|Syed Munawar Hassan||Syed Munawar Hassan||Jamaat-i-Islami||India-Pakistan||20020623|
|Syed Munawar Hassan||Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal||India-Pakistan||20020623|
|Syed Munawar Hassan||Jamaat-i-Islami Pakistan||Afghanistan/South Asia||20020418|
|New JI leader from KP raises worries for some|
|[Dawn] The election of new chief of from may not be a coincidence, as political analysts feel that groundwork for strengthening the party in the militancy infested region had started in 1980s.|
The election of KP Senior Minister Sirajul Haq as the new JI chief has created apprehensions among many as the JI leadership shifted from urbanised scholarly figures to a comparatively younger member hailing from a remote district who physically participated in holy war against Soviet forces in Afghanistan in 1980s.
Founded by Syed Abul Ala Maududi, a scholar, theologian and socio-political philosopher in Lahore in 1941, JI was considered as an urban based and educated middle class party having roots in big cities like and Lahore.
Political analysts say that JI -- which was led by who belonged to a small town of Nowshera district for 22 years, more than Maulana Maududi -- has changed the Jamaat from a mainstream party to a regional entity.
Prof Ijaz Khattak, who teaches in University of 's International Relations Department, says there is a visible change in the character of the JI, which had sufficient vote bank and street power in Karachi and Lahore.
"JI, which was dominated by the urban based educated middle class, has now been confined to a small mountainous district like Lower Dir and has been taken over by Pakhtuns," he observed, adding that feudal class which has its own mentality and thinking has also made inroads in JI.
"It was expected that will galvanise the party in urban areas, but he failed and election of Sirajul Haq strengthened this argument that Jamaat has been restricted to Lower Dir," said Dr Khattak.
Late Qazi Hussain who was elected JI chief in 1987 is considered the longest serving chief of Jamaat who relinquished office in April 2009. He was succeeded by Munawar Hassan.
Insiders said that during his two decades long tenure as Jamaat chief, late Qazi Hussain had relaxed and simplified the process of getting the status of 'Rukn' (member of Jamaat having the vote right). The 'Rukn' can cast vote in the election of emir or chief of the party.
They said that a large number of people from KP and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas were given the status of 'Rukn' of Jamaat during Qazi's era. Initially, they said that it took three to four years for a person to become 'Rukn' of JI.
"There are two factors which played a major role in the victory of Sirajul Haq against Munawar Hassan and Liaquat Baloch, another stalwart of JI from Lahore. First, a significant number of Pakhtuns has become 'Arakeen' or members and second, Mr Haq is more popular among young 'Arakeen' than Mr Hassan and Mr Baloch," said one analyst, who once was active member of Jamaat. He believed that 60 per cent of all the 'Arakeen' were young.
JI provincial information secretary Israrullah advocate said that the number of 'Arakeen' was approximately 31,000 of which about 8,000 belonged to the KP and Fata. Females also have the right to vote.
"This impression is wrong that Pakhtuns have voted for Sirajul Haq," he said and maintained that under the party constitution candidates could neither make a lobby nor run a campaign for themselves.
Another analyst said that Sirajul Haq was a very good orator that was why he was more popular among the JI workers than other leaders.
Mohammad Riaz, Islamabad-based political analyst, said that election of Sirajul Haq was an indication that JI was on the verge of decline both politically and academically as aggressive group had dominated the moderate circle in the party.
Maulana Maududi was a scholar and had command over different subjects, Mr Riaz opined, adding that the late Maulana had formed JI to provide common platform to all school of thoughts.
Before his election Sirajul Haq was senior deputy emir of the party and had also served as provincial chief of JI. He opposes co-education and supports separate assembly for female s in the province.
He had also served as head of Islami Jamaat Talba, a student wing of JI. His close associates and rivals said that Sirajul Haq had actively participated in the Afghan war when Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979.
Senator Zahid Khan of Awami National Party associates election of new JI chief with changing geo-strategic scenario across the Durand Line. He said that when Afghan war was at peak Qazi Hussain Ahmad was elected JI chief and he was given a task in Afghanistan.
After five years, he said, another Pakhtun was elected JI emir, which he termed very worrisome. "This is not a coincidence and deliberately another Pakhtun has been elected Jamaat chief at a time when situation is changing in Afghanistan.
"His election is not in the interest of the region," remarked Zahid Khan who also belongs to Lower Dir. He said: "I know Siraj since he was associated with Hizbe-e-Islami chief Gulbadin Hikmatyar whose group is still very active in of Afghanistan." He said that the JI and HI shared same ideology and Jamaat would again play active role in Afghanistan.
|Sirajul Haq elected as new JI chief|
|[DAWN] 's Senior Minister and leader of the (JI), Sirajul Haq, was elected on Sunday as the new ameer of the party replacing outgoing chief , DawnNews reported.|
A meeting of the party's consultative body was held at Mansoora during which election for the post of the party chief took place.
The three contenders who participated in the polls were Sirajul Haq, outgoing party chief Syed Munawar Hassan and the party's general secretary Liaqat Baloch.
Out of 31,311 office-bearer's of the party, 25,533 people voted in which Sirajul Haq managed to secure majority of votes.
The party chief is elected for a tenure of five years.
Haq is a senior member of the party and is well-versed in several languages including Urdu, Pashto, Persian, Arabic and others.
He is renowned among his followers for his modesty and apart from serving as a Senior Minister in the KP government, was also performing the duties of the party's deputy chief since 2009.
|JI asks PM to seek Mullah Omar's help for peace|
|[DAWN] chief has asked Prime Minister to seek help from Afghan Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar for restoration of peace.|
"The prime minister should send a delegation to and seek his help for the restoration of peace in Pakistain," he suggested while addressing party workers at the JI provincial secretariat here on Sunday.
He proposed that Mr Sharif should arrange a joint meeting of the two negotiation committees to pave the way for peace in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
He said that the military leadership could also be included in the talks. Prof Mohammad Ibrahim and other leaders of the party were also present on the occasion, said a .
Mr Hasan said that durable peace could not be established in any society through the use of force. For instance, he said that the had failed to subjugate Afghanistan and now America and its allies were pulling their forces from the neighbouring country.
"The rulers should realise that peace can't be restored without table talks," he said, adding that military operation would create more complications in Fata. He recalled that use of force had resulted in the creation of Bangladesh, and Pakistain could not afford adventurism.
The JI chief said that the Constitution was being violated in and Sindh, but the government was not taking notice, while sacrifices of the tribal people were being ignored.
He warned that thousands of people would be rendered homeless if the government launched military operation in Fata. He alleged that the American and Indian lobbies were very active to destabilise Pakistain.
In Nowshera, coordinator of Taliban committee Maulana Yousaf Shah told Dawn by phone on Sunday that he and Prof Ibrahim had handed over a detailed report of their meeting with Taliban political shura to Maulana , the chief of Taliban negotiation committee.
He said that now Maulana Samiul Haq wanted to immediately convene a consultative meeting of the Taliban negotiation committee to discuss the emerging situation.
Yousaf Shah appealed to both the government and Taliban to show flexibility in their stands for the sake of innocent citizens. "Military operation is not a solution to the existing problems," he said.
He disclosed that they had contacted the top leadership of Taliban and Taliban political Shura and its report had been presented to Samiul Haq.
|Bin Laden is alive in people's hearts, says Jamaat chief|
Hassan added that death of the Al Qaeda leader was considered a big victory for 60 per cent of the countries around the world, but the US is afraid that Bin Laden will come back to life after the withdrawal of Nato troops from Afghanistan.
Commenting on the pullout of foreign troops, the JI chief remarked that Afghanistan has become the "graveyard of science and technology" of the West.
In May, 2011 Bin Laden was shot dead deep in Abbottabad in a night-time helicopter raid by US covert forces, ending a decade-long manhunt for the mastermind of the September 11 attacks.
|'No shariah through suicide attacks, no peace through airstrikes'|
|[DAWN] Taking a slightly different position from their traditional view point, (JI) chief Friday said that neither bombings ( s) can help restore peace nor s could pave way for the enforcement of Islamic Shariah.|
Addressing the congregation of Friday prayers at Mansoora mosque -- the JI headquarters -- he said that religious forces, especially Deobandi s should step forward and pave way for dialogue to save the country and also to prevent the emergence of a wrong image of Islam.
The JI chief alleged that the Pakistain League-Nawaz (PML-N) did not hold peace talks with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) upon pressure asserted by the United States.
Defending the Pak Taliban's ideology, he said the notion that Taliban do not comply with law and constitution was propaganda that was being spread for some 'special purpose'.
"The government was fulfilling a longstanding wish of the US by destroying North ."
Hasan said if the religious forces did not rise at this moment, they would be driven to a blind alley and would have no way out.
He claimed the religious parties had played a key role in framing the 1973 constitution, and it was their duty at this juncture to protect the country and the constitution.
"A charge sheet has been issued against the religious parties and they would have to answer that."
The JI chief said that enemies had always used the differences between the Islamic sects and schools of thought as a weapon.
"The need of the hour is that the Ulema ( ) of Deobandi school of thought sit down with the Shias, the Ahle Hadith, and Ahle Sunnah to evolve an effective strategy to counter the current campaign against Islam."
Therefore, he added, it was the duty of the religious forces to go ahead with the talks with the Taliban.
"Since a majority of the Taliban belongs to the Deobandi school of thought, it was for the Deobandi Ulema to take up this responsibility," he said.
|When an ideologue is popular|
|[DAWN] FOR someone who has grown up alongside, appears to personally illustrate the various moods associated with his party men.|
|IHC moved against Munawar for comments against Army|
|[Pak Daily Times] The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has been moved for restraining from acting as amir of (JI) for "ridiculing armed forces of Pakistain".|
Shahid Orakzai, through a petition filed on Tuesday, pleaded that statements given by Syed Munawar Hassan and silence of the government on this count can jeopardise national security. The court was told that Munawar Hassan was among the three persons who were nominated as guarantors by a private militia which accepts the responsibility for attacks on armed forces with pride. The respondent, he said, paid tribute to this militia and has dubbed violence committed by it as acts meant for safeguarding the ideological and geographical frontiers of the country.
The petitioner questioned whether any political party or its head is entitled to make religious announcements in connection with a war on their own. "If the high court accepts such right of any party then it should issue a certificate in this regard," he added.
|JI chief rapped over army remarks|
|[Pak Daily Times] Leaders of different political parties on Monday expressed their reservations on JI chieffor issuing a controversial statement against the martyred of armed forces and those who had laid down their lives in the war against terrorism. In his message on social website Twitter, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto said Hassan's statement was not a political one. He insulted our soldiers and praised the enemy. Army had every right to issue that statement, he tweeted. A day earlier, Bilawal had urged the Supreme Court (SC) to take suo moto notice on the statement The Awami National Party (ANP) asked the JI chief to review the controversial statement against the martyred of security forces. Talking to s outside the Parliament House, ANP leaders Zahid Khan and Afarasiab Khattak said their party had moved an adjournment motion against the JI in the Senate. They regretted that that -Fazl (JUI-F) and Pakistain Tehrik-e-Insaaf (PTI) had not yet responded to the statement of JI chief. Opposition leader in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah also criticised the JI Chief Manwar Hassan for issuing a controversial statement against the martyred of armed forces. "The statement of JI Chief has anguished the sentiments of the families of martyred, who have sacrificed their lives to safeguard frontiers of the motherland," he told s outside Parliament House. Shah said Munwar Hassan had declared Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) chief Hakeemullah Mehsood martyred while in past he had even said that he did not know him. Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) announced to stage nationwide protest against Munawar Hassan on coming Friday. Media reports said the SIC said in its statement that Munawar committed an act of treason, calling Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud a martyr. Majlis Wahdat-e- een (MWM) said that dead could not be declared as , JI chief should tender apology for controversial statements. Addressing a on Monday, MWM chief Allama Nasir Abbas Jafri said it is wrong to express sympathies for terrorists. Separately, a local Jirga in called for apology from Munawar Hasan for declaring as . The jirga, which was held in Naik Pekhel area of Swat on Monday, asked Hasan to backtrack from his controversial statement.|
|JI refuses to apologise; 'advises' army not to 'indulge in politics'|
|[Pak Daily Times] Undeterred by the ire of Pakistain Army and refusing to apologise, the (JI) has said that its ameer, 's statement regarding the Pakistain Army is correct and according to sharia.|
Munawar Hassan's recent controversial announcement to give certificate of martyrdom to Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud and derision of military personnel who have rendered sacrifices in the war against terrorists, drew strong ire of the army which asked the JI chief to tender an unconditional apology. Jamaat-e-Islami General Secretary Liaquat Baloch on Monday said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) had issued a political , which was unbecoming of a military force.
Responding to the ISPR over Munawar Hassan's remarks, Baloch said the army did not have the right to interfere in political affairs. He spoke with s following the meeting of the JI Majlis-e-Shura, which was also attended by Munawar Hassan. Baloch said the ISPR had issued a political to achieve a specific purpose. "The issue at hand is the closure of supplies and drone attacks."
The JI leader said his party was willing to offer any kind of sacrifice for the country. He said it has always rendered sacrifices to safeguard the ideological as well as geographical boundaries of the country and has always acknowledged Pakistain Army's sacrifices. Baloch said "we condemn Upper Dir and Salala incidents, but army has no right to question any political party directly". According to the JI leader, attention was being diverted to personal debates with a specific purpose.
Earlier on Monday, the JI chief said he stood by his statement in which he termed Mehsud a "martyr", as his party's Majlis-e-Shura (Advisory Council) met to discuss the issues of local bodies' elections, drone attacks and the controversy caused by the Mehsud remark. During the Majlis-e-Shura meeting, Baloch said the country would have to get out of the drone war in order to establish sustainable peace. He said that the JI chief did not attack the reputation of the army, therefore no questions should be aimed at his statements.
He further said that martyrdom was a dignified rank which could only be conferred by "none other than Allah". Baloch refused to answer questions put forward by media and wrapped up the presser by saying "the struggle will continue". The JI has decided to write to Prime Minister about the issue. Media reports said that the correspondence would ask Nawaz to ensure immediate ceasefire and dialogue with Taliban, while the party has also decided to condemn the ISPR statement against its chief.
|Govt to convene counter-terrorism APC on Sept 9|
|[Dawn] In a bid to evolve consensus on national counter-terrorism strategy, the Pakistan government has at last decided to convene a multi-party conference on September 9, DawnNews reported.|
Good symbolism. The 12-year anniversary of the assassination of Ahmed Shah Masood.
Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Thursday night contacted all key political leaders of the country and officially invited them to attend the important meeting.
Jamaat-e-Islami and Jamaat-e-Ulema Islam (all branches) might present a problem, since they're sponsors and enablers of terrorism.
PTI chief , Opposition Leader in NA Syed Khurshid Shah of PPP, MQM's Dr Farooq Sattar, JUI-F chief , Mehmood Khan Achakzai of PKMAP, JI chief Mir Hasil Bazinjo and Allama Sajid Mir were among those who were invited by the interior minister.
So you know they're gonna accomplish something substantive.
The moot was initially scheduled to take place on July 12. it was delayed because the government wanted to further fine tune the draft of its national security and counter-terrorism policy before tabling it at the conference.
There it can be contemptuously dismissed as an instrument of American imperialism.
The political leadership of Pakistan is expected to decide in the meeting whether to negotiate with Taliban militants or to use force to eradicate the menace of terrorism facing the country.
I'm guessing they're going to go for the negotiations route. That will put them on the back burner until the Americans are out of Afghanistan, at which point the Taliban wil take over to Obama's surprise, and the guys with turbans can then swarm across the LOC. They can have another war over Kargil or Siachen or someplace like that. Hafiz Saeed will howl for the use of nuclear weapons to avenge the blood of Moslems. Maybe they will this time and both Islamabad and Muzzafargah will be vaporized, the blood of their inhabitants along with them. Maybe Peshawar. Pakistain will lose the war. The turbans will return to plotting the next one.
Speaking to a press conference on July 4, Chaudhry Nisar said Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez and DG ISI Lt-Gen Zaheerul Islam would brief the party heads on security situation in different parts of the country in the conference, officially called by Prime Minister earlier on the same date.
|Jamaat for meaningful talks with Taliban|
|[Dawn] chief has said that government should take the offer of peace talks by Taliban seriously and hold meaningful dialogue with the s.|
Addressing an 'Eid Milan' party at Nishtar Hall here on Monday, he urged the government to take all stakeholders into confidence before holding negotiations with the Taliban, who renewed their offer for peace talks with the government recently.
"The government and Taliban should come with open mind for talks to restore lasting peace in the country," the JI leader said. A large number of JI workers attended the function, which was organised in connection with Eidul Fitr.
Mr Hassan blamed some secular forces for creating hurdles in negotiations with Taliban in tribal areas. "These forces should understand that if government can hold talks with hijackers then why not with Taliban," he said.
The JI leader said that government should take all stakeholders and political forces on board for the upcoming All Parties Conference (APC). He was of the view that APC should not be only a formality and the government should circulate its agenda among the stakeholders before the conference.
Mr Hassan said that government had yet to respond to the Taliban's offer. The reason, he said, was that the government might have been waiting for green signal from the US government. He said that America was trying to hold talks with Afghan Taliban in Doha (Qatar) while it opposed negotiations between Pakistain and local Taliban.
Mr Hassan also asked Taliban to explain their position before holding formal talks with the government. He said that coalition government in did not have the mandate to negotiate with Taliban. Only central government could do it, he added. provincial government should cooperate with the centre, he said.
|A mature response: Imran Khan's fall|
|[Dawn] IMRAN Khan's injuries resulting from a fall from a forklift during a poll rally in Lahore on Tuesday gave the nation some anxious moments and it was a moment of relief when doctors declared the PTI chief out of danger. Unfortunate though it was, such an accident was not entirely unexpected. The hair-raising somersault only underscored the utter disregard of safety measures in the boisterous rallies that are an essential feature of our electioneering. The threat to life doesn't come from the alone; the chaos that is the hallmark of all public activity in South Asia poses perhaps an equal threat to life and limb. Too many party workers and supporters want to be on the dais and be seen close to the leader, resulting in the kind of jostling and pushing witnessed on Tuesday evening.|
But what was a welcome departure from all the mudslinging that has characterised the campaigning was the mature response of politicians -- across the political spectrum -- to Mr Khan's plight. For instance, Mr Khan and had been at each other's throats even before the campaigns began. With the approach of election day, the vitriol had scaled new heights. on Tuesday, the PML-N chief announced the cancellation of all campaign activity for Wednesday. Mr Sharif had expressed similar solidarity with the Bhutto family on the of that had resulted in the postponement of polls by several weeks. Apart from Mr Sharif, messages of sympathy for the PTI leader poured in from other party heads and politicians. They ranged from political foes including Altaf Hussain and former prime minister to friends such as and Maulana , not to speak of . The MQM and the announced a halt to campaigning for a day, and , who is frequently criticised by the PTI, sent him a bouquet. Equally heartening was Mr Khan's own attitude as he spoke from his hospital bed, urging the people to cast their vote on May 11.
This maturity has been welcomed by a nation that often views its representatives with cynicism. one niggling thought remains. Why have many of the leaders moved by Tuesday's dreadful spectacle not shown the same sympathy for those killed and in the election rallies bombed by the TTP? Were these victims and their grieving relatives lesser human beings undeserving of solace because they belonged to the 'wrong' political parties?