escaped.

The body was taken to the tehsil headquarters hospital for post-mortem. Paperwork was started but nothing else was done at the Khwaja Was cop shoppe against unknown attackers.

Charsadda district police chief Khalid Suhial told Dawn that a joint team of police and the Counter Terrorism Department had been formed to investigate the case.

JUI-F leaders termed the incident assassination'>assassination. They said Maulana Haqqani was a non-controversial person and had no enmity.

The holy man’s disciples, Learned Elders of Islam and local people rushed to the seminary after the murder and held a protest demonstration. They blocked the Shabqaddar-Matta road. Police reopened the road after negotiations with the mourners.

Police had deployed additional personnel to control the situation.

Maulana Haqqani was buried in his ancestral graveyard in Matta Mughalkhel.

His funeral prayers were led by JUI-S chief 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...
A large number of the dear departed’s disciples, Learned Elders of Islam, religious and political parties’ leaders and other people attended the funeral.

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India-Pakistan
‘Father of Taliban’ Sami-ul-Haq offers conditional support to Afghan peace process
2017-07-20
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] The leader of Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...a Pak religious party. It is usually part of the govt, never part of the solution...
Sami (JUI-S) 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...
has offered a conditional support for the grinding of the peace processor in Afghanistan.

According to a statement released by Maula Sami’s office, the leader of the party has said he is prepared to support the Afghan grinding of the peace processor but the foreign forces must leave the country first.

He has reportedly made the remarks during a meeting with the Afghan ambassador to Pakistain.

The statement further added that the Afghan ambassador met with Maulana Sami to play his part in encouraging the Afghan Taliban
...Arabic for students...
to peace talks, considering his influential role.

In the meantime, Maulana Sami has called on the government of Pakistain to reconsider its policies in Afghanistan, claiming that India is taking advantage from the ongoing situation in the region.

Maulana Sami is the founder of Haqqani Madrasa in Pakistain from where several key Taliban leaders have graduated and it is believed that he is also having a key influence on the Afghan bully boys, considering the close relations he had with the Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar.

The Afghan officials are saying that Pak could play a key role in the reconciliation process and ending the violence in Afghanistan, insisting that the leadership councils of both the Taliban and the notorious Haqqani terrorist network are based inside the Pak soil where they have freedom of action and safe havens.

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India-Pakistan
Fatwa against terrorism
2017-06-02
[DAWN] WHEN violence is justified in the name of religion, it is best countered with the language of religion. Last Saturday, 31 prominent scholars from all Moslem schools of thought issued a unanimous fatwa condemning extremism and terrorism. Declaring the supporters of suicide kaboom as traitors, the religious decree defined jihad as being the purview of the state and disallowed the use of force to compel obedience to Islamic laws. The fatwa came at the conclusion of a national seminar organised by the International Islamic University in Islamabad to discuss the reconstruction of Pak society in the light of the Madina Charter. This document, often described as the oldest written constitution in the world, places emphasis on -- aside from various other issues -- peaceful resolution of disputes between people of different faiths, and the right of non-Moslems to autonomy and freedom of religion.

Granted, the fatwa contains little that is original: the Learned Elders of Islam have issued decrees along similar lines several times. There has been, in particular, a general consensus among them against suicide kaboom -- even if it has not always been unequivocal -- in which they have also been targeted. For instance, in 2009, Mufti Sarfaraz Ahmed Naeemi paid with his life for his robust condemnation of suicide kaboom in precisely such an attack. More recently, the JUI-F’s Maulana Ghafoor Haideri was injured when a jacket wallah struck his convoy, killing 27 people. The stance pertaining to jihad in the recently issued fatwa, however, is comparatively unusual. It harks back to the founder of 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...
, Maulana Maudoodi, not to mention other religious scholars of yore, who held that only a state can declare jihad and no individual or group has the right to wage a private jihad of its own.

The eminently sensible, if obvious, assertions in the decree have been met with disapproval by 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...
, who heads his own faction of the JUI. Known as the ’father of the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
’ because his madressah in Akora Khattak, KP, is the alma mater of several senior Afghan Taliban -- including their late leader 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 maulana has long been among the most strident supporters of militancy. Expressing concern over the fatwa, he contended that the rulers of the Moslem world were puppets of the West and could not therefore declare jihad against their masters. This is a perverse argument that has never lost currency among the ultra right and has been used to advocate armed struggle against the state. Certainly, resistance against the excesses of undemocratic or dictatorial regimes is morally justifiable, but its objective must be clear and violence should never be used to achieve it. Now, more than ever at this juncture, when various purveyors of violent extremism are creating mayhem in Pakistain and the region, it is important once again for religious leaders to reiterate the principles of peaceful coexistence.

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India-Pakistan
25 killed as Deputy Chairman Senate Haideri's convoy hit by explosion in Mastung
2017-05-13
[DAWN] At least 25 people have been killed and over 40 others injured in an kaboom 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...
's Mastung district, which is around an hour's drive from the quiet provincial capital, Quetta.

The bombing took place near a local seminary shortly after Friday prayers.

Deputy Chairman Senate Abdul Ghafoor Haideri
...Central Secretary General of JUI-F, member of the Pak senate, formerly provincial minister of Balochistan. He has a master's degree in Islam and runs a madrassah...
's convoy was hit in the attack. The kaboom occurred right as Haideri's convoy was exiting the seminary.

A Senate director staff, Iftikhar Mughal, was reportedly killed in the attack.

It is unclear whether the kaboom was the result of an improvised bomb (IED) or a suicide kaboom. Police say the attack is likely to have been a suicide kaboom.

Haideri had been invited to the seminary for an investiture ceremony, DawnNews reported.
Sounds like an inside job.
An eyewitness present at the event said the guests were leaving for a luncheon when Haideri's convoy came under attack.
Walked right into the setup. Maybe he drove.
The eyewitness told DawnNews that there was an kaboom, followed by sustained firing. "After the air cleared, we saw bodies everywhere."

A police car was part of Haideri's security detail and police officials are among those injured in the blast, another eyewitness said.

Haideri belongs to 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).

While speaking briefly to media, he said he had suffered minor injuries but was otherwise fine.

He has been shifted to Combined Military Hospital Quetta for treatment. His condition, according to Balochistan government front man Anwar ul Haq Kakar, is "safe and sound".

Nearby vehicles were damaged by the impact of the blast. -- DawnNews
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India-Pakistan
JI, JUI-F renege on resolution against Mardan lynching
2017-04-21
And we all are blindsided by this occurrence.
[DAWN] A day after the National Assembly resolved to insert safeguards into the blasphemy law, the 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...
(JI) and 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) reneged on their commitment.

On Tuesday, the lower house had unanimously adopted a resolution condemning the brutal murder of Abdul Wali Khan University student Mashal Khan on fabricated charges of blasphemy.

On that day, JI’s Sher Akbar Khan and JUI-F’s Naeema Kishwer Khan had spoken in favour of the resolution, even though the latter had not signed it. But on Wednesday, JI parliamentary leader Sahibzada Tariqullah came out in opposition to the proposal, saying that his party would not support any changes to the blasphemy law.

"The law is the law; whosoever forms a lynch mob should be acted against. But the blasphemy law does not call on people to dispense mob justice, there is nothing wrong with it," he declared.

"The problems we are facing are due to the lack of proper enforcement of these laws," he insisted, adding that if people were punished under the blasphemy law, there would be no room for mob justice.

Ms Khan also seemed to have a change of heart, saying that there was nothing in the blasphemy law that made people take the law into their own hands and called for its proper implementation.

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India-Pakistan
The JUI-F’s dilemma
2017-04-09
[DAWN] 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...
(JUI) is one of the oldest religio-political parties in the subcontinent. It has rendered a valuable contribution towards shaping the contemporary Moslem identity in India and Pakistain, besides influencing religious and political behaviour in other parts of the wider region.

In Pakistain, the faction of the JUI that is led by Maulana Fazlur Rehman
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Bangladesh
Special tribunal orders arrest of 25 leaders of radical Islamist groups
2017-03-06
[Dhaka Tribune] The court has issued arrest warrants against 25 people, including leaders of 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...
, in a case lodged against them four years ago for instigating an attack on Gonojagoron Moncho on February 22, 2013.

Dhaka Metropolitan 1 Special Tribunal Judge Mohammad Kamrul Hossain Molla ordered the arrest warrants based on the Shahbagh cop shoppe’s charge sheet which accuses 29 people for the bombing under the Explosives Act.

Islami Oikya Jote
... a political party in Bangladesh. In the 2001 elections the party won 2 out of 300 elected members in an alliance with the Bangladesh Nationalist Party. It has a focus on building an islamic state, and has used the madrassas to gain support...
Chairman Abdul Latif Nizami and Secretary General Mufti Md Faizullah, Bangladesh Khilafat Majlish Ameer Mawlana Md Ishaq, Secretary General Ahmed Abdul Quader and chief Mawlana Abdur Rouf Yusufi, 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...
Executive President Mufti Md Wakkas, Bangladesh Khilafat Andolon Ameer Shah Ahmedullah Ashraf and Nizam-e-Islam Bangladesh President Abdur Rakib are among the 25 accused.

The court has also ordered the Shahbagh cop shoppe OC to submit a report on April 6 stating whether these accused have been tossed in the slammer
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
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India-Pakistan
Afghan envoy meets Sami
2016-12-23
[DAWN] NOWSHERA: Afghan Ambassador Dr Omar Zakhilwal met 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...
, chief of his own faction the Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...the political wing of the Pak Taliban...
, on Wednesday and discussed with him the situation in Afghanistan and other important issues.

The diplomat visited the residence of Maulana Sami, who also heads the Defence of Pakistain Council, in Akora Khattak.

During the two-hour meeting, Pak-Afghan relations, restoration of a durable peace to the region and other issues were discussed.

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India-Pakistan
Partying with jihadis
2016-08-27
[DAWN] FOR many years now, the Pak military has been criticised for supporting violent jihadi groups. And liberals can be forgiven for having strong feelings on the subject. During the 1990s, when the Kashmire insurgency was in full swing, the liberals repeatedly predicted a backlash. The number of people killed by jihadists since then -- including many in the army -- shows that the liberals’ warnings were well founded.

But the military has not been alone in indulging the men of violence. Civilian leaders too have cut deals with jihadis who, if circumstances permitted, would like to see those politicians not only out of power but dead and buried too. And this is not a point that favours one party over the others: all the mainstream parties have made compromises with the murderous Moslems.

The most obvious recent example concerns the decision of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
provincial administration to grant $3 million to 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...
’s Haqqani madressah. Lest anyone be in any doubt about where Samiul Haq stands on matters of contemporary politics, his recently published book claims that the Afghan Taliban provided good government; that the late Osama bin Laden
... who used to be alive but now he's not...
was an "ideal man" and that Al Qaeda was a figment of the Western imagination.

Perhaps more importantly, some of those who assassinated Benazir Bhutto
... 11th Prime Minister of Pakistain in two non-consecutive terms from 1988 until 1990 and 1993 until 1996. She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of the Pakistain People's Party, who was murdered at the instigation of General Ayub Khan. She was murdered in her turn by person or persons unknown while campaigning in late 2007. Suspects include, to note just a few, Baitullah Mehsud, General Pervez Musharraf, the ISI, al-Qaeda in Pakistain, and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, who shows remarkably little curiosity about who done her in...
met in his madressah whilst planning the attack. And Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who ain't the sharpest bulb on the national tree...
has form in this area. When, in 2013, he agreed to head up the Pakistain Taliban’s negotiating team he demonstrated not only that he thought peace could be achieved through dialogue but also that he was willing to represent and speak for the TTP.

But it is not fair to single out the PTI leader. After all, in 2010 the Punjab
1.) Little Orphan Annie's bodyguard
2.) A province of Pakistain ruled by one of the Sharif brothers
3.) A province of India. It is majority (60 percent) Sikh and Hindoo (37 percent), which means it has relatively few Moslem riots....

provincial administration gave $1m to institutions linked to Jamaat-ud-Dawa
...the front organization of Lashkar-e-Taiba...
. In the same year, files recovered from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad
... A pleasant city located only 30 convenient miles from Islamabad. The city is noted for its nice weather and good schools. It is the site of Pakistain's military academy, which was within comfortable walking distance of the residence of the late Osama bin Laden....
reportedly revealed that as Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif
...Pak dynastic politician, brother of PM Nawaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab...
suggested the Pakistain government was ready to re-establish "normal relations" with the Pak Taliban as long as it did not conduct operations in Punjab. And there have been compromises within Punjab as well. In the run-up to the 2013 election there were widespread reports of a seat adjustment deal between the PML-N and ASWJ. Faced with criticism about these arrangements, some PML-N spokesmen did not issue a denial but argued instead that PPP exhibited a blatant double standard on the issue because it had done much the same thing in 2008.

Certainly, the PPP has on occasion helped hardliners. Given what happened in Islamabad in 2007, it is astonishing that, today, Abdul Aziz Ghazi is not only back in charge of the Lal Masjid
...literally the Red Mosque, located in Islamabad and frequented by all sorts of high govt officials. The proprietors, Ghazi Abdul Rasheed and Maulana Abdul Aziz Ghazi, unleashed their Islamic storm troopers on the city, shutting down whorehouses and beating people up who weren't devout enough. The Musharraf govt put an end to the nonsense by besieging the place. Abdul Aziz Ghazi was nabbed while he was trying to escape dressed up like a girl. BBC reported that the corpse count at 173, but other claims, usually hysterical, say there were up to 1000 titzup. Among their number was Abdul Rashid Ghazi. Everyone then said tut-tut and what a nice guy he had been...
but also drawing a state salary. As a recent independent documentary, Among the Believers, has recorded, it is not as if Abdul Aziz Ghazi has changed his view on the need to overthrow the government and impose Sharia: "if you think you can change us, forget it," he said.

And yet while Asif Ali Zardari was president the authorities not only oversaw the rehabilitation of Abdul Aziz Ghazi but went as far as offering him land for a new madressah on the edge of Islamabad. The idea, it seems, was that Lal Masjid needed to be compensated for the destruction it had brought upon itself.

These examples of civilian willingness to do business with violent jihadis suggest that they should not be taken too seriously when they criticise the army for doing much the same thing. Yet there is an important difference between the two. Ever since 1947-48, when the state connived in allowing Pakhtun rustics to go on jihad in Kashmire, the military has perceived the jihadis as a strategic asset that can help achieve various policy objectives. And some objectives have been achieved. The successful Mujahideen campaign against the Soviets in Afghanistan demonstrated that the violent jihadis can serve a purpose.

The politicians have different motives. Some are simply trying to protect themselves. After all, anyone extending favours to the jihadi leadership must calculate that there will be an improved chance that they won’t be the victim of an attack. But it’s not just a case of avoiding physical harm. There is also the grubby business of political advantage. Politicians on all sides have calculated that if securing power depends on reaching a deal with the religious hardliners then it’s a price well worth paying.

For millions of Paks who are not at the top of the various power structures, it might seem obvious enough that people who use violence to secure their objectives should be opposed. But most of those who have held power in Pakistain seem to have seen it differently. And while the military is often criticised for sponsoring jihadis, it’s only fair to point out that the politicians have themselves repeatedly appeased them.
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