Many of our critical readers know that Malik Riaz, mafia chief of the notorious Bahria Town project, has been able to build his property empire with the help of greedy generals in Pakistan Army and Pakistan Navy.
However, not many know that Malik Riaz has active links with certain jihadi and sectarian organisations. For example, after the ouster of the terrorist brigade of Ghazi Abdul Aziz and Ghazi Abdur Rasheed of the Sipah-e-Sahaba from Islamabad’s Lal Masjid, it was Malik Riaz who provided shelter and place to escaped terrorists of the Lal Masjid and built a new headquarter for their future terrorist activities.
Recently, Malik Riaz and his gang’s activities have been observed in unison with terrorists of Lashkar-e-Taiba (renamed as Jamat-ud-Dawa) in the landslide / lake affected areas of Hunza. Local residents of Hunza have expressed their concern over the presence of sectarian and jihadi organisations in their area, who are trying to develop jihadi connections in the region in the guise of an ostensibly noble humanitarian aid project.
We reproduce below a recent report published in the Gilgit Baltistan Times:
Jamat-e-Dawa, Bahria Foundation and Disaster hit Area of Gojal, Hunza
Source: GB Times
Gilgit (Ahmed Mukhtar) : Youth of Hunza and Gojal have raised their severe concern over the news and activities of Malik Riaz in Gulmit, Hunza. They demand the activities of Bahria Foundation to be stopped within a week time. Many youth raised the concerns that ‘Bahria Foundation’ is playing its role on the behest of ‘Jamat-e-Dawa’.
It is to be noted that Jamat-e-Dawa a banned organization by the UN because of its involvement in sectarian activities of violence had attempted to enter into the Hunza and particularly to upper Hunza (Gojal) but proactive response of youth has stopped it from taking any initiatives.
‘Bahria Foundation’ which is being run by notorious businessman Riaz Malik, has said to be one of the main donors of the ‘Jamat-e-Dawa’ in Punjab. Internal sources have established a strong link between funding of ‘Bahria Foundation’ to ‘Jamat-e-Dawa’. Internal sources have also stated that Jamat-e-Dawa which is running many school and Health Centers in Punjab and Kashmir have said to have provided Human Resources to ‘Bahria Foundation’ to establish its center in Gulmit.
The vicious credentials of Riaz Malik itself and the linkage of ‘Bahria Foundation’ with ‘Jamat-e-Dawa’ have aggravated the situation extensively.
The youth have stated their high level of dissatisfaction with the directors of AKHS for Gilgit-Baltistan and Chairperson for National Services. They said that due to their lake of interest and inappropriate action these floundering institutes such as ‘Jamat-e-Dawa’ and ‘Bahria Foundation’ have got place in the Gulmit where people were desperately looking towards health Facilities. This has been considered a severe blow to the community services. It has emphasized on AKHSP to intensify its activities in the disaster hit Areas of Gojal immediately.