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Monday, 30 March 2009

Lahore terror attack: The ISI's chickens come home to roost?

A Pakistani police officer carries his injured colleague to an armored car in the compound of a police training school on the outskirts of Lahore. AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary.


Almost 150 years ago, Mian Muhammad Bakhsh, a Sufi poet, wrote:

"Neechan di ashnayee kolon faiz kisay na paya,
kikker te angoor cherhaya her guchha zakhmaya"

Translation: You will gain nothing from your friendship with a person of lowly character. You will be foolish to plant a grape vine on a keekar (acacia) tree.

Pakistani security officials arrest a suspected militant (R) near the site of a police training center in Lahore. AFP Photo/Sameed Qureshi.

ہر گچھا زخمایا

سری لنکا ٹیم پر حملہ

سری لنکا کی ٹیم پر حملہ تیس منٹ تک جاری رہا اور پھر حملہ آور اطمینان سے اپنا اسلحہ و بارود چھوڑ کر غائب ہوگئے

نائن الیون سے پہلے پاکستان میں دہشت گردی کی نوعیت بنیادی طور پر نسلی اور فرقہ وارانہ نوعیت کی تھی اور بنیادی ہتھیار کلاشنکوف تھا۔ لیکن جب نائن الیون کے بعد ہم القاعدہ - طالبان دور میں داخل ہوئے تو دہشت گردی کے ہتھیاروں میں خودکش بمباروں کا بھی اضافہ ہوگیا۔

پھر یہ رجحان اتنا بڑھا کہ صوبہ سرحد اور شمالی پنجاب میں پچھلے پانچ برس کے دوران بالعموم اور لال مسجد اسلام آباد کے واقعہ کے بعد بالخصوص دہشت گردی کی جتنی وارداتیں ہوئیں ان میں اسی فیصد کے لگ بھگ خودکش بمباروں نے کار بم، ٹرک بم اور انسانی بم کی شکل میں کیں۔اور پھر یہ وبا شمالی پنجاب سے ہوتی ہوئی وسطی اور جنوبی علاقوں تک پہنچ گئی۔

لاہور میں گذشتہ برس تیرہ مئی کو وفاقی تحقیقاتی ادارے ایف آئی اے کے کثیر المنزلہ دفتر پر حملہ ہو یا چھ اکتوبر کو مغربی پنجاب کے ضلع بھکر میں مسلم لیگ نواز کے ایم این اے رشید اکبر نوانی کے ڈیرے پر حملہ یا پھر نو اکتوبر کو پولیس لائنز اسلام آباد پر حملہ، ان سب میں جو بھی بھاری جانی نقصان ہوا وہ خود کش حملوں کے سبب ہوا۔

لیکن اس سال سات فروری کو پنجاب کے شہر میانوالی میں قدرت آباد پولیس چیک پوسٹ پر فائرنگ اور بموں کے استعمال سے آٹھ پولیس والوں کی ہلاکت نے دہشت گردی کے ایک نئے پیٹرن کا پتہ دیا۔ یعنی دہشت گردی خودکش حملے کے ساتھ ساتھ بھاری اور ہلکے ہتھیاروں اور دستی بموں کے کمانڈو سٹائل استعمال کا مرکب بننے لگی۔

لیکن اس سال سات فروری کو پنجاب کے شہر میانوالی میں قدرت آباد پولیس چیک پوسٹ پر فائرنگ اور بموں کے استعمال سے آٹھ پولیس والوں کی ہلاکت نے دھشت گردی کے ایک نئے پیٹرن کا پتہ دیا۔ یعنی دھشت گردی خودکش حملے کے ساتھ ساتھ بھاری اور ہلکے ہتھیاروں اور دستی بموں کے کمانڈو سٹائل استعمال کا مرکب بننے لگی۔

اس تبدیلی کا سب سے بڑا مظہر تین مارچ کو لاہور میں دن دھاڑے سری لنکا کی ٹیم پر دستی بموں، راکٹوں اور کلاشنکوفوں سے حملہ تھا۔ تقریباً درجن بھر حملہ آوروں نے تیس منٹ تک کارروائی جاری رکھی۔ اور پھر اطمینان سے اپنا اسلحہ و بارود چھوڑ کر غائب ہوگئے۔

اس تناظر میں اگر خود کش بمباری کا طریقہ القاعدہ - طالبان سٹائل سمجھا جائے تو پھر کمانڈو طرز کی دہشت گردی کو اِنڈو۔جہادی پیٹرن کے طور پر دیکھنا ہوگا۔ اس کی دلیل یہ ہے کہ سری لنکا کی ٹیم پر حملہ ہو یا لاہور میں مناواں پولیس ٹریننگ سینٹر پر تیس مارچ کا حملہ دونوں کا انداز کم و بیش وہی ہے جس کا آغاز بھارت کے زیرِ انتظام کشمیر سے ہوا۔

سنہ نوے کے عشرے میں کشمیر میں بھارت کے فوجی و نیم فوجی مراکز پر فدائین حملوں کا آغاز ہوا۔ یعنی دو سے بارہ تک شدت پسند کسی اہم عمارت یا مرکز میں گھس کر اس وقت تک لڑتے رہتے تھے جب تک مرنہ جائیں۔

اس طرح کے بڑے حملوں میں تین نومبر انیس سو ننانوے کا وہ حملہ بھی ہے جب دو فدائی سری نگر میں بھارت کی پندرہ کور کے فوجی ہیڈ کوارٹر میں گرینیڈز اور کلاشنکوفیں لے کر گھس گئے۔ اس آپریشن میں چھ فوجی ہلاک ہوئے اور فدائین خود بھی مارے گئے۔

پاکستان رینجرز

خود کش بمباری کا طریقہ القاعدہ-طالبان سٹائل سمجھا جائے تو پھر کمانڈو طرز کی دھشت گردی کو اِنڈو۔جہادی پیٹرن کے طور پر دیکھنا ہوگا

سولہ جنوری دو ہزار ایک کو فوجی یونیفارم میں چھ شدت پسند ایک اغوا شدہ سرکاری جیپ میں بیٹھ کر سری نگر ائرپورٹ میں گھس گئے۔ اس مہم میں حملہ آوروں سمیت گیارہ افراد ہلاک ہوئے۔

تیرہ دسمبر دو ہزار ایک کو دلی میں انڈین پارلیمنٹ کے احاطے میں اسی طرح کا کمانڈو ایکشن کیا گیا جس میں حملہ آوروں سمیت بارہ افراد ہلاک ہوگئے۔ پانچ اکتوبر دو ہزار چھ کو سری نگر میں سنٹرل ریزرو پولیس کے ہیڈ کوارٹر پر گرینڈز اور رائفلوں سے مسلح افراد نے حملہ کرکے تین پولیس والوں کو ہلاک اور دس کو زخمی کردیا۔حملہ آور فرار ہوگئے۔چھبیس نومبر دو ہزار آٹھ کو ممبئی میں ایک ٹرین ٹرمینل، دو ہوٹلوں اور ایک نجی مرکز پر درجن بھر لوگوں نے کمانڈو ایکشن کرکے ڈیڑھ سو سے زائد افراد کو ہلاک کردیا۔

اس طرح کے فدائی حملوں کی ذمہ داری کبھی لشکرِ طیبہ نے قبول کی کبھی جیشِ محمد نے کبھی حزب المجاہدین نے تو کبھی نامعلوم یا نووارد مجاہدین نے۔

ان جہادی گروہوں پر فروری دو ہزار دو میں مشرف حکومت نے پابندی لگادی لیکن اس کے بعد بھی ان کا نیٹ ورک برقرار رہا۔ ان میں سے کچھ نئے ناموں سے ابھر آئے تو دیگر زیرِ زمین گروہوں کے اتحادی بن گئے یا ان میں ضم ہوگئے۔

اب اگر اس طرح کے زیرِ زمین کمانڈو ایکشن کے عادی گروہوں اور خودکش بمباری کے حامیوں میں ایک وسیع تر مقصد کو اپنے اپنے انداز میں آگے بڑھانے کے لیے کوئی اتحاد ہو چکا ہے تو پاکستانی سیکورٹی ایسٹیبلشمنٹ کے لیے اس سے زیادہ بری خبر نہیں ہوسکتی۔

میاں محمد بخش نے بہت بہت پہلے پاکستانی سیکورٹی اسٹیبلشمنٹ کو یہ کہہ کر خبردار کرنے کی کوشش کی تھی کہ


کِکر تے انگور چڑھایا، ہر گچھا زخمایا

لیکن اب پشتاوے کیا ہوت جب چڑیاں چگ گئیں کھیت

http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2009/03/090330_attack_pattern_rh.shtml

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Terrorists risk Pakistan's future

March 31, 2009

Article from: The Australian

KARACHI: The assault yesterday on a police school and a wave of spectacular attacks underline Pakistan's weakness and the danger posed by Islamist militants to the future of the nuclear-armed nation.

The commando-style assault on the training ground transformed a normally peaceful commuter belt near Pakistan's cultural capital of Lahore into a war zone, leaving as many as 35 people dead in pitched battles with the security forces.

Analysts said the attack was a defiant message to US President Barack Obama, who has put Pakistan at the heart of the fight against al-Qa'ida, tripling US aid in a strategy that is aimed at reversing the war in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Such is the scale of violence in the Muslim nation that Mr Obama called al-Qa'ida and its allies "a cancer that risks killing Pakistan from within", and he urged Islamabad to demonstrate its commitment to eradicating the extremists.

Mutahir Shaikh, an international relations expert at the University of Karachi, said the wave of attacks were a response to the US stand.

"The terrorists want to tell Obama and his Western allies they cannot be contained as Obama desired, and are still as powerful and strong as they have been for years now," Professor Shaikh said. "The attack proves the weakness of the state institutions and shows that a mere half-a-dozen professionally trained terrorists can take anyone hostage and occupy any establishment they like.

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25267756-25837,00.html

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Time to Push Forward


It is back to business as usual in Pakistan. The assertion of popular will that saw the reinstatement of Justice Iftikhar Choudhary has been
shown to be an interregnum. With the suicide bombing of a mosque in Jamrud and the audacious assault on a police training centre in Manawan on the outskirts of Lahore, the Taliban-terrorist nexus has reimposed its warped vision of political discourse in emphatic fashion. That this has come so soon after President Barack Obama's unveiling of his new Af-Pak policy is, in all likelihood, no coincidence. The insurgent forces crippling Pakistan and Afghanistan are sending a clear message. Obama's response must be to push through his outlined strategy; its two-pronged approach has the potential to finally turn the tide.

The first of these is an unprecedented internationalist approach to the Af-Pak problem. The Contact Group that includes India, Russia, China and Iran has the scope to achieve far more than a go-it-alone approach by the US. India, of course, has a vital interest in stabilising the region while Russia's role as both alternate supply route and interlocutor with vital Central Asian nations is likely to be an important one. As Pakistan's most powerful backer, China's cooperation will be even more so. But the true advance has been bringing Iran on board. As Afghanistan's neighbour, it has a twin interest in seeing the country stabilised; from a security standpoint and in order to counter Saudi influence in the region. That Obama has been able to initiate this process despite US-Iran animosity is heartening.

The second facet of the Af-Pak policy is a long-overdue course correction in dealing with Pakistan. US officials led by chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff Admiral Mike Mullen have minced no words in stating that the ISI continues to maintain links with the Taliban and al-Qaeda that must be cut. Neither has Obama pulled his punches in calling for a far greater level of cooperation from Pakistan, linking the civilian financial aid that is necessary for the country to survive with verifiable action against the insurgents. As it stands, the Pakistani approach is a smoke-and-mirrors game. So far, it has insisted on differentiating between various elements of the Taliban in order to pursue a policy of strategic depth in Afghanistan vis-a-vis India. This is no longer sustainable witness the compact between Mullah Omar and Baitullah Mehsud not least because of the corrosive effect it has had on Pakistan itself.

This is a vital stage of the battle for Af-Pak. All thoughts of political settlement must be tempered by the knowledge that this is the same Taliban that harboured the men responsible for 9/11. Obama has shown that he has the vision to deal with the problem. Now he must deliver on it. (Editorial Comment, TOI, 31 March 2009)

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The Long War Journal's Report


Lahore Police Academy attack is the latest in a series of military-styled terror assaults

Today's attack is the latest in a series of military-styled terror assaults that have been launched by the Taliban, al Qaeda, the Lashkar-e-Taiba, and other allied terror groups. These groups have conducted similar strikes in India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen.

The last such attack took place in Lahore on March 3. A terrorist strike team estimated at about 12 men ambushed the Sri Lankan cricket team as it traveled to a sports stadium in Lahore. Five policemen and two civilians were killed, and dozens were wounded, including some cricket officials.

In February, an assault team assembled by the al Qaeda and Taliban-linked Haqqani Network aattacked the Justice and Education ministries as well as the Prisons Directorate headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan security forces killed the attackers after several hours of fighting, which largely took place at the Justice Ministry. Nineteen people were killed and more than 50 were wounded.

In November 2008 a terror assault team attacked Mumbai, the financial capital of India. The well-armed, well trained assault squad from the Lashkar-e-Taiba closed down the city for more than 60 hours before Indian forces killed all but one of the terrorists. More than 170 Indians and foreigners were killed during the battles, and hundreds more were wounded.

The Taliban, al Qaeda, the Haqqani Network, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami, Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami, and a host of Pakistani jihadi terror groups have joined forces to battle both the Pakistani military in the Northwest Frontier Province and the NATO and Afghan forces in Afghanistan. Al Qaeda has revived its paramilitary army, formerly known as the 055 Brigade and now known as the Lashkar al Zil, or Shadow Army. The Shadow Army contains fighters from each of these terror groups, and trains in camps in the Northwest Frontier Province and the tribal areas.

Lahore attack follows a blood week in Pakistan

The Taliban, al Qaeda, and allied terror groups have stepped up their attacks on Pakistani security forces nationwide, despite a peace agreement that ceded more than 1/3 of the Northwest Frontier Province to the Taliban.

The assault on the Lahore police academy caps a bloody week of fighting and attacks throughout Pakistan, and was not the only deadly attack against security forces today.

Today in Bannu a suicide car bomber rammed into a military convoy, killed four soldiers and wounding several others.

Yesterday, a Taliban unit surrounded a police outpost in Khyber and took 12 policemen hostage. On March 28, Pakistani security forces claimed it killed 26 Taliban fighters during an operation in Mohmand, a region it claimed was secured and Taliban-free just four weeks ago.

On March 28, a large Taliban force attacked a trucking terminal outside of Peshawar and destroyed NATO vehicles and equipment.

On March 27, the Taliban temporarily shut down NATO's supply route into Afghanistan after destroying a bridge in Khyber. That same day, a suicide bomber killed more than 70 Pakistanis after detonating in the middle of a mosque.

In the past, al Qaeda leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri and spokesman and ideologue Abu Yahya al Libi have advocated for Pakistanis to revolt against the state and overthrow the government. The al Qaeda leaders have urged the military to turn on the government and join the jihad.

Information in this report was compiled from reports at AFP, The Times of India, Geo News, and the Associate Press

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Terrorists were speaking in Urdu and Punjabi.

The arrested man has been identified as Hijratullah, a resident of Miranshah, the center of North Waziristan. Earlier local TV channels identified the man as Gul Khan, a Pashto speaking man from the tribal region.

Police sources said that Hijratullah had arrived in Lahore one month ago. An arms license was recovered from his possession, which carries the name of Nadeem Asghar, a resident of Sheikhupura in Punjab.


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Some relevant comments:

Hasan:

salam
Its all started in 1970’s when our Gen Zia done collaboration with Afghans & become a slave (partner) of US to defeat Russia & all leaders after him followed his footsteps, while history has proven that all the US allies are in deep trouble, they will never to secure internally rather external threats.
It’s a chain of one-sided benefits, which start & end to secure US interests.
Aim behind current kiosk is to attain Pak’s nukes to secure Israel by claiming on media that our land is not secure enough to defend Taliban, & they will access to nuke one day, while Pakistan was never be a threat to Israel, we should learn from Iran the striving nation with threats from all corners but these threats are just from cowards, I wish our leaders should learn and break the joint venture they done to secure US by staking their own homeland.
US motive is to create kiosks and divide our nation not just mentally but physical division on land as well.

Kesar Saleem:

It is time that the people of Pakistan realised that the prime enemy facing Pakistan is the Taliban. They can not keep blaming the Americans; it were the muslims whos pulled the triggers on the innocent muslims. Not until the people get rid off the soft spot thay have for these depraved religious zealots, the slow death of Pakistan is inevitable.
As a first measure, we must admit that it is our own problem and will not go away simpliy if the Americans leave the region (Swat is an example). Secondly, we must close down all madrassas and any imam or preacher that advocates hatred of others must be dealt with sternly. Thirdly, there must be national campaign to discredit the teachings of the Talibans and their like minded collaborators in civil and political life.

Ahsan:

I live 4 km away from the academy. Heard about the attack at around 8:30. At around 10.00, I began to realize the seriousness and intensity of the attack. Hurried to pick my son from school which is hardly 2 km from the academy. The shrine of great Sufi Saint Madhoo Lal Hussain is hardly 2 km away from the academy. Today is the third day of Lal Hussain Urs. Devotees were busy going towards his shrine, thronging the already congested G.T.Road and oblivious of the mayhem carried out 2 km away. I thought about the message of peace and universal brotherhood which Lal Hussain preached in this city of saints and gardens.

I dont know why we failed to stop the violation and plunder of our great city. Violation of its traditions of hospitality and tolerance. I can not figure out why we continue to tolerate these violater and plunderers amongst us. Sitting on the pulpits of bone and flesh, they continue to spread their message of hate and bigotry. Tonight I am going to the shrine of Lal Hussain to lit “chiraghs and diyas” for all the innocent blood that was spilled. I will sit amongst my brothers to drink bhang, smoke pot and shout a rebel yell in defiance of the mullahs of this land.

Tariq Mehmood:

1. Send all Afghan Refugees back to Afghanistan.
2.Restrict the people of FATA to their own areas.
3. People of WAZIRISTAN should not be allowed movement outside WAZIRISTAN.
4. ORDER ALL LAW ENFORCING agencies “SHOOT TO KILL” on siting any one with a weapon.
5. Close all madaris for six months.

Albert Pinto:

This is a very sad situation in Pakistan. It is turning into another Iraq now. Every week terrorists attacks are taking place if not everyday. My deepest condolences to the family members of those innocents who have died in today’s attack on Loahore. Its high time for Pakistan to mend its ways now and act tough against terrorism. In my opinion they must do the following to curb terrorism in their own country and the world:
1. Shut down all Madarsas.
2. Stop ISI and army from supporting terrorism of any nature.
3. Shut down all terrorists training camps running in Pakistan.
4. Cooperate with other countries in eliminating terrorists from Pakistan.
5. Utilize funds received from US and other countries on welfare schemes and employment generation.

I hope and pray to God from across the border that some day terrorism will be eliminated from Pakistan and the entire world will live with peace of mind.

Mansoor:

I am in serious shock and i believe we are the victims of the so called jihadees in the 80s. Hence as one reader wrote, have the army and paramailitary forces always on the check inside the country. Also have a masive cleanup of the tribal areas (use force to the maximum) to get rid of the anti Pakistan elements at all. Even use heavy bombings and clean Pakistan.

Ali Khan:

The root of this problem lies in the misguided policies of our military establishment. It is no secret that elements in the ISI have been indoctrinated by the extremists and continue to help taliban and other like-minded terrorists rape and murder ordinary pakistanis in an attempt to destabilise the government. If we are to win this fight, two things need to happen at the very least.

P Sinha:

I believe Pakistan, in its haste to find “strategeic depth” in Afghanistan, has long betted on the wrong genie. Now, the genie is out of the bottle. The genie is just doing what it does best- kill.
When will Pakistan start looking at things independent of “the Indian angle”?

Omar:

These are mercenary groups which where funded by US and Pakistan in the 80’s not they are the hired guns for who ever is the highest bidder and we all know the Highest bidder against Pakistan is. Now coming to the points you raised, Lahore is the target because it has the least paramilitary presence as compared to other Provincial Capitals, Making the local police (easy targets) against these well trained mercenary outfits (hired by you know who). Secondly we can say that political situation is diverting the attention of the security agencies from the real problem. We should resolve the disputes as nothing should be before the interest of Pakistan and Pakistani People.

Shabbir:

We can have a peaceful country if we abolish all our law enforcing agencies and particularly the secret/intelligence ones. I believe, these agencies, if not directly involved in most of what is happening in Pakistan (and may be outside), are totally incapable, useless and far from the capabilities that we poor Pakistani expect of them. I hope we all realize soon that the real threat is not RAW, CIA or Mosad, its our own secret agencies that will cause the maximum damage to Pakistan.

Moshin Naqvi:

I would partially agree with Mr. Omar but like to add that public opinion in Punjab with regards to the war on terror is not very clear. This is because of the leadership of Punjab, which constitutes one major political party of the country, hasn’t taken the clear stance in this regard. In Punjab most people are still thinking that this is not their war. But what they failed to realized is that they have to fight, whether to Al Qaeda/Taliban or the west. Both are bends upon to fight their war on Pakistan’s soil. Cant we see??? the attackers are in the streets as well as in the skies of Pakistan but we as a nation are in deep slumber and still thinking that it is not our war.

I appeal to the leadership of this poor country to set-aside their differences and come up with the joint strategy to cope up the growing menace of terrorism and extremism. Sooner it would be better may be the outcome and delay will strengthen the devils.

1. The ISI must be purged of all jihadi supporters. These people have helped their terrorist proxies plan and execute plots and as such must be brought to justice. They have the blood of innocent pakistanis on their hands.

The Army must understand that these extremists and their supporters in the ISI are not only an existential threat to ordinary civilians and civlian state institutions, but also to the Army itself.

2. The extremist’s wahhabi ideology indoctrination centers must be destroyed, and all jihadi training centers masquerading as schools must be shut down.

swali said:

First gift by Jamat-e-Ghair Islami by their new ameer Munawwar Hassan, the chief terrorist to for the innocent people of Pakistan. Ban Jamat, terrorism will finish, ban PTI, there will be no zina in the society. Down with both. We share the grief with the people of Lahore for this heinous act of terrorism.

wiqi said:

Plan was made in Waziristan. Baitullah Mehsood is directly involved in matter. Few jerks won’t listen to me anyway but again i would say, these talibans are threat to sovereignty of Pakistan. These devils are serving the purpose of Pakistan’s enemies.
May Allah show them and their supporters the straight path, the right path. (Amin)


بہت افسوسناک اورسخت قابل مذمت ہے۔دو سابق ڈکٹيٹرز جنرل ضياءالحق اور پرويزمشرف کی پاليسيوں کی وجہ سے پڑوسی ملک میں مداخلت کے نتائج آج پوری قوم بھگت رہی ہے۔ دعا یہی ہے کہ رب کائنات ہمارے ملک اور قوم کی حفاظت فرمائے آمین۔ سيکورٹی اہلکاروں اور سويلين مقتولين جو آئے روز لقمہء اجل بن رہے ہیں ان کے لیے بہت دکھ اور صدمہ ہے اللہ ان کے لواحقين کو صبر جميل عطا کرے

Muhammad ASIF، DUABI-UAE

اس ملک کو بنے ہوئے کتنے سال بیت گئے ہیں مگر ہماری عظیم قوم شعیبت، وہابیت پر الجھے ہوئے ہیں۔سعودی عرب کی مثالیں دے کر واضح کر رہے ہیں کہ کچھ عقل اور ہوش کے ناخن لیں ملک جاہل مولویوں کے ہاتھوں میں جا رہا ہے اور چین کی بانسری بجا رہے ہیں۔۔ اسلام ڈنڈے کے زور پر نہیں پھیلتا ۔اسلام کی الف ب سے بھی واقف ہیں ۔ اسلام دل میں ہوتا ہے۔

عبدالوحید خان، Birmingham، برطانیہ

سعودی عرب میں اسی وہابيت كی وجہ سے امن اور رزق میں بركت ہے۔
Abdul Basit،

سعودی عرب
رزق میں برکت تو ہو گی امريکی اور عربی مل کر جو کھاتے ہیں جسکو وہابيت سے بہت پيار ہے سعودی عرب جا کے شوق پورا کرے پاکستان قاعدِاعظم نے مزاروں پر حملوں کے ليے نہیں بنايا تھا۔

ando pando، karachi، برطانیہ

سب سے پہلے تو سيکورٹی فورسز کو سلام اور ڈھيروں مبارکبادیں کہ انہوں نے انتہائی بہادری اور بے مثال پيشہ وارانہ مہارت سے ان دہشت گردوں پر انتہائی کم وقت میں قابو پايا ہے۔ جہاں تک اس واردات کا تعلق ہے تو ان لوگوں کو اپنی سوچ پر غور کرنا چاہيے جو يہ کہتے ہیں کہ قبائلی علاقوں میں فوج اپنے لوگوں کے خلاف لڑ رہی ہے۔ اپنے لوگ ايسے ہوتے ہیں کیا؟

ظہير چغتائی

طالبان کبھی ختم نہیں ہو سکتے جب تک کہ انکی پيٹھ تھپکنے والون کی بيخ کنی نہ کی جائے يہ لوگ سعودی عرب والی وہابيت يہاں رائج کرنے کے ليے ايک ايک پاکستانی کو ذبح کر ديں گے۔ میں دعوے سے کہتا ہوں اگر آج قائد آعظم زندہ ہوتے تو يہ منافق انہیں بھی راستے کا پتھر جان کے شہيد کر ديتے۔

rashid suhail، leeds، برطانیہ

پہلے ان کی ان وارداتوں کے جواز تلاش کرنے والے عام لوگوں سے ليکر سياستدانوں ، چپ رہنے والے يا مذمت نہ کرنے والے مذہبی رہنماؤں اورٹی وی چينلوں میں جھاگ اُڑاتے ريٹائرڈ فوجی جرنلوں اور دوسرے خودساختہ ماہرين کو پکڑنا ہوگا۔ اس کے علاوہ کوئی چارہ نہیں مزيد تاخير کی کوئی گنجائش نہیں ہے!!!

وحید عبدالوحید

سادا سا اصول ہے کہ سرپرستی ختم ، دہشتگردی ختم۔ قصور تو سرپرستی کا ہے جو ہر سطح پر اور ہر انداز میں ہو رہی ہے۔

مزمل خان

جو ایسی دہشت گرد کاروائیوں کے واسطے سب سے زیادہ ’مجاھدین‘ پیدا کررہے ہیں وہ سر پرست اعلٰی ہیں وہ تو ہر حکومت کا حصہ ہوتے ہیں ان کے خلاف کون کاروائی کرے گا۔

علی احمد، برطانیہ

جب سوات اور وزيرستان ميں دہشتگردوں کے آگے ہتھيار ڈال ديےجائیں گے تو پھريہی ہونا ہے جوآج ہوا ان لوگوں کو ضرور پکڑنا چاہئے جونام نہاد لانگ مارچ کے دوران پنجاب کو سوات بنانے کی سرعام دھمکی ديتے رہے ہیں۔ اب يہ واردات بھی بھارت کے کھاتے میں ڈال کر دہشتگردوں کے سرپرست اور ہمدرد عوام کو بيوقوف بنانے کی کوشش کريں گے۔ سادا سا اصول ہے کہ سرپرستی ختم ، دہشتگردی ختم۔ قصور تو سرپرستی کا ہے جو ہر سطح پر اور ہر انداز میں ہو رہی ہے۔

مزمل خان

اس ملک کی عوام طالبان اور طالبان نما بنیاد پرستوں کی دہشت گردی سے ہرمحاذ پر پِس رہے ہیں ۔۔ کہیں گولیوں کی بوچھاڑ ہے اور کہیں بم دھماکوں سے مر رہے ہیں۔ میڈیا اور انٹر نیٹ پرچند متعصب لوگ طالبان کو فرشتہ ثابت کرنے کی کوشش کر رہے ہیں۔ نجانے کب تک ہم ان جہادیوں اور ملاؤں کے ہاتھوں یرغمال بنے رہیں گے ۔

علی زین

جب پاکستان کی عوام کسی بھی دہشت گردی کے سانحے کے بعد یہ سوچ کر چپ ہو جاتی ہے کہ اس سے برا اور کیا ہوگا تو ایسے میں یہ دہشت گرد کوئی نہ کوئی انوکھا منصوبہ لے کر آجاتے ہیں۔لاہور میں جو کچھ ہوا بہت ہی زیادہ قابل مذمت ہے ۔اب تمام سیاسی جماعتوں کو ’یا حکومت ، یاحکومت‘ کا ورود بند کرکے اور اپنے تمام اختلافات کو با لائے طاق رکھتے ہوے بنیاد پرستسی اور دہشت گردی کو جڑوں سے اکھاڑنے کی پالیسی مرتب کرنا ہوگی ۔

علی احمد، برطانیہ


Source: BBC Urdu dot com, PK Politics, Dawn Blog

Also read:

Amir Mir: Punjabi and Pushtun militants behind Manawan attack

8 comments:

Muzammil said...

This is the legacy of the Afghan Fasaad wrongly known as Jehad. This is the legacy of General Zia and General Hameed Gul.

Aamir Mughal said...

Dear Muzamil Sahab,

Refresh your memory!

The ISI's chickens come home to roost?
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At a meeting with a group of journalists among whom I was present, my dear and much lamented friend Tahir Mirza, then the Dawn correspondent, asked Musharraf why he was not acting against Lashkar-e Tayba and Jaish-e Muhammad. Musharraf went red in the face and shot back, “They are not doing anything in Pakistan. They are doing jihad outside.”

Pakistani neocons and UN sanctions by Late. Khalid Hasan

Like bullfrogs out after heavy summer rains, Pakistani cyberspace and the realm of the printed word are full of the croaking of neocons who have convinced the already ignorant that the Security Council sanctions against Jama’at-ud Dawa and certain individuals only came because Pakistani officials were either sleeping at the post or had conspired with the 15-member Security Council to let the axe fall.



These people are not interested in facts. They only have opinions.



One cybercon who answers to the name Ahmed Quraishi writes on December 24, “We have a government with shady characters in key places, strongly backed by the Bush administration, acting and behaving as if they were representing a US occupation government in Pakistan.” Under “recommendation”, he proposes, “We need to start a witch-hunt in Pakistan to cleanse our academia and public life of such self-haters and defeatists who poison the minds of young Pakistanis about their homeland. Such academics and human rights activists should not be allowed to hide behind the freedom of expression.”



The two “traitors” he refers to are Pervaiz Hoodbhoy and Asma Jehangir.



Then there is the Ann Coulter of Pakistan, Shireen Mazari, who writes, “Thanks to the pusillanimity shown by our leaders ever since the Mumbai acts of terrorism, Pakistan is being squeezed by so-called friends and foe alike.” She goes on to predict, “However, let there be no doubt that India is going to carry out surgical strikes, probably beginning with AJK. After all, the extraordinary and unscheduled Envoys Conference can only have been called to contain the diplomatic fallout of such strikes.”



It is pointless to inform her that the envoys’ conference had been scheduled for some time and was not summoned because of Mumbai. Mazari also wrote that “in the Mumbai aftermath, we chose to prevent our allies from rallying around us in the UN Security Council.”



Ann Coulter, I should explain, is a neocon American figure who urged the bombing of Mecca and who wrote, “Liberals are always against America. They are either traitors or idiots, and on the matter of America’s self-preservation, the difference is irrelevant.”



She is also an ardent admirer of the late Senator Joseph McCarthy and his witch hunts.



But to return to the Security Council sanctions, a statement issued by the Foreign Office in Islamabad laying out facts was lost in the din created by our croaking neocons. So let me quote that for the record:



“Action against the JuD and certain individuals was initiated following their designation by the UN Sanctions Committee established pursuant to the UN Security Council Resolution 1267, on the Consolidated List of individuals and entities associated with Al Qaeda and the Taliban. The request for enlisting the JuD had been under consideration of the UN Sanctions Committee since 2006… Since this resolution was adopted under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, it is obligatory on Pakistan to fully implement its provisions. Pakistan, as a responsible member of the United Nations, has fulfilled its international obligations.”



On December 9, a day before the resolution, Pakistan’s UN ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon said in a statement, “After the designation of Jama’at-ud Dawa (JuD) under (Security Council resolution) 1267, the Government, on receiving communication from the Security Council, shall proscribe the JuD and take other consequential actions, as required, including the freezing of assets.”



This shows that the sanctions were more than expected as was their imminence and the UN mission was not asleep as is being charged by the Ann Coulters and other neocons of Pakistan.



Those who are rising in defence of Lashkar-e Tayba and its mutation, the Jama’at-ud Dawa, perhaps neither know nor do they care to know what the Security Council’s terrorism sanctions committee is. And although these cybercons and super-patriots are beyond redemption and repair, let me nevertheless explain what this committee is and in the face of which Pakistan is accused of having acted pusillanimously.



The Security Council Committee established pursuant to Resolution 1267 (1999) on October 15, 1999, is also known as “the Al Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Committee”. The sanctions regime has been modified and strengthened by subsequent resolutions, including Resolutions 1333 (2000), 1390 (2002), 1455 (2003), 1526 (2004), 1617 (2005), 1735 (2006) and 1822 (2008) so that the sanctions measures now apply to designated individuals and entities associated with Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden and/or the Taliban wherever located.



The names of the targeted individuals and entities are placed on the Consolidated List. The resolutions listed above have all been adopted under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter and require all states to take a number of specified measures in connection with any individual or entity associated with Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden and/or the Taliban as designated by the Committee.



And what are those measures? Freeze without delay the funds and other financial assets or economic resources of designated individuals and entities; prevent the entry into or transit through their territories by designated individuals; and prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale and transfer from their territories or by their nationals outside their territories, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, of arms and related materiel of all types, spare parts, and technical advice, assistance, or training related to military activities, to designated individuals and entities.



The Committee is one of three subsidiary bodies established by the Security Council that deal with terrorism-related issues. The other two committees are the Counter-Terrorism Committee and the 1540 Committee. The three Committees and their expert groups coordinate their work and cooperate closely and the Committees’ chairmen also brief the Security Council on the activities of the Committees in joint meetings, when possible.



No one can prevent the action of the committee; nor is anyone invited or told about its proceedings. Normally the first signal is a note circulated to all UN member states.



And now the unvarnished truth.



Since 2006, Pakistan, against better advice and reasons that have been blown sky-high by Mumbai, had kept the sanctions from being clamped with the help of China. However, after the Mumbai attacks, China informed Pakistan that it could no longer block the terrorist group and individuals from being sanctioned. The question the neocons and the super-patriots should ask, but don’t, is: Why was Pakistan blocking sanctions against a terrorist group?



And this takes me back to Pervez Musharraf’s first visit to the US after his coup. At a meeting with a group of journalists among whom I was present, my dear and much lamented friend Tahir Mirza, then the Dawn correspondent, asked Musharraf why he was not acting against Lashkar-e Tayba and Jaish-e Muhammad. Musharraf went red in the face and shot back, “They are not doing anything in Pakistan. They are doing jihad outside.”

http://www.khalidhasan.net/2008/12/28/pakistani-neocons-and-un-sanctions/

Khalid Hasan is Daily Times’ US-based correspondent. His e-mail is khasan2@cox.net

This entry was posted on Sunday, December 28th, 2008 at 6:00 pm

http://www.newageislam.com/NewAgeIslamArticleDetail.aspx?ArticleID=1152

Tony said...

Very outspoken blog. Pakistan's counterpunch I think.

Shan said...

Zia mardood ki bad-rooh Pakistan mein bhatak rahi hay.

Aamir Mughal said...

عبدالوحید خان، Birmingham، برطانیہ

سعودی عرب میں اسی وہابيت كی وجہ سے امن اور رزق میں بركت ہے۔

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Barkat [Blessings] like this!!!

For Picture/Deocumentaries and PDF click the links:

Aal-e-Saud, USA and Wahabis!

http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/search/label/Aal-e-Saud

http://chagataikhan.blogspot.com/2009/03/allama-niyaz-fatehpuri-and-his-faith-27.html

1 - Saudi Government supported Afghan Jihad [also backed by USA-UK-and other Western Countries - It was US CIA, ISI and Saudi Arabia who launched Osama Bin Ladin for Afghan Jihad] - No Fatwa.

2 - Saudi Arabia [with USA and Great Britain] helped Saddam against Iran - No Fatwa.






Late. Abd al-Aziz ibn Abd Allah ibn Baaz [Saudi Grand Mufti who issued Fatwa against Saddam and then again Osama Bin Ladin]

3 - Saddam invaded Kuwait - [Immediately a Fatwa was issued - "During the Iran-Iraq war, Saudi Arabia bankrolled the Saddam Hussein regime with the express approval of Washington DC which at that time saw Saddam Hussein as a bulwark against Shia fundamentalism. It came as a terrific shock to the Saudi Royals when Saddam Hussein turned his attention to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. Again, the Royal family turned to the Ulema and obtained (with difficulty) a Fatwa, permitting the use of non-Muslim foreign troops on Saudi soil to defend Saudi Arabia against a foreign invader - one the Ulema regarded as a secular apostate. Thus the Saudi Royal family invited the USA to send it its troops for Operation Desert Storm- the operation to defend Saudi Arabia and liberate Kuwait - largely at Saudi expense." As per 9/11 Commission Report “In August 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait. Bin Ladin, whose efforts in Afghanistan had earned him celebrity and respect, proposed to the Saudi monarchy that he summon mujahideen for a jihad to retake Kuwait. He was rebuffed, [Saudi Fatwa issued in 90s against Osama Bin Ladin - http://abdurrahman.org/jihad/binlaadin.pdf Usama Ibn Ladin Al-Kharijee (our position toward him and his likes) - By Abdul Aziz Ibn Abdullaah Ibn Baz [PDF] - Taken from http://www.troid.org/] and the Saudis joined the U.S.-led coalition. After the Saudis agreed to allow U.S. armed forces to be based in the Kingdom, Bin Ladin and a number of Islamic clerics began to publicly denounce the arrangement. The Saudi government exiled the clerics and undertook to silence Bin Ladin by, among other things, taking away his passport. With help from a dissident member of the royal family, he managed to get out of the country under the pretext of attending an Islamic gathering in Pakistan in April 1991.”

Yet Muslims have the audacity to complain!

Corruption doth appear on land and sea because of (the evil) which men's hands have done, that He may make them taste a part of that which they have done, in order that they may return. [AL-ROOM (THE ROMANS, THE BYZANTINES) Chapter 30 - Verse 41]

Now watch the pictures of Saudi Kings/Sheikhs with American Presidents, in the light of Quranic Verse above.



The meeting between King Abdulaziz and President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Febuary 14, 1945 set the stage for close Saudi-U.S. relations.





King Saud bin Abdulaziz met with President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon during a state visit to Washington, DC, in 1957.





During his visit to San Francisco, California, to sign the United States Charter in 1945, then-Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Abdulaziz met with President Harry Truman.





Crown Prince Faisal bin Abdulaziz met with President John F. Kennedy in Washington, DC, in 1962





King Faisal bin Abdulaziz met with President Richard Nixon in 1971.





King Faisal bin Abdulaziz with President Lyndon B JohnsonRichard Nixon in 1966.





Crown Prince Fahd met with President Jimmy Carter and former President Gerald Ford during a visit to Washington, DC, in 1977.


President Ronald Reagan welcomed King Fahd to the White House in 1985.

Commander of the National Guard Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz met with President Ford in the White House in 1976.




King Khaled bin Abdulaziz and then-Crown Prince Fahd with President Carter in Riyadh in 1978.



Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz and Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the U.S. Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz met with Secretary of Defense William Cohen in the Pentagon in 1999.


King Fahd and President George Bush met in Riyadh in November 1990 to discuss the liberation of Kuwait.


During a meeting at the White House on September 20, 2001, Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal assured President George W. Bush of Saudi Arabia's full cooperation in the fight against terrorism.


King Fahd hosted a visit to Saudi Arabia by President Bill Clinton in October 1994. Their meeting was attended by Ambassador Prince Bandar.



King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and George Bush

Muslims should not complain and should do this for a qucik recovery:

Allah hath promised such of you as believe and do good work that He will surely make them to succeed (the present rulers) in the earth even as He caused those who were before them to succeed (others); and that He will surely establish for them their religion which He hath approved for them, and will give them in exchange safety after their fear. They serve Me. They ascribe no thing as partner unto Me. Those who disbelieve henceforth, they are the miscreants. [AL-NOOR (THE LIGHT) Chapter 24 - Verse 55]

Sikander Hayat said...

Today’s attack on Lahore is not Islam, Islam teach us humility, love and compassion for fellow human beings, Islam tell us to respect, women, elder and anything which is beneficial to humans even when at war. Let’s call these people what they are, they are our fascists who want a totalitarian version of their own perverted view of Islam to subjugate the free people of Pakistan.

http://real-politique.blogspot.com

By Sikander Hayat

Aamir Mughal said...

swali said:

First gift by Jamat-e-Ghair Islami by their new ameer Munawwar Hassan, the chief terrorist to for the innocent people of Pakistan. Ban Jamat, terrorism will finish,.
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This was a Chechen Style Attack

Jamat-e-Islami's Connections with Chechen Rebels/Terrorists are not a secret:

Watch the Photo of Qazi Hussain Ahmed with Chechen Terrorist and this photo was taken after Oct 1999 Martial Law of General Musharraf

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2000/20000216/world.htm

LAHORE: Qazi Hussain Ahmed, left, chief of Jamat-i-Islami, Pakistan's right-wing religious party, hands over a cheque for Rs 10 million (about $ 185,000) in Lahore, on Monday, from the party fund to Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, former president of Chechnya, for the militants fighting against the Russian army. — AP/PTI

Anonymous said...

I have read most blogs related to pakistan, most would end up with India/US/Afghanistan bashing. But this blog seems to look things from an better , thoughtful and positive angle, that seeks betterment of pakistan

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