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Ahmad Noorani and Sadanand Dhume’s bold stance on #ShiaGenocide in Pakistan – by Samina Faruqi

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Jang Group’s journalist Mr. Ahmad Noorani has clearly condemned Shia Muslim genocide and killings of Sunni Muslims by Takfiri militants of banned Deobandi outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan aka Lashkare-e-Jhangvi (currently operating as Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat ASWJ).

On Twitter, in response to a hypocritical and false-neutral tweet by Ahmed Ludhianvi Deobandi (head of banned terrorist group Sipah-e-Sahaba aka ASWJ-LeJ), Mr. Noorani clearly refuted the false Sunni-Shia sectarianism discourse, and stated that the issue of Shia genocide and murder of some Sunni Muslims had nothing to do with Sunni-Shia sectarian violence. Mr. Noorani stated that ASWJ-LeJ-SSP terrorists were responsible for Shia genocide in Pakistan and were also involved in murders of moderate Sunni Muslims. He said that any Takfiri group (i.e., one that declares other sect as infidel or kafir) is itself a Kafir, and is liable to harshest punishment.

Ahmad Noorani ‏@Ahmad_Noorani
No Shia-Sunni riots in country. Only Sipah-e-Sahaba (ASWJ) people (Kufaar) of Lej & SSP are killing innocent Shia Muslims across the country. I am not a Mufti, but follow just one-Principle — One who declare anyone else as “Kaafir” should be declared “Kaafir” & “Wajib-ul-Qatl” immediately. Whoever! I know one thing as a fact that LeJ & SSP killed thousands of Shia and even some Sunni Muslim in cold blood. And thus by this killing spree they have violated basic principles of Islam and humanity, and thus are neither Muslims nor humans. Are you asking for evidence against LeJ for its involvement in killing of Shia & some Sunni? One who term others is Kaafir by oneself.

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We notice that, increasingly, media persons and activists are realizing the gravity of full scale of Shia genocide taking place in Pakistan at the hands of banned Takfiri Deobandi outfits (ASWJ, LeJ etc). Recently, renowned journalist Sandanand Dhume too expressed his views in the aftermath of a suicide attack on a Shiite mosque in Hangu (KPK province) in which Deobandi militants killed at least 22 Shias and 3 Sunnis.

Sadanand Dhume ‏@dhume01
Even if you’ve long resisted the term #shiagenocide as overblown, at some point you’re forced to reconsider. #Pakistan http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21289738

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We commend Mr. Noorani and Mr. Sadanand Dhume on their bold stance on Shia genocide in Pakistan. Pakistan has lost at least 21,000 Shia Muslims, thousands of Sunnis, hundreds of Ahmadis, Christians etc at the hands of Takfiri terrorists. In order to preempt and avoid a Rwanda like situation, it is utmost important that international community and rights groups are made aware of the exact nature and extent of the threat facing forty million Shias of Pakistan.

Postscript: Recently, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik too admitted that Shia genocide in Pakistan is not an outcome of Sunni-Shia sectarian violence. Speaking to Shia and Sunni protesters against Shia genocide, Mr Malik said that Takfiri Deobandi terrorists of LeJ-ASWJ, not Sunnis, were killing Shias.

لندن میں شیعہ نسل کشی کے خلاف احتجاج کرنے والے شیعہ سُنی سے پاکستان کے وزیر داخلہ رحمان ملک نے بات چیت کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ پاکستان میں شیعہ سُنی کا مسئلہ نہیں بلکہ شیعوں کے قتل عام میں کالعدم سپاہ صحابہ،لشکر جھنگوی ملوث ہیں۔

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  • Ahmad Noorani is spot on when he writes:

    Sectarian attacks: While discussing sectarian killings, HRW intentionally highlights the words “Sunni-Shia conflict” and says that ‘Sunni militant groups’ are operating to kill ‘Shia Muslims’. However, the reality is that majority of Shia and Sunni Muslims are living in peaceful environment across the country and only some small groups like “banned Lashar-e-Jhangvi” etc, are involved in the killing of innocent Shia Muslims. That they do not represent the Sunni Muslims of Pakistan has been quietly ignored by the HRW report.

    The report seems a clear attempt to fuel sectarianism and to incite those Sunni and Shia Muslims to start fighting with each other, who otherwise are living in a peaceful environment. These terrorist organisations, termed as ‘Sunni militants’ by Ali Dayan and HRW, are also involved in ruthless killing of Sunni Muslims in many incidents. Attacks on different Sunni madrassahs, shrines and even famous Data Darbar are some examples. But, it is obvious that by writing these facts, the agenda will not be fulfilled, which is to incite sectarianism in Pakistan and is now becoming very obvious.

    The HRW completely failed to highlight the fact that the PPP government has completely failed to counter the terrorist organisations like ‘Lashar-e-Jhangvi’ which are operating in all the four provinces of country, Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA with impunity.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-157664-Lets-see-what-HRW-could-not-see-in-Pakistan

    However, the following paragraph in his article seems to be dictated by Ansar Abbasi:

    The report while linking these so-called ‘Sunni militant groups’ with Pakistan Army, with the obvious intention to create chaos in the country, writes: “Sunni militant groups, including those with known links to the Pakistani military, its intelligence agencies, and affiliated paramilitaries – such as the ostensibly banned Lashkar-e Jhangvi — operated with widespread impunity across Pakistan, as law enforcement officials effectively turned a blind eye to attacks.” Readers can best judge the facts as in ‘Balkanisation of Pakistan’, presented before a US House’s Committee Ali Dayan has clearly said: “Shia Muslims are being killed at the behest of Pakistan Army”.

  • I neithe know about Ahamd Noorani’s sectarian affiliation, nor am interested to know. By saying what he has said, he has taken a very bold position. Hats off to him!

  • I neither know about Ahamd Noorani’s sectarian affiliation, nor am interested to know. By saying what he has said, he has taken a very bold position. Hats off to him!