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Taliban and Sipah-e-Sahaba’s attack on Eid Milad-un-Nabi rallies: This is not sectarianism, this is terrorism

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Rescuers stand near a child injured by a firing, at a local hospital in Dera Ismail, Pakistan on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010. According to police official unidentified gunmen opened fire on a procession celebrate anniversary of the birth of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.(AP photo/Ishtiaq Mehsud)

Related post: Who are these people attacking Eid Milad-un-Nabi processions in Pakistan?

I know that Pakistani media as well as most of Pakistani bloggers have either ignored or censored these two news items. But the LUBP will not.

The 12 Rabi-ul-Awwal is celebrated by Muslims in Pakistan as the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (peace by upon him and his progeny). In particular, Sunni Barelvi Muslims organize large public meetings and rallies on that day in the memory of the Prophet.

It is however a known fact that certain Muslim sects (e.g. Wahhabi and Deobandi) term such ceremonies of the Eid Mila-un-Nabi as shirk (polytheism) and biddat (innovation in religion).

Everyone is entitled to their own interpretation and practice of religion as long as it does not lead to violence or hate speech. However, the situation gets ugly when some extremist element within one sect try to superimpose their interpretation of Islam and Quran on other sects through the use of violence.

This is exactly what happened in D.I. Khan and Faisalabad on the most sacred day of the birthday of the Prophet, when extremist Deobandis and Wahhabis belonging to Taliban and Sipah-e-Sahaba attacked peaceful public rallies of Barelvi Muslims. Scores of Barelvi Muslims were killed or injured in these two separate (but ideologically interconnected) incidents.

The question is, why are these news items being censored or misrepresented in Pakistani media?

Here is a plain answer. The pro-Taliban (extremist Deobandi-Wahhabi) lobby, funded and supported by Saudi Arabia (through the ISI and mullahs) is extremely influential in Pakistani media. The pro-Taliban jihadi and sectarian youth serve to act as a proxy army for the ISI’s operations in Afghanistan and Kashmir.

Hence, they would not allow an exposure of the real face of their evil ideology and its proponents to the Pakistani nation, the majority of whom follow a peaceful Barelvi, Sufi tradition of Islam. Therefore, they are misrepresenting the horrible incidents of D.I.Khan and Faisalabad as sectarian violence.

It is not sectarian violence. It is not a fight between Deobandis and Barelvis. It is a fight between extremism and multiculturalism. It is a fight between tolerance and intolerance. It is a fight between the followers of Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Mullah Omar.

It is not sectarianism. It is terrorism. The state must use its full force to protect peaceful Barelvis (and other vulnerable groups) from violence by well trained and well equipped terrorists of Taliban and Sipah-e-Sahaba.

Here are a couple of news reports:

Sydney Morning Herald

Sectarian clashes kill seven in Pakistan
February 28, 2010

Pakistani authorities slapped a curfew on a restive northwestern district on Sunday after clashes and gun fights left at least seven people dead at a religious procession, officials said.

Sectarian violence erupted on Saturday in the town of Paharpur in Dera Ismail Khan district, as hundreds of Muslims rallied to celebrate Eid Milad-un-Nabi, which marks Prophet Mohammed’s birthday.

Gunmen opened fire on a parade by the Barelvi sect of Sunni Muslims, killing one person on the spot and prompting the angry crowd to retaliate by attacking a seminary of the local Deobandi Sunni sect.

“Seven people were killed and 38 others have been injured in these incidents. All the dead are Sunni, there are some Shi’ites among the injured,” district police chief Gul Afzal Afridi told AFP.

Dera Ismail Khan district has in the past been troubled by unrest between followers of the Sunni [Deobandi] and Shi’ite branches of Islam, but clashes between Sunni factions are relatively rare.

An official in the hospital Dera Ismail Khan hospital confirmed the death toll and said that the 38 people wounded were still being treated.

Authorities early on Sunday ordered people to remain in their houses night and day in the main city, also called Dera Ismail Khan, and other parts of the district including Paharpur town. Security forces patrolled the streets.

“We have arrested more than 20 suspects and are carrying out more raids. There is a curfew in the main city and some of the outskirts,” Afridi said.

Afridi had refused to comment on Saturday on who might be responsible for the initial shooting, saying the area was troubled by both sectarian unrest and attacks by Islamist militant groups.

Shi’ites account for about 20 per cent of Pakistan’s Sunni-dominated population. The two communities usually coexist peacefully, but more than 4000 people have died in outbreaks of sectarian violence since the late 1980s.

Attacks by Islamist extremists, meanwhile, have killed more than 3000 people since July 2007. Most attacks are blamed on the Pakistani Taliban. Source: SMH

AFP

Also Saturday, at least one person died and several others were wounded when gunmen opened fire on a procession in the northwestern town of Dera Ismail Khan, said Dr. Qutbuddin Khan, who works at a local hospital.

The participants, later, attacked a mosque, said police official Bashar Khan, adding that it triggered a clash between Barelvi and Deobandi Sunni sects, killing three more people. Some 26 more suffered wounds, he said.

Khan said troops imposed a curfew in the area. He added it was not clear who had attacked the procession.

The procession was marking Mulid an-Nabi, the anniversary of the birth of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. Source: AFP

Dawn’s report on the Faislabad attack

More than 25 people arrested after Faisalabad clashes
28 Feb, 2010


Pakistani protesters riot after gunmen opened fire on a religious procession marking Mulid an-Nabi in Faisalabad, Pakistan on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010. – AP

FAISALABAD: Six people were injured on Sunday and more than two dozen have been taken into custody in the past 24 hours following clashes in Faisalabad.

Three people were injured in incidents of firing in Ghulam Muhammadabad area of Faisalabad and three motorcycles were set ablaze this morning.

Given the situation, the DCO of Faisalabad said that Section 144 has been imposed in the city. Later, RPO Faisalabad Muhammad Tahir, Commissioner Tahir Hussain, DCO Saeed Iqbal and SSP Operations Sarfaraz Falki held a meeting with the representatives of various religious organisations to restore normalcy in the area.

Despite being in Faisalabad, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah and Home Secretary Nadeem Hassan Asif did not attend the meeting.

On Saturday, protestors set ablaze a police station and dozens of vehicles in the area following a clash between two groups, during an Eid Milad-un-Nabi procession.

The clash erupted after one of the groups opened fire on an Eid Milad-un-Nabi procession, leaving three people injured. Police had arrested around 15 people including the Khateeb of Goal Masjid, Zahid Mehmood Qasmi, on the charges of instigating people for rioting. Source: Dawn

The News

Clash enters 2nd day; section-144 imposed in Faisalabad
Updated at: 1305 PST, Sunday, February 28, 2010
FAISALABAD: Two warring factions once again Sunday entered clashes in Faisalabad, Geo News reported Sunday.

According to the initial reports, the exchange of fire between the two groups is in progress in Usmanabad area on Millat Road here.

Also, the infuriated people are going on rampage in the area.

Heavy contingents of police have been called in the area in view of tense situation in the area.

Also, the Section-144 has been imposed in the city. Source: The News

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  • In citing the above article, our fellow blogger at “There are no sunglasses weblog” has also highlighted another important dimension of the Faislabad attack:

    “Further digging reveals that the site of the ongoing confrontation is also the location where Taliban commander Mullah Abdus Salam was captured, leading to the conclusion that the violence is pay-back for potential spies who helped in his capture.

    The militants nabbed in that arrest and the ones which followed had grenades and maps of Imambargahs in Faisalabad, suggesting that Sipah and the Taliban were planning strikes upon Shias.”

    http://therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com/2010/02/28/the-non-story-of-sunni-on-sunni-violence-following-afghan-taliban-arrest/

    Here is the news item about the killing of terrorists in Faisalabad a few days ago:

    Two alleged terrorists killed in Faisalabad ‘encounter’
    by Ibn-e-Umeed on Feb 20th, 2010

    FAISALABAD: Two alleged terrorists, Dr Muhammad Umar Kundi of Layyah and Muhammad Adil alias Muavia, were killed in an encounter near the Hazara Hotel, adjacent to canal irrigation offices here on Friday while two of their accomplices, Ehsanullah and Muhammad Ali Khan (brothers) were arrested.

    Umar Kundi was a student of the Punjab Medical College and had been doing house job in Allied Hospital, Faisalabad, sometime back. The accused are reportedly involved in the Rawalpindi and Lahore bomb blasts and active supporters of Mullah Omar.

    They were also allegedly involved in many terrorism cases. The police have recovered eight hand-grenades, four pistols from their car when searched after the encounter and maps of Imambargahs in Faisalabad were also recovered from the car.

    It is reported that the special squad detailed for surveillance of the suspect terrorists continued watching the house of terrorists on Canal Road on January 26 and at last arrested four suspects from their house on January 28, including one Mullah Abdus Salam, who was on the list of top 10 wanted Taliban commanders.

    During interrogation, Mullah Abdus Salam reportedly disclosed the names of four alleged terrorists, who were intercepted by the police while two of them were killed in an encounter. According to another report received here, the law-enforcing agencies also conducted a raid on Jamia Madrassa Salfia in Satiana on Friday and nabbed three persons, Maulana Attique, Shabbir Ahmed and Muhammad Rafique. Sources said they were shifted to some unidentified location for interrogation.

    http://www.thestatesmen.net/news/two-alleged-terrorists-killed-in-faisalabad-%E2%80%98encounter%E2%80%99/

  • Questions Remain After Attack Wipes out Tehrik Leadership in Pakistan
    Publication: Terrorism Focus Volume: 3 Issue: 15April 18, 2006 02:44 PM Age: 4 yrs
    By: Chris Zambelis

    Despite an intense investigation into last week’s April 11 deadly Nishtar Park explosion in Karachi, and vague speculation as to the identities and agenda of the culprits, which could include al-Qaeda or other radicals, Pakistani security officials have yet to release any substantive details as to who may be responsible for the attack (Dawn, April 16). The deadly attack occurred during evening prayers on the day marking Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi (the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday) in an outdoor venue assembled in Karachi’s historic Nishtar Park especially for the event. The blast killed 47 and seriously injured over 100 more.

    The attendees and victims included influential Sunni Muslim clergy representing a number of different movements and other notables. Due to the presence of so many high-profile attendees, security was reported to be on high alert. Rauf Siddiqi, Sindh province home minister, said that security forces checked the stage before it was handed over to the organizers of the event and took other precautions based on the capabilities and resources of the security forces (Pak News, April 12). At the same time, he admitted that it was impossible to conduct a thorough screening of all of the attendees due to the large numbers. Instead, influential clergy attending the event and other key figures were provided personal police and security details (Dawn, April 16).

    So far, no individual or organization has claimed responsibility for the attack. Initial reports after the blast from witnesses at the scene suggested that the explosion appeared as if it came from a bomb placed under the stage where the clerics were leading prayers. Pakistani sources, however, are now confident that the attack was the work of a suicide bomber. An unidentified head at the scene of the blast may likely be that of the attacker since all of the rest of the victims have since been positively identified. Pakistani officials also believe that potentially critical evidence at the scene of the blast may have been destroyed following a period of intense rioting led by worshippers that erupted immediately following the attack (Dawn, April 16).

    High-profile victims of the attack included the entire senior leadership of the Sunni Tehrik (ST) along with leaders of the Jamaat-e-Ahle Sunnat, as well as Haji Hanif Billo, Maulana Abbas Qadri, Hafiz Muhammad Taqi and Iftikhar Bhatti. The ST is a religious and political organization and an offshoot of the Dawlat-e-Islami, which itself is an outgrowth of Jamaat-e-Ulema Pakistan Noorani Group (JUP-N). Like most Pakistanis, the ST follows the Barelvi school of Sunni Islam. It is also one of the most popular Sunni groups in Karachi and all of Sindh province. In a testament to the ST’s following and influence, its call for popular demonstrations and strikes in Karachi and elsewhere to protest the attacks and Islamabad’s alleged failure to protect the event won widespread support among its followers and rival Barelvi groups (The Nation, April 17).

    ST is also engaged in a struggle for adherents among fellow Sunni faithful with other groups over the control of mosques and schools and the ear of the provincial and central government. These disputes have led to small-scale violence in the past. Immediately after the attack, some ST activists accused the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), a major political rival, of being behind the blast despite a lack of evidence (Dawn, April 17). Yet Altaf Hussein, head of the MQM, condemned the attack in the strongest possible terms and called for unity in a statement on the organization’s official website (http://www.mqm.com).

    Radical Deobandi extremists, whose ideology helped inspire the Taliban in Afghanistan, have targeted the ST and Barelvi Muslims in the past. Deobandis see the ST and Barelvis in general as unrighteous heretics due to, among other reasons, the central role of Sufism (Islamic mysticism) in their faith and reverence for Islamic saints (The Nation, April 17).

    In May 2001, Maulana Saleem Qadri, the onetime leader of the ST, was kidnapped and murdered along with his nephew and brother-in-law by Deobandi extremists (The Nation, April 17). In another incident, the deadly May 2005 suicide bombing at the Bari Imam shrine in Islamabad, a place revered by Sunni Barelvi and Shiite Muslims alike, was likely an attempt to sow sectarian conflict and instability in Pakistan by Deobandi extremists or other radicals to undermine the hated regime of President Pervez Musharraf (al-Jazeera, May 27, 2005). Typically, it is Pakistan’s minority Shiite Muslim and Christian communities who bear the brunt of attacks against their places of worship, especially during holidays and other events. Sunnis are not as often targeted since they make up the vast majority of Pakistan’s population.

    According to Jahangir Mirza, Pakistan’s police inspector general for Sindh province, 12 alleged militants have been detained and are under interrogation. He also mentioned that Pakistani police and security officials are focusing on what he termed “jihadis” because of their role in similar attacks elsewhere in the country. Based on the testimony of one of the detainees, Pakistani officials are now expanding their investigation outside of Karachi and Sindh province in their hunt for the mastermind behind the attack (Daily Times, April 17). Mirza announced that the attack did not target any individual or a specific group but was instead intended to tarnish Pakistan’s image abroad and to kill innocent people (Dawn, April 17). Mirza, however, did not provide any evidence supporting this claim. In reality, the statement is likely an attempt to defuse simmering sectarian tensions and to create unity.

    Musharraf promised a high-level inquiry into the incident and said that the attackers would be caught quickly. At the same time, it is important to note that no major arrests have been made in connection with the March 2 car bombing against the U.S. Consulate in Karachi (Dawn, April 17; Terrorism Focus, March 7).

    http://www.jamestown.org/single/?no_cache=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=738

  • Six killed in sectarian clashes in Pakistan

    February 28th, 2010

    ISLAMABAD – Pakistan authorities Sunday clamped curfew on a town following sectarian clashes between rival Sunni groups that left at least six people dead and 16 injured.

    The clashes erupted Saturday when gunmen opened fire on a rally by the Brelvi sect of the Sunni Muslims to celebrate the birthday of Prophet Mohammad in Paharpur area of Dera Ismail Khan district.

    Following the incident, the angry crowd of Brelvi Muslims attacked a seminary of a Deobandi sect of Sunni Muslims, ensuing gunfights that continued for hours.

    Ihsan Ullah, a senior police officer, said four people died Saturday while two injured succumbed to their injuries Sunday morning. Sixteen more people were injured.

    The authorities imposed an indefinite curfew in various parts of the district while the police and paramilitary troops were patrolling the streets.

    The security forces have arrested around 100 members of both the groups.

    The similar clashes between Brelvi and Deobandi Muslims occurred in Faisalabad, a metropolitan in the eastern Punjab province Saturday and continued by Sunday midday.

    Six people were injured in the gun battles between the groups while the protesters set ablaze several vehicles and the building of a police station in Ghulam Muhammadabad area.

    Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik held emergency meetings with the leaders of the rival Sunni sects in the southern city of Karachi as an effort to stop the violence spreading to other parts of the country.

    http://calamities.gaeatimes.com/2010/02/28/six-killed-in-sectarian-clashes-in-pakistan-9942/

  • abdullah :
    Every shia is an iranian agent !

    But Iran was the first country which accepted Pakistan and if this is your logic then every Deobandi and Barelvi in Pakistan is an Indian Agent because their Madressahs [HQ] are in India.

  • Its not exactly indian , wahabis and deobandis are USA and british agent. Thier leader Ibn Saud has 8 illegal wives at one time between 1921-1929. So all his offsprings are haram which are basically the kings of saudi arabia. Also
    ibn Saud with the help of USA and british attacked Hijz and conquered all the Arabian with their help. And thus Arabia became Saudi-Arabia…..so who is whos agent!! Lanaat ullah allal Zalmeen.

  • Religious violence
    Dawn Editorial

    Monday, 01 Mar, 2010

    Religious holidays in the country are fast becoming marked by violence. Over the weekend, processions celebrating Eid Miladun Nabi in Faisalabad and D.I. Khan were attacked causing death, injuries and mayhem.

    Thankfully, the violence was quickly contained and did not rise to the level of terribleness that the country has unfortunately witnessed in recent times. Pakistanis hardly need reminding that the country is in the grip of religious intolerance and violence: the war against militancy has touched every corner of the country inflicting a terrible toll, and for a while certain areas were virtually ceded to the militants without a fight. But there is another, more insidious, religious poison that is spreading, largely unnoticed, across the country, and it is not quite as easy to explain as the territorial ambitions of the Taliban. That poison has pit Sunni against Shia, Deobandi against Barelvi, Muslim against religious minorities — and it defies easy categorisation. The only thing its various strands seem to have in common is a hatred for everything that is ‘different’, where ‘different’ is inevitably judged as an unacceptable deviation and therefore deserving of punishment, even death, in many instances.

    Invariably — perhaps suggesting where the cure must first begin — a steady diet of dogmatic preaching is to be found wherever such violence occurs. In Faisalabad, the khatib of a local mosque was arrested on charges of inciting people to violence. It will take great political will but such violent elements need to be purged from the mosques and madressahs, for without that it will not be possible to roll back the tide of hate that is threatening to engulf the country. Nor should it be viewed as some-thing that is impossible to do. After all, only a few years ago, processions such as those witnessed on Saturday were low-key and passed off peacefully.

    What is new is the sense of one-upmanship: each group wants to have a bigger and louder affair and is ever keen to rattle or taunt rival groups. In the event, the police and local administrations largely manage to do a good job and keep tensions to a minimum. But that is mere fire-fighting and ends up dealing with only the symptom and not the disease. The infrastructure of hate that has slowly taken hold at the grass-roots level is really what needs to be dismantled. Further delay in initiating that process will only cause the problem to grow in magnitude.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/14-religious-violence-130-zj-03

    Wounds
    The News Editorial

    Monday, March 01, 2010

    To our utter shame, Eid Milad-un-Nabi, the most auspicious of days on the Muslim calendar, saw the start of violence, death and destruction that wracked Faisalabad and DI Khan. Apart from the question of terrorism that thrives on the ability of man to inflict pain on man, sectarian differences and tensions have many a time shattered our dream of unity in diversity. These ancient wounds have never completely healed and politicians, both religious and otherwise, have a lot to answer for on this count. We note and regard as significant that the Punjab law minister, Rana Sanaullah, and the Punjab home secretary, Nadeem Hassan Asif, were present in Faisalabad during the worst of the violence — and that neither of them attended the meeting convened by the agencies of law and order to discuss how best to deal with it. What are a law minister and a home secretary supposed to do if they are not to support the civil power at times of greatest need? And does this add to the list of questions that need to be answered about the alleged affiliation of some of our politicians to banned or terrorist outfits? With our politicians behaving in this manner, what hope can we have of healing not just historical rifts but the recent wounds that we have suffered at the hands of terrorists?

    Terrorists and those inspired by their twisted logic have drunk deep at the fountain of sectarian divide in our country and they are hell-bent on killing any semblance of normalcy that we may be able to sprinkle our lives with. As if we were not horrified and aggrieved enough at what was happening in DI Khan and Faisalabad, in Karak a suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into a police station, killing five. Elsewhere there are continued attacks on schools. People are desperately attempting to resume normal life in Swat, Dir and other conflict-hit zones. Hotel owners make efforts to persuade tourists to return and music shop owners tentatively restock stores. The aftermath of violence though swirls all around, with the relatives of militants targeted for revenge according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, and with the Taliban acting to punish those they accuse of theft or other crime. How is this Hydra-headed monster of violence to be killed? Challenging the hold of obscurantism, tackling development issues and granting people access to opportunity are measures that must be taken. People, on their own, are attempting to find the calm rhythm needed in life and the militants are keeping up their efforts to prevent them from succeeding. The state can play a part in determining the outcome. It must not look on as a spectator. Unity must be promoted at all levels and solutions sought to the troubles that afflict us rather than rubbing salt into wounds old and new. We expect our lawmakers to be unifiers; this is an expectation that Messrs Sanaullah and Asif should pay heed to.

    http://thenews.jang.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=226580

    Editorial: Religious intolerance
    Daily Times

    An attack on Eid Milad-un-Nabi Barelvi processions in Faisalabad and D I Khan, retaliation by the participants and the subsequent damage to public and private property, loss of life and injuries have revealed that religious intolerance is seething just beneath the surface. In such incidents, the first suspicion is cast upon the opposing sect, who might normally have been assumed to be Shias in this case, but the Barelvi victims have accused the Deobandi groups in their respective areas.

    The occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi in Pakistan is usually marked by celebrations comprising lighting up of streets, model-making, na’at competitions and processions in all big cities. The Barelvis, more rooted in the culture of the Subcontinent and deeply influenced by Sufism, have always promoted the more human side of religion by spearheading celebrations of the birth of the Prophet (PBUH).

    Fun-starved youngsters make full use of the opportunity to give vent to their artistic skills and provide healthy entertainment to the general public. However, this has irked the conservative schools of Sunni Islam, notably the Deobandis, who had been campaigning before the occasion that celebrating the birth of the Prophet (PBUH) was a heresy because neither he nor his companions celebrated the event. The eruption of violence on such an insignificant issue between two Sunni denominations is an indicator of deep insecurities and a wish to impose one’s interpretation of religion on all others.

    It is a source of great concern that more people were injured in exchange of firing between the police and the rioters in D I Khan. In a tense situation like this, the police are expected to dexterously manage the situation to cool down sentiments, which otherwise may swirl out of control. Once riots start, they may not necessarily remain confined to their origin and may become an opportunity to vent other kinds of resentments. Occasions such as Ashura and Eid Milad-un-Nabi, when sentiments run high, provide a ripe opportunity for mischief-makers to ignite trouble and disrupt religious harmony. Masked men have been reported to have carried out sabotage activities on several occasions in the past to avoid being identified and arrested. In a fraught situation like this, the Punjab government appears to be in denial that there are extremist forces at work in Punjab, particularly Southern Punjab. Reluctance to adopt a clear policy against such outfits may ultimately land this government in deep trouble as a result of internecine violence among these groups, in which ordinary people are also caught in the crossfire.

    http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\03\02\story_2-3-2010_pg3_1

  • PML-N seems to be once again (consistent with its previous links with Osama Bin Laden) in unison with jihadi and sectarian terrorists:

    Here is an editorial in Daily Times:

    Closet Taliban?

    It is a matter of extreme concern that a provincial law minister has been seen pandering to a banned organisation’s senior leader. Rana Sanaullah, who happens to be Punjab’s Law Minister, either forgot his own designation during his recent visit to Jhang or was suffering from amnesia when he took Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) leader Maulana Muhammad Ahmed Ludhianvi on a ride in his car. He also visited the banned organisation’s madrassa. Is it not ironic that the law minister gave full protocol to a sectarian outfit’s leader, an organisation that has officially been banned by the government? Thus it was all but inevitable that there was an uproar over Rana Sanaullah giving official patronage to Ludhianvi in the National Assembly.

    Mr Sanaullah was on a by-election campaign for a provincial assembly seat in Jhang, but it cannot be said with certainty if he paid a visit to the seminary for electoral purposes or deep-rooted extremist linkages. Even if it was for purely electoral purposes, should the law minister have taken along a sectarian leader with him on an election campaign? According to a report, ‘Pakistan: The Militant Jihadi Challenge’ by the International Crisis Group published in 2009, “The recent upsurge of jihadi violence in Punjab…demonstrates the threat extremist Sunni-Deobandi groups pose to the Pakistani citizen and state…Punjab-based radical Deobandi groups like the SSP and its offshoot Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LJ) provide weapons, recruits, finances and other resources to Pakistani Taliban groups…The SSP and LJ are also al Qaeda’s principal allies in the region.” Being a provincial law minister, Rana Sanaullah should have all this information. He should take effective measures to curb extremism and sectarianism in Punjab. Instead he opted for hobnobbing with the leaders of such militant outfits. Some lawmakers from Punjab had raised this issue in the National Assembly last year as well, protesting that the activities of banned outfits in Jhang were going unchecked. Just last month, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed addressed a seminar in Lahore. The Punjab government needs to be reminded that the JuD is just a new name of the banned terror outfit, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT). In January 2002, General Musharraf banned some jihadi outfits and launched a crackdown, but it was a complete failure as most of these groups renamed themselves before the ink had even dried on the proscription papers. JuD is a classic example. To let its leader address a seminar in Lahore is a grave violation of the rule of law. The judiciary should also take note of this as the Indian government has accused Hafiz Saeed of masterminding the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008.

    The Punjab government has long been in denial over the presence of terror outfits in Punjab, particularly South Punjab. The audacity of the PML-N to call itself a ‘progressive’ party — at best, it is a centre-right party — when it is pursuing such policies should serve as a wake up call for the people of Pakistan. If we want to rid our country of extremist ideology, our lawmakers should set an example instead of giving official patronage to terror outfits. An appeal to the Punjab government: stop living in denial and take effective measures to make our country safe from extremist elements.

    http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=201031\story_1-3-2010_pg3_1

  • It seems that after targetting Shias in D.I. Khan, the Taliban and Sipah-e-Sahaba have now aimed their guns at Sunni Barelvis:

    ڈی آئی خان: مسلکی جھڑپیں، چھ ہلاک

    رفعت اللہ اورکزئی
    بی بی سی اردو ڈاٹ کام، پشاور

    کشدیگی کے سبب ڈیرہ اسمعیل خان کے کئی علاقوں میں کرفیو نافذ ہے

    صوبہ سرحد کے جنوبی ضلع ڈیرہ اسماعیل خان میں سنیچر کو عید میلادالنبی کے جلوس پر ہونے والے فائرنگ اور بعد میں سنی مسلک کے دو گروپوں کے مابین جھڑپوں میں ہلاک ہونے والے افراد کی تعداد چھ ہوگئی ہے جب کہ تیس کے قریب افراد زخمی ہیں۔

    ادھر دوسری طرف مقامی انتظامیہ نے علاقے میں کشیدگی کے باعث کرفیو نافذ کردیا ہے۔

    ڈی آئی خان پولیس کے ایک اہلکار نے بی بی سی کو بتایا ہے کہ گزشتہ روز ڈیرہ شہر سے تقریباً ساٹھ کلومیٹر دور ڈھکی شہر میں عید میلادالنبی کے جلوس پر فائرنگ کی گئی تھی جس میں ابتدائی طور پر ایک شخص ہلاک ہوگیا تھا۔

    انہوں نے بتایا کہ بعد میں سنی مسلک کے دو گروپوں کے مابین فائرنگ میں متعدد افراد زخمی ہوئے تھے جن میں پانچ افراد نے ہسپتال میں دم توڑ دیا ہے۔

    اہلکار نے مزید بتایا کہ اتوار کی صبح علاقے میں کشیدگی کے باعث مقامی انتظامیہ نےڈیرہ شہر اور ڈھکی میں کرفیو کر دیا ہے۔ ان جھڑپوں میں مشتعل افراد نے ایک مدرسے کو بھی مسمار کر دیا تھا۔ فائرنگ میں دو پولیس اہلکار بھی زخمی ہوئے تھے۔

    تاہم بعض ذرائع کا کہنا ہے کہ ایک مذہبی کالعدم تنظیم سے تعلق رکھنے والے چار افراد کی لاشیں ملی ہیں اور یہ لاشیں ڈیرہ لائی جا رہی ہیں جس کے باعث حکام نے علاقے میں پہلے سے کرفیو کر دیا ہے۔

    ان شدت پسندوں کا تعلق ڈیرہ اسمعیل خان سے بتایا جاتا ہے۔ مقامی لوگوں کا کہنا ہے کہ ان افراد کو چندماہ قبل ڈیرہ سے گرفتار کیا گیا تھا۔ تاہم یہ معلوم نہیں ہوسکا کہ ان شدت پسندوں کی لاشیں کہاں سے ملی ہے ۔

    خیال رہے کہ ڈیرہ اسمعیل خان صوبہ سرحد کا ایک انتہائی حساس ضلع سمجھا جاتا ہے۔ ماضی میں اس علاقے میں متعدد بار فرقہ وارانہ فسادات ہوچکے ہیں جس میں بڑے پیمانے پر ہلاکتیں ہوئی تھیں. تاہم یہ پہلی مرتبہ ہے کہ سنی مسلک کے دوگروپوں کے مابین جھڑپ ہوئی ہے۔

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2010/02/100228_dera_tention_sz.shtml

  • The heading says it all. Terrorists are now exploiting our week points and trying to create a sectarian tension by causing mayhem in the holy rituals of any faith. We must stand united and fight this group of psychotic individuals with the zeal to repeal any effort by them to segregate us.

  • Shia’s are a greater threat to islam than judaism could ever hope to be – kafir , kafir , shia kafir !

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    Warning to Mr Abdullah by the Administrator of LUBP

    This is not an appropriate forum for sectarian bashing. You are welcome to present your arguments in a civilised manner, consistent with the topic of the thread.

  • Don’t forget about the anti-Berelvi campaign in Bara——-“Haji Namdar was a local extremist, who had been unexpectedly returned from Saudi Arabia, where he had been indoctrinated for the last ten years by Wahabi instructors. He returned to Bara, which has a large Shia minority, where he became outraged that new roads and power lines had carried “sin,” according to the Wahabi definition, into his hometown. He set-up his own religious police force after the Saudi model, “Suppression of Vice and the Promotion of Virtue,” and began administering Saudi justice.
    He also started a pirate FM station, where he denounced local sinners. He began to agitate against Sunni sinners, as well, in particular, the Berelvi-Sunnis. He agitated the local Berelvis to the point where he thought he needed help, motivating him to bring in radical firebrand, Mufti Munir Shakir, who was just being run-out of Hangu, because of an anti-Shia bombing inspired by his preaching.
    Mufti Shakir started his own radio war against local Berelvi leader Pir Saifur Rahman. Both sides raised their own armies, before another bomb in a local mosque forced the expulsion of both men. Mufti Shakir’s army, Lashkar-e-Islami (LI), was turned over to another extremist leader, Mangal Bagh, before he left. Bagh continues the religious policing duties transferred to him.” ( Waging War Upon Ourselves ) http://therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com/2009/10/31/waging-war-upon-ourselves/

  • @Peter Chamberlin Thank you for pointing to the anti-Barelvi campaign in Bara.

    In the words of Rahmiullah Yusufzai, a senior analyst at The News:

    “Another worry is the sectarian strife involving followers of different Sunni schools of though, such as Deobandis and Barelvis, instead of the usual Sunni-Shia feuds. This happened in Dera Ismail Khan during Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi celebrations on February 28 when a procession of one Sunni sub-sect was attacked by another. It triggered violence that eventually drew the security forces and the police and led to clashes claiming seven lives and causing injuries to 23 people. Curfew had to be clamped for a while in Dera Ismail Khan and mass arrests were made to prevent the violence from spreading, more so in view of reports that violence linked to Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi celebrations had taken place in Sargodha, Faisalabad and Toba Tek Singh in Punjab.

    Dera Ismail Khan was known for its occasional Sunni-Shia riots and there was a sigh of relief this year that Moharram and Ashura passed peacefully throughout the province. But one didn’t reckon that Sunni sub-sects would start fighting each other in a small place like Dera Ismail Khan’s Dhaki village, famous for its delicious dates and until now not known as a tension trouble-spot. ”

    Yet, consistent with the ISI’s sponsored Saudi ideology, Yusufzai offers a suggestion particularly affecting Barelvis’ and Shias’ religious processions in Rabiul Awwal and Muharram respectively:

    “The faithful and their ulema of all sects need to consider the possibility of limiting religious processions in these dangerous times when a slight provocation can cause violence and result in death and destruction due to the use of sophisticated weapons and explosives. Such public display of religious sentiment as large processions walk through congested bazaars is a tempting target for militants and agents seeking to destabilise Pakistan at the behest of its enemies.”

    http://thenews.jang.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=226772

  • I thick we should talk on realism; I have few question for all of you that will clarify the situation; Here I am quoting my own answers for which I am responsible for each and every word even alphabet. I have a huge collection of evidences for all I am answering here, AND PLEASE DONOT HESISTATE IF NEED ANY PROOF/EVIDENCE, but please comment first;
    1. Can some Muslim come in Milad procession with guns?
    Answer: NO
    2. Whether Sunni Bralvis ever did such activity in Milad procession in past?
    Answer: VERY RARE
    3. Whether Deobandis ever did such activities IN Milad procession in past?
    Answer: VARIOUS TIMES ESPACILLAY IN KARACHI
    4. If yes, either it was attack or counterattack?
    Answer: IT WAS ALYAWS ATTCK
    5. What are beliefs of deoband about celebrating Milad?
    ANSWER: According to deoband Ulama, Celebrating Milad-un-Nabi is similar to that of Hindu’s celebration on birth of their “Kanhia”. Milad Sharif, Mairaj Sharif, Urs Sharif, Soyam, Chehlum, Fatiha Khwani and Isal-e-Sawab all are unlawful, wrong and method of Kuffar and Hindus.

    (Please stop spreading wrong information by commenting without data)

  • These deobandis have nothing to prove their acts and teachings according to Islam, thats why they have started attacking Sunnis and Shias both.
    All Pakistanis should jointly fight against these terrorists on all forums..
    jamate islami, sipah sahaba, tablighi jamat, lashkar jhangwi all are terrorists and all are deobandi..
    InshaAllah we will never stop celebrating Milad-un-Nabi.. Molana Abbas Qadri shaheed has taught us that never be afraid of these deobandi terrorists.. they are just in minority and they are Munafik

  • @asad Please note this is not an appropriate forum for sectarian bashing. We in our dear country as well as on our dear blog (LUBP) have people of different religious beliefs including but not limited to Sunni, Shia, Deobandi, Barlevi, Ahl-e-Hadith, Christian and Hindu affiliations.

    We condemn all forms of terrorism unconditionally notwithstanding any ethnic or religious affiliation.

    To stereotype all Deobandis and Salafis (or another religious group) as terrorists is a wrong practice. Our fight is against extremism which may be found (and is found) in all religions and sects, unfortunately.

  • I think that the real danger to Pakistan has come from the Deobandi-Taliban, the so-called “Punjabi Taliban.” The Punjabi Taliban absorbed many of the MQM-H terrorists who fled Karachi. Lashkar Jhangvi is the bloody hand of Sipah e-Sahaba and the Pakistani-Taliban is the bloody hand of Jhangvi. Qari Zafar led the sectarian LEJ as they carried-out a series of Berelvi and Shia procession attacks, and he gained influence with the Mehsuds from Wana and used Hakeemullah to hit the Shias in Hangu and the Berelvis in Bara. In the past, Musharraf and Zia used or manipulated all of these groups to maintain the dictatorship. The big question for Pakistanis is–how much is this policy still being followed today? Are today’s sectarian attacks to be interpreted as they were in the past, as the visible signs of the operations of the secret government of Pakistan (ISI)?

  • At least some of the terrorists involved in the D.I. Khan terrorism are now killed by the security forces. Here is a news item by Jafaria News:

    Outlawed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi top terrorists killed by Armed forces in Kohat
    Written by jafarianews on March 3, 2010 under Articles, jafaria news.

    Sources in Kohat Police informed that the government forces were killed 34 Taliban terrorist in the operation against terrorists in Dera Adam Khail in the suburbs of Kohat city.
    According to the Shiite News, Three terrorists were identified as the members of the outlawed terrorist organization Laskhar-e-Jhangvi an armed wing of terrorist organization of banned Sepah-e -Sahaba.
    The terrorists were identified as Abdul Rauf Baloch alias Mama Raufa, Abdul Latif alias Colonel Tofan and Azeem Mazvia, all the three terrorists have belonged from Dera Ismail Khan, most violent city of the NWFP province of Pakistan.
    These terrorists were involved in the suicide attacks, bomb blasts and target killings incidents against the Shiite community of Dera Ismail Khan, which claims thousands of lives of innocent Shia’s of D.I.Khan.
    The terrorists of outlawed organization had also involved in the suicide attempt on Pakistan Muslim League Shia Member of National Assembly Rasheed Nawani at his residence Bhakkar.
    It may be noted here that the Armed forces of the country has been started an operation against the Taliban terrorists in Kohat city to prevent the area from the heinous activities of the terrorists.
    Though the killing of top three Wahabi terrorists were the disaster for the terrorist network in the NWFP province but there is a need to initiate comprehensive army operation against the terrorists of outlawed organizations at grass-root level to prevent the life of Pakistani citizens.
    People of the Dera Ismail Khan demanded of the Government to immediately arrest the Khalifa Abdul Qayum, the main supporter of terrorists in Dera Ismail Khan for the lasting peace of the city.
    This is important to mention here that these terrorists group led by Khalifa Abdul Qayum was also involved in the attack on Milad-un-Nabi (SAWW) holy procession in Dera Ismail Khan, which shows his heinous desires.

    http://jafarianews.com/en/?p=3872

  • The role played — or not played — by police in fuelling religiously motivated violence needs urgent scrutiny, and should be one of the main drivers of institutional reform.

    Recently, it was revealed that local police had fair warning of a sectarian attack that occurred in Faisalabad last month when an Eid Miladun Nabi procession was fired on, leaving four injured, and leading to protests in which a mosque and police station were vandalised. Sadly, the eruption of violence had come as no surprise to the residents of the city’s Ghulam Muhammadabad neighbourhood.

    Before the firing incident, the prayer leader of the Gol Mosque, Zahid Mahmood Qasmi, had announced in his sermons as well as through correspondence that his congregation would halt the religious procession by any means. On Feb 22, Qasmi even had the gall to pre-emptively justify participating in sectarian violence: in a letter to the city police officer, he alleged that participants in the same procession had provoked him a year before (a subsequent police investigation confirmed these allegations to be baseless). Despite being in possession of a written testimony stating that a sectarian attack was imminent, the local police did nothing. One week before the incident, the police were able to identify the perpetrator and location of the attack and yet they could not prevent the assault. In this scenario, the word ‘negligence’ seems like an acute understatement.

    Unfortunately, such police inaction has become the rule, rather than the exception, in the context of sectarian violence. In Gojra, too, after seven members of the Christian community had been burned alive in religiously motivated August last year, the local community demanded that the police be held accountable for negligence.

    A six-hour-long sit-in by local Christians ended only when the names of the district police officer and district coordination officer were included in the FIR. The Asian Human Rights Commission reported that anti-Christian sentiment had been broadcast over the loudspeakers of mosques — many of which are within hearing range of police stations — for two days before the riot. At the time, the spokesperson of the Pakistan Christian National Party repeatedly asked, “Did the officials at the nearby police station not hear inflammatory speeches of clerics? Why did police not take timely action to stop them?”

    The fact is, most religiously motivated attacks are preceded by virulent hate-mongering and incitements to violence. No organ of the state is better situated than the police to identify, report and investigate the hate speech that stirs sectarianism. After all, with a little due diligence the Faisalabad police could have detained Qasmi under Article 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act for inciting his congregation to violence and threatening procession participants.

    For police to proactively and pre-emptively address sectarian threats, stemming from intolerance at the grassroots level has to be prioritised within their mandate. This can only be achieved through mandatory and rigorous police training. It would be naïve to think that police officials in places such as Gojra and Dera Ismail Khan can easily identify hate speech as a criminal activity and cause of sectarian outbreaks; many probably hold the same intolerant and prejudiced views against religious minorities as the perpetrators of violence.

    No pre-emptive action
    By Huma Yusuf
    Sunday, 28 Mar, 2010
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/huma-yusuf-no-preemptive-action-830

  • All my brothers, I am a deobandi. I just have humble request that this is not the time to fight and there is no reason to do that. My brothers, Hindus, Jews and christians are getting united against muslims. They are attacking whole muslim world. So please respect each other sects. I say that i respect brelvi sect teachings, i respect all oliya-e-karam and buzargan-e-deen. I respect shia muslim. They are our neighbor, we live side by side in our cities. I have one request to shia brothers please don’t tease other muslims by abusing those sahaba that other sects considered the great and respectful.

  • […] It’s a fact that militants such as JuD (radical Salafis-Wahhabis) and SSP (radical Deobandis) do not celebrate the Eid Milad-un-Nabi (pbuh) and deem it fit to attack the Sunni and Shia Muslims celebrating the Milad. Last year, at least eight people died in February 2010 when SSP-LeJ-Taliban and JuD-LeT terrorists attacked the Eid Milad processions in D.I.Khan and Faisalabad. Here is the link to the news reports: http://criticalppp.com/archives/6484 […]

  • Pakistan needs to get rid of Wahabbis and Deobandis, please don’t call them Sunnis, Sunnis celebrate Mawlid (Meelad) of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Wahabbi/Deobandi Taliban minded people don’t and they are very few by the way, these Wahabbis.

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