Thursday, October 27, 2011

Jamat-e-Islami & Mullah's Lecherous Politics Throughout History.

ISLAMABAD, Oct 26: Efforts to revive the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA), an alliance of six religio-political parties, were launched again on Wednesday at a meeting chaired by Qazi Hussain Ahmed, former chief of Jamaat-i-Islami. Leaders of Tehrik-i-Jafaria, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Fazl), Jamaatud Dawa, JUI-S, Jamiat Ulema-i-Pakistan, Tehrik Minhajul Quran and Muttahida Ulema Council attended the meting and stressed the need for uniting religious parties and groups and reviving the MMA. Maulana Fazlur Rehman did not attend the meeting, while his rival JUI faction led by Maulana Samiul Haq which had pulled out of the alliance was replaced by a little known JUI (seniors). Talking to reporters, Qazi Hussain said that although the ulema at the meeting supported the idea of reviving the alliance, a final decision would be taken at a meeting of the heads of member parties. Maulana Fazl had made a similar effort last year. But the move faltered over a demand by Jamaat-i-Islami and JUP that the JUI-F should first quit the PPP-led coalition. The party eventually left the government in May after the sacking of its minister Azam Khan Swati. “There is no serious hurdle in the way of reviving the MMA of which I am still the president,” Qazi Hussain said when asked to comment on Maulana Fazl’s statement that JI chief Munawwar Hasan was the only hurdle. REFERENCE: Qazi launches fresh bid to revive MMA From the Newspaper | Ahmad Hassan

Professor Abdul Ghafoor of Jamaat-e-Islami Exposed by Kamran Shahid about ISI & IJI
URL: After WikiLeaks disclosures about Maulana Fazlur Rahman, not only the Taliban and Al-Qaeda leadership have decided to sever links with him but various religio-political parties have also hinted at staying away from him. “Maulana Fazlur Rahman, who has been an ally of the Pervez Musharraf regime and is also a partner in the present ruling coalition, had strong contacts with militant groups in Afghanistan as well as Pakistan but nobody did even imagine until now that he is constantly in touch with the Americans also,” said a former Taliban official, currently based in Peshawar, while talking to The News on Tuesday. Talking to The News via telephone, the former Taliban official said on condition of anonymity that although the Jamaat-e-Islami leadership had expressed its reservations several times about Maulana Fazlur Rahman, majority of the people believed it is because of political differences between the JUI-F and Jamaat-e-Islami. The time has, however, proven that the reservations and fears of the Jamaat-e-Islami about the JUI-F chief were absolutely genuine, he added.

Maulana Fazl ur Rahman Got Angry In Lekin


MQM Attacks Maulana Fazlur Rehman


“As the WikiLeaks have unmasked the truth, now Maulana Fazlur Rahman will have to be extremely careful because his acts and attitude fall in the category of betrayal,” commented the former Taliban official. A Taliban commander told The News from Afghanistan via telephone that the Taliban leaders, who have been in contact with Maulana Fazlur Rahman in the past, are extremely disappointed and angered.
He said now all doors of the Taliban have been closed for the JUI-F chief as his real face has finally been exposed. “We may forgive him [Fazlur Rahman] for the sake of his father’s services for Islam but we have shut all doors for him,” he said. When contacted, former spokesman for Jamaat-e-Islami Ameerul Azeem, who has been attending meetings of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) of which the JUI-F was also a part, said now the time has come for the JUI-F chief to review his entire political life, particularly his manoeuvres to become part of every government. He said the role of the JUI-F chief in the Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD), when his politics was based on mere principles, is no secret. He recalled that even (late) Benazir Bhutto had once dumped (late) Nawabzada Nasrullah Khan but the Maulana had extended unflinching support to the Nawabzada. “Now the political moves of the JUI-F chief are completely different as of late he has been preferring gains to principles,” the former Jamaat-e-Islami spokesman said. “If Maulana Fazlur Rahman failed in returning to his old political path, he would remain all alone,” he remarked.

Ansar Abbasi [Jang Group] Exposes Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA)


Ameerul Azeem pointed out that currently there are many leaders in the JUI-F who strongly believe in the politics of principles and are extremely valued by different quarters. He said the Jamaat-e-Islami would definitely maintain its contacts with such leaders. The News contacted several religious figures that have been close to the Taliban leadership in the past and sought their comments on the latest situation, they were unanimous that Maulana Fazlur Rahman would pay a heavy price for what they called his deceit and betrayal. The JUI-F chief, who is facing scathing criticism from various religious circles following WikiLeaks disclosures about him, is likely to face very difficult situation in the near future because the religious parties are unanimous that he would not be included in any alliance of religio-political parties. "We have firmly decided that Maulana Fazlur Rahman or any leader of his party will not be included in the alliance of religious parties before the next general elections. Nor will we maintain any contact with the JUI-F or its leadership,” said a leader of another religious party, pleading anonymity. This correspondent made several attempts to contact the JUI-F chief for his comments but failed while any other leader of his party was also not ready to speak on the issue. REFERENCE: Fazlur Rehman getting isolated after WikiLeaks exposure By Mazhar Tufail Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Ansar Abbasi [JANG GROUP] Exposes MMA & Maulana Fazlur Rehman (JUI-F ) Part 1


ISLAMABAD: Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam (JUI-F) leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman, demonstrating visible apathy, has gone out of the domestic scene with his party’s contribution for flood victims almost to a lowest level. Maulana Fazlur Rehman is presently on a private trip to perform Umra, ignoring the catastrophe hit people at a time when his own constituency in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, were troubled hit with heavy flooding and still require a lot to survive. His decision to stay away could generate a controversy after several religious scholars gave a sort of Fatwa that fiscal help to humans, striving for life under existing circumstances in Pakistan, gets more importance than spending for Umra by the persons who have already performed Haj.

Ansar Abbasi [JANG GROUP] Exposes MMA & Maulana Fazlur Rehman (JUI-F ) Part 2


The sources within JUI-F believe that nothing has so far been done in practical terms on the party platform except a meeting of Maulana Fazlur Rehman, along with his younger brother Attaur Rehman, with Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, asking for provision of assistance to his hometown DI Khan. A JUI-F central leader defended Fazl’s position while contending that JUI-F workers and students from the JUI-F run religious seminaries are engaged in relief activities. However, his younger brother, Tourism Minister Maulana Attaur Rehman, was not available for a comment despite repeated attempts. Following in the footsteps of President Zardari, the Maulana followed his own track record of being out of the country on important events. They added that JUI-F has yet to give a clear opinion on setting up of a Commission proposed by Nawaz Sharif to monitor the funds being received from abroad and are being collected in the name of the flooding. “The flood intensity requires the Maulana to personally supervise the whole party work by activating workers and students from religious Madaris in the four provinces as well as Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir areas,” they said. 

Ansar Abbasi [JANG GROUP] Exposes MMA & Maulana Fazlur Rehman (JUI-F ) Part 3


They updated that the JUI-F Amir, incumbent Chairman Kashmir Committee and a former Opposition leader, would remain in Saudi Arabia at least till August 23, 2010 after he flew for performing Umra five days back. “This is absolutely wrong that we are sitting silently, as our people not only in Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa but also in Sindh are active to help out the affected people,” the JUI-F Information Secretary Maulana Muhammad Amjad said when contacted. The JUI-F leader said that Maulana Fazlur Rehman is issuing necessary directives to the party on day-to-day basis from Saudi Arabia. “He is also in constant touch with the government authorities dealing with the flood situation,” he said. Asked as to why the JUI-F activities are invisible, he said that his party’s welfare wing Al-Khair Trust is providing all-out relief to the victims. “We are used to extend help to the people through this Trust,” he added. Instead of responding directly for Nawaz Sharif proposed Commission, the JUI-F member said that his party would support any initiative to set up a commission or any other body to monitor and step up the efforts for earliest return of normalcy in the affected areas. REFERENCE: Maulana Fazl again missing from disaster scene Friday, August 20, 2010 By Dilshad Azeem

Ansar Abbasi [JANG GROUP] Exposes MMA & Maulana Fazlur Rehman (JUI-F ) Part 4

URL: Though Maulana Fazlur Rehman has publicly stormed out of the ruling coalition, given his track record of vacillation, there are doubts that the JUI chief will not stick to his decision. Obviously, Fazlur Rehman’s judgment that in ferocity matched the speedy kicking out of Azam Swati by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, has made the Presidency fearful about the collapse of the government. However, while Fazlur Rehman has also taken out his remaining two federal ministers — his younger brother Maulana Ataur Rehman and Rehmatullah Kakar — from the federal coalition, he has made no such decision as far as the Balochistan government under the PPP’s chief minister is concerned.

Ansar Abbasi [JANG GROUP] Exposes MMA & Maulana Fazlur Rehman (JUI-F ) Part 5


And he has no plan to call back Maulana Sherani from the office of the Chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology and has himself not quit as the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir. For a fragile government like the present one, seven votes of Fazlur Rehman’s Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) in the National Assembly and 13 senators mean a lot. And if the Mutahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM), which was exasperated because of Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfikar Mirza’s plain but blunt talk of Monday, also moves away from the ruling coalition, the government is bound to plunge into a deep ditch from where it would be quite difficult for it to recover.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman & JUI (F) are Exposed in Details by Najam Sethi.


While not only the president and prime minister but also their emissaries are planning to change Fazlur Rehman’s mind and reduce anger, those keenly watching the JUI chief’s queer politics have no doubt that the Maulana has the gall and potential to come back smilingly and justify it too on the force of his own peculiar logic and argument. Zardari’s top confidant and pointman Dr Qayyum Soomro rushed without loss of a moment to his residence after the ominous announcement. There is a strong possibility that Fazlur Rehman would bury the hatchet by the time this piece appears in print. The Maulana possesses unique guts, nerve and grit to face and respond to taunts of his religious minded critics for standing with the government just because he did not want to say adieu to the massive official perks and privileges and other trappings and considerations. His was the only party that with just 20 MPs has clinched three federal ministries apart from the chairmanships of the CCI and Kashmir Committee, which also carry perks and privileges available to a federal minister.

Fazlur Rehman’s classic pragmatic and opportunistic politics were in full swing when the Mutahidda Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) used to exist and ruled for five years with Pervez Musharraf in the driving seat. His principal partner, Qazi Hussain Ahmed, kept crying at the top of his voice for years, mocking the Maulana for remaining in the government, but Fazlur Rehman would not listen to him and avoided creating even a minor problem for the dictator. Gilani’s decision, sacking Swati and Hamid Saeed Kazmi, was otherwise impressive because the open clash between the two had made a mockery of the cohesion and harmony in the cabinet. Swati and Kazmi chose to fight despite the fact that the prime minister had given a shut up call to both a few weeks ago and before Haj corruption scandal had come to the Supreme Court but they showed restraint only for a while. Only on Monday, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, while hearing the Haj arrangements corruption scandal case, wondered that the religious affairs minister and secretary were continuing in their offices. The prime minister’s decision was also a message to the chief justice that however boomeranged.

Nevertheless, where Gilani, who heads the ruling coalition, erred in the sense was that he underrated the likely reaction of Fazlur Rehman to Swati’s dismissal. Or maybe, he knew that he and his boss, Zardari, have a lot to offer to the Maulana to take care of his angry response. This was not the first time that Swati behaved somewhat irresponsibly. In the past, he created embarrassment for the government a number of times. Frequent walkouts from the federal cabinet meetings by JUI ministers on different issues have been a regular feature of the JUI politics. It was not a number of striking academic degrees of doctorate, masters and bachelor of Pakistani and American institutions of Swati but the fact that he was the one and the only declared billionaire MP, which had fascinated Fazlur Rehman to make him a federal minister.

Swati has done masters in economics and political science, masters of law (LL.M) in International Law from University of Houston, Texas, LL.B (Bachelor of Law), and doctorate in jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law, Texas. Swati has been Attorney-at-Law (State of Texas) apart from his achievements like several medals during school, college universities and a gold medal from the Sindh Muslim Law College, Karachi. But all these impressive attributes hardly charmed Fazlur Rehman to sponsor Swati, who has never been an ideologically committed JUI man and instead had been bitterly attacking the religious lobby as District Nazim of Mansehra before associating himself with the JUI. The total worth of Swati and his spouse was estimated around Rs1.6 billion, according to the Election Commission of Pakistan. He once said: “I do not have any income and business in Pakistan. All remittances have come from American banks to Pakistani banks.” REFERENCE: Will Maulana JUI stick to his decision? By Tariq Butt Wednesday, December 15, 2010 The government believes that senior JUI leader Maulana Mohammad Khan Sherani, who has just been appointed as the Chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), is its trump card in order to bring Maulana Fazlur Rehman back in the ruling coalition or at least not to oppose the government too aggressively. Sherani, who heads the Balochistan Shura of the JUI, is a powerful voice within its decision making process and none in the party can prevail upon him. “We know that a man, who waited for more than two years to finally clinch the CII stewardship as committed by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) with the JUI, would not let the relationship of his party go to an extent where there is an open war between the two and he has to leave his present office,” sources having access to the Presidency and the Prime Minister’s House say. They say a man, who rejected the notification of his appointment merely on the ground that the specific period of three years for his stay as the CII chairman was not mentioned in it and got the official order revised as per his demand, would be the last person to obey any call from the JUI to quit his position. According to these sources, Sherani wants to fully avail his present official position and would staunchly resist any move in his own party leading to his exit. This will go to the advantage of the government, they said. Knowing Sherani’s angry reaction, these sources said, Fazlur Rehman, while quitting the coalition obviously with a heavy heart, made it clear that the CII chairmanship was a constitutional office not that of the government and, therefore, Sherani will continue. But in reality, he knew that his party would split if he announced that the JUI had also recalled Maulana Sherani. It is clear to him that the government, which has nominated Sherani as the CII chief, can revoke his appointment by just cancelling the notification.

Additionally, sources said, while departing from the government, Fazlur Rehman also did not declare that the JUI was simultaneously quitting the Balochistan coalition because he fully realised that his provincial party was under Sherani’s control and would not accept any such decision. All of 10 JUI MPAs in the Balochistan Assembly are either ministers or advisers to the chief minister and will firmly oppose any move resulting in their ouster from power. Apart from Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri and highly marginalised and rebellious Hafiz Hussain Ahmed, Sherani was the solitary top JUI leader who until his appointment as the CII chairman had no official position having perks and privileges of a federal minister despite the fact that Fazlur Rehman, his brother, and every MNA had got something substantial in the government. He was waiting for the CII chairmanship since the JUI entered into a coalition with the PPP over two years ago. Sources said the government thinks that it would press into service the good offices of Sherani to shave off the anger of Fazlur Rehman and ultimately succeed in bringing the JUI into the coalition’s fold. REFERENCE: Is Sherani the weak link in Maulana JUI’s strategy? Sunday, December 19, 2010 By Tariq Butt

Tailpiece is Exclusively for Mr. Ansar Abbasi & Syed Munawar Hassan, Ameer of Jamat-e-Islami

Saturday, December 18, 2010, Muharram 11, 1432 A.H

LAHORE, Dec. 30: Referring to Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s pulling out of the government, he said for the last three years, the Maulana had been a part of a pro-US government that had been shedding the blood of the tribal people. Therefore, he was equally responsible for the bloodshed of the tribal people and all other ills of the rulers.             JI chief from Tribal areas, Sahibzada Haroonur Rashid, addressing the Jirga, said that the tribal people had been the sword arm of Pakistan, they had always sacrificed their lives for the security of Pakistan but they had never accepted US slavery.  JI deputy chief, Sirajul Haq, and provincial secretary Shabbir Ahmed khan, and notable tribal elders speaking on the occasion, thanked the JI for voicing their demands. Those addressing the Jirga included Sardar Khan from Bajaur, Zarnau Aafridi, Hakim Syed Haleemzai, Mehmand, Malik uhammd Yar Khan Salarzai, and others.

Syed Haider Farooq Maududi Exposing Jamaat-e-Islami - 1 (28 May 2011)

Syed Haider Farooq Maududi Exposing Jamaat-e-Islami - 2 (28 May 2011)

Syed Haider Farooq Maududi Exposing Jamaat-e-Islami - 3 (28 May 2011)

Syed Haider Farooq Maududi Exposing Jamaat-e-Islami - 4 (28 May 2011)

Senator Khursheed Ahmed Openly Supported Bhutto's Hanging by the hands of General Zia


With brainwashing on the one hand and erosion of academic freedom on the other, the campuses (once temples of learning and enlightenment) have been turned into centres of rowdyism and repositories of deadly weapon. Students belonging to various schools of religious thought, regional and ethnic groups, particularly the Islami Jamiat-e-Tulba (the student wing of Jamat-e-Islami) , have played havoc with educational institutions. Professors were another target of the victimization carried out in this period. Members of the IJT launched a concerted campaign against professors known for their liberal views. In Punjab University, particularly, many professors were forced to resign, others were sacked. The situation was no different in the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, which had in the 70s attracted many brilliant Pakistanis who were teaching abroad. As the harassment became unbearable, most of these professors went back. To what extent fundamentalists blocked scientific knowledge can be assessed by one incident at the Karachi University, where a zoology lecturer was stopped from teaching Darwin’s Theory of Evolution. Similar incidents occurred frequently in the philosophy and the economics department. The situation has worsened wit the passage of time. During that period, a policy of appeasement towards the IJT made matter worse. Guns boomed at the Karachi University Campus for the first time in 1979 when, according to Imran Shirvanee, Raja Javed, a supporter of IJT, used a sten gun ‘to tackle the opposition.’ When the pen and free expression are throttled, the only means open to tackle opposition is a firearm. At that time, the IJT was the ruling party in Karachi University politics with Hussain Haqqani, Raja Javed was his close aide. Haqqani is a man of many roles. The former Far Eastern Economic Review correspondent was the media advisor to Punjab Chief Minister Nawaz Sharif when Benazir Bhutto was at the centre {1988-1990}. He switched to serve caretaker Prime Minister Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi in 1990, and then switched back again to serve Sharif when he was elected Prime Minister. In 1992, he was sent to Sri Lanka as Pakistan’s High Commissioner. On the eve of Nawaz Sharif’s dismissal on 18 April 1993, he jumped the sinking ship and joined President Ghulam Ishaq Khan bandwagon. Immediately, he was rewarded by being made a special assistant to the caretaker Prime Minister Mir Balakh Sher Mazari with the rank of Minister of State. Asked by BBC if he now deserved a mention in the Guinness Book of Records for switching loyalties so often, his reply was classic: I was always with the President.’”REFERENCE: The Web of Censorship by Late. Zamir Niazi published by Oxford University Press.

Maulana Wahiduddin Khan is an Islamic spiritual scholar who has adopted peace as the mission of his life. Known for his Gandhian views, he considers non-violence as the only method to achieve success. Internationally recognized for his contributions to world peace, he has received, among others, the Demiurgus Peace International Award, the Padma Bhushan, the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavna Award and the National Citizen's Award. A recent book, The 500 Most Influential Muslims of 2009 by Georgetown University, Washington DC, has named him “Islam’s Spiritual Ambassador to the world.” His approach, the book points out, is “popular among Indians, both Muslim and non-Muslim.” Born in Azamgarh (U.P.) in 1925, the Maulana was educated in a traditional seminary. From his early years, he showed a voracious appetite for modern knowledge, spending entire days in the library. As a result he became well versed in both classical Islamic learning and modern disciplines. His extensive research led him to conclude that the need of the hour was to present Islamic teachings in the style and language of the post-scientific era. REFERENCE: Our Founder: Maulana Wahiduddin Khan

From Lessons of History "Asbaaq-e-Tareekh" Asbaq-e-Tarikh by Mawlana Wahiduddin Khan

Zia ul Haq met JI Chief Mian Tufail Mohammad for 90 minutes the night before Bhutto was hanged. The following day, the JI supporters took to the streets to celebrate Bhutto’s death. JI saved tons of US dollars but also tried to save US enemy No.1 Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the mastermind of 9/11, who was arrested from the residence of a JI leader in Rawalpindi.

Home and madressah education, knowledge of Arabic, vast study of earlier texts on Islam and almost no exposure to modern education, yet ability to write colorful language, playing with high sounding words and experience in journalism was his qualification. A body of obscurantist literature, superficial in character, with almost no relevance to the demands of a modern and progressive lifestyle was his contribution. A prolific journalist rather than a scholar, he wrote with great speed to feed his eager readers. He was well-versed in employing the power of the written word, the ability which, on the one hand has positively contributed towards bringing about numerous cultural and intellectual revolutions in human history, and many a times it has played havoc with the growth of human consciousness. When the disconnect between fact (read ground reality) and fiction (read ideology) becomes apparent, either the fiction dies down, or the “sanctified” fiction is cleverly exploited in one’s own interest. The philosophy and writings of Abul Ala Maududi, his followers and their conduct in real life is a classic case of ideology in the service of vested interests. REFERENCE: Opportunism Jamaat-style by Waseem Altaf ONLINE ISSUE NO. 44 APRIL 1, 2011

Lie with Prof Ghafoor & JI on GEO TV - 1 (6 Mar 2011)

By 1938 he was against the formation of political parties, but in 1941 he had a change of heart and Maududi founded Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), with the prime objective of setting up of a kingdom of Allah in total rejection of secularism, democracy and nation-state where private and public sphere of man’s life would be governed by the principles of Islam. He considered them sinful and called for the total boycott of secular structures like the parliament, army, courts, educational institutions and government jobs. However his party later contested elections for the parliament, collaborated with the army, filed petitions in courts and penetrated into educational institutions and the government, setting their earlier ideology aside. Similar to Muslim Brotherhood, the JI focused on middle class professionals and state employees rather than traditional mullahs. REFERENCE: Opportunism Jamaat-style by Waseem Altaf ONLINE ISSUE NO. 44 APRIL 1, 2011

Although Maududi opposed Jinnah and a separate state for Muslims, however, he moved to Pakistan with some of his followers. Initially he advocated the religious-cum-spiritual revival of Muslims who would not aspire for power and lead by example. But as he had witnessed the strength, religion wields in grabbing political power through mass mobilization, as experienced in the creation of Pakistan, he changed his political philosophy. His new slogan was “The Country is God’s; rule must be by God’s law; the government should be that of God’s pious men.” The “defense of Islam” in an “Islamic” state was thus the bedrock of JI in the years to follow. Soon after the Partition, the JI began to pressurize the government to frame an Islamic constitution. The JI labeled leftists, secularists and ethnic nationalists as anti-Islam and non-believers. In 1953, the JI incited and carried out attacks against Ahmadis. The murder, looting and arson resulted in the deaths of 200 Ahmadis. The story was repeated in 1974 which culminated in declaring Ahmadis as non-Muslims. Through his influence over Ch. Mohammad Ali, the then PM, Maududi was able to include the Objectives Resolution as the preamble to 1956 Constitution and the first Muslim country to be named “The Islamic Republic of Pakistan.” REFERENCE: Opportunism Jamaat-style by Waseem Altaf ONLINE ISSUE NO. 44 APRIL 1, 2011

In the beginning, Maududi was critical of Pakistan’s alliance with the US but then focused on combating communism. The JI received money from Saudi Arabia and Saudi-sponsored Rabita al-Alam al Islami for global outreach, particularly areas under communist influence. A Dar-ul-Fikr was set up in Mansoora, the JI headquarters at Lahore in the late 1960’s to publish accounts of communist oppression of Muslims. Urdu Digest, a publication by JI affiliates, was focusing on liberation of co-religionists under communist control. Interestingly, in February 2009 a seven member delegation of JI led by Qazi Hussain Ahmed visited China. At a meeting with Vice-Chairperson of National People’s Congress Tali Waldi, Qazi said that the Sino-Pak friendship was immortal and would continue to deepen with the passage of time. Ayub Khan, who had initially deleted “Islamic” from Pakistan’s official name, added it later under pressure from the mullahs. Since PPP was socialistic while Awami League was a secular party the JI, fearing popularity of the two major political parties, was spearheading a campaign by 1969, for protection of Islamic ideology declaring that Pakistan was under threat from atheists, socialists and secularists. In the same year JI and Intelligence Bureau sponsored ulema, signed a joint fatwa declaring socialism and secularism as Kufr. In 1970 JI-sympathizer General Sher Ali Khan, Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting and National Affairs during 1969-71 purged state and privately owned media of leftists and secularists. These were then replaced by JI cadres. In the 1970 general elections, the JI won just four seats out of a total of 300. REFERENCE: Opportunism Jamaat-style by Waseem Altaf ONLINE ISSUE NO. 44 APRIL 1, 2011

Lie with Prof Ghafoor & JI on GEO TV - 2 (6 March 2011)

General Yahya’s military regime gave the JI a semi-official role in the former East Pakistan to act as the intelligence network for Pak Army, while it was part of the “military sponsored” six party alliance of Islamist parties in East Pakistan called United Coalition Party. In May 1971 the JI and Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT), its student wing, were part of a 50,000 strong, “army engineered” razakar (volunteer) force comprising Al-Shams and Al-Bader which acted as army’s death squads. In addition to killing of tens of thousands of nationalist Bengalis, Al-Badar reportedly killed 10 professors of Dacca University, five leading journalists, two litterateurs and 26 doctors in Dacca alone. When Bhutto assumed power on December 20th 1971, the JI burned his effigies in Lahore and declared the day as “black day.” When PTV showed surrender ceremony in Dacca, the JI led public protests, describing it as an attempt to humiliate the army. In 1973 the Amir of JI appealed to the army to over throw Bhutto’s government due to its inherent moral corruption. Despite being Islamist and declaring secularists as kafirs (infidels), the JI joined hands with Bhutto’s secular opponents to achieve the goal of political power. In the early seventies, the JI launched a campaign called “Bagladesh Namanzoor”to destabilize Bhutto and to absolve the army of blame for the loss of country’s Eastern Wing, In 1973, Burhanuddin Rabbani, a Maududi inspired Afghan cleric, fled to Pakistan, and was hosted by the JI. Thus began a partnership between the JI, the ISI and the Rabbani group. REFERENCE: Opportunism Jamaat-style by Waseem Altaf ONLINE ISSUE NO. 44 APRIL 1, 2011

When Zia overthrew Bhutto in 1977, the JI distributed sweets in streets of all major cities. Maududi later supported Zia’s regime by endorsing his Islamization initiative. Zia ul Haq met JI Chief Mian Tufail Mohammad for 90 minutes the night before Bhutto was hanged. The following day, the JI supporters took to the streets to celebrate Bhutto’s death. Although the JI’s constitution prohibits coming into power using underground means, yet the JI was part of Zia’s cabinet holding the ministries of Information and Broadcasting, Production, Water and Power and National Resources. Professor Khursheed Ahmed, a JI ideologue, headed the Planning Commission to draw up plans for Islamizing the economy. The JI also supported Zia-ul-Haq’s referendum held in 1984. Qazi Hussian Ahmad while supporting Zia’s Hadood Laws argued that woman were emotional and irritable, with inferior faculties of reason and memory hence their testimony in a court of law should be discounted. Women can be bracketed with the blind, handicapped, lunatics and children. However , later, Qazi got his own daughter Samia Raheel Qazi elected to the parliament. The JI later became the pillar of Zia regime and his “Islamic” state. In 1979 when Maududi died Zia attend his funeral. In 1988 the ISI assembled a coalition called IJI of Islamist parties to serve as the army’s proxy in a controlled political system. The JI was the frontrunner in the ISI-sponsored IJI. The JI and its weekly Takbeer, during the 1988 election campaign ran photos of Benazir and her mother dancing with President Ford. These were even airdropped over the city of Lahore using aircraft from Lahore Aero Club. This was with the full collaboration of the ISI. Qazi Hussain Ahmed, the JI Chief, after her victory declared her a decadent western woman and a risk to national security. REFERENCE: Opportunism Jamaat-style by Waseem Altaf ONLINE ISSUE NO. 44 APRIL 1, 2011

In 1989, when the ISI forged an interim Afghan government in Peshawar, the JI recognized it and held rallies in its support, although it did not have a single Afghan city under its control. When in 1998 Mast Gul a militant Kashmiri militant came to Rawalpindi, a rally was jointly organized by JI & ISI which was shown on PTV, where JI openly condemned the Bhutto government and called for Jihad against India. In the early 1990’s JI & ISI-backed Hizbul Mujahideen began “Jihad” against JKLF, liquidating them in Indian Administered Kashmir. By the mid-90’s, the JI was openly recruiting ‘volunteers’ for the ‘Kashmir Jihad’. In 1996, the JI began a campaign demanding Benazir Bhutto’s ouster. After a series of unexplained bomb blasts, sectarian killings, and mysterious murder of Murtaza Bhutto, Benazir’s government was dismissed on November 5th 1996. The JI also welcomed Pervez Musharraf when he toppled a democratic government, however, when he was not found much accommodative, the JI turned against him. When in 1999, Vajpayee came to Lahore, the JI threatened to block Vajpayee’s bus route and held street demonstrations all over Lahore. Nawaz Sharif planned to arrest Qazi Hussain Ahmed ahead of the agitation yet he could not, as Qazi was staying at the home of an official of the military intelligence. REFERENCE: Opportunism Jamaat-style by Waseem Altaf ONLINE ISSUE NO. 44 APRIL 1, 2011 

Lie with Prof Ghafoor & JI on GEO TV - 3 (6 Mar 2011)

Although the JI and IJT enjoy little popular support yet a highly structured system of committed cadres is JI’s mainstay. Continued indoctrination and deep penetration among various sections of the society characterize its organizational strength. From trade unions to teachers’ associations to women wings to charities, the JI is active. The JI and IJT workers would threaten and blackmail anybody from university administration to Railway Board, to newspaper owners and even the governments of the day.There are countless incidents where university teachers have been thrashed, students terrorized, offices of newspapers ransacked and mass protests organized, to achieve certain objectives. They act unscrupulously when it comes to vested interests. Typically wearing a beard and a shalwar kamiz, appearing decent, advocating good conduct and preaching ethics, but in real life, they would write obnoxious anonymous letters to the parents of a liberal female student ,threaten and pillage the office of a state functionary for taking disciplinary action against an employee belonging to the JI, bring people on the streets to protest against initiation of music classes in the university, forcibly occupy hostel rooms and all this in the name of Islam, yet would accept dollars, riyals and rupees in bulk from the USA, Saudi Arabia and the deep state respectively, again, in the name of Islam. They saved tons of US dollars but also tried to save US enemy No.1 Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the mastermind of 9/11, who was arrested from the residence of a JI leader in Rawalpindi. They would oppose military dictators, feudal lords, seculars and communists if they do not serve their interests, yet would support all of them if they do. They have the license to label something Islamic or un- Islamic and see which label carries greater opportunity to exploit. The expression “Islamic opportunism” aptly describes the conduct of this entity which has significantly contributed to our present day plunge into a bottomless ocean of retrogression and bigotry. Maududi is long gone but his legacy continues to haunt all those who aspire for a liberal and progressive Pakistan. REFERENCE: Opportunism Jamaat-style by Waseem Altaf ONLINE ISSUE NO. 44 APRIL 1, 2011 

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