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India-Pakistan
Hindu woman elected to Pakistan’s senate in historic first
2018-03-05
[Hurriyet Daily News] Paks have elected a woman from the country’s marginalized Hindu minority to the senate for the first time ever in an election in which a Taliban
...Arabic for students...
-linked holy man was defeated.

Krishna Kumari, a member of the Pakistain People’s Party, hails from the so-called untouchables, the lowest rung of the caste system that still prevails in Pakistain and neighboring India.

Meanwhile,
...back at the barn, a little lightbulb figuratively appeared over Bossy's head...
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 mentor to a number of Taliban leaders, fell short. Extremist groups in Pakistain have mobilized mass rallies in recent years, but have largely failed to translate their clout into electoral victories.

Lawmakers in national and four provincial assemblies on Saturday elected half of the 104-member Senate to six-year terms.

Deposed premier 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, then by the courts...
’s party holds a plurality in the upper house of parliament, with 33 seats.

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India-Pakistan
Funds for ‘jihad university’
2018-02-27
[DAWN] EITHER the PTI is completely blind to the optics or its political ambitions have trumped all other considerations.

At a time when Pakistain is regarded with suspicion for allegedly not having done enough to stop terror financing, KP’s PTI-led government is set to approve a grant of Rs277m for 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...
’s Darul Aloom Haqqania, otherwise known as the ’jihad university’.

The sobriquet is well-deserved, for the seminary ‐ located in KP ‐ has churned out thousands of holy warriors since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

In fact, so many Afghan Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
leaders have studied here that the maulana, who also heads his own faction of the JUI, is often dubbed the ’father of the Taliban’.

These are dubious credentials, and the PTI ought not to dismiss them lightly.

Indeed, this is not the first but the second time that the madressah is to be the recipient of such largesse.

The provincial government in its 2016-2017 budget allocated it a grant of Rs300m.

The flimsy pretext offered by the PTI then was that the money would go towards implementation of reforms by the Darul Aloom Haqqania to bring it into the educational mainstream.

No doubt there is an urgent need for changes to seminary curriculums in order to curb radical ideologies.

Nevertheless, in the two years since the first grant, it is far from clear what reforms, if any, have been carried out at a madressah whose chief holy man was, not too long ago, unabashedly vocal in his support for the late Osama bin Laden
... who is now among the dear departed, though not among the dearest...
as well as the banned TTP.

There has, however, been a significant political development in the interim, with the JUI-S and PTI declaring their intention to form a ’joint strategy’ in the coming election, an alliance presumably designed to counter the JUI-F, their nemesis in KP.

In the run-up to elections, incumbent governments do take steps to shore up their chances at the hustings, but the PTI’s move is a cynical one, and deeply troubling in its disregard for the consequences.

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India-Pakistan
Pakistan will expedite steps to curb terror financing: interior minister
2018-02-25
[DAWN] Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Saturday ‐ a day after Pakistain avoided ending up on a terror watch list by a global task force ‐ said that the government will expedite steps to curb terror financing and money laundering.
If that's so -- and I'm sure we're all certain it is! -- that should mean that the money Khyber-Pakhtunwa was reported about to funnel into Samiul Haq's School for Jihad is going to be stopped. Right?
Pakistain's performance in the war against terrorism was better than others', but it still faced pressure from Washington, the minister said.

Iqbal said the motion put forward against Pakistain by the US was moved on "political basis" with the intention of bringing Pakistain under pressure.

Playing down speculations that the placement on the watch list could have severe economic repercussions for Pakistain, the minister said steps taken by the country against terror financing were not to please FATF or the US but they are "in the interest of our country".

He said being a responsible state, it was Pakistain's duty to ensure implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions as not doing so effectively could give international lobbies the chance to campaign against Pakistain.

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India-Pakistan
KP govt to approve Rs277m grant for Darul Uloom Haqqania
2018-02-24
[DAWN] The provincial government of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is set to approve a Rs277 million grant for 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....
, DawnNews learnt on Friday.

A summary for the grant to be given to the madressah headed 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...
from the chief minister's discretionary funds has been sent to Pervez Khattak, religious affairs minister Habibur Rehman disclosed.

The funds are being disbursed on special directives of chief minister Khattak himself.

This is not the first time that the madressah would be on the receiving end of a gracious grant from Pakistain Tekhreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led KP government as Rs300m were allocated for it in the budget for financial year 2016-17.

Defending the move, PTI chief Imran Khan
... aka Taliban Khan, who ain't the sharpest bulb on the national tree...
had said that the funds and support would help the seminary students assimilate in our society, bring them in to the mainstream and keep them away from radicalisation.

"The same Darul Uloom was supported and financed by ANP, even the late Wali Khan went there," the PTI chief had said.

Samiul Haq is also being backed by the PTI to receive a berth in the Senate on a seat from KP in elections to be held on March 3.

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India-Pakistan
Sami files papers for Senate polls with PTI support
2018-02-09
[DAWN] 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...
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...
filed his nomination papers for the Senate elections here on Wednesday after getting support of the 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....
-backed MPAs.

Disgruntled MPAs Abdul Shakoor Khan of the Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl and Barrister Sultan Mehmood of the Qaumi Watan Party, who recently joined the PTI, became proposer and seconder of the elderly Maulana from Akora Khattak.

Maulana Sami submitted his nomination papers to the returning officer at the Election Commission office.

Abdul Shakoor confirmed that he and Sultan Mehmood had signed the nomination papers of the JUI-S chief.

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India-Pakistan
Religious parties assemble in Mardan to demand release of men convicted in Mashal Khan murder case
2018-02-09
[DAWN] Multiple religious parties are set to protest on Friday against the conviction of 31 men found to have been involved in the brutal murder of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan student Mashal Khan, who was lynched in April 2017 after being falsely accused of blasphemy.

The protest will be held after Friday prayers at a mosque in Mardan, where different religious and political parties will converge under the 'Khatm-e-Nabuwwat Mardan' banner to protest the convictions.

The protest has been sponsored by 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), Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...a Pak religious party. It is usually part of the govt, never part of the solution...
-Fazl (JUI-F) and 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...
's Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam.

The JI also held a gathering in Mardan on Wednesday to 'welcome' those acquitted by the ATC.

JI's Emir in Mardan, Dr Attaur Rehman, while speaking to DawnNews said the party is a constitutional and religious party which wants Shariah law imposed in Pakistain.

"The Haripur ATC honourably acquitted 26 individuals in the Mashal Khan case. This means they are innocent and we have gathered to give them an exemplary welcome," he had said.

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India-Pakistan
Decree against Afghan Taliban
2017-12-17
[DAWN] THE strength of the Afghan Taliban
...Arabic for students...
mainly rests with their territorial control in Afghanistan and a ’religious’ narrative of the struggle against the ’foreign occupation’ of Afghanistan. Kabul believes they can be delegitimised if Pak religious scholars issue a fatwa, or religious decree, against the Taliban’s armed resistance.

Former president Hamid Maybe I'll join the Taliban Karzai
...A product, probably the sole product, of the Southern Alliance...
tried hard to pursue the Pak government and religious scholars from KP, including 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 ...
and 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...
, but all attempts proved futile. However,
corruption finds a dozen alibis for its evil deeds...
Kabul is still confident as army chief Gen Qamar Bajwa reportedly promised the Afghan government in October that he would try to obtain a fatwa from Pak religious scholars.

To what extent a fatwa can affect a resistance movement such as that of the Afghan Taliban is debatable; it is not certain who will issue and support such a decree, as Pak religious scholars have in many instances declared the Afghan Taliban’s resistance a jihad. It is no secret that most leaders of the Afghan Taliban studied in Pakistain’s madressahs and that sectarian affinity still exists between the two. Nevertheless, as part of a Pak media delegation that recently visited Kabul, this writer felt that Afghan officials were hopeful that an anti-Taliban fatwa would come from Pakistain soon.

As Pakistain’s media is busy covering internal political crisis, Afghanistan is rarely discussed at public forums; the Foreign Office and ISPR have also not issued any substantive statement on the issue of Afghans anticipating a fatwa. In connection with the army chief’s visit to Kabul in October, the media only reported on the establishment of high-level contacts between the two countries and formation of working groups to increase military, intelligence and economic cooperation, apart from evolving a joint mechanism for the return of Afghan refugees from Pakistain. These were positive developments and will, indeed, help reduce the trust deficit between the two countries. Nevertheless, the reported fatwa component has not been highlighted in the media.
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India-Pakistan
Alliance with PTI on all seats across country: JUI-S
2017-11-22
[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...
, chief of his own faction of 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-S), has said that the electoral alliance with the 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) will not be limited to Nowshera district, rather it will be on all constituencies across the country.

Quoting Maulana Haq, his personal assistant Ahmed Shah told Dawn that details of the alliance would be made public after the party’s Majlis-e-Shura meeting in Lahore on Nov 29.

He said the alliance would be on all seats across the country, adding that seats on which the JUI-S candidates would contest in the coming general elections would be announced after the Shura meeting.

He said the election manifesto, flag and symbol would be decided later. In reply to a question, he said the two parties had mutual understanding on all natio­nal and international issues, adding that the alliance was being made in the best interest of Pakistain and its people.

He said that ideologies of both parties had similarities and they were ready to work together.

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India-Pakistan
PTI, JUI-S agree to prepare ‘joint strategy’ for elections
2017-11-21
[DAWN] The 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) and the Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...the political wing of the Pak Taliban...
-Sami (JUI-S) have agreed to formulate a "joint strategy" for the next general elections.

The decision was made by the leaderships of the two parties at a meeting also attended 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...
and 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...
, said a handout issued by the PTI’s media department here on Sunday.

The leaders of the two parties agreed to continue consultations and contacts with each other so that they could come closer before the next elections.

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India-Pakistan
Sami links MMA’s revival to support for Fata-KP merger
2017-11-20
[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...
-Sami 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...
on Saturday announced that the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal would be revived only if the religious parties, including JUI-F, supported the merger of Fata with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

He was speaking to the members of the Tribal Youth Jirga, who called on him at the Darul Uloom-e-Haqqania in Akora Khattak here to discuss the issue of Fata-KP merger.

The delegation comprised youth leaders from the PPP, ANP, PTI, 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...
, Qaumi Watan Party and other parties’ Fata chapters.

The JUI-S chief said he didn’t confront JUI-F leader 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 ...
but didn’t understand his logic behind opposition to the merger of tribal areas with KP.

"I don’t know why Maulana Fazlur Rehman is opposed to the merger of Fata with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa," he said.

Mr Sami said the JUI-F chief had never favoured bids to form alliance of religious parties.

He said ironically, Mr Fazl opposed the Shariat Bill in parliament though it was tabled by his teachers and even he made fun of it by declaring it shararat (mischief) bill.

"Maulana Fazlur Rehman studied at Darul Uloom-e-Haqqania for seven years but we don’t understand his aims and objectives," he said.

The JUI-S chief said he didn’t agree to the opinion that the Frontier Crimes Regulation was close to Islamic teachings, and rather declared it a system of brutalities.

"Tribal people are fighting a war for rights.

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Afghanistan
Peace to return to Afghanistan the moment foreign troops leave, Pak’s JUI-S party
2017-11-03
[Khaama (Afghanistan)] Jamaat Ulema-e-Islam
...the political wing of the Pak Taliban...
-Sami (JUI-S) party led 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...
led by Maulana Samiul Haq has said peace will return to Afghanistan the moment the foreign forces leave the country.

A front man for the party Maulana Yousuf Shah has told a local media outlet that the leader of the party has been approached by the Afghanistan's Caped President and the Afghan Ambassador to Pakistain regarding his meddling in the Afghan reconciliation process.

"Afghanistan's Caped 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. ..
and Ambassador to Pakistain Omar Zakhilwal have been pursuing the 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....
chief [Samiul Haq] to help restore peace in Afghanistan," Shah told The Express Tribune.

He claimed that "But even if he [Haq] approaches the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
, the Afghan nation will not accept foreign troops’ presence in their country."

He said the JUI-S had made it clear that peace was not possible in the presence of the US troops in Afghanistan.

"The Afghan government is confined to the district headquarters only and rest of the country is being run by the Afghan Taliban," he said.

Shah insisted that "The Afghan nation stands by the Taliban. The moment the foreigners leave, peace will automatically be restored across Afghanistan."

This comes as the leader of the party had earlier vowed support to Afghan peace and reconciliation processs.

Darul Uloomi-e-Haqqania led by Maulana Haq in a statement last monthat a two-hour long meeting was held between Maulana Haq and the Afghan Ambassador.

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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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