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JI still in a state of denial

Monday’s suicide bombing in Peshawar’s Qissa Khwani bazaar was an outrageous suicide attack that left some two dozen people dead and many more injured. The victims were mostly Jamaat-i-Islami supporters attending a rally.

It is still not certain whether the target was the JI rally or a police contingent guarding it. Nevertheless, what is clear is the party’s flawed logic, for it failed to utter a single word of condemnation against the bomber, his handlers or even those orchestrating the violence. While the Jamaat leaders reiterated their stance that they considered the US a ‘terrorist state’, they also said that the bombing was the result of government failure, and called upon the provincial government to quit. That was all.

The JI and other rightwing parties, such as the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam and the Tehrik-i-Insaf, have every right to oppose the military’s anti-terror operations. In fact, they may be doing so in good faith. But what is bad form and poor politics is their failure to unequivocally condemn the continuing targeting of innocent women, men and children. We are not sure of the JI’s views but its public reaction to every act of carnage makes it sound more and more like an apologist for those perpetrating this senseless violence. Matters have come to this pass in the erstwhile NWFP and the adjoining tribal areas as a consequence of the cowardly Musharraf regime’s duplicitous stance on the militants. The blame must equally fall on the then provincial government of which JI was a part. It acquiesced in, if not encouraged, the activities of the marauding militants as the latter expanded their influence.

However, we still believe that despite a perceived ideological affinity with the militants, that perhaps forces the JI to keep quiet over terrorist activities of the sort witnessed in Peshawar, the party needs to consider one fact. Notwithstanding its many contradictions and lack of electoral support, the JI still seems to strive for its aims within the ambit of the law and the democratic process i.e. through the ballot box. Therefore, it should not allow itself to be viewed as allied with those who push their agenda by indiscriminately killing innocent Pakistanis.

US embassy responds to statements concerning Peshawar attack

ISLAMABAD, April 21 (APP): The United States Wednesday rejecting allegations leveled by leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami regarding terrorists attacked in Peshawar on April 19 said that US always condemned such attacks. A spokesman of American Embassy commenting on April 19, terrorists attack on a peaceful Jamaat-e-Islami demonstration in Peshawar, that killed 24 and wounded 45 party activists and two police officers, said the U.S. issued a statement condemning the attack and expressed sympathy with the victims and their families.

The spokesman said, however, on Tuesday, April 20 and again today, Jamaat-e-Islami leadership appeared in the media alleging that the United States was responsible for the attack.

The spokesman while further commenting on these statements said, the violent extremists who committed the vicious terror attacks in Peshawar have made it clear that they seek to kill as many innocent Pakistani citizens, soldiers and law enforcement officials as possible.

“Those who attempt to divert public condemnation of extremist violence show contempt for this week’s victims, including their own party members, Pakistani officials, and school children,” said the spokesman.

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  • JI chief ready to act as intermediary between Taliban and government

    Staff Report

    LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Syed Munawar Hassan on Thursday offered his services for negotiations between the government and Taliban to curb terrorism in the country.

    During a press conference held at the party headquarters in Mansoora, he strongly condemned the recent Peshawar bomb blast and demanded the government to conduct a judicial inquiry into the matter to sort out the facts behind the incident.

    Hassan said that the Awami National Party (ANP)’s government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was not serious in probing into the matter, and the federal government was also not giving importance to terror activities, which were increasing day by day.

    The JI chief urged the government and army to review their aggressive policies towards the Taliban and to stop the military operation at the western border.

    Commenting on the issue of the war on terror, he said the US administration had formulated a new policy to continue this war with a new name and the recent Nuclear Security Summit held in the US was a part of it.

    About the new name of war on terror, he told the media that the White House wanted to change the name to ‘Nuclear Security War’. Hassan said that the US administration also wanted to bracket Pakistan and Iran’s nuclear programmes under its Nuclear Security War.

    http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\04\23\story_23-4-2010_pg7_24

  • They are the biggest hypocrite in Pakistan ,The Deobandi Taliban Hate Jamaatis ,Jamaati Hikmat yaar ran away from Afghanistan when Taliban took the power .Jamaat Islami and its literature is ban in all deoband Madaris ,Jamaat Islami could not enter in Sawat and did not held any “Ijtima ” when Fazlullah was in the power .In private meeting JI condemn Taliban and in public they support .
    These Jamaat says that These suicide blasts are reaction against USA and at the same time they blame black water ,They say that if you want to stop suicide bombing we have to stop operation ..why ? if they are black water they why they are against operation ,They used to say that hindus are involved in SAwat and they supported Taliban Shaiar same time . They do not condemn Suiside bombing and they blame black water ,If black water is doing these they why they do not openly condemn the killers ?
    These are the biggest munafiqeen ever