Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
The party, while trying to stay in the mainstream, has made many Freudian slips on where it stands on Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Intelligence reports over the years have determined a clear connection between many Al Qaeda terrorists and Jamaat leaders at various tiers. One of its Khyber Pakhtunkhwa leaders, Siraj-ul-Haq—who was a senior minister in the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal government and is the Jamaat’s point man again in the coalition government in the province with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf—was very close to Pakistani Taliban commanders in Bajaur…..
How did he get to the top of the heap that is the Pakistan Taliban? This question is important for two reasons. One, Fazlullah, a Gujjar from Swat, is not a Pakhtun by blood, let alone a highlander Pakhtun from the tribal areas. For him to replace a Mehsud, especially when the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) core comprises, broadly, though not exclusively, Mehsud tribe highlanders, is unusual. Two, while he headed his own faction of the Taliban, he was not close to the killed TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud. That would have been Khan Said [not Syed], a.k.a. Sajna, another Mehsud. Sajna could not make it, even though he was a claimant in the TTP game of thrones…….
If the Awami League of Hasina is either pushed out of office by mass protests or in an election, be prepared to see another Pakistan emerge on India's eastern flanks, with hard-core allies of the Muslim Brotherhood turning back the clock on one more Islamic country……
Mehr F Husain
The media went into a frenzy with political and religious parties expressing grief and anger over his death, terming the attack as a “murder”, describing Mehsud as a “martyr” and demanding that the US be held accountable for their action....
Dr Mohammad Taqi
The most brutal terrorist is being presented like an apostle of peace who was about to lead his country to the Promised Land. And, of course, the big bad US is the vicious villain according to the Interior Minister and his former college mate Mr Imran Khan. The lamentation for Hakeemullah Mehsud and the vitriol against the US is literally a replay of how Pakistan and its leaders had reacted to Osama bin Laden’s 2011 killing....
With a ban on the party, a real possibility, some suspect Hefazat’s rise came about because Jamaat needed another outlet to do its bidding. "The Jamaat was on the defensive, its leaders in docks for war crimes and for supporting Pakistan," says a spokesperson for the Shahbagh Square movement. "A new Islamist force was needed and up came the Hifazat."….
Hitherto, Pakistan has failed to comprehend two realities: first, Pakistan cannot halt drone strikes; and second, Pakistan cannot control the TTP....
Ghulam Ghaus, New Age Islam
To sum up, the pernicious ideologies of Wahhabis/Salafis/Modern Khwarij are fomenting tensions and interfaith antagonism at global level. It has now brought dangers looming large to India—particularly to its mainstream Muslim citizens, their holy shrines, schools (madrasas) and mosques, temples, churches and all such centres that Wahhabis believe are the sources of polytheism (Shirk) and thus should be eliminated. It’s time we devise plans to tackle this baffling problem in order to save the entire humanity regardless of religion, nation, country, ethnicity and sect. The first and foremost thing to do is none other than refuting the radical Wahhabi version of Islam. It can be best accomplished by highlighting Islam’s categorical standpoint on religious extremism and its concepts of peace, integration, tolerance, love, harmony and respect for humanity. It’s time all of us Indians, both Muslim and Non-Muslim, come under one umbrella to prevent the seeds of Wahhabism from being planted in our land of peace….
Hakimullah excelled at inflicting suicide bombings, beheadings, intimidation and terror on Pakistani soldiers and innocent civilians in the tribal areas and beyond in the name of establishing “Allah’s system in the land of Allah”. Former Pakistani dictator General Pervez Musharraf’s comment about feeling “satisfied” that a “monster is dead”.......
“You cannot withstand a war of attrition inside your own country,” he said in an audio message posted on a website linked to al-Shabaab. “So withdraw all your forces, or be prepared for an abundance of blood that will be spilt in your country.”Last week’s slaughter confirms what many in the region have long feared: that Godane, who has imposed a Taliban-style regime in much of war-torn Somalia, would one day begin exporting his brand of Islamist violence to the wider world…..
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
The latest drone strike, and the certainty that there will be others in future, will undoubtedly derail Islamabad's plan to buy peace with the terrorists who have been on a killing spree across Pakistan, and will adversely impact Pakistan's plans to shift focus to Afghanistan and Kashmir, taking advantage of the imminent US drawdown from Afghanistan.....
Pakistan does not need to kill thousands of militants to win this war and curb Islamic extremism: it merely needs to kill or arrest the top 25 commanders, including Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Fazl ur Rehman Khalil and Maulana Masood Azhar. However, this is unlikely to occur, as the Pakistan Army, once a strong force, is too weak now to confront them…..
For Jihadi militants, Malaysia was a land of opportunity but not where militants could enjoy tacit government sponsorship or a safe sanctuary. What Malaysia had to offer the Al Qaeda network was its climate of politicised Islam within a Muslim-majority population, its visa-free immigration to citizens of Islamic countries, its excellent worldwide communication linkages, and its advanced banking system that included a well-developed sector of Islamic banks…..
Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi, New Age Islam
... Does the above quotation of a top Pakistani cleric Maulana Irfan ul Haq remind you of something? Yes, an obviously concocted or misinterpreted Hadees against idol-worshippers of India that many extremist Islamists of Pakistan like the Maulana openly quote in their crazy bid to incite all Pakistanis to take arms against India and wipe out all idol-worshippers from the region. Needless to say that the word “idol-worshipper” includes in their exclusivist dictionary the overwhelming majority of Muslims who love and venerate the holy Sufi saints who brought Islam to South Asia. Like Maulana Irfan ul Haq, there are some more fanatic Maulvis and extremist political and religious ideologues in different parts of Pakistan who provide religious stimulus to breed terrorism and mindless violence against Indian citizens in general and our non-Muslim brethren in particular. However, many of us Indians might still not know what Ghazwa-e-Hind is and for what purpose it is being propagated. ... Going by any of the five basic criteria of checking the Hadith texts, there is no room for any obnoxious idea like the Ghazwa-e-Hind in Islamic theology.
If terrorism today has become a global network, funded, aided and abetted by some governments, it stands to reason that any antidote to be effective must be nothing short of global - global terrorism can only be defeated by a global coalition....
Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Worse, given the track record of the security establishment as well as that of the leadership at the helm in Pakistan's political spectrum, it remains highly unlikely that even these limited proposals are going to be implemented in full. On the other hand, discontent among the separatists can only grow, given Islamabad's flawed approach to the Provinces.....
Mehr F Husain
There are countless cases of lives being torn apart, homes being destroyed, livelihoods ending and families at a loss of how to cope not just with drones but also with the continuous crossfire between the Taliban and the Pakistan military and the tragedy of being caught in between. But what is interesting is that drone attacks are being conducted with the approval of the State and the military……
This winter, militant groups are expected to continue their traditional influence campaign. But in an interview on the sidelines of a meeting of NATO defence ministers here, the senior American officer said that intelligence reviews and Afghan reports painted a picture of a concerted insurgent effort to disrupt the elections, planned for April 2014....
The shadow of al-Qaeda settles into Iraq and Syria, hardening the faces of ordinary Syrians and Iraqis further. The entry of a full-blown ISIS assault in Lebanon cannot be far, as the fighting in Tripoli and on the border towns suggest. Talk of ceasefires and negotiations in Geneva is distant from the desolation that has come to envelop the roads that link Beirut to Baghdad, a journey that could have been made in some peace a century ago but is now tormented with guns and frustration……
Terrorism and, by extension, vigilantism, militancy, sectarian violence and violence against minorities are the different manifestations of the same ideological urge. At terrorism’s core lie the basic questions that are crying out to be dealt with. Who is an apostate in Islam? Can the state ascribe such a label to any citizen or group? Indeed, can one citizen or group label another citizen or group as kafir? And if it does, how should the state respond….
Given the atrocities the TTP regularly commits, it is not surprising that the organised criminal dimension of its operations is often overlooked. But this dimension is significant. TTP militants have long flocked to Karachi to regroup, shop, smuggle weapons, seek medical treatment, and even work seasonal jobs…..
"What right do they have to take up arms to tell us how to practice Islam in our country?" Mahmoud Dicko, the head of Mali's High Islamic Council, said in an interview at the time. "What right do they have to impose the Shariah here?"It's a view the imam still holds strongly. "It was a bad form of the religion," said Dicko, referring to the foreign jihadists, in an interview with The Huffington Post earlier this month. "Even if it's Islam, it's not our way of Islam."…
Uamsho appears to have benefited politically from the situation and has adopted the establishment of an independent state of Zanzibar as its cause célèbre. The political arena is particularly marked by power struggles and the fear of losing control. This has provided the perfect context for religion to be used as a projection screen and venue for confrontation….