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|Partying with jihadis|
|[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 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 s.
The most obvious recent example concerns the decision of the provincial administration to grant $3 million to ’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 was an "ideal man" and that Al Qaeda was a figment of the Western imagination.
Perhaps more importantly, some of those who assassinated met in his madressah whilst planning the attack. And 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 provincial administration gave $1m to institutions linked to . In the same year, files recovered from Osama bin Laden’s compound in reportedly revealed that as Punjab chief minister 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 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 to go on jihad in , 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.
|Communists would have occupied Pakistan had the Afghans not stopped them: Samiul Haq|
|[Khaama (Afghanistan)] A prominent Pak politician and religious scholar Maulana has said the communists would have occupied Pakistain had the Afghans not stopped them.|
Samiul Haq who is considered as the father of the Taliban group made the remarks as the Pak authorities have stepped up crackdown on the Afghan refugees which he called a bad policy.
He was speaking at a meeting with elders of the Afghan refugees here, insisting that the act would render the sacrifices of Paks meaningless.
"The forced repatriation and the law-enforcement agencies personnel’s harsh treatment of Afghan refugees would spoil the sacrifices Paks rendered by hosting the Afghans during the last more than 30 years," he was quoted as saying in a report by The News Internaitonal.
Samiul Haq further added that the Afghans laid down their lives to stop the invading forces of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan from intruding into and occupying other Islamic countries of the region.He said the communists would have occupied Pakistain had the Afghans not stopped them in Afghanistan.
He also claimed that the anti- powers wanted to pitch the Afghans and Paks against each other.
Assuring the Afghan elders to taCommunists would have occupied Pakistain had the Afghans not stopped them: Samiul Haqke up the issue with the civil and military leadership in Pakistain, Samiul Haq asked the Ulema across the country to inform the people about the consequences of the policy of unfriendly attitude towards the Afghan refugees for peace in Pakistain and the region.
|Fazl rules out possibility of coup in country|
|[DAWN] PESHAWAR: -Fazl chief has ruled out possibility of military coup in the country.|
"I don’t see any possibility of military takeover in the country, no doubt Army Chief Gen is a popular commander," he said in reply to a question put to him during a here on Tuesday.
He lauded the Turkish people and President for foiling the coup in The JUI-F chief said that some elements tried to instigate the army for takeover by displaying portraits of Gen Raheel across the country. He said that those elements attempted to make Gen Raheel controversial.
"Those, who displayed portraits of Gen Raheel, should be tried under Article 6 of the Constitution," he demanded, adding that those elements had harmed the army chief through displaying his portraits.
There was need of strict action against those elements, who had invited the army chief to take over, he said.
Mr Fazl said that abortive military coup in Turkey was an international conspiracy.
|Taliban madrassah agreed to reforms in return for Rs300m: Imran Khan|
|[DAWN] Pakistain (PTI) chairman on Friday said agreed to implement reforms in return for (KP) government's budget allocation of Rs300 million for the religious seminary.|
The seminary is located in Nowshera district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and currently run by -Sami chief Maulana . It has faced several controversies in the past as its students Abdullah alias Saddam Nadir alias Qari Ismail, Rasheed alias Turabi and Faiz Muhammad have been accused of involvement in the murder of former prime minister . The seminary is also said to be the alma mater of many prominent Afghan Taliban leaders.
"Musharraf received billions from the west for madressah reform and even Maulana Samiul Haq was approached but he rejected the grant, now they are ready for reforms as they trust PTI's government," Imran Khan told journalists during a in Islamabad.
Imran added that progressive reforms are being implemented to better integrate seminary students in to the mainstream, and said those opposing such moves know "little of Pak society."
"Are millions of students studying in these seminaries terrorists?"
The PTI chief further added he has asked the KP government to conduct a to better explain the grant.
Related: Imran defends KP govt's Rs300m grant for Darul Uloom Haqqania
When asked if he will visit PM when he returns to Pakistain, as the PM visited him when he fell from the container, the PTI chief stated he has sent flowers to the PM and would have visited him "if he were treated in a Pak hospital."
|Funds for madressah|
|[DAWN] DOLING out public funds to forward political agendas is a well-established practice in Pakistain. Out of many such instances, one particular political donation has been in the news of late. According to reports, the PTI-led KP government has put aside Rs300m for , located in Akora Khattak, from the recently passed provincial budget. Party and government officials have defended the ’donation’ in the name of bringing the seminary -- overseen by Maulana , who runs his own faction of the -- into the mainstream. Apparently, the funds will be spent on construction and repairs at the seminary. this ’donation’ has raised hackles, as questions of propriety and conflict of interest arise.|
For one thing, the madressah is a private institution. Critics are right to ask why a private set-up is receiving a large amount of public funds. After all, the KP budget is financed by the taxpayer; it is not the funds of the PTI that are being provided to the Darul Uloom, but of the people of the province. Also, if the KP administration justifies providing government funds to a private madressah, what of the other private institutions in the province; will they also be entitled to financial support from the state? Even if the seminary did not have links to hard-line circles -- as it very much does -- it would be difficult to justify this transfer of funds. Moreover, the Darul Uloom is a highly political seminary, a veritable arm of the JUI-S. Samiul Haq is also a rival of the JUI faction led by Maulana Fazlur Rahman, who in turn has a toxic rivalry with the PTI. So the financial support can be seen as supporting the ’enemy’ of the KP government’s ’enemy’, while the madressah is located in district Nowshera, the home district of the KP chief minister, which raises issues of conflict of interest. The decision to grant the seminary state funds should be revisited as it sets a negative precedent and politicises public funds.
|Imran defends KP govt's Rs300mn grant for Darul Uloom Haqqania|
|[DAWN] Pakistain (PTI) chairman on Monday defended (KP) government's budget allocation of Rs300 million for religious seminary In an interview with Geo News, Imran Khan said the funds and support will 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," said the PTI chief.
Imran elaborated that when the Taliban were opposing the anti- campaign in the province and were killing polio workers, Maulana (head of Darul Uloom Haqqania) supported him and launched a polio-immunisation campaign.
The KP government set aside a grant of Rs300 million for the construction and rehabilitation of the Darul Uloom Haqqania in Akora, Khattak, in the annual provincial budget for the upcoming fiscal year angering both (ANP) and Pakistain Peoples Party (PPP).
The seminary, located in Nowshera district and currently run by -Sami chief Maulana Samiul Haq, has faced controversy in the past as its students have been accused of involvement in the murder of former prime minister the seminary administration denied having any connection with the suspects.
|Every drop of blood to be avenged: Nawaz Sharif|
|[Khaleej Times] Peshawar: Pakistain's leader called on Wednesday for vengeance under portraits of children killed by Taliban bullets as the country marked the first anniversary of a school massacre that left 151 people dead in its worst-ever attack.|
Are they gonna put Samiul Haq in charge of the vengeance?
Families of the victims along with military and attended an emotional ceremony at the army-run school in of to mark the assault, which mostly claimed the lives of schoolchildren and has been termed a "mini-9/11" for the country.
Children are usually easier targets. Adults can be armed and dangerous.
Relatives were accompanied by students bearing images of their loved ones as they spoke one by one of children with bright smiles who worried about their hair and handwriting but had dreams of being artists and engineers.
If they'd dreamed about growing up to be jihadis maybe they'd have lived to detonate their own vests.
"My children, today I make this promise to you, that I will take for every drop of your blood," Prime Minister said, addressing the victims directly.
"Yeah. Trust me on this."
The ceremony, which a military official said was attended by some 2,500 guests including celebrities and sports stars, was broadcast live on state television.
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
Powerful military chief and opposition leader were also in attendance.
|MQM opts out of dialogue again, says resignations final|
|[DAWN] (MQM) in an emergency called early Thursday morning announced its decision to withdraw from talks with the government once again, alleging that the government was not serious about the dialogue process.|
The party had simultaneously resigned from the National Assembly, Senate and the Sindh Assembly last month over what it said were "excesses" committed by security forces against its workers and members during the Rangers-led operation in .
Following the party's resignation from the three legislative floors, the government was reluctant in accepting the resignations and tasked --Fazl chief to hold talks with MQM in an attempt to persuade the party to withdraw its resignations.
But talks broke down abruptly almost immediately after they began when an attempt was made in Karachi on MQM MNA Rashid Godil, whose driver was killed in the gun attack. The attack had happened as Maulana was holding talks with an MQM delegation at Nine Zero in Karachi.
|Afghanistan urges Sami to push for resumption of Taliban peace talks|
|[DAWN] Afghanistan has sought the help of Maulana to urge the Taliban to resume the Pakistain-brokered peace talks, which had been halted after the announced death of Taliban chief 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, .|
Sources say the Afghan ambassador conveyed President '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 to play his role for peace in the region.
The , who runs the famous , 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.
|'Father of Taliban' Sami ul-Haq pledge allegiance to Mullah Mansoor|
|[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 s from Afghanistan and Pakistain pleged allegiance to Mullah Mansoor during a gathering presided over by Maulana Sami ul-Haq.
The s were associated with in Akora Khattak in the Nowshera district of 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 s 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'.
was mysteriously killed in a hospital in city of Pakistain in the month of April in 2013, according to the Afghan intelligence and top 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 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.
|Ulema against polio|
|[DAWN] PARENTAL refusals continue to be a worrying factor in the drive against in Pakistain. As reported in this paper yesterday, during the last vaccination campaign in , 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 . 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.|
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 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. the endeavour must be sustained and relentless enough to develop critical mass. In 2013, hard-line Maulana issued a fatwa urging parents to have their children vaccinated against polio; he later appeared in a photo-op with PTI chief 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 committees -- including representatives of various sects as well as a doctor -- were formed to address parental reservations regarding vaccination, reportedly found most often among communities. The strategy is often cited as having played a definitive role in India's campaign. although authorities in Pakistain have even 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.
|Religious minorities feel insecure in the country, NA told|
|[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 are able to strike at any place". The carried out on churches to defame Pakistain, he added.
Muttahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) 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.
-Fazl (JUI-F) 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 ' ' who in the attack in Lahore," he requested.