Tuesday, 19 November 2013

True Success for Al - Qaeda and Taliban in Pakistan: Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, Sipah-e-Sahaba, Lashkar-e-Jhangawi, all terror outfits enjoy support of leaders and Ulema

True Success for Al - Qaeda and Taliban in Pakistan: Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, Sipah-e-Sahaba, Lashkar-e-Jhangawi, all terror outfits enjoy support of leaders and Ulema

By Mujahid Hussain, New Age Islam
November 13, 2013
In Pakistan today, there seems to be a great hue and cry over the recent statement by the Emir of Jamat-e-Islami Maulana Munawar Hassan saying that the Pakistani army troops should not be considered martyrs because their contributions are supportive to the army of disbelief i.e. the US and NATO  troops. This evoked many to condemn the JI, following a stern official statement issued by the army. On the other hand, from Maulana Sami ul Haq, the rector of the Pakistani government’s blue-eyed institution and the Taliban’s seminary Darul Uloom Jamia Haqqania to the Jaish-e-Muhammad’s weekly Akhbar ul Qalam and the popular weekly organ of the welfare organisation “Al-Rasheed Trust” Zarb-e-Momin, everyone is declaring the supporters of the US and NATO troops kafir (infidel) and Mulhid (heretic) singing praises for the killers of the young army troops of Pakistan. These are the organizations and seminaries that Munawar Hassan has represented in his statements that resulted into calls for ban on the Jamat-e-Islami. Surprisingly enough, no one has noticed what is going on in Jamia Haqqania Akora Khatak, Jamia Rashidia Karachi and Jamia Usman-o-Ali Bahawalpur, the religious seminaries that not only issue such Fatwas but also give practical support to the militants of Al Qaida and Taliban. Is there any way to propose ban on Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz that has more than 50 such members in its assembly who directly support Panjabi Taliban and other terror outfits?   Many of its members were allegedly involved in a number of the communal conflicts and killings perpetrated by the terrorist organizations banned in Pakistan. The same holds true of the Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf that issued its membership to many people who were caught red-handed in sectarian wars and terror incidents before they joined the party. Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam’s case is no different, while a large number of the Jamat-e-Islami’s people in positions of authority had been, sometime, associated with Al-Qaida and Taliban. Even today, they exert every possible effort to keep in touch with them by providing shelter and facilitating things for their Jihadists, if not by participating in the practical Jihad.

Maulana Munawar Hassan has not come up with anything new leading to the overall change of the affairs. It is, actually, a national statement of Pakistan that cannot be overlooked. If we follow the predominant Media and ongoing discussions of Pakistani Television channels, we find that, barring those who have adopted an apologetic attitude, an overwhelming majority of Pakistani common masses are praising the Taliban and Al-Qaida and seeking to give religious justification to the acts of terror prevailing in the country. By terming the attacks of these terrorists as ‘reaction’, Pakistani politicians, intellectuals and religious leaders tend to justify these ghastly attacks rather than condemn them.

The reason why they don’t intend to condemn them is that they are internally satisfied to see what is happening to the Pakistani state and its institutions that have allied with the evil forces. Therefore, they believe, they should be punished. Such people with an increased propensity towards war-mongering try to link these attacks with the conspiracies of America, India and Israel and get huge appreciation from their followers. Some glaring examples of this bent of mind are our fiery speaker General Mirza Aslam Beg and General Hameed Gul. People like them are held in high esteem not because of their previous contributions or services to society, but because of their present views and ambitions. While Aslam Beg should be held accountable for the trafficking of nuclear parts, Hameed Gul must be put into trial for the IJI and other charges. Oddly enough, none of today's jihadists knows that Hameed Gul is the one who caused death to many of their militants in the Jalalabad operation crashing down their wishes.

One should not wonder at the recent statement of Maulana Munawar Hassan if he has a vivid memory of the past. Nearly all Pakistani terrorist organizations, be it Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, Sipah-e-Sahaba, Lashkar-e-Jhangawi, Harkat ul Jihad al-Islami ,Harkat ul Mujahideen or any other terror outfit practically engaged in Pakistan with new names, enjoy open or tacit support of thousands of leaders and Ulema. They have been standing by these organisations for almost three decades and are now exerting every possible effort to back them up to boost terrorism and terrorists in Pakistan. Haven’t we seen books being published to pay tribute to the jihadist contributions and services the slain Osama Bin Laden rendered in Pakistan? Last year, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed’s real brother and the administrator of the organisation “Idara-e-Iqaz” Mr. Hamid Kamaluddin published a book running into more than three hundred pages that contained around hundred articles presenting Bin Laden as the greatest hero of the Muslim world. This book was titled as “Shaheed-e-Millat”. Besides, every day millions of students in religious seminaries spanning from Karachi to Khyber are taught that that the slain Osama Bin Laden was the latest martyr of Islam who laid down all his life and wealth and preferred living in caves to enjoying worldly luxuries just for the sake of Jihad and for the glory of Islam. The same treatment is meted out to Mullah Omar who, though lives in poor condition, has severely hit the infidels. Similar texts are taught about Pakistani Taliban and other sectarian forces that have been devastating Pakistan and are killing its army soldiers and troops day in and day out.    

It is an open secret that the multitude of the Pakistani public pulse favours the Talibani outlook for world and Pakistan. Not only the army establishment of Pakistan but also its Mullahs, Jihadist authors and columnists and fiery speakers and televangelists have played their part to create and imbibe this Talibani worldview in the minds of common Pakistanis. Consequently, a common Pakistani believes that every American individual engages every time in the Islamophobic agendas. He assumes that no western citizen can rest in peace until he/she causes great damage to Islam and Muslims. Similarly, to a common Pakistani, a Hindu does not go about his daily business unless he hatches a heinous conspiracy against Islam and Muslims. The very Talibani worldview led to Mullah Fazl ur Rahman to state that even a dog killed at the hands of American troops will be considered martyr.   

They have developed a worldview that considers America not a nation of different faiths and ethnicities but a country of only infidels and enemies of Islam. According to this worldview, western countries are just an abode of Islamophobes and nothing else. Given this common perception, how can one differ from it in thought or action? This is, actually, a catastrophic situation that has no quick remedy nor can it be changed with ease. The extremist and confused minds have changed the whole worldview of Pakistani people into their own narrow, retrogressive and rigid dogmas. Although Al-Qaida and Taliban are not leading this battle now, their triumph lies in the fact that millions of Pakistani people today are in complete agreement with their ideology and have shared many values with them. However, there are a few people in Pakistan who believe that one day their political parties and leaders will get the nation out of this narrow mindset. But for their kind information, political parties and their leaders show generosity and give allowance to the terrorists to ensure the security of their own families and properties. Obviously, it is impossible for them to curb the terrorism. 

Mujahid Hussain is Brussels Bureau Chief of New Age Islam.  He is author of nine books including the recently published book ‘Punjabi Taliban’. He has been writing for various newspapers as an investigative journalist for the last two decades. His writings cover a wide range of issues involving Pakistan. In recent years, local, regional and international affairs relating to terrorism and security have been the subject of his study.

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