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Shame on PPP govt for rewarding Lal Masjid terrorists: Jamia Hafsa allotted 40 times larger land than the original site

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We express our deepest displeasure on the federal government’s decision to reward the pro-Taliban, pro-Sipah-e-Sahaba religious extremists of Islamabad’s Lal Masjid (Red Mosque). According to news reports, Interior Minister Rehman Malik has agreed to reconstruct the Deobandi-Wahhabi women seminary on a very large piece of land in H-8, a sector reserved for educational institutes.

Openly sympathetic to the Taliban, Sipah-e-Sahaba and Al Qaeda, the two cleric brothers who head Lal Masjid, Maulana Abdul Aziz and Maulana Abdur Rashid Ghazi (now deceased), attracted a core of banned militant organizations around them. These include the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Jaish-e-Muhammad, considered to be the pioneer of suicide bombings in the region. The Lal Masjid/Jamia Hafsa clerics openly defied the state. On Jan 21, 2007, baton wielding burqa-clad students of the Jamia Hafsa, the women’s Islamic university located next to Lal Masjid, were forcibly occupied a government building, the Children’s Library. In one of their many forays outside the seminary, this burqa brigade swooped upon a house, which they claimed was a brothel, and kidnapped 3 women and a baby. (Source)

The PPP’s policy of appeasing the religious extremists has never worked in the past (e.g., ZAB’s appeasement of mullahs which resulted in cruel de-Islamization of Ahmadiyya Muslims in clear violation of their basic human rights), nor is it likely to do any good this time around. We condemn the federal government’s decision to allocate 20 Kanal of lands to religious extremists which will most probably serve not only as a future hideout for religious extremists but will also enable the production of hundreds of brainwashed suicide bombers. We also condemn the clandestine role played by Ijaz-ul-Haq, Bahria Town’s Malik Riaz and ISI’s General Pasha in drafting such resolution of the so called Jamia Hafsa dispute.

Jamia Hafsa rises again

ISLAMABAD: Lal Masjid’s firebrand clerics on Thursday accepted a government offer of 20 kanals of land in Sector H-11/4 for rebuilding Jamia Hafsa, averting a feared clash reminiscent of the bloody standoff between the two sides in July 2007 that saw the seminary for girls razed to ground. This alternate site measuring 10,000 square yards is 40 times larger than the original site of Jamia Hafsa adjacent to Lal Masjid.

“An agreement has been signed by me and my wife Majida Younus alias Umm-i-Hissan, with Chief Commissioner Islamabad Tariq Mehmood Pirzada,” announced the administrator of Lal Masjid Maulana Abdul Aziz in a press conference held in the mosque.

The agreement binds the Lal Masjid administration not to use the 250 square yards plot on which the original seminary stood for any purpose other than offering prayers.

The sources said that the issue was resolved on the intervention of Interior Minister Rehman Malik on the instructions from the President’s House to accommodate demands of Lal Masjid chief cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz. The new development was confirmed by Maulana Aziz who said that he had received a phone call from the interior minister last Friday assuring his full cooperation in reconstructing the seminary (Source).

During Friday sermon on December 16, Maulana Aziz announced his decision to reconstruct the building at its previous site and invited people to the foundation-laying ceremony on December 23.

It has been learnt that earlier the clerics had demanded that the government should allocate 40 kanals for the seminary in sector H-8 and also construct the building.

However, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Amer Ali Ahmed and his team continued holding talks with the clerics and convinced them to accept the alternate plot in sector H-11, which has already been allocated for educational institutions; adding the government would not bear the cost of the construction.

At the press conference, Maulana Aziz rejected the impression that there was any confrontation between the government and the Lal Masjid administration.

“We are satisfied with the new location because there the Capital Development Authority permits us to construct a nine-storey building for Jamia Hafsa,” he said.

Responding a question, he rejected the impression that he and his followers had backed out from their previous stance of ‘enforcement of Shariah’, adding: “At present, we are concentrating on rebuilding of Jamia Hafsa.”

He said those who were criticising them for having an underhand deal with the government never realised the problems being faced by about 4,000 students of Jamia Hafsa due to lack of a building.

He could not give a satisfactory reply when asked why Lal Masjid administration had so far not filed an application for registration of an FIR against former president Gen Pervez Musharraf for the 2007 operation, saying: “The issue of martyrs is separate from our problems.”

Asked why the plot had been allotted in his name instead of a trust, Maulana Aziz said: “As I am the in-charge of the mosque and seminary, it was allotted in my name but I have dedicated it to my students and followers.” (Source)

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  • This molvi fulfilled his promise:

    I will rebuild Jamia Hafsa: Abdul Aziz
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    SALMAN ABBAS Saturday, 17 Dec 2011 1:19 am | Comments (11)

    ISLAMABAD – The Lal Masjid controversy may once again hit the capital as Abdul Aziz, the firebrand chief cleric of the mosque, announced on Friday that he would lay the foundation stone of Jamia Hafsa next Friday in defiance of the resistance shown by the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration. “If the local administration is not ready to reconstruct Jamia Hafsa, we will take the initiative on our own,” said Aziz. “I will lay the foundation stone of Jamia Hafza next Friday.”
    The previous foundation stone of the seminary was laid down by Abdul Aziz’s father Maulana Abdullah in 1992. Jamia Hafsa was built on land said to be owned by the madrassa’s administration, and was affiliated with the adjoining Lal Masjid.
    But the oldest mosque of the capital become controversial in April 2007 when Abdul Aziz announced that a ‘qazi’ court composed of 10 Lal Masjid muftis would thenceforth enforce Shariah law over the area under its control, and threatened suicide attacks by his followers in the country in the event of government intervention.
    Upon pressure from the government at the time, the governing body of seminaries suspended the membership of Jamia Hafsa – a seminary for girls and women – as its rebel attitude continued. Several incidents such as the abduction of Chinese nationals, policemen and alleged brothel owners by the seminary’s students later resulted in the bloody Lal Masjid operation by the security forces, which cleared the mosque and the madrassa compound, the occupants of which had taken up arms.
    Abdul Aziz was caught fleeing disguised as a woman in a burqa during the siege of the mosque complex. His brother, Abdul Rasheed Ghazi, refused all peace overtures and negotiation efforts and continued to fight, and was killed when commandos stormed the complex. Jamia Hafsa was destroyed after the operation.
    Later, a petition seeking the reconstruction of Jamia Hafsa was filed in the Supreme Court and the court ordered the authorities concerned to reconstruct the seminary. Aziz alleged that despite court orders, the local administration seemed reluctant to reconstruct the madrassa. “NATO supply has been closed, the dictator is no more in power, everything has been changing in the country so I also decided to reconstruct Jamia Hafsa because the students need it,” Aziz said. Lal Masjid’s deputy cleric Amir Siddique told Pakistan Today that the ICT administration had its reservations with the reconstruction of Jamia Hafsa, so it was trying to stop it.
    A senior ICT official, seeking anonymity, told Pakistan Today that some solid deals were required for the reconstruction of Jamia Hafsa for which Abdul Aziz had not consulted the administration. “We are not defying any court orders, we are ready to obey court orders but no one has forgotten history,” he added

    http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2011/12/i-will-rebuild-jamia-hafsa-abdul-aziz/

  • Maulana Aziz told the Tribune that the capital administration had accepted all of his demands without any ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’. He thanked Interior Minister Rehman Malik and real estate tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain for their cooperation in resolving the matter. “We are happy because the land was allotted near the graveyard of those killed in the military operation in sector H-11/4,” he said.
    The agreement read, “both parties have agreed to use the entire land including 250.56 square yards previously in use of Jamia Hafsa … as solely prayer ground of Markazi Jamia Masjid (Lal Masjid)… This land shall not be used for any other purpose, institutional or residential.”
    “Following the directions of Interior Minister, Capital Development Authority (CDA) has allocated two and half acres land for the purpose in sector H-11/4,” Ahmad said.
    The civic agency, however, expressed ignorance about the development.
    CDA spokesperson Ramzan Sajid said, “We (CDA) have not been intimated by the city administration or any other quarter of the government.” He said that the vacant plot near Lal Masjid belonged to the education ministry as per the CDA record.
    Meanwhile, the deputy commissioner said that CDA’s planning department director-general (DG) was aware of the development and he personally visited the site.
    The capital’s Chief Commissioner, Inspector General of police and DC held a series of meetings with Lal Masjid management and finalised the agreement.
    “Maulana Aziz wanted to get land in Sector H-8 but the desired plot was not available there,” the DC said.
    He said that the mosque management withdrew all other demands after getting the desired plot.
    Maulana Aziz said that there was only one demand: to reconstruct Jamia Hafsa, and the administration fulfilled its promise a day before expiration of the deadline set by the cleric last Friday.
    Responding to a question, Maulana Aziz said the interior ministry allocated land and CDA has no issue with it.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/313883/jamia-hafsa-gets-new-site-capital-admin-caves-in-to-lal-masjid-clerics-demands/

  • PPP is alienating even it’s most staunch supporters now. They need to get rid of Babar Awan and Rehman Malik. We have faith in the President and the old leadership, but this time I feel alienated from the party, there are many flaws in the party that will harm its reputation, not withstanding all the propaganda in the media. But we as supporters of PPP want a clear stance on such issues, and do not want the party hijacked by incompetent opportunists like Babar Awan and Rehman Malik, the only reason I feel that they exist in the party is that they might be a part of some baggage sort of deal. Zulfiqar Mirza’s blast on the two above mentioned people indicates that there is something wrong in their appointment, that is if Zulfiqar Mirza is a pawn in the game of Zardari. Having said this I reiterate that I have full confidence in the leadership, but there is a strong feeling that something is not right. Yes we know that PPP has had to rule in pretty difficult circumstances, but we expect our leadership to counter such moves and free us, that is the reason we vote for them. Or else if things go on this way than voting would only be a matter of voting the good not the best. I hope PPP realizes its weaknesses and tries to overcome them.

  • Andul Nishapuri

    I think you should resign your membership of PPP and change the name of this forum and if you do not do so then shame on you as well.

  • @Anyname

    I am not a PPP member. You may wish to think about what we mean by the Critical Supporters of the PPP.

  • Abdul Nishapuri

    Please review all the the threads since inception of your forum and tell me if there is a single thread you could claim to be related to Building of Pakistan. You have your memebrs like Hasan whose main objective of life seems to be posting links which are anti-Pakistan and then you have members like Javedsheikh who cannot find an iota in favour of Pakistan and you call it “Let us Build Pakistan”. I have no further questions.

    If you were a Critical Supporter of PPP as you call it, why not a single article against the corrupt and incompetent PPP Government?

    I will let you ponder over it.

  • Anyname

    @ you are confused person …you even dont know what you mean by criticizing this excellent post from Abdul…i think you are simply appeasing your masters..shame on you…

  • anyname..
    U r absolutely right.i hv nt seen a single post here which can be attributed a contribution toward better pakistan.this mr.abdul nishapuri i think he is qadyani becoz i his post he has called them muslims…so what can u expect from a qadyani mother fucker…?yes nishapuri u r absolutely damn son of a bitch along with ur party that is here for only praising u in there comments…
    Sipah-e-Sahaba….Zindabad

  • shia the illegal sons of mutaa and their qadiani brothers are very angry on lal mosques rebuilding…keep burning you kufar..islam is to succeed and here to stay!you kufar will be erased by allah inshalah