Archive for the ‘Lal Masjid’ Category

Muhammad Comments On Events: Tribal Areas, Pakistan

February 3, 2008

Dear John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Dear Sir,

I hope you and your team at the Peace and Freedom will be alright. As usual the situation in the tribal areas is tense.

Taliban fighters have been terrorising the people in tribal areas. But now Pakistan leaders have been accepting the fact that terrorists have been enjoying the support of some politicians and officials.

Today the leading newspaper of Pakistan Dawn discussed the situation in its editorial.  Caretaker Interior Minister Hamid Nawaz Khan’s insistence that all political parties must make their stance on terrorism clear deserves to be noted.

In a television interview, the minister said many parties were going soft on terrorism, and this could help the militants. One wishes the minister had named the parties he had in mind, but one can see that many parties on the extreme right have maintained an attitude that often appears paradoxical, if not intriguing.

All political parties are, of course, quick to condemn an act of terrorism when it occurs, but often it appears that this is done for record’s sake. The Lal Masjid affair was more than an act of terrorism, and the stand-off leading finally to the crackdown in July last year provided ample evidence of the various parties’ stance on terrorism.

The issue gets mixed up with politics. Even the secular parties criticised not the Lal Majid brigade but the government in harsh terms. But here they were acting the way all opposition does — to make capital out of a situation, any situation, and embarrass the government. But, regrettably, many religious parties refrained from using their influence with the Rashid-Ghazi duo to end the stand-off peacefully. This was surprising because almost all madressah heads had distanced themselves from the Lal Masjid clerics, so blatantly criminal were their activities.

Similarly, many parties have chosen to keep quiet on the issue of suicide bombing. Suicide attacks have been planned and executed in cold blood as is evident from the targets that have been chosen — mosques, imambargahs, religious gatherings including Eid congregations, shopping centres and at least one school bus. Those in the opposition today ought to know they could be in power tomorrow and they will have to deal with the monster of terrorism, to which they are at the moment indifferent but which gets stronger by default.

Unfortunately, civil society on the whole has failed to stand up to extremism. The religious militants are a microscopic minority, but they have combined terror with their misguided concept of religion to frighten the majority into silence. This could prove disastrous for the nation.

Also, those fighting for human rights causes ought to know that the threat to freedom does not merely come from the government of the day; it also comes from parties with a fascist outlook and groups that preach persecution of women and minorities and wage war on culture in the name of Islam. Unless society itself stands up to terrorism, it is difficult to see how the state alone can deal with this monster.

Again thank you very much,

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khrushid
Khar, Bajaur Agency,Tribal Areas Pakistan

Mosque Siege “Badly Affecting” People Across Pakistan

July 9, 2007

People who came with us fom Peace and Freedom to Peace and Freedom II may recognize the inputs of Muhammad.  Since we innaugurated Peace and Freedom on July 4, 2006, Muhammad has been a frequest contributor.  A professional journalist, Muhammad has been operating in the Tribal Areas of Pakistan between that country and Afghanistan.  He filed this report on July 9, 2007.

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Muhammad Khurshid
Bajaur Agency, Tribal Areas, Pakistan
July 9, 2007

Dear John E. Carey,

Thank you very much for love and kindness with with me and poor people. You are really good.

Yesterday there was some problem in the net and this was the reason that I have not extablished contact with you. Today when I open my email inbox I have found five emails from you. Again thank you very much for your kindness.

I have been working on a very important story about the presence of terrorists in tribal areas, but situation has been worsening with each passing day. The Lal Masjid has been badly affecting the tribal areas and North West Frontier Province as the terrorists have sped up their activities.

According to a report, unidentified gunmen shot dead three Chinese workers in the city of Peshawar late on Sunday, police said.

Khazana police station Moharrir Ghaffar said that the four Chinese nationals had been attacked at around 9.30pm near the Landi Sarak area, where they were building three-wheeled Qinqi auto-rickshaws.

Capital City Police Officer Abdul Majeed Marwat confirmed that unidentified gunmen who had been riding in cars had killed three Chinese citizens. He said the man who was injured had been admitted to the Lady Reading Hospital here. Police have registered a case and started an investigation.Witnesses said several bearded men came to the house in a jeep and barged into the house that was serving as the Chinese men’s residence and auto-rickshaw factory.

“We do not know what was the motive behind the attack and an investigation is underway,” police officer Aslam Khan said.The wounded Chinese man said, “My son and two nephews were killed, everything is finished.” The incident comes in the wake of a spate of attacks in recent days on security forces in the region bordering Afghanistan.

The attacks have coincided with an ongoing confrontation between security forces and Lal Masjid. China on Thursday, voiced support for the Pakistani government’s crackdown on the mosque, but also urged Islamabad to do a better job of protecting Chinese nationals.In our own area, Bajaur Agency tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border the situation is very critical as the terrorists and Taliban have started patrolling the roads.

There is great terror in the area. Reports said militants blew up a Levies force vehicle by a remote controlled bomb on Sunday, killing one jawan and wounding seven others.The bomb was planted on a roadside at Yousufabad, around three kilometres north of Khar, the agency headquarters. The tribal policemen were on routine duty and were returning from Qazafi when the bomb exploded. Jawan Akhtar Zada died at the scene.

Subedar Sardar Khan and jawans Muhammad Ali Jan, Noor Wali, Fazl-e-Subhan, Zubair Ali, Muhammad Akram and Abdul Azeem were rushed to a hospital. On Saturday night, militants fired two rockets at the Warbano Levies checkpost in Nawagai tehsil and kidnapped Hawaldar Izzatullah, and jawans Bashir, Farhatullah and Sahibzada.

The militants snatched wireless sets and weapons from the Levies personnel.The political administration arrested Qalam Khan, a pro-Taliban tribesman, on Saturday and the rocket attack may have been a reaction to his arrest. The political administration has called a grand jirga of elders.I think the terrorists have been using the operation against Taliban in Islamabad in their favour.

Now they have been trying to create a state of terrorism in the tribal areas.

It is ironic that some of the officials have still been extending support to them.  I tnink urgent steps are required for elimination of terrorism. I have read the story, which was sent by your goodself. Compromises on various stages deteriorated the situation.

Dear Sir, now the time of compromises has gone. Now is the time of practical work.

Again thank you very much,

Yours sincerely,

Muhammad Khurshid

Bajaur Agency, Tribal Areas, Pakistan

Pakistan army tries to blast into mosque

July 8, 2007

By Sadaqat Jan
Associated Press Writer
July 8, 2007

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Pakistan’s army tried to blast through the wall of a besieged radical Islamic seminary early Sunday to help free hostages held by a cleric and his militant supporters, leaving one commando dead, an official said.

Militants inside the fortress-like Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, opened fire on the army forces, wounding two commandos, army spokesman Maj. Gen. Waheed Arshad said. One soldier later died at a hospital.

On Saturday, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf threatened to kill the holdouts unless they surrendered.

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