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Begging Taliban for mercy: Shahbaz Sharif is loyal to Punjab at Pakistan’s expense?

Related articles: The Punjabi Taliban and the Ostrich of Punjab: Shahbaz Sharif

The umbilical connection between PML-N and religious conservatism: Jaag Punjabi jaag – by Aamer Ahmed Khan

Shahbaz Sharif’s bargain with the Taliban – by Ayesha Siddiqa

According to an official press release at the PML-N’s official website, Shahbaz Sharif identifies a number of commonalities between Taliban and PML-N, i.e., opposition to foreign dictation, stance against General Musharraf, and strong position against Kerry-Lugar Bill.

LAHORE, Mar 14: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said Sunday that Pakistan Muslim League-N had refused to accept the external dictation and stood strong before Musharraf.

“If this is the stance of Taliban, then they should not carry out terrorism in Punjab,” Shahbaz said this while speaking at Mufti Muhammad Hussain Naeemi seminar in Jamia Naeemia Garhishah.

“We have no clash with the United States, but our party took a strong position against Kerry-Lugar Bill,” he said.

The Parliament should be given time to perform, he said, urging the nation to adopt a common agenda to move forward.

Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman and senior journalist Hamid Mir also addressed the participants.

They slammed both major parties for having support of banned outfits to win by-election in Jhang and Bahawalnagar.

In essence, Shahbaz Sharif seems to plead that instead of targeting Punjab, where right wing PML-N rules, Taliban terrorist should better target other provinces (e.g. Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Balochistan etc) where ruling governments of PPP, ANP, and MQM are explicitly against the Taliban’s jihadi and sectarian agenda.

Shafiq Awan offers an excellent analysis in Daily Times today, also questioning the level of security provided to the people of Punjab by the PML-N’s government:

Shahbaz is loyal to Punjab at Pakistan’s expense

By Shafiq Awan
Source: Daily Times

We appreciate Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s late night visit to a number of bomb-stricken areas in Allama Iqbal Town, a move that boosted Lahori spirits against terrorism.

There is no doubt that such visits by a high-profile personality, at a time when the city was under the grip of terror, invigorates public valor. Our political contingent is determined to rid of the menace of extremism, but this aim cannot be achieved without an effective administration.

The CM’s appeal, asking the Taliban not to target Punjab, since both the terrorist group and the provincial government have the same views over foreign dictation has shocked many. I believe his statement will lead to further controversy and that Sindh and NWFP should have serious reservation over it. His love for Punjab cannot be doubted, but shouldn’t he be making an appeal for the safety of the entire country?

The residents of Iqbal Town were still mourning the loss of 75 of their loved ones who were lost in the Moon Market blast in December 2009, while the recent wave of terror has further shaken their confidence in law enforcement agencies. What were out law enforcement agencies doing when the terrorists struck our citizens? Where were our Patrolling Police, Muhafiz Force, Quick Response Force, Mujahid Squad, Elite force? Where were those responsible for protecting the masses?

After the RA Bazaar blasts and the first two explosions in Iqbal Town, law enforcers should have become extra vigilant. Iqbal Town Circle Superintendent of Police Nasir Iqbal Rizvi stubbornly repeated that the Iqbal Town blasts were low-intensity and triggered by home made “crackers”, but the Bomb Disposal Squad refuted the claim and declared that the series of blasts were carried out using time device.

How can a home-made “cracker” so badly damage a car? One couldn’t help but notice how all the nameplates outside police officers’ residences were removed following the Iqbal Town blasts.

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  • It is just like emptying our own garbage bin in front of our immediate neighbor’s home and say ‘that’s not my problem’. When the garbage pile increases to a bigger heap and smells out, it becomes a problem for the whole neighborhood, INCLUDING THE PERSON WHO INITIATED THE FIRST PROCESS.

    If PMLN thinks, that chanting slogans of solidarity with extremists and cultivating such factors to find some political favors from a DISEASE, then they must have forgotten the recent history OR there must be a bigger filthy plan of controlling such elements for political success, nationally or internationally. In politics, parties use to keep PET hoodlums or bullyboys to control various threats against them during their political life. Currently the biggest bully or awesome factor is the extremist and their banned status, so PMLN is shaking hands with them. The disease of extremism was created and nurtured by the creator of PMLN, so these two factors are pretty much acquainted to each other since quite a long time.

    But again they are or who ever is trying to get political favors from these elements, is ignoring the above example yet again, that the garbage pile will smell out and the disease would swallow up them as well.

  • this is the most pathetic statement you can ever imagine from a so-called ‘political leader’. Its also shows their understanding of the things.
    its simply saying that “dont attack Punjab as we are with you, if you really want to attack go and attack somewhere else i.e Sindh, Pakhtunkhawa, Baluchsitan or Afghanistan because they are against you. we share the same spiritual father and forefathers i.e zia, hameed gul, maudoodi etc.”

    its bloody shameful.

  • In her excellent post on this topic, Rbia Shakoor makes two useful observations:

    1. He (Shahbaz Sharif) does raise an interesting point – why would Punjabi militants choose this point in time to attack Lahore when the PML-N government has been publicly reaching out to to the Sipah-e-Sahaba leadership; assisting in the removal of several Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat members from the fourth schedule, etc? It’s possible that the Sipah-e-Sahaba leadership that is getting closer to PML-N (Ahmed Ludhianvi) doesn’t have much control over more hardline elements of the “Punjabi Taliban” like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. [It’s been suggested the the recent round of bombings in Lahore have been to avenge the death of Qari Zafar the leader of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi by a US drone strike.]

    2. PML-N’s recent decision to renew ties with Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (new name of Sipah-e-Sahaba) leadership actually makes sense politically on a larger scale than just Jhang politics – the more powerbrokers that PML-N makes friends with (the Supreme Court, the Lahore High Court, Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat), the more difficult it would be for the military to disrupt any future set-ups if and when the PML-N comes to power in the centre.

  • Excellent points by Rabia.

    Regarding the second point, perhaps this is what the PML-N is trying to convey to the (dominant, right wing) establishment:

    We are with you on all the core issues, i.e., separating good Taliban from bad Taliban, Kerry Lugar Bill, ghairat, Islam under threat, Pakistan under threat etc.

    We are also with you through our tacit support for jihadi and sectarian groups.

    Our only issue is with General Musharraf who dislodged our democratic government. Other than that, we don’t have any differences with Pakistan Army at all. We are on the same note, in entirety.

  • shame on you PML(N) . it’s disgusting to call you Pakistan Muslim League.Better change your name to Maffi Taliban Party!
    Mafia Taliban Part!
    someone else might come up with more of suitable name for you!

  • Shikwah and jawab shikwah by Shahbaz Sharif (PML-N) and Qari Hussain (Sipah-e-Sahaba / Taliban):

    مسلم لیگ نون کے رہنما اور پنجاب کے وزیر اعلیْ شہباز شریف نے کہا کہ اگر طالبان اغیار کے تسلط کے خلاف ہیں تو انہیں پنجاب میں حملہ نہیں کرنے چاہیں۔

    اتوار کو لاہور میں جامعہ نعیمیہ میں ایک سیمینار سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے شہباز شریف نے کہا کہ اگر طالبان کا یہ نکتہ نظر یا موقف ہے کہ وہ اغیار کے پاکستان پر تسلط اور ڈکٹیشن کے خلاف ہیں تو پھر انہیں پنجاب میں ایسی حرکتیں نہیں کرنی چاہئیں۔

    کالعدم تحریک طالبان پاکستان کے اہم کمانڈر قاری حسین نے لاہور میں گزشتہ دنوں دو خودکش حملوں کی ذمہ داری قبول کرتے ہوئے اسے فیصل آباد میں ان کے ایک سرکردہ ساتھی ڈاکٹر عمر کنڈی کی سکیورٹی فورسز کے ہاتھوں ہلاکت کا انتقام قرار دیا ہے۔

    پشتو زبان میں جاری اپنے ایک ریکارڈڈ پیغام میں قاری حسین جنہیں خودکش حملہ آوروں کے سربراہ بھی قرار دیا جاتا ہے الزام تھا کہ حکومت نے ان کے ساتھی پر بہت ظلم کیا اور انہیں مبینہ طور پر بیدردی سے مارا۔

    اس سے قبل بی بی سی کو موصول ہونے والے ایک تحریری پیغام میں لشکر جھنگوی (العالمی) نے بھی خودکش حملوں کی ذمہ داری قبول کی تھی۔ انہوں نے ان حملوں کی وجہ ڈرون حملوں اور قبائلی علاقوں میں جاری فوجی کارروائی کے علاوہ جیل میں قیدیوں پر مظالم بتایا تھا۔ تاہم قاری حسین کے بیان میں قیدیوں پر مظالم والی باتحملوں کی بڑی وجہ دکھائی دے رہی ہے۔

    ہلاک ہونے والے مذکورہ شخص کے بارے میں قاری حسین نے بتایا کہ ان کی عرفیت معاذ تھی جب کہ اصلی نام ڈاکٹر عمر کنڈی تھا۔ ’وہ ہمارا قیمتی ساتھی تھا۔ اس کے بدلے میں ہم نے لاہور کے حملے کیے ہیں اور اپنے شہید کا انتقام لے لیا ہے‘۔

    قاری حسین نے حکومت پاکستان خصوصی طور پر فیصل آباد کی انتظامیہ کو مخاطب کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ ان کے ساتھی کو ہلاک کر کے انہوں نے بہت بڑی غلطی کی ہے۔ ’آپ نے اس سے فیصل آباد کا امن اور مستقبل خراب کر دیا ہے۔ یہ آپ کی اپنی غلطی کی وجہ سے ہو گا۔ پاکستان کے وہ شہر جن میں ہم نے اب تک حملے نہیں کیے ہیں اس کی وجہ ہماری کمزوری نہیں بلکہ ان مقامات پر ہمارے خلاف حکومت کی جانب سے کارروائیاں نہ کرنا ہے‘۔

  • @Siddiqui Interesting analysis.

    Also, of note is the timing of Shahbaz Sharif’s meeting with COAS General Kayani. Read the following (very interesting) account of this meeting reported by Online:

    COAS, Shahbaz hold talks, discuss current situations

    ISLAMABAD: Punjab CM, Shahbaz Sharif held detailed talks with COAS, Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, over issues of recent fresh wave of terrorism in the Country, internal security situation of Country, increasing capabilities of police and commandoes and other important issues.

    Sources have disclosed that Shahbaz Sharif also briefed COAS, regarding the recent terrorism, and relief activities in R.A. Bazaar and Model Town, Lahore.

    Both also strongly condemned these recent acts of terrorism in Lahore, while COAS assured of his full cooperation in enhancing the capabilities of commandoes and Punjab police.

    The CM, Punjab, while clarifying his recent statement, which was totally fabricated and misleadingly, deliberately alleged to be pro-Taliban in nature, has strongly expressed PML-N’s strong commitment to war against terrorism, and said that PML-N stood along with Army and masses against terrorists.

    Agreeing to carry on this consensus in future on regular basis, both also discussed the prevalent political scenario of the Country.

  • GREAT Shabaz Sharif, you have proved to be the real heir and soul of Zia (curse on him). Though it was never a secret that Muslim League (Nawaz) is part and parcel of the rightist extremist wing in Pakistan but now Shahbaz statement is another proof. Punjabi politicians wants only to rule Pakistan, they have no concern if Pashtoons, Balochis or Sindis are killed. Shame, now it is high time that the smaller provinces should decide to get rid of the Punjabi chauvinism.

  • sir,
    i would like to draw your kind attention tht if talabn r doing this so y they r not targeting to any bar and this type of places y they r targeting to inocent people they r not taliban n they r not muslim please take this type of steps from which we can remove them every one has savy to think about it i can think it very easily they r not taliban please save the islam they r doing conspirecy against pakistan and islam please save the both of them

  • مسلم لیگ (ن) کے صدر اور پنجاب کے وزیراعلیٰ میاں شہباز شریف اپنے بیان سے بظاہر مُکر گئے ہیں اور جاری کردہ وضاحتی بیان میں کہا ہے کہ ان کا بیان سیاق وسباق سے ہٹ کر پیش کیا گیا ہے۔

    میاں شہباز شریف کی وضاحت اپنی جگہ لیکن آج کوئی بھی مسلم لیگ ہو، چاہے وہ (ن) ہو یا (ق) یا کوئی اور، انہیں پاکستان میں دائیں بازوں کی سوچ والے لوگوں کی حمایت حاصل رہی ہے۔

    سابق وزیراعظم اور پیپلز پارٹی کی مقتول رہنما بینظیر بھٹو کئی بار یہ کہتی رہیں کہ دنیا کے ’موسٹ وانٹیڈ پرسن‘ اسامہ بن لادن نے ان کی حکومت ختم کرنے کے لیے میاں نواز شریف کو رقم فراہم کی تھی جس کی مسلم لیگ (ن) نے تردید بھی کی۔ لیکن پاکستان میں آج بھی زیادہ تر لوگ سمجھتے ہیں کہ مسلم لیگ (ن) کے زیادہ تر ووٹر مذہبی سوچ کے حامل لوگ ہیں۔

    میاں برادران بغیر داڑھی کے مولوی ہیں اور اہل حدیث کی سوچ کے حامی ہیں۔
    ایک سرائکی پارٹی کے رہنما تاج لنگاہ
    ایک سرائکی پارٹی کے رہنما تاج لنگاہ نے کچھ عرصہ پہلے ایک ملاقات میں کہا کہ ’میاں برادران بغیر داڑھی کے مولوی ہیں اور اہل حدیث کی سوچ کے حامی ہیں۔ لشکر طیبہ بھی اہل حدیث کی سوچ کی حامل ہے اور ایسی سوچ کے حامل گروہوں کو سعودی عرب اور مشرق وسطیٰ کے دیگر ممالک بے تحاشہ پیسے دیتے ہیں‘۔

    اگر فروری سنہ دو ہزار آٹھ کے انتخابات کے نتائج کا جائزہ لیں تو بھی مسلم لیگ (ن) اور مسلم لیگ (ق) کے کالعدم سپاہ صحابہ نامی جماعت کی قیادت سے گہرے تعلقات ثابت ہوتے ہیں۔ ضلع بھکر سے میاں شہباز شریف نے خود کو بلا مقابلہ منتخب کروانے کے لیے سپاہ صحابہ کے امیدوار کو دستبردار کرانے کے لیے خود بات چیت کی اور حال ہی میں کالعدم سپاہ صحابہ کے چند مبینہ طور پر سزا یافتہ ملزمان کو رہا بھی کیا گیا۔

    کالعدم سپاہ صحابہ کے حامیوں کے ساتھ سنہ دو ہزار آٹھ کے انتخاب میں مسلم لیگ (ق) نے بھی اتحاد کیا اور مشترکہ طور پر ایک حلقے سے انتخاب میں حصہ لیا تھا۔

  • Another defence of Taliban by Shahbaz Sharif. According to him, Taliban are good persons; killers, robbers and rapists must not be confused with them.

    What I find interesting is that while these killers, robbers and rapists are unashamedly identifying themselves as Taliban (in the name of Mullah Fazlullah in Swat, and in the name of Hakimullah Mehsud etc in FATA), our Taliban-e-Aala of Punjab is still in a state of denial. What a shame!

    Here is a news report by Rauf Klasra:

    In a special cabinet meeting here on Wednesday with PM Gilani in the chair, the federal government conveyed its official confirmation to a visibly perturbed Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif that there now was no doubt that “Punjabi Taliban” were carrying out suicide bombings and acts of terrorism in his province.

    The Interior Ministry bosses who gave a presentation on law and order in the country revealed that so far in six acts of terrorism (December 1, 2009-March 12, 2010), the Punjabi Taliban had killed 154 innocent people, including women and children in addition to injuring 565 persons.

    The first official confirmation is in big contrast to tall claims of the Punjab government that no Punjabi Taliban existed in the province therefore there was no need to get serious about any operation in the areas where these elements were allegedly growing their influence and ability to attack anywhere in the province with the help of local recruits.

    A top source said that the official confirmation about the Punjabi Taliban greatly upset Shahbaz Sharif, who was present in the meeting when Interior Minister Rehman Malik told the cabinet that there was no doubt left that Punjbais were behind the terrorism in the province.

    Sources said that Shahbaz Sharif sharply reacted and wondered how could “killers, rapist, dacoits and robbers” be called Punjabi Taliban. Shahbaz was not ready to accept the statement given in the cabinet meeting that instead of finding excuses and role of Pashtun Taliban, it was high time to focus on the activities of the Punjabi Taliban who were in fact behind the recent wave of terrorism. The Minister for Interior, Rehman Malik, and Secretary Interior Qamar Zaman gave a presentation on “law and order situation in the country, anti terrorism measures and federal and provincial coordination.”

  • I.A. Rehman in Dawn:

    Mr Shahbaz Sharif may not have meant what he was quoted as saying but it is impossible to deny the existence of groups and individuals who are soft on terrorists because of an imagined sharing of anti-American sentiment. The neo-converts to anti-Americanism, led by the Jamaat-i-Islami, are prominent among the defenders of militancy. Maulana Fazlur Rahman also has never concealed where his sympathies lie. Now he blames the government, in which he has a share, of fighting the Taliban instead of talking to them.

    The militants’ real strength does not lie in their arms or their suicide bombers, it lies in the pockets of support for them in Pakistani society. Over the recent years the Pakistani people’s tendency to follow anyone who unfurls the banner of religion, be he a soldier of fortune or a political opportunist, has increased instead of getting weaker. The result is that while most people condemn the loss of life in terrorist attacks they do not display the urge to join the struggle against the culprits. They do not move against a militant when he comes to their town and stays in a madressah or a rented house, even when his identity cannot be concealed.



    Extremism and specially religious extremism, just can not be rooted out by force, it multiplies and spreads. Yes its intensity can be contained somehow. This is a known fact. What is going on behind the curtains, nobody hell knows. What should some one expects, that a large political party, making suicidal overt blunders, destroying their so called ‘Popularity Graph’, if any , and at a critical stage when they are in dire urgency to get into the business by replacing current government setup, annoying Army and support of major literary portion of the society, NO I don’t buy that. USA spokesmen are silent on the comments of Shahbaz, don’t know why ? There must be a bigger plan in the making behind that. Hawkish USA spokespersons keep themselves ready to comment on all the matters happening in Pakistan, when they perceive a threat on their policies, but they are silent. Richard Halbrook didn’t paid a surprise urgent visit to Jati Umra. Why?

    A majority Pakistani population, IN THE FIRST PLACE, didn’t accepted and favored Pakistan’s involvement in war against terror with USA and NATO. If one could remember, it took many years for the people of Pakistan to accept that so called extremism specially religious extremism is really bad for Pakistan and Talibans must be crushed. IT WAS MADE TO ACCEPT THEM by brutal suicide bombings and video CDs of Talibans cutting throats of innocents, bombing schools, etc. Initially, by majority of Pakistani masses, it was deeply taken as an imposition of war on an Islamic state by ‘Non Muslim forces’. Taliban extremists combined forces with our in-country small religious and already extremist Tanzeems, thus creating a big umbrella of rogue force in the name of religion. People were really confused right from the beginning on this war issue. Even people ask and discuss the incident of twin tower destruction. Was it really the act of an Islamic radical group or was a planned action by CIA itself for a armed chain reaction on some states by USA and allies ? (If one plane can hit pentagon, the core of USA armed forces, then why not all three planes could have blasted themselves down on pentagon to maim USA force centre. It is strange, USA haters and the world renowned rogue Al Qaida think tanks were stupid enough not to destroy USA pentagon completely when they had a good chance of doing it). Were Al-Qaida & Taliban, themselves are the monsters created by the Frankensteins for a bigger objective, but failed and poor assistant IGOR (Pakistan) is now blamed for this failure.

    Who are, were, those elements doing all these suicide bombings, CDs showing brutal throat cutting videos, immediate claims for accepting the blast responsibility by a Taliban leader and shortly disclaiming the responsibility by the same group but now from another leader. Even the shadat of BB was first imposed on Talibans and was vehemently rejected by their top leaderships. Any incident of blast within the country is now easily imposed upon talibans and the real elements gets a clean getaway just like the acts of ‘Hammer Group’ of past was played by many for their internal enmities and ‘Hammer Group’ was blamed for all the killings. A BIG QUESTION MARK. The game didn’t continued well as planned and now after INVESTING billions of dollars in the war against terror, USA is planning to retreat, shortly, can not do that until they make a deal with the real ruling force, the Talibans and not the weak and corrupt Karzai, other wise USA would fetch a bad name in the world and also in the history, specially in front of its tax paying, strong and aware public. Their political and national integrity is at stake.

    If we try to observe the painting in making, on the bigger canvas from a larger distance, we are looking USA (as the forerunner of war against terror, first Al-Qaida and then suddenly Talibans and now Pakistani Internal rogue religious elements) now bowing down in front of Talibans and Taliban’s strength is augmenting day by day, spreading around in other countries as well, making an undeclared, unnamed large pro Islamic sentiments. Even by sending extra troops they simply failed to achieve major success ( in the form of eliminating extremism or reducing the passion towards religious extremism) in the war they started or were forced to initiate it at the first place in the name of ‘Attack on American Soil’. Their allies are leaving them one by one. Karzai himself has surrendered himself in front of Talibans and pulling Saudi Arabia to broker the deal with top Taliban, Al Qaida leadership. All that is happening in the international arena and in Pakistan, our governments, both present and immediate past, have no other option, FOR THE TIME BEING, to follow the practice of banning the Talibans and extremist religious parties initially and then silently brokering deals with them behind the curtain for a longer peace. Can any body comment on recent comments of ANP, that ANP is not at all ready to negotiate with the extremists or surrender in front of the Talibans. They have clearly declared their consent to leave the coalition with PPP if they are forced to do that. What does the threat means? that PPP is, behind the curtains, doing some deals with the extremist groups. What governor Punjab and Tasneem Qureshi doing with the same banned outfits before recent elections? Imran Khan is already termed as pro-Taliban leader along with JI who already have proclaimed their commonality of cause with Talibans, just not based on rogue contrabands. MQM is trying to stay oblivious and looking busy in reburial of head of MQM haqiqi, now raising against them.

    PMLN being in opposition and hurried opportunist, smelled the rat within and now trying to capitalize the opportunity by shaking hands with the extremists publicly, which is shortly being planned by all parties to have a lasting peace. That’s the blunder they made in a hurry and now having a beating. This is the time that majority of Pakistan have decided to fight against extremism and war against terrorism. Behind the curtains, renowned political parties are making secret acquaintances with such tanzeems and groups for future political favors. They are all opportunists, as every thing is fair in love & war of politics.

  • This article dedicated to our beloved and Present Great Leader of Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif
    “LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday asked the Taliban not to target the Punjab as the provincial government would not take dictation from outsiders (U.S.A). The Punjab CM was speaking at the annual seminar in the memory of Maulana Mufti Muhammad Hussain Naeemi at Jamia Naeemia. He siad that PMLN and the Talibanhave the same common agenda ( they both oppose Kerry Lugar Bill and ‘foreign dictation’). Its distressing that the chief executive of the largest province of Pakistan is waiving the white flag of surrender to the terrorist group.”

    He only want to save the public because he loved his country and Public you observe no one can say like this a great Leader have a great qualities like this.

    I requested to you that not take his wording in negative way please if you think then find answer what he want to say because politicians when passing through the road the road will be blocked due to security purpose and sic 6 security cars in front and behind him they are not in danger the real danger is only for the public who went for shopping and the suicide bombing attacks only affect the public. so i think the public the public is in real danger. One person having great qualities request for terrorist donot take suicide attacked on his public because he loved his and want to save his public he have big heart to serve his country not only Punjab.

  • Shahbaz Sharif and the Taliban
    Posted: Mar 16, 2010 Tue 11:57 pm Views: 155 Interacts: 5
    Even by the wretched standards of the cesspit of lies and cravenness that can be the Pakistani political establishment, the comments made on Sunday by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif are extraordinary and demand the most vigorous condemnation possible.

    Essentially, Mr Sharif has argued that his party, the PML-N, shares a common cause with the Taliban —that of opposing Gen Musharraf and his policies and rejecting ‘dictation’ from abroad — and therefore the Taliban should ‘spare’ Punjab. The very thought that any mainstream politician, let alone one as high-profile and powerful as the serving Punjab chief minister, could find anything in common with the Taliban ideology is despicable.

    But Mr Sharif has gone so much further than that. By asking the Taliban to ‘spare’ Punjab, what does the Punjab CM mean? Does he mean that the Taliban should launch their attacks elsewhere, in Sindh, Balochistan, the NWFP, Fata, Pata or other places? And what does the CM mean when he says that his party is fighting foreign ‘dictation’ just like the Taliban are? Does he mean that Pakistan should not fight the threat of militancy? What does Mr Sharif want to do instead — accommodate the Taliban like they were accommodated in Swat last year? Or should ‘peace deals’ be struck with the Taliban like they were in South Waziristan for years? The chief minister’s half-hearted ‘clarification’ issued later will not suffice; he must apologise to Punjab and the nation.

    That Mr Sharif could possibly be ignorant of the threat posed by the Taliban is impossible. As chief minister of Punjab he has sat at the apex of that province’s administration for over a year and a half now. Countless secret and not-so-secret memos will have arrived on his desk detailing the atrocities and crimes committed and planned by the Taliban. The secret interrogation cell that was attacked in Model Town, Lahore, only a few days ago was run by provincial authorities. The Punjab chief minister is mocking the sacrifices made by the very people who serve his administration by finding common cause with the enemy.

    Why is it so difficult for the PML-N to condemn terrorism outright, with no ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’? It surely cannot be a question of the reluctance to use violence against ‘fellow Pakistanis’. Like Mr Sharif’s first tenure as chief minister in the late 1990s, Punjab is once again witnessing a spike in ‘encounter’ killings of alleged dacoits, kidnappers and sundry criminals. The men who have been killed in dubious circumstances are also ‘fellow Pakistanis’. But Mr Sharif has no sympathy for these men; in fact, he has on many occasions announced rewards for the policemen for ‘cleaning up’ the province of criminal elements. There has been no talk of an amnesty for such criminals, no appeals to their better sides, no exhortations to recognise that they have much in common with the largest party in Punjab. The ordinary criminals must be wondering what they must do to get on Mr Sharif’s good side. Perhaps a statement against Mr Musharraf will do the trick.

    The PML-N needs to come clean with the people of Pakistan. On which side of the divide does it stand? Is it against militancy in all shapes and forms or is it ideologically sympathetic to the ‘justness’ of some facets of the militants’ cause? This is not about political expediency but about the very worst form of moral corruption. Pakistan’s leaders have a sacred duty to protect the people and the sovereignty of the state. There is absolutely nothing in the Taliban’s agenda that is any way even remotely compatible with that sacred duty. In fact, finding common cause with the Taliban is to take the country one step closer to the abyss. Ordinary Pakistanis have shown remarkable courage in resolutely backing the fight against the militants for a year now. Shahbaz Sharif and the PML-N need to accept who the enemy is. Otherwise, they have no business being involved in the affairs of the state.

  • Such a stupid statement could be expected only from Sharif brothers, they are still just shopkeepers. They will flee and leave again the people at the mercy of terrorists, like they did in the past by leaving the people at the mercy of a dictator. Shame on them, their election symbol should be a Fox not a lion. They should quit politics and simple sell old iron.

  • Chicken coming home to roost?

    TTP threatens attacks in Punjab

    The Punjab government has directed the civil administration, police and intelligence agencies to provide foolproof security.
    Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have told Punjab’s government to remove all non-Muslims officials from their posts or they will be killed and their offices will be targeted.
    The militants have threatened to target the livestock director general and his office within 14 days.
    The Punjab government received the threats in letters from the TTP, which they have forwarded to intelligence agencies.
    The threats come after intelligence agencies’ reports revealed to The Express Tribune yesterday that the TTP has planned suicide attacks across the country.
    The threats come ahead of the holy month of Muharram, with terrorists purportedly targeting mourning processions, majalis, imambargahs and important religious leaders among other targets such as the Iranian embassy and the chief of Jamat-ud-Dawa, Hafiz Saeed.
    The provincial government has directed the civil administration, police and intelligence agencies to provide foolproof security to all non-Muslim officers in the province while police and law enforcement agencies have been directed to immediately put security on high alert across the country and take all necessary security measures.

  • لاہور: پانچ مبینہ دہشت گرد گرفتار

    مئی 2009 کے حملے میں میں ریسکیو 15 کی عمارت مکمل طور پر تباہ ہو گئی تھی

    لاہور کے پولیس چیف محمد اسلم ترین نے جمعہ کو ایک پریس کانفرنس میں ریسکیو ون فائیو کی عمارت سمیت شدت پسندی کی دیگر سرگرمیوں میں ملوث پانچ شدت پسندوں کو گرفتار کرنے کا اعلان کیا۔

    بی بی سی کی نامہ نگار مناء رانا کے مطابق لاہور کے پولیس چیف محمد اسلم ترین نے پریس کانفرنس میں بتایا کہ گرفتار ہونے والے ان مبینہ شدت پسندوں کا تعلق کالعدم تنظیم تحریک طالبان پاکستان سے ہے اور ان سےچار خود کش جیکٹیں، مارٹر گولے، دستی بم اور بھاری مقدار میں دھماکہ خیز مواد برآمد ہوا ہے۔

    لاہور پولیس کے مطابق گرفتار ہونے والے ان مبینہ شدت پسندوں کا تعلق کالعدم تنظیم تحریک طالبان پاکستان سے ہے اور ان سےچار خود کش جیکٹیں، مارٹر گولے، دستی بم اور بھاری مقدار میں دھماکہ خیم مواد برآمد ہوا ہے
    گرفتار ہونے والے ان ملزمان کے نام سرفراز احمد، شبیر احمد عرف حافظ صاحب، عمر حیات عرف قاری اسماعیل، حافظ محمود عرف ابوقاسم اور عابد اکرم عرف ملک طوفان بتائے گئے ہیں۔

    محمد اسلم ترین کے مطابق دوران تفتیش ان ملزمان نے مئی 2009 کو لاہور میں کلِک آئی ایس آئی اور ریسکیو 15 کی عمارت پر ہونے والے جملے کے علاوہ شدت پسندی کی دیگر کاروائیوں میں ملوث ہونے کا انکشاف کیا ہے جبکہ ابتدائی تفتیش میں ہی ان گرفتار ہونے والے مبینہ شدت پسندوں سے شدت پسندت کے نیٹ ورک کے متعلق انتہائی اہم معلومات حاصل ہوئی ہیں۔

    ان ملزمان نے 15ریسکیو کی عمارت پر حملے کی ذمہ داری قبول کرتے ہوئے بتایا کہ اس حملے کا ماسٹر مائنڈ ڈاکٹر عمر کنڈی امیر التوحید و الجہاد تحریک طالبان پاکستان سے ہے اور اسے اس حملے کے لیے تحریک طالبان پاکستان کی جانب سے ہدایات دی گئیں تھیں۔ملزمان کے مطابق فیصل آباد میں الائیڈ ہسپتال میں ان کی اس حملے کی منصوبہ بندی کے لیے میٹنگ ہوئی تھی اور منصوبے کو عملی جامہ پہنانے کے لیے اس علاقے کی ریکی کی ذمہ داری عابد اکرم عرف ملک طوفان کو دی گئی۔

    یاد رہے کہ مئی 2009 کو لاہور میں آئی ایس آئی اور ریسکیو 15 کی عمارت پر ہونے والےخود کش حملے میں بارود سے بھری وین استعمال کی گئی تھی اور اس حملے میں آئی ایس آئی کے ایک کرنل سمیت کئی پولیس اہلکار اور متعدد شہری ہلاک ہوئے تھے۔

    جمعـء 3 دسمبر 2010 , 18:54
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  • LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday reiterated his objection to the term ‘Punjabi Taliban’.
    Sharif said he had never used the term.
    “The interior minister first used this word in the cabinet meeting. I had asked the prim minister even then whether the terrorists responsible for killing citizens in Sindh or Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be given the name Sindhi and Pakhtun Taliban,” Sharif said.
    He ‘warned’ Rehman Malik to avoid using the term. He said the PML-N believed that the term will harm its image. “It minimises our chances of coming into power because the Punjab province is being run by the PML-N.
    Published in The Express Tribune, March 4th, 2011.

    Shahbaz, Rehman Malik in Punjabi Taliban row By Our Staff Reporter

    LAHORE, March 4: Rejecting the interior minister’s denials, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says Rehman Malik did talk of the Punjabi Taliban in the federal cabinet meeting.

    “I stand by my words that Rehman Malik had used the term Punjabi Taliban before the prime minister and other colleagues in the cabinet meeting,” Shahbaz told a reporter while opening the Rs2.3 billion Kalma Chowk flyover project here on Friday.

    “Rehman Malik is trying to sow seeds of hatred and differences among the provinces (by bracketing terror acts with people of a province).”

    The chief minister reiterated his argument that whether the term Sindhi Taliban would be used if some terror act occurs in Sindh, Pakhtun Taliban in case of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baloch Taliban in case of terror incidents in Balochistan.

    He again warned the interior minister against using the term in future as Rehman Malik rebuffed the chief minister’s earlier warning by saying he (Malik) was not a subordinate to Shahbaz.