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November 23, 2014

Munawar calls for Qital to eliminate oppression

 
November 23, 2014

LAHORE: Former Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Syed Munawar Hassan on Saturday called for waging Jihad and ‘Qital Fisabilullah’ (armed fighting for the sake of Allah) for the elimination of oppression from Pakistani society along with the democratic struggle, saying Jihad was the fundamental principle of Islam, which had nothing to do with terrorism and militancy.
Delivering a special address at the JI three-day congregation at the Minar-e-Pakistan, the JI leader said: “Due to propaganda against Jihad, people are now even ashamed of using this word, as Jihad has been declared as terrorism. We need to wage Jihad in the way of Almighty Allah along with democratic struggle to eliminate oppression and injustice.”
He expressed his desire that the JI and the Tableeghi Jamaat should join hands for changing society, saying both religious parties were struggling for the common good and formation of a just, Islamic society in Pakistan.
Criticising the ongoing military operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) by the Pakistan Army, he reiterated that military operations had never been a solution to insurgency anywhere in the world, adding that military operations had created more problems and chain reactions than bringing peace.
“Neither the military operation in Swat nor the ongoing war in South Waziristan by the Pakistan Army is solving any problems, facing the country. Only people in a large number are suffering and have become displaced persons in their own country,” he said while addressing the All Pakistan Ijtemah-e-Aam.
Demanding that free media should be given access to Fata, Munawar said claims were being made that a large number of terrorists were being killed in aerial bombing by Pakistani forces and in drone attacks but nobody had any ways and means to confirm the claims.
He also demanded Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif present the ‘balance sheet’ of war against terror in the country and said people wanted to

know if Pakistan had gained through this war or the conditions worsened during last one decade when Pakistan owned this futile war. He also mentioned the sufferings of people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal areas due to insurgency and military operations and said some groups of people had to migrate even for three or more times but nobody was concerned anymore about Pashtuns of KP and tribal belt of the country.
Shamim Bano adds from Karachi: The Coordination Committee of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), both at London and Karachi, has issued declaration against JI former ameer Syed Munawar Hassan for inciting youth for killing and violence in the garb of Jihad for Allah.
An emergency joint meeting of MQM Rabita Committee was held on Saturday which denounced former JI ameer’s calling youth of the society at a congregation of JI to wage jihad against for elimination of oppression from Pakistan society alongwith democratic struggle, saying Jihad was the fundamental principle of Islam, which had nothing to do with terrorism and militancy.
Under the current political turmoil giving sermons to the youth to spread, “Jihad fee Sabillilah” clearly exposed the hidden agenda of the JI that who actually representing IS or Daish in Pakistan and who is spreading the message of Daish of slaughtering people, they said. Rabita Committee appealed to the president, prime minister, interior minister, chief of army staff, chiefs of both naval and air staff to take notice of the severe statement of the former JI ameer.
The Coordination Committee also requested the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take suo moto notice of such a statement that creates lawlessness and violence in already disturbed state of Pakistan. The Rabita Committee also asked the civil society, human rights organisation all political and religious parties to rise against Munawar’s statement.

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