Friday, February 10, 2012

Hafiz Saeed's Memory Loss on Osama, Saddam & Bin Baz.

LAHORE: Announcing to hold public gatherings across the country, Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) has said that US must be told to steer clear of Pakistan as it (Pak) were not an easy prey, Geo News reported. During Council’s media briefing here in Lahore, Ameer Jamiat-e-Ulema Pakistan, Maulana Samaiulhaq said that US must refrain from attacking our sovereignty and recognize Pakistan as an atomic power just like India. Terming it a clash of civilizations Maulana Samiulhaq said that it was an armageddon between good and evil. Talking on the occasion Ameer Jamat-ud-Dawah, Hafiz Saeed said Nato’s attack on a Pakistani outpost in Mohmand was a dangerous message conveyed to Pakistan. - Chairman Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) an alliance of various religious parties Maulana Samiul Haq has said that all religious parties will guide the nation on national issues and they will hold Difa-e-Pakistan Conference at Minar-e-Pakistan on December 18. He was talking to media after presiding over a meeting held here at Jammia-e-Manzoorul Islamia. Jammiat-e-Ulama Islam (S) Chief Mulana Sami ul Haq presided over the meeting. Leaders of some 24 religious groups including Jammat-ud-Dawa Chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Sipah-e-Sahaba Punjab President Maulana Shamsul Haq, Jammat-e-Islami Niab Amir Dr Muhammad Kamal, Maulana Abdul Jabbar, Mulana Rashid from JUP, Qari Hanif Jalandhari, Abdul Qadri Ropri and Pir Saif Ullah and large number of workers of the religious parties were present on the occasion. He said Nato air strike on Pakistani posts and killing of 24 soldiers was the grave violation of international laws and basic human rights. He termed the Nato attack on Pakistan sovereignty and said nation would not allow the US aggression in future, Mulana Samiul Haq added. JUI chief also endorsed the government decision to get vacate Shamsi airbase and block Nato supply route but stressed that government should withdraw all the logistic facilities provided to US forces. Maulana Samiul Haq also criticised government decision to make friendship with India and said that Pakistan was facing real threats from Eastern borders and we can not secure from Eastern borders. In response to a question he said Dafa-e-Pakistan Council would invite different political parties including PPP, PML-N, MQM, PTI leadership for Minar-e-Pakistan public gathering. REFERENCES: US told to stay away from Pakistan Difa-e-Pakistan conference on December 18 DECEMBER 05, 2011 Sunday, December 18, 2011, Moharram-ul-Haram 22, 1433 A.H. Updated at: 1200

Difa-e-Pakistan/JUD Death Threat to Pakistani Media (Capital Talk - 13th Feb 2012)

Ahl-e-Hadith Scholar Issues Fatwa Against Jihad in Kashmir


Why the Pakistani Military used to Support Taliban, Several Sectarian Outfits and Lashkar-e-Tayyaba before 911? And while the Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan and the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi stand officially disbanded, their most militant son and leader, Maulana Azam Tariq, an accused in several cases of sectarian killing, contested elections from jail - albeit as an independent candidate - won his seat, and was released on bail shortly thereafter. Musharraf rewrote election rules to disqualify former Prime Ministers Mohammed Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto, and threatened to toss them in jail if they returned from abroad, which badly undermined both Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League and Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party (PPP). Musharraf has plainly given the religious groups more free rein in the campaign than he has allowed the two big parties that were his main rivals. In Jhang city, in Punjab province, Maulana Azam Tariq, leader of an outlawed extremist group called Sipah-e-Sahaba, which has been linked to numerous sectarian killings, is being allowed to run as an independent despite election laws that disqualify any candidate who has criminal charges pending, or even those who did not earn a college degree. "It makes no sense that Benazir can't run in the election," says one Islamabad-based diplomat, "and this nasty guy can."

References: 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.” Pakistani neocons and UN sanctions Khalid Hasan This entry was posted on Sunday, December 28th, 2008 at 6:00 pm. For The 'General' Good By Sairah Irshad Khan Monthly Newsline January 2003 - General's Election By TIM MCGIRK / KHANA-KHEL Monday, Oct. 07, 2002,9171,361788,00.html - MORE DETAILS: General Musharraf, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, Brigadier [R] Usman Khalid & Deobandi Taliban. 

Pakistan’s chief spy Lt. General Mahmoud Ahmad “was in the US when the attacks occurred.” He arrived in the US on the 4th of September, a full week before the attacks. He had meetings at the State Department “after” the attacks on the WTC. But he also had “a regular visit of consultations” with his US counterparts at the CIA and the Pentagon during the week prior to September 11. REFERENCE: Cover-up or Complicity of the Bush Administration? The Role of Pakistan’s Military Intelligence (ISI) in the September 11 Attacks by Michel Chossudovsky Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG), Montréal Posted at 2 November 2001

Michel Chossudovsky is Professor of Economics at the University of Ottawa. TFF Associates

AFTER 9/11.

In the afternoon, Mahmood was invited to CIA headquarters at Langley, Virginia, where he told George Tenet, the CIA director, that in his view Mullah Omar, the Taliban chief, was a religious man with humanitarian instincts and not a man of violence! This was a bit difficult for the CIA officials to digest and rightly so as the Taliban’s track record, especially in the realm of human rights, was no secret. General Mahmood was told politely but firmly that Mullah Omar and the Taliban would have to face US Military might if Osama Bin Laden along with other Al-Qaeda leaders were not handed over without delay. To send the message across clearly, Richard Armitage held a second meeting with Mahmood the same day, informing him that he would soon be handed specific American demands, to which Mahmood reiterated that Pakistan would cooperate. {Bush at War by Bob Woodward, published by Simon & Schuster, 2002, New York}, p 32. {Pakistan: Eye of the Storm by Owen Bennett Jones, published by New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002}, p. 2.

General Mahmood on September 13, 2001, was handed a formal list of the US demands by Mr. Armitage and was asked to convey these to Musharraf and was also duly informed, for the sake of emphasis, that these were “not negotiable.” Colin Powell, Richard Armitage, and the assisstant secretary of state, Christina Rocca, had drafted the list in the shape of a “non-paper”. It categorically asked Pakistan:

Stop Al-Qaeda operatives coming from Afghanistan to Pakistan, intercept arms shipments through Pakistan, and end ALL logistical support for Osama Bin Laden.

Give blanket overflight and landing rights to US aircraft.

Give the US access to Pakistani Naval and Air Bases and to the border areas betweeen Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Turn over all the intelligence and immigration information.

Condemn the September 11 attacks and curb all domestic expressions of support for terrorism.

Cut off all shipments of fuel to the Talibans, and stop Pakistani volunteers from going into Afghanistan to join the Taliban. Note that, should the evidence strongly implicate Osama Bin Laden and the Al-Qaeda Network in Afghanistan, and should the Taliban continue to harbour him and his accomplices, Pakistan will break diplomatic relations with the Taliban regime, end support for the Taliban, and assist the US in the aforementioned ways to destroy Osama and his network.

Having gone through the list, Mahmood declared that he was quite clear on the subject and that “he knew how the President thought, and the President would accept these points.” {Bush at War by Bob Woodward, published by Simon & Schuster, 2002, New York}, p 58-59. Interview: Richard Armitage, “Campaign Against Terror,” PBS (Frontline), April 19, 2002}

Mahmood then faxed the document to Musharraf. While the latter was going through it and in the process of weighing the pros and cons of each demand, his aide de camp that Colin Powell was on the line. Musharraf liked and respected Powell, and the conversation was not going to be a problem. He told him that he understood and appreciated the US position, but he would respond to the US demands after having discussed these with his associates. Powell was far too polite to remind him that he in fact was the government, but did inform him that his General in Washington had already assured them that these demands would be acceptable to the government of Pakistan. {Pakistan’s Drift into Extremism : Allah, the Army, and America’s War on Terror by Hassan Abbas, published by An East Gate Book , M.E. Sharpe Armonk, New York. London, England.}. NOTES/REFERENCES - Pakistan: Eye of the Storm by Owen Bennett Jones, published by New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002. Interview: Richard Armitage, “Campaign Against Terror,” PBS (Frontline), April 19, 2002; last accessed June 2, 2003, at Bush at War by Bob Woodward, published by Simon & Schuster, 2002, New York. Pakistan’s Drift into Extremism : Allah, the Army, and America’s War on Terror by Hassan Abbas, published by An East Gate Book , M.E. Sharpe Armonk, New York. London, England

WAY BACK IN 2000 (DAILY DAWN) MUZAFFARABAD, Aug 8: Prof Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, chief of Markaz Dawa Wal Irshad, the parent organization of Lashkar-i-Taiba, asked Islamabad to send its troops across the Line of Control to liberate Kashmir. "It is the duty of the armed forces of Pakistan to cross the bloody line for the liberation of their Kashmiri brethren," he told a "Takmeel-i-Pakistan conference" held here at Upper Adda under the aegis of the Lashkar. India, he said, was blaming Pakistan for being behind the Kashmir liberation movement but it had forgot that it itself had sent its troops into East Pakistan in 1971 in violation of international laws to dismember Pakistan. "If Indian troops can cross the international border then why the Pakistan troops cannot cross the so-called LoC?," he said. It is not an appropriate time for holding negotiations with India because Delhi has always deceived the Kashmiris and Pakistan, he said. "We are not opposed to dialogue but we cannot favor it at this critical juncture of the liberation struggle because we believe that it will, as usual, provide India an opportunity to gain time to continue massacre of the Kashmiris." He said talks should be held only after the withdrawal of the Indian troops from Kashmir, otherwise, he declared, the Mujahideen would evict them by themselves. This was the unanimous stand of all Mujahideen groups, he added. "If any other stand is taken, I am afraid the sacrifices rendered by the people of Kashmir and the Mujahideen will be wasted." Hafiz Saeed declared that all Mujahideen groups, including the Hizbul Mujahideen, would strengthen mutual coordination and cooperation to continue Jihad till the liberation of Kashmir. He rejected Indian allegations that the Lashkar was involved in the recent massacre in occupied Kashmir. He said he was ready to prove before any international court that no Mujahideen group was involved in the killings. REFERENCE: Pakistan troops urged to liberate Kashmir Tariq Naqash DAWN WIRE SERVICE Week Ending : 12 August 2000 Issue : 06/30

Back to present days:)

Reality of Lashkar-e-Tayyba & Hafiz Muhammad Saeed as per Deobandi Maulana Ilyas Ghumman


RAWALPINDI, Feb 7: A group of men claiming to be members of an intelligence agency took into custody four armed activists of the banned Jamaatud Dawa detained by Rawalpindi police on Tuesday afternoon, Dawn has learnt. The four men brandishing weapons were on a double-cabin vehicle which was intercepted by police at an army-police picket on Airport Road a few minutes before the convoy of an Iranian dignitary was to pass through the area. According to sources, the suspects were questioned by police and senior police officers arrived at the place when the four were identified as members of the banned group. An official said police had to hand over the men after some senior agency officers arrived there and sought their custody. It was not clear if the JuD men were freed by the intelligence officers or taken away for interrogation. Two of the suspects were identified as Azhar and Qadhafi. City police chief Azhar Hameed Khokhar told this correspondent that the weapons were licensed, but the licences were yet to be verified. “We don’t know where they were going because they were taken away by another agency for further investigation,” he said. REFERENCE: Armed JuD men intercepted by police, taken away by intelligence personnelMohammad Asghar

Status of Jihad in Kashmir in the scale of Islam by Saudi Salafi Sheikh Tauseef ur Rehman Rashidi


Hafiz Muhammad Saeed in Dawn News with Azaz Syed - 1 (10-02-12)

KARACHI, Aug 4: The Federal Investigation Agency is learnt to have initiated a thorough investigation into the financial affairs of all banned organisations and the Taliban across the country. Sources in the interior ministry told Dawn that while other intelligence agencies were already gathering the details of bank accounts of the banned sectarian and Jihadi organisations, the FIA was assigned to locate and identify the financiers and donors of these organisations. They said the FIA had started gathering details of the accounts maintained by Lashkar-i-Taiba, Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan, Harkatul Mujahideen, Al-Rashid Trust, Al-Badar, Saif-ul-Mujahideen, Tehreek-i-Jafferia Pakistan and Jaish Mohammed. The sources said each proscribed organisation had been maintaining several local and foreign currencies accounts with different nationalised and commercial banks, including Habib Bank, National Bank, Allied Bank, Muslim Commercial Bank and Faysal Bank. The sources said the new assignment to the FIA, reportedly given on the insistence of the Federal Bureau of Intelligence (FBI) of the United States, was also aimed at cross-checking the data so far collected by other intelligence agencies in this regard. An official of the interior ministry said the FIA was the only agency which had trained expert investigators to detect the financial and economic crime. The FIA detectives are well-versed in the entire local and foreign banking procedures and are capable to gather the micro details of the financial transactions, he said. The official said the commercial banks circles of the FIA, which mainly deal with the offences in the banks and financial institutions, had been assigned to gather the details of the accounts, maintained by the proscribed outfits. Meanwhile, the sources in the FIA said the letters, seeking information about the accounts, had already been dispatched to the concerned banks and the investigators were still waiting for the banks' replies. They said the investigators had sought from the banks the information on the account opening forms along with the specimen signature cards of those operating these accounts on behalf of their respective organisations during a period between Feb 2000 and June 2002. The sources said the photocopies of all bank instruments, such as checks, pay orders, demand draft and telex transfer, were also sought from the banks to detect the funds generating sources of the banned sectarian and Jihadi organisations. Meanwhile, banking sources told Dawn some sensitive agencies had already obtained the information on the financial transactions of the banned organisations through the top officials of the concerned banks. At that time, the banks were told by the authorities that it was a policy matter and they must release the information. They said now the banks would be reluctant to provide the required information to the FIA investigators, who would eventually have no legal cover for seeking such information from the banks. The investigation officer can issue such order requiring production of any document or other thing which is in the custody of a bank or banker as defined in the Bankers' Books Evidence Act, 1891, and relates, or might disclose any information which relates to the bank account of any person only for the purpose of investigating an offence under sections 403, 406, 408 and 409 and section 421 to 424 and section 465 to 477-A of the PPC either with prior permission in writing of a sessions court or a high court. REFERENCE: Inquiry begins into banned groups' finances DAWN WIRE SERVICE Week Ending: 10 August 2002 Issue : 08/32

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed in Dawn News with Azaz Syed - 2 (10-02-12)

ISLAMABAD, Jan 5: The process of withdrawal of Pakistani troops from the Line of Control (LoC) has now been completed to significantly improve relations with India, says a senior government spokesman. "The withdrawal of troops from the LoC has been completed from our side. It is a classified information to tell the exact number of troops that have been withdrawn but I can tell you that this number is quite substantial," said the Press Secretary to the chief executive, Maj-Gen Rashid Qureshi. Speaking at a news conference here on Friday, he denied that there was any incident of heavy fighting along the LoC between Pakistani and Indian troops. "I have read some of the statements emanating from India about firing and heavy fighting on the LoC which are absolutely untrue," he asserted. Qureshi regretted that whenever there was pressure from world community on India to hold talks with Pakistan, the Indian leaders dragged their feet by saying that the environment was not conducive for talks. The situation, he said, was rapidly improving on the LoC which had also been appreciated by the international community. He expressed the hope that Indians would not be adamant to hold talks with Pakistan in order to remove tensions between the two countries. He, however, expressed satisfaction over the latest moves including the decision of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) to visit Pakistan and to resolve long-outstanding disputes including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir. "There is a clear shift in the situation and there are some encouraging signs to see improvement of relations between India and Pakistan," said Maj-Gen Rashid Qureshi, who is also the Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations. Responding to a question, the ISPR director general said that the government of Pakistan was investigating reports that Lashkar-i-Taiba was behind the killing of some people at Red Fort in Delhi. Similarly, he pointed out, the government agencies were also trying to know as to which Kashmiri organization had planned murder attempt against Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee. "We are not sure whether these statements were made by anyone from Pakistani soil or were issued by those who are fighting with Indian forces in the occupied Kashmir," he added. The CE's press secretary accused Indian security forces of killing their own citizens and then putting the blame on Pakistan. "What happened in Taripura in the occupied Kashmir is before you, where a number of innocent Sikhs were killed by the Indian security forces but Pakistan was held responsible for it." Asked about the prospects of talks, he said some of the leaders within the APHC were expressing their serious concern over the continued repression in the occupied valley by the Indian security forces. "Some of the APHC leaders have rejected talks under these circumstances and India should take notice of it so that some meaningful talks could be held among the parties concerned," he added. To a question, he said that the National Security Council (NSC), which met on Thursday, had discussed Pakistan-India relations with special reference to arrival of the APHC delegation. Also, he said, the foreign minister had issued a detailed statement over the issue. REFERENCE: Islamabad hopes for talks: Pullout of troops from LoC completed Ihtashamul Haq DAWN WIRE SERVICE Week Ending : 06 January 2001 Issue : 07/01

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed in Dawn News with Azaz Syed - 3 (10-02-12)

LAHORE, Aug 24: Demanding removal of Interior Minister Lt-Gen (retd) Moinuddin Haider, Punjab chapters of seven leading Jihadi organizations announced starting a fund-raising and mass contact campaign in the province. "We are starting the campaign from today," announced the Punjab leaders of the seven Jihadi outfits after a meeting at the provincial headquarters of one of them, Tehrikul Mujahideen. A joint committee was constituted in the meeting under Tehrikul Mujahideen Punjab Amir Shakilur Rehman Nasir to start a dialogue with Ulema and leaders of political parties and to "apprise them of their responsibilities in the present situation." The committee will also counter the propaganda campaign of the government against the Jihadi outfits, the leaders informed reporters, adding they were disappointed with the silence of the politicians over the Jihad issue. They said there was no ban on any of their activities including the fund-raising in Punjab but they were starting the campaign here in view of the "expected future conditions." When asked about their reaction to any such ban in Punjab, they said it will be known to everybody and they will not hold the traditional demonstrations. Replying to a question about the indication of a ban on all Jihadi outfits, they said President Gen Pervez Musharraf had been supporting Mujahideen's cause here in Pakistan and during his recent visit to India. Right now it was the interior minister who was talking different things and his removal will settle the entire controversy. They said the ban will "push the things much forward as we move with the speed of the government." REFERENCE: Jihadi groups demand Moin's removal Staff Reporter DAWN WIRE SERVICE Week Ending : 25 August 2001 Issue : 07/34

RAWALPINDI, Aug 23: The federal minister for Religious Affairs, Dr Mehmood Ahmad Ghazi, said on Thursday that the government had no plans to ban Jihadi organizations and religious seminaries. Speaking at a Meet the Press programme of the Rawalpindi-Islamabad Press Club here, the religious affairs minister said that only public display of arms and open soliciting of contributions for Jihad had been restricted. About religious seminaries, the minister said the government wanted only to put these institutions on modern lines by preparing their texts as had been mentioned in the recently-promulgated ordinance. According to the ordinance, a board would be established to prepare the text and control the Madaris. But those institutions which would like to remain independent would not be interfered in, he said. The Board would only prepare the text for and award degrees to those private institutions which opted for affiliation and other affairs would be run by the institutions concerned, he said.

Apart from the religious subjects, the other subjects to be included in the syllabus of the Madaris are: English, Math, General Science, Social Studies and computer science. These subjects will only form 35 per cent of the total studies of these schools. The minister denied there was any international pressure to bring these changes in the affairs of the Jihadi organizations and religious seminaries. He said the religious ministry was planning to establish three model religious institutions one each in Islamabad, Karachi and Sukkar in the Haj buildings in these cities. The Board meant for the Madaris will devise their system and plans to run their affairs. He said the ministry would also request the NWFP government to hand over the charge of four Madaris being run by it to the Board. A women Madressah would be opened in the Haji Camp, Rawalpindi, he said. Dr Ghazi said these Madaris would produce such scholars and ulema who, apart from the religious studies, would be well-versed in the modern education and be in a better position to preach the religion in the West and other countries of the world. About the holy war in Kashmir, he said Pakistan had always supported the Kashmiri Mujahideen and it would continue to do so in future also. "We condemn India and Israel for resorting to terrorism and support the ongoing Jihad there." REFERENCE: No plan to ban Jihadi groups: minister Staff Reporter DAWN WIRE SERVICE Week Ending : 25 August 2001 Issue : 07/34

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed in Dawn News with Azaz Syed - 4 (10-02-12)

KARACHI, Aug 23: The State Bank has asked all the banks and non-bank financial institutions "to take immediate steps to freeze the accounts" of Lashkar-i-Jhangvi and Sipah-i-Muhammad. It has also asked them to furnish by Aug 31 a statement of frozen funds of the militant groups that were banned on Aug 14 for being involved in sectarian terrorism. The SBP, instructed all the banks and NBFIs to include in the required statement the names of the banks/NBFIs, the title of the accounts frozen and the amount deposited in them. Senior bankers said they would start scanning the accounts being operated by Lashkar-i-Jhangvi and Sipah-i-Muhammad from Friday. But they clarified that since both militant outfits were believed to be operating underground they might not be operating their bank accounts under their own title. Officials of the leading local banks reached by Dawn said they had no idea whether the two organisations were maintaining any account with their banks under their own title. "Maybe they have bank accounts under different titles...but we will have to scan our books thoroughly to see if they maintain an account with us," said an executive of a state-run bank. REFERENCE: Accounts of banned outfits to be frozen By Mohiuddin Aazim DAWN WIRE SERVICE Week Ending : 25 August 2001 Issue : 07/34

KARACHI, Aug 22: In a day-long crackdown in the city, the police sealed dozens of offices of Jihadi organizations and arrested scores of activists. The crackdown follows a government decision banning the display of signboards at the offices of the Jihadi organizations and placing of fund-raising boxes at public places. A senior police official said the orders for crackdown had been received on Tuesday night. About 250 activists were arrested by the afternoon, but the "situation" then changed and those arrested were subsequently released. The representatives of Al Badar, Jaish-i-Mohammad, Lashkar-i-Taiba and other Jihadi organizations said that although they had removed signboards and donation boxes from public places, yet the police raided their offices and sealed them. Senior police officials were divided on the issue of conducting raids on the Jihadi groups' offices and about the number of arrests. REFERENCE: Jihadi groups' offices in Karachi sealed Staff Reporter DAWN WIRE SERVICE Week Ending : 25 August 2001 Issue : 07/34

KARACHI, Aug 22: In a day-long crackdown in the city, the police sealed dozens of offices of Jihadi organizations and arrested scores of activists. The crackdown follows a government decision banning the display of signboards at the offices of the Jihadi organizations and placing of fund-raising boxes at public places. A senior police official said the orders for crackdown had been received on Tuesday night. About 250 activists were arrested by the afternoon, but the "situation" then changed and those arrested were  subsequently released. The representatives of Al Badar, Jaish-i-Mohammad, Lashkar-i-Taiba and other Jihadi organizations said that although they had removed signboards and donation boxes from public places, yet the police raided their offices and sealed them. Senior police officials were divided on the issue of conducting raids on the Jihadi groups' offices and about the number of arrests. REFERENCE: Jihadi groups' offices in Karachi sealed DAWN WIRE SERVICE Week Ending : 25 August 2001 Issue : 07/34

KARACHI, Aug 21: The Jihadi organizations have refused to comply with the Sindh government orders banning placing of fund-raising boxes at public places and installing signboards at their offices. A day after the provincial home department announced a set of curbs against the Jihadi outfits, DIG Karachi Tariq Jamil said, "we have not yet received any notification to take action against those disregarding these orders." "No action has yet been taken," Mr Jamil told Dawn, adding that although the orders had been reported in a section of the press, these were yet to be notified. However, police mobiles reportedly went to some of the offices of jihadi organizations and asked them to take the fund- raising boxes inside their premises. They, however, did not object to signboards. REFERENCE: Jihadi outfits angry over Sindh govt curbs DAWN WIRE SERVICE Week Ending : 25 August 2001 Issue : 07/34

KARACHI, Aug 20: The Sindh government has restrained the Jihadi organizations from displaying signboards and placing donation boxes at public places. A spokesman for the Sindh home department said that "it has been noticed with grave concern" that the Jihadi organizations were displaying their signboards and collecting contributions by placing boxes at shops and roadsides. "It has been decided that no Jihadi organization will from Aug 20 onwards display signboards on their offices and collect financial contributions by placing boxes on public places," he said, adding any deviation from the order would be seriously viewed. REFERENCE: Curbs placed on Jihadi outfits DAWN WIRE SERVICE Week Ending : 25 August 2001 Issue : 07/34

FAISALABAD, Aug 19: The police arrested over two dozen activists and leaders of outlawed Lashkar-i-Jhangvi and Sipah-i-Muhammad. Police teams raided the residences of suspects in various parts of Faisalabad, Jhang and Toba Tek Singh districts. A majority of the arrested were booked under Anti-Terrorism Act. Toba Tek Singh police arrested over a dozen leaders and activists including Sipah-i-Sahaba Pakistan district president Qari Muhammad Owais. Sources told this correspondent that the operation would continue for two more days in the districts.. REFERENCE: Over two dozen LJ, SMP activists arrested DAWN WIRE SERVICE Week Ending : 25 August 2001 Issue : 07/34

JAMMU, June 3: Police claimed 14 Mujahideen belonging to Lashkar-i-Taiba, Jaish-i-Mohammed and Hizbul Mujahideen were killed in a gunbattle with Indian troops in Poonch district. "Up to now, we have information that 14 militants have been killed," Kamal Saini, superintendent of police in charge of Poonch district said. In another incident, three militants were killed by Indian troops near Surankote, in Poonch district.-Reuters/AFP REFERENCE: 17 fighters killed in Valley DAWN WIRE SERVICE Week Ending : 9 June 2001 Issue : 07/23

WASHINGTON, Nov 3: A senior US official responsible for counter- terrorism on Tuesday directly accused Pakistan of supporting training of militant groups in Afghanistan as well as providing "material support" to some of the Kashmiri militants. "There are numerous Kashmiri separatist groups and sectarian groups involved in terrorism which use Pakistan as a base...We have repeatedly asked Islamabad to end support of terrorist training in Afghanistan," Michael Sheehan, State Department's coordinator for counter-terrorism, told a Senate Foreign Relations sub-committee. The sub-committee hearing was called and presided over by Senator Sam Brownback and the list of experts who testified included a former CIA officer in Pakistan Milt Bearden, president of Stimson Centre Michael Krepon, John Hopkins University Central Asia Institute chairman Dr Fredrick Starr and a Pakistani- American businessman and columnist Mansoor Ijaz. Mr Sheehan recently visited India to coordinate US-Indian responses to terrorist threats but when asked whether he would also visit Pakistan soon, he said: "Hopefully." "Pakistan has frequently acknowledged what it calls moral and diplomatic support for militants in Kashmir who employ violence and terrorism against Indian interests. We have continuing reports of Pakistani material support for some of these militants," Mr Sheehan said. He named several Pakistan-based militant Islamic groups including Lashkar Taiba, Harkatul Jehad Islami and Hizbul Mujahideen, which, he said, "operate freely in Pakistan and support terrorist attacks in Kashmir." Asked by Indian and Pakistani journalists after his hearing whether he found any change in the policy after the overthrow of the Nawaz government, Mr Sheehan said: "We are still waiting for their responses and it is too early to judge whether there is any change." When a correspondent pointed out whether it was "business as usual" with the military government, he crisply said "no" but added: "We hope to work with them on all these issues." REFERENCE: US says Pakistan training militants Shaheen Sehbai DAWN WIRE SERVICE Week Ending : 06 November 1999 Issue : 05/45

KARACHI, Aug 1: The process of talks between New Delhi and the Hizbul Mujahideen was set in motion on Tuesday as Indian home ministry officials contacted the outfit's nominee for negotiations here. Fazal Haq Qureshi, a veteran freedom struggle leader heading the Jammu and Kashmir People's Political Front, nominated as the negotiator by Hizbul Mujahideen, confirmed that officials of the home ministry spoke to him on phone on Tuesday morning. However, Qureshi refused to divulge details of his interaction with the officials but said: "I told them that I am available for anybody," according to a PTI report monitored here. He said he was waiting for "guidelines" from the Hizbul Mujahideen to go ahead with the talks with New Delhi. Qureshi said he had been in touch with the Hizbul Mujahideen prior to its announcement of unilateral ceasefire for three months. "I am in touch with the Hizbul Mujahideen as before. Even before they (Hizb) announced the ceasefire, I was in contact with them".

APPEAL: The Hizbul Mujahideen appealed on Tuesday to other groups to lay down their weapons and urged Indian forces to suspend operations in occupied Kashmir, says an AFP report from Srinagar. In its statement, the Hizbul Mujahideen said: "We appeal to other groups to support the ceasefire and we expect the Indian troops to suspend their offensive operations against all the groups." The statement said authorities had been asked to contact a leader, Fazal-Haq Qureshi.

BREAKTHROUGH: The sudden and unprecedented truce between India and the Hizbul Mujahideen has kindled a flicker of hope for peace in occupied Kashmir. Some believe the developments that have unfolded so rapidly in recent weeks could culminate in a meeting between Chief Executive Gen Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee at the UN Assembly next month. That would indeed be a breakthrough given that since last year's undeclared war in Kargil, New Delhi has refused to hold talks with Islamabad. But analysts say such hope could easily be snuffed out by New Delhi's reluctance to include Islamabad in negotiations on Kashmir, and its unwillingness to make concessions on sovereignty. There could also be an escalation of violence as diehard groups - such as Lashkar-i-Taiba and Jaish-i-Mohammad - try to undermine the unilateral ceasefire implemented by the Hizbul Mujahideen last week. The first evidence came quickly, with the Lashkar-i-Taiba launching a fierce attack on an Indian army camp in occupied Kashmir on Sunday night.

CURFEW: Meanwhile, an indefinite curfew was imposed on Tuesday in a district of occupied Kashmir after the killing of 23 people, including five Hindu pilgrims at a crowded marketplace, a police official said. The official said a group of unidentified gunmen swooped on a market in Pahalgam, 97kms south of Srinagar, and fired indiscriminately at shoppers. "The Pahalgam market which was targeted lies on the Hindu pilgrimage route to the holy Amarnath cave in southern Kashmir. That is why the dead and the injured are mainly from the Hindu community," said the official. "This incident could spark off a lot of communal violence. That is why we have cordoned off the area and stepped up security." A team, led by a senior police officer, rushed to the spot as people from the Hindu community thronged the streets shouting anti-Muslim and anti-government slogans outside police stations, hospitals and government buildings. REFERENCE: New Delhi begins talks with Hizb nominee: 30 killed in Kashmir Monitoring Desk DAWN WIRE SERVICE Week Ending : 5 August 2000 Issue : 06/29

ISLAMABAD, Dec 14: Pakistan put its armed forces on high alert following threatening statements by Indian leaders in the wake of an armed attack on parliament in New Delhi. President Gen Pervez Musharraf presided over a meeting, which decided to keep vigil to meet any eventuality. The chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, the three service chiefs and vice chief of the army staff attended the meeting at the GHQ in Rawalpindi. Official sources told Dawn the meeting had regretted that without having inquired and investigated the attack on parliament, the Indian leaders had started pointing the finger at Pakistan. The meeting reviewed the situation and decided to take "all necessary steps" to counter any threat coming from across the border. Pakistan, the president told the meeting, had condemned the attack and sympathized with the Indian Prime Minister over the issue. However, he added, it had become a routine for India to implicate Pakistan in every matter without giving any proof. Referring to Islamabad's relations with Delhi, the president said that Pakistan was continuously making sincere efforts to normalize relations with India despite provocations. "Why have the Indians rejected the US government's offer to send an FBI team to investigate the attack on parliament?" asked a senior official. India, he said, was facing internal problems and had failed to manage its affairs. That's why, he maintained, it was putting the blame for every thing on Pakistan.

"How did the suicide bomber enter the parliament premises and was it not a big security lapse for which its own people needed to be held responsible?" asked the official, privy to the GHQ meeting. He said that failure in getting its Prevention of Terrorism Ordinance passed by parliament, and Coffins' Scandal were, in fact, the issues worrying the Indian government. He said the whole incident was a propaganda stunt by India itself. "The attack on parliament is a drama staged by Indian intelligence agencies to defame the freedom struggle in occupied Kashmir," he said. "It has never been our policy to attack civilian targets. Lashkar and other Jihadi organizations are not involved in the recent attack. "Those (Indians) who can kill thousands of defenceless people in Kashmir can resort to such tactics to gain international sympathy. We demand the international community probe this attack independently to know the truth." REFERENCE: Pakistan forces put on high alert: Storming of parliament By Ihtasham ul Haque DAWN WIRE SERVICE Week Ending : 15 December 2001 Issue : 07/50

NEW DELHI, Dec 14: A day after suspected Muslim militants launched a blistering attack on India's well protected Parliament House, New Delhi accused Pakistan of harboring the masterminds and said that Islamabad must arrest the leaders and freeze their accounts. Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee led a mourning meeting of the two houses of parliament and later said that the objective of the five armed men who attacked the building from outside before being killed, was to take some 700 members of parliament gathered in the British-built legislature hostage to press for unspecified demands. "Their intention was to indulge in large-scale killing and/or take hostages to make demands," Vajpayee said at a function to commemorate 10 years of the revamped Pioneer newspaper. "It was a well-thought-out plan, perhaps planned for months. Otherwise the attack on a soft target like parliament with such deep awareness of the place would not be possible."

He denied opposition charges that the attack resulted from a serious security failure. "Had it been a security failure we would not be sitting here today," Vajpayee said. "We are being mean with praise for the security men who saved our lives, fought for democracy." Home Minister Lal Krishan Advani, present at the function, put the blame on Pakistan although he did not directly name it. "In a way, a neighbouring country is responsible for the attack, in so far as that is where the (militants) were trained." The foreign ministry was more explicit although there were reports that the cabinet itself was divided over Advani's apparent demand to go for a "hot pursuit" of the militants who India says are armed and trained across the border. The foreign ministry blamed the Pakistan-based Lashkar-i-Taiba for Thursday's terrorist attack on Parliament, asserting it has "credible evidence." New Delhi has also formally asked Islamabad to arrest Lashkar and Jaish-i-Mohammad men and freeze the assets of both organisations. Foreign Secretary Chokila Iyer summoned Pakistan High Commissioner Ashraf Jehangir Qazi and made out a demarche, setting out three demands.

Qazi told Dawn that Pakistan had not been directly blamed for the attack which has been condemned by President Pervez Musharraf. "It was a polite request to look into the various issues raised by the Indian government." External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh, coming out of a meeting with the visiting Afghan counterpart, Abdullah Abdullah, told reporters that "India has technical evidence that Thursday's terrorist attacks on not only the symbol but also the seat of Indian democracy and sovereignty was the handiwork of a terrorist organisation based in Pakistan - the Lashkar-i-Taiba." Declining to go into the "credible evidence" the government has on the outfit's involvement, Singh said there were "obvious difficulties" in making it public as government agencies had many means of obtaining intelligence. "This is technical intelligence, entirely credible," he said.  Qazi was summoned by Foreign Secretary Chokila Iyer and a demarche was made to him. Singh told reporters that the demarche had set out three demands - arrest of the leadership of Lashkar and Jaish-i-Mohammed, stopping their activities and freezing their assets. Speaking from Islamabad, the Lashkar denied any role in Thursday's attack. The President's spokesman, Rashid Qureshi addressing a question on whether India would pass on evidence to Pakistan if it is sought, he said: "It really is a decision that will have to be weighed against the requirements and the interest of the agencies that collect technical intelligence. I don't think any country reveals the methodology unless the intelligence collected has no further use there. That is the standard procedure."

Asked whether India would consider military retaliation, Singh said New Delhi's position was outlined in a Cabinet resolution and "it is not open for me to speculate." On whether New Delhi has received any response from Pakistan to its demands, Singh said the demarche had been made out only on Friday evening. About reports that Pakistan has put its troops on high alert, he said: "We have no reports on this," adding that he has been in regular touch with the Defence Minister and the service headquarters. Asked if India had any evidence of Islamabad's involvement in any manner in Thursday's attack, he said one had to reflect on the origins of LT, its funding and patronage of both the LT and JM. Asked what would be the next step if Islamabad chose to ignore the demarche, he said a diplomatic demarche cannot be ignored. "Pakistan asserts that it is with the rest of the international community in its fight against terrorism. That it does not promote or encourage terrorism. It is our expectation that it will certainly abide by what it says itself," he said.

Later, asked about the response of the Pakistani High Commissioner after the demarche was made out to him, an external affairs ministry spokesperson told reporters that Qazi said he would refer its contents to his government. To a question whether the Indian government had set a deadline for  Islamabad to act on the demarche, she said, "We have not set a deadline but we expect them to act early." Asked whether any US team had come to Delhi in connection with Thursday's attack, she said: "No FBI team has come." India is in touch with a number of countries on the terrorist attack, she said, when asked about the support from various nations on the issue. Authoritative home ministry sources have reaffirmed that LT and JM terrorists carried out a joint operation in attacking Parliament on Thursday morning. The sources noted that while initial investigation had pointed towards the involvement of LT alone, as External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh said earlier on Friday, subsequent evidence indicated that the JM too had participated in the operation. Security personnel had gunned down five militants, who had stormed into the Parliament complex in a white Ambassador car, after a prolonged exchange of fire on Thursday morning. The identities of these militants are yet to be established. The sources noted that since each of the militants was carrying three to four identity cards each, the police was finding it difficult to establish their true identity. One of these identity cards belonged to the man who had bought the car used in the operation. The sources quoted one of the injured security personnel as saying that the militants talked to each other in Urdu. In the meanwhile, the Delhi Police is on the lookout for the "sixth" militant who went missing after the operation. The closed- circuit TVs installed in Parliament clearly showed six people getting down from the car which carried the militants inside the complex. REFERENCE: Delhi blames Lashkar for attack: India wants militants' arrest By Jawed Naqvi DAWN WIRE SERVICE Week Ending : 15 December 2001 Issue : 07/50

MUZAFFARABAD, Nov 4: Mutahidda Jihad Council (MJC), an alliance of Mujahideen groups battling the Indian rule over the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, condemned the US for freezing the accounts of another freedom-fighters' group. The MJC said that the US decision to freeze the accounts of Lashkar-i-Taiba was "unrealistic, unwise and biased, providing a base to strengthen India's unending repression in Kashmir." The Bush administration had imposed stringent financial sanctions on the Harkatul Mujahideen organization, fighting Indian rule in Kashmir. REFERENCE: Freezing of Lashkar accounts condemned Staff Correspondent DAWN WIRE SERVICE Week Ending : 10 November 2001 Issue : 07/45

WASHINGTON, Dec 26: The United States has formally placed Lashkar- i-Tayyaba and Jaish-i-Mohammad on the state department's list of officially designated terrorist organizations. The move was widely expected after the US last week blocked the financial assets of the two groups following the Dec 13 attack on the Indian parliament. The organizations were also publicly named by President George Bush as being responsible for terrorist activities against India, seeking to harm Indo-Pakistan relations, and working to undermine the authority of President Gen Pervez Musharraf. India has been blaming Jaish and the Lashkar for the parliament attack. Another organization with links to Kashmir, Harkatul Mujahideen, is already on the US list of designated terrorist organizations. In a statement, Secretary of State Colin Powell said he was designating the two as "Foreign Terrorist Organizations under US law. These groups, which claim to be supporting the people of Kashmir, have conducted numerous terrorist attacks in India and Pakistan. As the recent horrific attacks against the Indian parliament and the Srinagar state legislative assembly so clearly show, the Lashkar-i-Tayyaba, Jaish-i-Mohammed, and their ilk seek to assault democracy, undermine peace and stability in South Asia, and destroy relations between India and Pakistan." By designating these groups as foreign terrorist organizations, Mr Powell said, "we implement the provisions of the Anti-terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act. This act makes it illegal for persons in the United States or subject to US jurisdiction to provide material support to these terrorist groups; it requires US financial institutions to block assets held by them; and it enables us to deny visas to representatives of these groups. I made this decision in consultation with the attorney general and the secretary of the treasury after an exhaustive review of these groups' violent activities. The United States looks forward to working with the governments of both India and Pakistan to shut these groups down". The state department's latest move amidst a tense standoff between Pakistan and India over New Delhi's demands for action against Pakistan-based militant organizations is interpreted here as a step designed to mollify India and restrain it from precipitating any military adventure. REFERENCE: US declares LT, Jaish groups terrorist By Tahir Mirza DAWN WIRE SERVICE Week Ending : 29 December 2001 Issue : 07/52

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 27: The UN security council's sanctions committee on Afghanistan ordered its members to freeze the finances of Ummah-Tameer-i-Nau (UTN) and three Pakistanis accused by the United States of offering to help Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda network to make nuclear weapons. Seeking to punish the Taliban, Afghanistan's then rulers, for harbouring Osama, the Security Council voted a year ago to require all UN members to freeze any funds or financial assets under their control belonging to Osama or any group linked to him. The 15-nation council asked the committee to designate which groups and individuals should be covered by the vote. US blames Osama and Al Qaeda for the Sept 11 suicide attacks on the United States that killed more than 3,000 people. The United Nations has been working closely with the United States in a campaign to cut off the funding of suspected "terrorist" organizations. Washington announced that it was blocking the assets of Ummah Tameer-i-Nau and the three Pakistani nationals - UTN founder Sultan Bashir-Ud-Din Mahmood, nuclear fuels expert Abdul Majeed, and industrialist S.M. Tufail. Announcement by the UN sanctions committee tracks the US move. Mahmood was formerly the director for nuclear power at the Pakistani Atomic Energy Commission, and Majeed was a former high- ranking commission official. REFERENCE: UN move to freeze UTN accounts Staff Correspondent DAWN WIRE SERVICE Week Ending : 29 December 2001 Issue : 07/52

KARACHI, Dec 24: The State Bank has advised all banks and non-bank financial institutions to freeze the accounts of Lashkar-i-Tayyaba and Ummah Tameer-i-Nau (UTN). Last week, the Bush administration had frozen the accounts of these organizations. An SBP spokesman said the State Bank had asked banks and NBFIs to furnish within a week the details of the assets of the two groups. Senior bankers said the SBP had also asked them to identify the holders of the assets belonging to the two outfits. REFERENCE: Accounts of Lashkar, Ummah frozen Staff Reporter DAWN WIRE SERVICE Week Ending : 29 December 2001 Issue : 07/52

WASHINGTON, Dec 21: The action taken by the Bush administration against the Lashkar-i-Tayyaba and Umma Tameer-i-Nau (UTN), an organization linked to two Pakistani Atomic Energy Commission scientists, is seen here as being largely symbolic, but it is considered likely that the Lashkar may also soon be placed on the list of officially designated terrorist groups. President George Bush has blocked the financial assets of the Lashkar and UTN, but since neither has assets here, the move is meant more as a signal directed at both India and Pakistan. India had been complaining ever since last week's attack on the Indian parliament building that the United States had not taken a firm stand against so-called Pakistan-based militancy in Kashmir, and Thursday's decision is meant to soothe Indian sensibilities and prevent an India-Pakistan flare-up that may divert attention from the campaign against Al-Qaeda. At the same time, it is a firm hint to the Musharraf government to take action against extremist groups based in Pakistan or having strong affiliations in the country. It is believed that in his telephone conversation with General Musharraf, Secretary of State Colin Powell had informed the general in advance of the action against the Lashkar and UTN, which is alleged to have supplied information on nuclear weapons to Al-Qaeda. The only organization with ties to Kashmiri militancy on the US State Department's list of designated terrorist organizations so far is Harkatul Mujahideen. But the Lashkar and Jaish-i-Mohammad have been on a "Watch List" for some time.

The Lashkar is described in the official Patterns of Global Terrorism report issued last April as the "armed wing of the Pakistan-based religious organization, Markaz Dawa-wal-Irshad, a Sunni anti-US missionary organizations formed in 1989." It is defined as "one of the three largest and best-trained groups fighting in Kashmir against India." It has "several hundred members in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan, and in India's southern Kashmir and Doda regions." It financial assets, according to Patterns of Terrorism, include donations from the Pakistani community in the Gulf, the UK, Islamic NGOs, and Pakistani and Kashmiri businessmen. It is possible that the US might put pressure on the Gulf and European countries to block the group's accounts and clamp down on remittances sent to it. Jaish-i-Mohammad, another organization that could be targeted for inclusion on the State Department's list of designated terrorist groups, is described an Islamist group based in Pakistan that has rapidly expanded in size and capability since Maulana Masood Azhar, a former ultra-fundamentalist Harkatul Ansar leader, announced its formation in February. Lashkar-i-Tayyaba was characterized by President Bush as a "stateless sponsor of terrorism" in remarks in which Mr Bush had underlined US desire to protect Indian democracy. But he had also said the organization wanted to destroy relations between India and Pakistan and "undermine" President Musharraf. REFERENCE: Lashkar may be declared a terrorist group by US By Tahir Mirza DAWN WIRE SERVICE Week Ending : 22 December 2001 Issue : 07/51

NEW YORK, Dec 16: The United States plans to increase pressure on Pakistan to curb the activities of two Mujahideen groups after a suicide attack on the Indian Parliament that killed seven people, said the New York Times quoting American officials. The paper says that in its efforts to obtain the continued cooperation of Pakistan in the fight against Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, the Bush administration had refrained from pushing too hard for it to clamp down on the two organizations, Lashkar-i-Taiba and Jaish-i-Muhammad, which operate openly in Pakistan and advocate violence to drive India out of Kashmir. But India's accusation that Lashkar-i-Taiba was behind the dramatic shootout and Jaish-i- Muhammad claim of responsibility for a similar attack on the Indian Legislative Assembly in Kashmir that killed 40 people in October has forced a tough re-evaluation by Washington, the paper said.

Pakistan has "told us that they are planning on moving gradually to curb this kind of extremism," a senior State Department official told the Times. "I think what this means is if these groups are indeed carrying out these kinds of attacks, that process will have to be accelerated." A Western diplomat in Islamabad concurred, saying the Bush administration will push Pakistan to restrain militant groups to try to reduce tensions with India over Kashmir, a predominantly Muslim border region that India considers a state in its union. India has demanded that Pakistan shut down both groups. The Times noted that Pakistan has long identified Islamic groups fighting against Indian control of Kashmir as freedom fighters and tolerated their activities even in the post-Sept 11 era. The government has started to crack down on radical religious schools, which provided training grounds for fighters who joined the Taliban, and has begun to purge its powerful intelligence service
of pro-Taliban elements in response to American pressure. But Kashmiri Mujahideen groups retain strong backing from elements of the military dictatorship and the public, so the government has been reluctant to restrain them and risk internal problems.

The leader of one such group in an interview with the paper said that his organization was told by government officials to move its headquarters to Azad Kashmir region and lower its profile, but he said nothing was mentioned about stopping its attacks on Indian outposts. "All they told us to do was move our visible means of operation out of the spotlight," said the leader. Similarly, Lashkar-i-Taiba recently moved its offices out of
Islamabad and took down the signs at its huge training compound near Lahore, but foreign intelligence officials said the organization continues to train freedom fighters there. Lashkar-i-Taiba, or Army of the Pure, is led by a former university professor, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, who has continued to give fiery public speeches denouncing the American-led coalition's war in Afghanistan and warning President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan not to "sell out" Kashmir the way he sold out the Taliban, the paper said. The group, the Times noted has taken credit for many attacks on Indian soldiers in Kashmir, but a spokesman said that it was not responsible for the attack on the Indian Parliament, which shook the world's largest democracy. Jaish-i-Muhammad, which means Army of the Prophet Muhammad, also operates openly despite American requests that Pakistan freeze its bank accounts and curtail its activities after the Oct 1 suicide attack in Srinagar in Kashmir. REFERENCE: US may seek increased pressure on Jihadi groups DAWN WIRE SERVICE Week Ending : 22 December 2001 Issue : 07/51

NEW DELHI, Dec 24: Indian Home Minister L KAdvani on Sunday indicated the possibility of talks with freedom fighters groups such as Hizbul Mujahideen and did not rule out dialogue with Pakistan after an "assessment" of its behaviour during the extended ceasefire peace initiative in occupied Kashmir.  "That possibility is there," he said when asked about the chances of the Centre starting a dialogue with freedom fighter groups in occupied Kashmir in the wake of its bold peace measures. In an interview to PTI, the minister said the situation with regard to the ceasefire would be reviewed after the Republic Day when the extension is set to end. On the possibility of talks with the Mujahideen groups, Advani said "I would like to emphasise that dialogue with our people in Jammu and Kashmir would naturally have to include all sections like the ruling National Conference, the main opposition Congress, BJP and leftists and representatives from Jammu and Laddakh." "And if militant organizations like the Hizbul Mujahideen are prepared to lay down arms and become part of the dialogue, they are also welcome," the home minister said. Hurriyat Conference on Sunday denied playing any "mediatory role" between India and Pakistan in resolving the Kashmir issue but said it wants to apply the "keys with a purpose of unlocking the doors of goodwill and understanding." "I do not agree (to the role of mediator), we are a party to a dispute and no party to a dispute can pass for a mediator. We would, however, as the principal party choose to apply keys with a purpose to unlocking the doors of goodwill and understanding," Hurriyat chairman Abdul Gani Bhat said.

HIGH ALERT: Indian airports were put on high alert on Sunday to guard against strikes by freedom fighters who stunned the nation with a shock attack on New Delhi's historic Red Fort, agencies add. A spokesman at India's Bureau of Civil Aviation Security said 15 airports across eastern India including Calcutta international were on their "highest state of alert" after Friday night's shooting, in which Mujahideen killed three people. "The home ministry has asked us to maintain 'all-out vigilance'," he said, adding that a security cordon has also been put in place at all domestic and international airports. The Red Fort attack sent a message to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee that his Kashmir ceasefire initiative held little meaning for freedom fighters. Abu Usama, commander of the Lashkar-i-Toiba which staged the attack at Red Fort, summarised the Mujahideen's position in an interview to The Pioneer newspaper on Sunday. "It is immaterial whether Pakistan, India or Kashmir have appreciated the Indian prime minister's ceasefire gesture. We are working for the freedom of Kashmir from Indian security forces," Usama said. Asked if groups such as his would face difficulties if Pakistan changed tack on Kashmir and came down on the militants, Usama said: "I really do not see it happening." Lashker-i-Toiba chief Hafiz Saeed on Saturday told India to expect more attacks. "There will be more (attacks) on soldiers, army installations but not civilians," Saeed said. On Friday night, two Lashkar gunmen killed a soldier, an army barber and a civilian as the military garrison held a party at the Mughal-built fort. Red Fort is the venue from where prime ministers address the nation on India's annual independence day celebrations on Aug 15. It has also housed hundreds of captured Kashmiri freedom fighters. REFERENCE: Advani sees possibility of talks with Pakistan Monitoring Desk
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NEW DELHI, Dec 26: Guns have fallen silent in Siachen, the world's highest battlefield, after 16 years of relentless firing between Indian and Pakistani troops, but Mujahideen groups still deeply suspicious of New Delhi's peace initiatives have stepped up their armed campaign - stretching from the heart of the Indian capital to the heart of the matter, in Kashmir, officials and news reports said on Tuesday. "There are claims by the media and the government that people in Kashmir are tired of fighting - that they want peace," Syed Ali Shah Gilani, a senior leader of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) told the Dawn. "These attacks serve to remind all concerned that Kashmiris have little or no interest in the peace of the grave. There is no constituency for a ceasefire in Kashmir. There is a struggle on for a just solution." At least 10 people, most of them army personnel, were killed in Srinagar on Monday when a suicide car bomber blew himself up near the army's heavily guarded headquarters. Another audacious attack was carried out on Friday night right inside Delhi's Red Fort, now serving partly as a high security army interrogation centre, when two Lashkar-i-Taiba Mujahideen killed three army personnel there. The Jamiatul Mujahideen and the Jaish-i-Mohammad, the outfit which Maulana Masood Azhar currently heads, have both claimed responsibility for the Srinagar blast. The latter identified the bomber as Abdullahbhai, a resident of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

Indian Defence Minister George Fernandes was visiting Srinagar on Monday, but he did not go to the blast site. Fernandes earlier in the day flew over the Siachen glacier where more Indian and Pakistani troops have died from frost bite than howitzer firings that began in 1985. The NDTV news channel, whose correspondent apparently travelled with Fernandes, said: "The firing had come to a complete halt. "The Ramazan ceasefire has had a lot of impact on the ground," NDTV correspondent Sanjay Ahirwal reported. "For the first time in 16 years, guns are silent at Siachen. In the last one month, there has not been any firing from the Indian side. Firing from the Pakistani side has also been negligible." He quoted Fernandes as saying that talks with Pakistan appeared to be a distinct possibility. "Whatever indications we have received till now, it appears that Pakistan is also stepping towards peace," Fernandes said. Pakistan had responded recently to Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's announcement of a ceasefire in occupied Kashmir first with an order to its troops to observe maximum restraint on the Line of Control and later by announcing a partial withdrawal of its forces. The NDTV quoted a senior Indian army official on Tuesday as questioning the veracity of Pakistan's move. It quoted Major General Sheru Thapliyal, GOC, Northern Command, as saying: "Troop withdrawal is not as simple a thing as telling your people, 'Just go back'. It takes time and it has to be planned as to who will move, from which area, how many. So it is a complex problem. It is not so simple that he tells his people, 'pack up and move out'. We have not seen any withdrawal." REFERENCE: Guns fall silent in Siachen Jawed Naqvi DAWN WIRE SERVICE Week Ending : 30 December 2000 Issue : 06/50

Hafiz Muhammad Saeed in Dawn News with Azaz Syed - 5 (10-02-12)

ISLAMABAD: Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the chief of Jamaat ud Dawa (JuD) a charity organisation accused by West and India for exporting terror from Pakistan, has confessed for the first time about his meeting with al Qaida founding father Osama Bin Laden and said that he studied from the same scholar who taught bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. “Yes once I had met Osama Bin Laden but that is an old story I met him probably in 1982 in Saudi Arabia and in that meeting we just waived at each other,” said Saeed in an interview with Saeed’s organisation was banned by the United Nations Security Council days after the Mumbai attacks in November 2008 for its alleged involvement in the attacks and extremists activities. However local courts have allowed the organisation to work in Pakistan. Saeed, the most wanted man by India, is a holder of double master’s degree in Islamic Studies and also is a former teacher at Engineering University, Punjab. He said he was a proud student of Sheikh Bin Baz. Bin Baz was the grand mufti (scholar) of Saudi Arabia from 1993 to until his death in May 1999. AfPak head and a retired CIA officer, Bruce Riedel in his book titled “The Search for Al Qaeda” has described Bin Baz as one who “preached a very reactionary brand of Islam, proclaiming earth is flat, banning high heels for women as too sexually provocative, barring men from wearing Western suits and imposing other restrictions on behavior.” When asked is it not a coincidence that he studied under the same cleric who taught Osama Bin Laden and Aiman al al-Zawahiri? Saeed said it was the honour for both the students and the teacher. When asked about the reports regarding the financial help by Osama Bin Laden for establishing Lashkar-i-Taiba back in 1989-90, Saeed denied by calling it “baseless allegation.” Asked how it was possible that he could not have met Bin Laden in neighboring Afghanistan while he was waging Jihad next door in Indian administered Kashmir, Saeed brushed aside the question saying, “put this matter aside.” Saeed declared the killing of Osama Bin Laden as extra judicial act and in the same breath he said that it was yet to be verified if the al Qaeda chief was in the Abbotabad compound or not. He said that US was the biggest terrorist who did not prove anything against bin Laden in any court of law. When asked if his men or he himself were helping the jihad in Afghanistan, Saeed said that the Afghanis were doing well themselves and they did not need anybody’s help. “We are doing what we can do for them,” he added. Saeed who used to hide from cameras has started appearing on television screen these days, when asked about the reason behind this change of mind he said that he has taken this decision to counter the propaganda against himself and his organisation. REFERENCE: Osama, Zawahri and I had same teacher: Hafiz Saeed By Azaz Syed

Saudi Salafi Shiekh Ibn Baz Fatwa of Apostasy against Saddam Hussein


Late. Abd al-Aziz ibn Abd Allah ibn Baaz [Saudi Grand Mufti who issued Fatwa against Saddam and then against Osama Bin Ladin] Let me be blunt and allow me to say that since the first day of arrival of First Oil Rich Pedophile/Pederast Arab Rascal Sheikh in Pakistan our Rulers from General Ayub to Zardari [Bhutto is included] played the Role of Pimps and Paddlers for them e.g. Wild Hunting Parties [with every kind of vice] in the most poor areas of Pakistan i.e. South Punjab – The Seraiki Belt – or you may say the HQ of Punjabi Taliban. They way these Rascals Treat Working Class [Educated Middle Class] from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh could only be called worst kind of slavery and cruelty because from Airport to Work Place these Arabs [from Executive to Citizen] insult them and violate every Law given in the book particularly the Labour Laws. And these very Arabs are Financing the Khawarijs in Pakistan, let me show all of you their real face:

King Fahd presented Kalashnikov to another pervert Saddam Hussein [Fahd ordered Mutawwas to Issue Fatwa against the Same Saddam when Saddam fingered Wahabi Kuwait [Kuwait is even worst than Saudi Arabia] Enjoy the picture and after the pictutre read about the Debauch, Womanizer, Gambler Khadimul Haramian Sharifain.

Khadim ul Harmain Sharifain - Shah Fahad The Debauch - In reality, it was a test of the ebullient Fahd’s capacity to govern. The Crown Prince would have to live down his personal reputation as a reckless womanizer, drinker, and gambler. REFERENCE: King Fahd’s Saudi Arabia by Harvey Sicherman August 12, 2005

Real Face of King Fahd: There were stories of all night sessions at seedy clubs in Beirut, of affairs with belly dancers, and of the wife of a Lebanese businessman paid $100,000 a year to make herself available. Then in 1969, Fahd was said to have lost $1,000,000 in a single dusk-to-dawn marathon of Scotch-fuelled gambling at the tables of a MonteCarlo nightclub. He was summoned back to Riyadh by his brother, the then King Faisal Abdul Aziz ibn Saud. REFERENCE: Life and legacy of King Fahd By Paul Wood BBC defence correspondent Last Updated: Monday, 1 August 2005, 10:14 GMT 11:14 UK

Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd: [The Mutawwa in Chief due to his fingering Streets of Pakistan are burning] Real Face: His visits with his retinue of 3,000 had earned the local tradesmen riches indeed. It is estimated that an extra €30,000 (£21,000) a day was spent just in Puerto Banus. As heir apparent, Fahd first visited Marbella in 1974 and stayed at the Incosol hotel and spa. He booked 100 rooms but some of the princesses didn’t like the decor so he ordered the dark carpets to be changed to white. As a reward, Fahd left the hotel a tip of $300,000 — enough for the entire staff to receive, in effect, an extra year’s salary. He told one Spanish journalist that he liked Marbella because “it was a land blessed by Allah”, referring to the Arab occupation of most of Spain from the 8th to the 13th century. In the early 1980s he started the construction of his Mar Mar Palace, a replica of the White House. Because of increasing ill health (he suffered a stroke 10 years ago), he last visited in August 2002, just after a £134m refurbishment of the palace. REFERENCE: Marbella mourns its own King Midas King Fahd’s epic spending enriched his favourite part of Spain, says Deirdre Fernand From The Sunday Times August 7, 2005

Vice-President George H. W. Bush returns from his trip to the Middle East, where he has passed along a message to Iraq to step up its air war against Iran (see July 23, 1986). The covert machinations nearly become public knowledge when US embassy officials in Saudi Arabia, learning of the Saudi transfer of US arms to Iraq earlier in the year (see February 1986), question the Saudi ambassador to the US, Prince Bandar. Bandar, fully aware of the arms transfer, tells the officials that the transfer was “accidental” and the amount of arms transferred was negligible. The State Department is also curious about the transfer, warns that the arms transfer violates the Arms Export Control Act, and says it must inform Congress of the transfer. Such a notification would endanger the entire process, and possibly short-circuit another arms deal in the works, a $3.5 billion transfer of five AWACS planes to Saudi Arabia, of which Congress has already been informed. But after the White House notifies the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Richard Lugar (R-IN), and mollifies Lugar by telling him the arms sales to Iraq were “inadvertent,” “unauthorized,” and involved only a “small quantity of unsophisticated weapons,” Lugar agrees to keep silent about the matter. Another senator later approaches Lugar about rumors that Saudi Arabia is sending US arms to Iraq, and recalls that “Dick Lugar told me there was nothing to it, and so I took his word.” [NEW YORKER, 11/2/1992] REFERENCE: August 5, 1986: Covert Arms Sales to Iraq Nearly Revealed Profile: Bandar bin Sultan a.k.a. "Bandar Bush", Prince Bandar

Shaking Hands: Iraqi President Saddam Hussein greets Donald Rumsfeld, then special envoy of President Ronald Reagan, in Baghdad on December 20, 1983. REFERENCE: US NATIONAL SECURITY ARCHIVE Shaking Hands with Saddam Hussein: The U.S. Tilts toward Iraq, 1980-1984 National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 82 Edited by Joyce Battle February 25, 2003

What a joke that Aal-e--Saud and Saudi Muttawwa Abd-al-Aziz ibn Abd-Allah ibn Baaz issued a Fatwa of Takfeer [Apostasy] against Saddam Hussein [that too after he was no more of any use to Corrupt Aal-e-Saud and Wahhaabi Muttawwas whereas an Anarchist Pakistan Ahl-e-Hadith Scholar Late. Ehsan Elahi Zaheer [who was on the payroll of Aal-e-Saud and Saudi Muttawwas rather he was student of Salafi Islamic scholars such as Muhammad Nasiruddin al-Albani and Abd-al-Aziz ibn Abd-Allah ibn Baaz] had addressed Sddam Hussein and his Ba'ath Party Member [as per Saudi Fatwa "Apostate, Secular, Socialist i.e. KAAFIR] REFERENCE: Ehsan Elahi Zaheer
صدام حسين مع إحسان إلهي ظهير رحمه الله - فيديو نادر


Really sometime "This Muslim Ummah" is so hypcortie that one wants to puke.

Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, accompanied by senior aide Paul Wolfowitz and US CENTCOM commander-in-chief General Norman Schwarzkopf, visits Saudi Arabia just four days after Iraq invades Kuwait (see August 2, 1990). [SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, 8/3/2000; DUBOSE AND BERNSTEIN, 2006, PP. 100] Cheney secures permission from King Fahd for US forces to use Saudi territory as a staging ground for an attack on Iraq. Cheney is polite, but forceful; the US will not accept any limits on the number of troops stationed in Saudi Arabia, and will not accept a fixed date of withdrawal (though they will withdraw if Fahd so requests). Cheney uses classified satellite intelligence to convince Fahd of Hussein’s belligerent intentions against not just Kuwait, but against Saudi Arabia as well. Fahd is convinced, saying that if there is a war between the US and Iraq, Saddam Hussein will “not get up again.” Fahd’s acceptance of Cheney’s proposal goes against the advice of Crown Prince Abdullah. [SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, 8/3/2000; DUBOSE AND BERNSTEIN, 2006, PP. 100-101] With Prince Bandar bin Sultan translating, Cheney tells Abdullah, “After the danger is over, our forces will go home.” Abdullah says under his breath, “I would hope so.” Bandar does not translate this. [MIDDLE EAST REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, 9/2002; HISTORY NEWS NETWORK, 1/13/2003] On the same trip, Cheney also visits Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, who rejects Cheney’s request for US use of Egyptian military facilities. Mubarak tells Cheney that he opposes any foreign intervention against Iraq. [SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, 8/3/2000] US forces will remain in Saudi Arabia for thirteen years (see April 30-August 26, 2003). REFERENCE: August 5, 1990 and After: Cheney Secures Permission for US Forces to Attack Iraq from Saudi Arabia Profile: Bandar bin Sultan a.k.a. "Bandar Bush", Prince Bandar

USA/Great Britain/King Fahd financed Iraq Iran War but when Saddam Hussein entered Kuwait [Worst than Saudi Arabia] Fahd ordered Saudi Retard Toady Mutawwas to Issue Fatwa against the Same Saddam. Debauch Saudi Wahabi Somersault Fatwa of Takfeer against Saddam Hussein. In 1996 then-UN Ambassador Madeleine Albright was asked by 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl, in reference to years of U.S.-led economic sanctions against Iraq, “We have heard that half a million children have died. I mean, that is more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?” To which Ambassador Albright responded, “I think that is a very hard choice, but the price, we think, the price is worth it.” - BAGHDAD, Oct. 10 — A team of American and Iraqi public health researchers has estimated that 600,000 civilians have died in violence across Iraq since the 2003 American invasion, the highest estimate ever for the toll of the war here. The figure breaks down to about 15,000 violent deaths a month, a number that is quadruple the one for July given by Iraqi government hospitals and the morgue in Baghdad and published last month in a United Nations report in Iraq. That month was the highest for Iraqi civilian deaths since the American invasion. But it is an estimate and not a precise count, and researchers acknowledged a margin of error that ranged from 426,369 to 793,663 deaths. It is the second study by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. It uses samples of casualties from Iraqi households to extrapolate an overall figure of 601,027 Iraqis dead from violence between March 2003 and July 2006. REFERENCE: Iraqi Dead May Total 600,000, Study Says By SABRINA TAVERNISE and DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Published: October 11, 2006

Donald Rumsfeld meets Saddam Hussein 1983


Late. Abd al-Aziz ibn Abd Allah ibn Baaz [Saudi Grand Mufti who issued Fatwa against Saddam and then against Osama Bin Ladin] - When Saddam invaded Kuwait - [Immediately a Fatwa was issued against Saddam - "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 - Usama Ibn Ladin Al-Kharijee (our position toward him and his likes) - By Abdul Aziz Ibn Abdullaah Ibn Baz [PDF] - Taken from] 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.”


Misconception: The Islaamic Threat

In recent years, a great deal of attention in the media have been given to the threat of "Islaamic Fundamentalism". Unfortunately, due to a twisted mixture of biased reporting in the Western media and the actions of some ignorant Muslims, the word "Islaam" has become almost synonymous with "terrorism". However, when one analyses the situation, the question that should come to mind is:

Do the teachings of Islaam encourage terrorism?

The answer: Certainly not!

Islaam totally forbids the terrorist acts that are carried out by some misguided people. It should be remembered that all religions have cults and misguided followers, so it is their teachings that should be looked at, not the actions of a few individuals. Unfortunately, in the media, whenever a Muslim commits a heinous act, he is labeled a "Muslim terrorist".

However, when Serbs murder and rape innocent women in Bosnia, they are not called "Christian terrorists", nor are the activities in Northern Ireland labeled "Christian terrorism". Also, when right-wing Christians in the U. S. bomb abortion clinics, they are not called "Christian terrorists". Reflecting on these facts, one could certainly conclude that there is a double-standard in the media! Although religious feelings play a significant role in the previously mentioned "Christian" conflicts, the media does not apply religious labels because they assume that such barbarous acts have nothing to do with the teachings of Christianity. However, when something happens involving a Muslim, they often try to put the blame on Islaam itself - and not the misguided individual.

Certainly, Islaamic Law (Sharee'ah) allows war - any religion or civilisation that did not would never survive - but it certainly does not condone attacks against innocent people, women or children. The Arabic word "jihaad", which is often translated as "Holy War", simply means "to struggle". The word for "war" in Arabic is "harb", not "jihaad". "Struggling", i.e. "making jihaad", to defend Islaam, Muslims or to liberate a land where Muslims are oppressed is certainly allowed (and even encouraged) in Islaam.

However, any such activities must be done according to the teachings of Islaam. Islaam also clearly forbids "taking the law into your own hands", which means that individual Muslims cannot go around deciding who they want to kill, punish or torture.

Trial and punishment must be carried out by a lawful authority and a knowledgeable judge. Also, when looking at events in the Muslim World, it should be kept in mind that a long period of colonialism ended fairly recently in most Muslim countries. During this time, the people in these countries were culturally, materially and religiously exploited - mostly by the so-called "Christian" nations of the West. This painful period has not really come to an end in many Muslim countries, where people are still under the control of foreign powers or puppet regimes supported by foreign powers.

Also, through the media, people in the West are made to believe that tyrants like Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Moamar Qaddafi in Libya are "Islaamic" leaders - when just the opposite is true. Neither of these rulers even profess Islaam as an ideology, but only use Islaamic slogans to manipulate their powerless populations. They have about as much to do with Islaam as Hitler had to do with Christianity! In reality, many Middle Eastern regimes which people think of as being "Islaamic" oppress the practice of Islaam in their countries. So suffice it to say that "terrorism" and killing innocent people directly contradicts the teachings of Islaam. .......... Prepared by: Abu 'Iyaad REFERENCE: Misconception: The Islaamic Threat

Question: O esteemed Shaykh, what is happening now (in Iraaq) so what is the position of the Muslim towards this trial, and is there a Jihaad, and are do those soldiers who are in the Gulf have the ruling of being mujaahideen, and may Allaah reward you.

Shaykh Ubayd al-Jaabiree: I dont know why this question (is asked) when, when we have just ended the speech with what I consider to comprise the answer to it and to its likes. However, despite this, just so that it is said, that Ubayd has neglected some of the questions.

So I say: Firstly, not all of the Iraaqi society is Muslim. Rather, amongst them is the Marxist, amongst them is the Ba'athist Heretic, and amongst them are numerous orientations. And there are Muslims amongst them...

And amongst them are the Raafidah. And the positions of the Scholars towards the Raafidah is well known, amongst them are those who declared them Disbelievers.

Secondly, we have Rulers and those who have authority, and it is obligatory to give them hearing and obedience, and around our rulers are those who have knowledge, and experience, and speciality in the political affairs. So we do not undermine them, and we have already mentioned previously that the general affairs are not for just any person. Rather, they are for whom? For those in authority.

And as it is appropriate, I also say that those who call to cutting off from the products of America and Britain and others, then those people have a resemblance to the Raafidah. Shaykh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah mentions in Minhaaj us-Sunnah, in the first volume, and I believe it is page 38, "From the stupidity of the Raafidah is that they do not drink from the river that was unearthed (i.e. dug out, like a well) by Yazeed". So those Harakiyyoon and Hizbiyyoon, have resembled the Raafidah. And what an evil model (that is). And the most repugnant for a person that his model, and way is that of the Raafidah.

Thirdly, the banner of fighting in Iraaq, who is carrying it? It is carried by Saddaam Hussain at-Takreetee, and he is the leader of the Ba'athi Party in his land...and the Ba'athi Party, is secularist, disbelieving, heretical. Its foundation is upon mixing and not differentiating between a Sunni Muslim, Guidance from the Scholars Concerning Iraaq and between the Jew, Christian, Communist, and others. They are all the same, equal. And for this reason, their slogan is, as their poet has said:

I believe in, -- (Shaykh Ubayd): I seek refuge in Allaah --
I believe in al-Ba'ath as the Lord which has no partner
And in Arabism as a religion, which has no other (religion)

This is their religion, qawmiyyah (nationalism) and shu'oobiyyah, and their religion is not Islaam. So built upon this, the one who fights under the banner of the Iraaqi government, then he is fighting under a banner of disbelief. And we do not dispute that the people of Iraaq have the right to defend themselves. They can defend themselves, their blood, their honour and their wealth, they can defend those who transgress upon them, whether America or Britain or other than them.

So it is obligatory upon us, the community of Muslims that we ask Allaah in our supplication that He delivers the Muslims amongst the people of Iraaq. So whoever said O Allaah save the [Iraaqi Society]1 , then he has erred. This supplication of his reaches even the Marxist and the Communist. And the Ba'ath Party is at the front of the [supplication of the] one who supplicates for the Iraaqi society (in general). No, but supplicate to Allaah that He delivers the Muslims amongst the people of Iraaq. And that he relieves them of their distress. This is what I can add now. .......... Translated by: Abu 'Iyaad REFERENCE: NEWS\ Monday 31 March 2003
Shaykh 'Ubayd al-Jaabiree on the Position Towards Iraq From a Paltalk Session today 31/03/2003 at 8:30pm UK Time


Saudi Arab's Fatwa (Religious Edict) against Al-Qaeda & Osama Bin Laden

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