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julio 6, 2007

El clérigo islámico que se disfrazó de mujer para huir del cerco policial

Filed under: Islamismo,libertad religiosa,Paquistán — Nora @ 11:30 am

art.mosquePasó en Paquistán, donde la policía está asediando la Mezquita Roja. Durante meses, la oposición había pedido a Musharraf que interviniera contra los “estudiantes“, tanto mujeres como hombres, que se habían atrincherado en la mezquita pidiendo que se cerraran todos los establecimientos “de pecado” (los videoclubs, por ejemplo) que hubiera por la ciudad.

capt.isl10107050644.pakistan_radical_mosque_isl101Durante todo ese tiempo, el clérigo radical Maulana Abdul Aziz (izquierda) había amenazado con atentados suicidas si se asediaba la mezquita. También quería que se impusiera la ley islámica en toda la ciudad.

Musharraf seguía dudando si debía o no cercar la mezquita.

Pero la policía acusó al clérigo jefe Maulana Mohammad Abdul Aziz y a su segundo Abdul Rashid Ghazi de asesinato y terrorismo, daños a propiedad estatal e interferencia en cuestiones estatales. Así que les dio a los estudiantes un plazo para rendirse y, al ver la respuesta -muchos salieron desde primeras horas- decidió que esperarían a que salieran todos.

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Eso no impidió que muriesen alrededor de unas 10 personas fuera de la mezquita y otras 94 estaban heridas después de dos días de enfrentamientos.


Estudiantes religiosos islámicos cantan eslóganes en Mansehra el 3 de julio de 2007 protestando contra los enfrentamientos en la mezquita roja de Islamabad.


Estudiantes religiosas islámicas escapan del tiroteo. Durante meses han desafiado a las autoridades en la capital de la nación. (BBC)

Pero lo bueno llega en la noche del 4 al 5 de julio. Un grupo de mujeres con burqa salen de la mezquita para rendirse. Entre las mujeres, todas con burqas negros que las tapan enteras, una mujer policía nota que una de ellas es especialmente alta y gorda y le extraña su complexión. Así que decide cachearla.

Cuando descubre la verdad, grita “Esto no es una mujer”, mientras los policías masculinos se tiran encima suyo para arrestarle. Era Maulana Abdul Aziz, el “leading cleric“, o sea, el clérigo jefe de la mezquita.

Después de todas las cosas que ha dicho y todos los juramentos que ha hecho hacer a sus estudiantes sobre abrazar el martirio con él, miren a este hombre, ha querido escaparse vestido de mujer,” ha declarado Azeem (ViceMinistro de Información) a AFP.

Pero si interesante ha sido su huída, aún más las declaraciones después de su captura. Ha negado tener vínculos con Al-Qaeda, aunque “su mezquita tenía una relación de afecto y amor con todas las organizaciones jihadistas“. También ha dicho que ellos siempre han estado preparados para el diálogo. Si no fuera tan trágico y peligroso, sería digno de comedia.

Mientras las autoridades siguen preocupadas porque no saben si van a usar a los niños y mujeres que aún quedan dentro de escudos humanos. Una de las estudiantes que salieron de la mezquita declaró ayer que “ellos sólo quieren el martirio“. Pero viendo al “leading cleric“, quien desde luego no quiere el martirio, habría que preguntarse si los que están dentro todavía lo quieren.

Noticias relacionadas: Los abogados están investigando las alegaciones de un joven de 30 años que fue torturado y violado por 30 hombres por no querer convertirse al Islam en Paquistán. La policía mientras se niega a siquiera admitir la cinta de vídeo que grabó el ataque porque “hay una persona de importancia que es su principal atacante que no quiere que se abra una investigación”. El hombre está seriamente herido y no puede moverse.

junio 23, 2007

Paquistán expande su programa nuclear

Filed under: Islamismo,Paquistán,terrorismo — Nora @ 9:28 pm

broomsticksNoticias muy preocupantes, considerando el clima de Islamismo que se vive en el país asiático:

Imágenes por satélite muestran que Paquistán está construyendo un nuevo reactor nuclear que puede producir plutonio con graduación suficiente para construir armas nucleares, según un grupo americano de monitorización de armas, señalando que esto puede contribuir a la carrera armamentística nuclear que mantiene con su archirival la India.

Una foto tomada el 3 de junio permite ver que los trabajos están progresando rápidamente en el reactor del sitio nuclear de Khushab, situado a 170 km al sur de la capital paquistaní, Islamabad, según el Instituto de Ciencias para la Securidad Internacional. El desarrollo del reactor y otras actividades relacionadas con lo nuclear “implican” que Paquistán ha decidido “incrmentar de manera significativa su producción de plutonio para armas nucleares,” dijo el instituto con sede en Washington al analizar las imágenes.

Un oficial de la Autoridad para la Energía Atómica paquistaní dijo que el país estaba “extendiendo su infraestructura,” pero declinó cualquier comentario sobre los detalles del reportaje. “Somos un estado declarado nuclear y estamos siguiendo nuestro programa nuclear para objetivos pacíficos,” dijo el oficial, que no quiso ser identificado por la sensibilidad de la cuestión. “Lo estamos haciendo para nuestros intereses nacionales.”

Pakistan ha señalado repetidamente que desarrollará su programa nuclear secreto y que mantendrá su arsenal atómico para frenar a India, su más poderoso vecino, a pesar de importantes filtraciones tecnológicas imporantes especialmente a Irán.

Pakistan expanding nuclear program – USATODAY.com

En Paquistán, Osama es honrado como un héroe y un clérigo extremista quiere el título de “Sir” para él:

sami+ul+haq“Los musulmanes deberían conferir el título de ‘Sir’ y todos los demás honores a bin Laden y [al líder talibán] Mullah Omar en respuesta a la decisión vergonzosa de Gran Bretaña de hacer caballero a Rushdie,” Sami ul Haq, (a la derecha) el líder del partido pro-talibán Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, dijo en un comunicado.
Europa y las naciones occidentales están intencionadamente empujando a los musulmanes al extremismo al honrar a esta persona deshonrosa,” dijo Haq said. [sí, claro, no me haga reír. Y no voy a hablar sobre su cara…smile_sick].
El líder extremista, quien es also un miembro del Parlamento, pidió al Gobierno paquistaní que deje de apoyar la guerra contra el terrorismo auspiciada por EEUU.

El momento no es el mejor para Musharraf,cuyo futuro político es dudoso después de echar al presidente del Tribunal Supremo Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry.

También hay que tener en cuenta la The última operación contra los Talibanes/base de Al-Qaeda que ha tenido lugar en Paquistán:

Los terroristas que resultaron muertos en una explosión en el área de Datakhel cerca de la frontera afgana en una área abandonada de Miramshah han sido identificados.

Fuentes militares han señalado que en el supuesto seminario religioso murieron 33 personas de las que 27 han sido identificadas como extranjeros. De ellos 19 fueron identificados como árabes, mientras qeu 4 eran de Turkmenistan.

Un momento muy difícil, desde luego.

mayo 1, 2007

Pakistan: 28-year-old Catholic man tortured by mob and police

From AsiaNews.it h/t Free Thoughts:

A mob of Muslims tortured a Catholic man on April 13 in Kotri, Sindh province, accusing him of writing blasphemous words against Muhammad. When the Police intervened, it arrested the tortured man. In prison he was tortured again in order to get him to “confess.” According to the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA), Sattar Masih, a 28-year-old Catholic man, was arrested by police despite the lack of evidence, put in jail and tortured to get his confession. He was supposed to get married the following day.

Instead, Maulana Mohammad Umer, imam at a local mosque, filed a complaint against Mr Masih under Section 295–A and 295–C (commonly known as the blasphemy law) of the Pakistan Penal Code. Penalties include the death sentence for anyone who offends Islam’s prophet and sacred texts.

The Police also arrested Sattar Masih’s 60-year-old uncle, Mushtaq Masih, and his son, who was later released. Mushtaq Masih, who is employed as a sweeper by the municipal administration, is still in the lock up in the same police station for investigation but was suspended from his job because of his arrest under suspicion of blasphemy.

Considering Pakistan’s climate, it does not surprise me.

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abril 29, 2007

Jihad in Pakistan: now also women and children

Filed under: Islamismo,Paquistán,terrorismo,terroristas — Nora @ 3:45 pm
I have written about the Pakistani President Musharraf and how he is capitulating to the Talibans. But there are more related news from The New Stateman:

You must understand,” says Maulana Sami ul-Haq, “that Pakistan and Islam are synonymous.” The principal of Darul Uloom Haqqania, a seminary in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), is a tall and jovial man. He grabs my hand as he takes me round the seminary. Maulana ul-Haq laughs when I ask his views on jihad. “It is the duty of all Muslims to support those groups fighting against oppression,” he says.

The Haqqania is one of the largest madrasas in Pakistan. It produces about 3,000 graduates, most from exceptionally poor backgrounds, every year. The walls of the student dormitory are decorated with tanks and Kalashnikovs. A group of students, all with black beards, white turbans and grey dresses, surrounds me. They are curious and extremely polite. We chat under the watchful eye of two officers from Pakistan’s intelligence services. What would they do after they graduate, I ask. “Serve Islam,” they reply in unison. “We will dedicate our lives to jihad.”

Pakistan is reverberating with the call of jihad. For more than two months, the capital, Islamabad, has been held hostage by a group of burqa-clad women, armed with sticks and shouting: “Al-jihad, al-jihad.

Source: Jihad Watch: Pakistan: The Taliban takeover

And Pakistan already has the nuclear bomb…

About the Jihadi Taliban women of Pakistan:

The ninjas. The burqa brigade. The women in black. For some years now I’ve been hearing such terms thrown around with disdain by “burqa-unfriendly” sections of Pakistani society to describe the women who swathe themselves entirely in black. The terms are disparaging, but until recently they were a joke, not invested with the property of fear invoked by the ninjas’ male counterparts: the beards, the fundos, the jihadis. In the past few weeks, all that has changed.

The first sign of trouble occurred in January when the female students of Islamabad’s Jamia Hafsa madrasa occupied a children’s library to protest against the demolition of 80 mosques encroaching on public land. Rather than resorting to its usual brute-force tactics, the government sent in the minister for religious affairs to promise that those mosques already demolished would be rebuilt.

[…]

Then, in March, dozens of girls from Jamia Hafsa kidnapped three women and a baby from a house they claimed was a brothel. Next they kidnapped two policemen. Newspaper front pages were splashed with pictures of the ninjas chasing away plain-clothes policemen while wielding long sticks. They have also taken to patrolling the bazaars, threatening the owners of DVD and CD stores, which they claim spread pornography and vice. Every few days the papers now carry pictures of DVD bonfires.

The girls of Jamia Hafsa have their male counterparts at the adjoining Jamia Fareedia madrasa for men. But “Jamia Fareedia” has not entered Pakistan’s vocabulary in the way “Jamia Hafsa” has, and the part that the male students play in their campaign of “virtue” has gone compa ratively unremarked on, though they, too, were present at the kidnappings and are part of the intimidation of video store owners. In fact, the femaleness of the female students seems to be causing almost as much consternation as the decision by the brothers who run the two madrasas to impose a parallel sharia system of justice within their premises and their warnings of suicide attacks if the government doesn’t also impose sharia law.

The gendered nature of the commentary about the Jamia Hafsa students cuts across many sections of society – from the radio DJ who, tongue firmly in cheek, declared the theme of his show “girl power – in honour of the ladies of Jamia Hafsa”, to the highly respected journalist deploying the phrase “chicks with sticks”, to the head of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (the offshoot of the banned militant party Lashkar-e-Toiba) opposing the students’ actions on the grounds that it is un-Islamic for women to take a leadership position, to General Musharraf dismissing the vigilantes as “misguided women” – which seems to suggest that they wouldn’t or couldn’t behave as they were doing if not for someone else (presumably male) guiding their actions. Musharraf has also used gender as an excuse for not taking action against their flagrant violations of the law. “We respect women,” he intoned with great sincerity, put ting aside the fact that women are being harassed and kidnapped by the JH students.

Source: New Statesman – “Misguided women

Aussie News and Views has more about this girls. And a photo of them at “class”:

They have even threatened with beginning a campaign of suicide attacks. Sex equality is not that, at least for me…

Yesterday, there was another suicide attack in Pakistan, where 28 people were killed. The suicide bomber aimed at the Pakistan’s interior minister, Aftab Khan Sherpao (right, the Interior Minister appears on TV just after the attack), and his son. Neither of them were killed, but suffered only little cuts and bruises.

Also in Le Monde.

More about delicacy with pre-Islamic and non-Islamic art:

Some 35,000 petroglyphs located in Pakistan’s Indus River area will soon be flooded by a giant dam. An archeologist from Heidelberg is trying to save as much as he can before encroaching modernity destroys the remote area’s cultural history.” — from this article

Right, “The symbol of a great kingdom: The depiction of a mighty capricorn originates from the 6th century BC. Persian stone carving artists left the image behind on a cliff“.

Right, “This large rock found at Hodur West features two Buddhas next to a shrine“.

But I think the best of them is this one:

“Memento mori: “Remember You Are Mortal,” reads this inscription, which is written in Brahmi, the Sanscrit script“.

The experts consider that the destruction of these stones would be similar to the destruction of the Afghan Buddhas by the Talibans some years ago.

All photos from Der Spiegel Online and Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften.

More from Jihad Watch: Pakistan bans play for ridiculing burka.

“The veil has long been part of local culture and nobody is allowed to make fun of these values,” Minister for Culture Ghazi Gulab Jamal said.

The satirical play Burqa Vaganza was staged this month by Ajoka Theatre at the Arts Council in the eastern city of Lahore, known as the country’s cultural capital.

Islamist women lawmakers raised the issue in the lower house, saying that the play was against the “Koranic injunctions on the veil.”

[…]Predictably, religious conservative Pakistanis did not find it funny, going as far as to describe the play as blasphemous, a crime in Pakistan that can carry a death sentence.

“They have committed blasphemy against the Prophet (Mohammad),” Razia Aziz, a female lawmaker from the Islamist opposition alliance, told the National Assembly.

That is, ISLAMIST WOMEN, such us the ones who attacked three women accusing them of having a brothel some days ago…

But if what you have read is not sufficient, here comes another fact: Video shows 12-year-old beheading man.

KILI FAQIRAN, Pakistan – The boy with the knife looks barely 12. In a high-pitched voice, he denounces the bound, blindfolded man before him as an American spy. Then he hacks off the captive’s head to cries of “God is great!” and hoists it in triumph by the hair.
A video circulating in Pakistan records the grisly death of Ghulam Nabi, a Pakistani militant accused of betraying a top Taliban official who was killed in a December airstrike in Afghanistan.
An Associated Press reporter confirmed Nabi’s identity by visiting his family in Kili Faqiran, their remote village in southwestern Pakistan.
The video, which was obtained by AP Television News in the border city of Peshawar on Tuesday, appears authentic and is unprecedented in jihadist propaganda because of the youth of the executioner.
Captions mention Mullah Dadullah, the Taliban’s current top commander in southern Afghanistan, although he does not appear in the video. The soundtrack features songs praising Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar and “Sheikh Osama” — an apparent reference to Osama bin Laden, who is suspected of hiding along the Afghan-Pakistan border.
The footage shows Nabi making what is described as a confession, being blindfolded with a checkered scarf.
“He is an American spy. Those who do this kind of thing will get this kind of fate,” says his baby-faced executioner, who is not identified.
A continuous 2 1/2-minute shot then shows the victim lying on his side on a patch of rubble-strewn ground. A man holds Nabi by his beard while the boy, wearing a camouflage military jacket and oversized white sneakers, cuts into the throat. Other men and boys call out “Allahu akbar!” — “God is great!” — as blood spurts from the wound.
The film, overlain with jihadi songs, then shows the boy hacking and slashing at the man’s neck until the head is severed.

Have you heard any protests by UN, UNICEF, the EU or any other of these busybodies? Any Government? No, because this boy is also a peaceful militant, fighting against bad Muslim Jihadi

Small Dead Animals and The Belmont Club:

This danger, more than five years later, has assumed menacing proportions. The rapid escalation of violence orchestrated by Islamist extremists across Pakistan in recent times and cumulative efforts to further radicalize the country have now led Musharraf’s military regime to revisit the idea of madrassa (seminary) reforms.

[…] Speaking on the status of education in Pakistan, Education Minister Javed Ashraf Qazi disclosed, at the Civil Service Academy in Lahore in the first week of April, that there were 5,459 madrassas in Punjab province; 2,843 in NWFP; 1,935 in Sindh; 1,193 in the Northern Areas; 769 in Balochistan; 586 in “Azad” (Pakistan-occupied) Kashmir; 135 in the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas; and 77 in the capital, Islamabad.

A majority of the extremist seminaries that preach and support militant violence follow the Deobandi sect and are associated with the Wafaq-ul-Madaris, the main confederacy of seminaries. According to the International Crisis Group (ICG), “The two factions of the Deobandi political parties, JUI-Fazlur Rehman [Jamaat-e-Ulema-Islam faction headed by Maulana Fazlur Rehman] and JUI-Samiul Haq, run over 65% of all madrassas in Pakistan.” Rehman and Haq are widely considered to be the primary backers of the Taliban.

Of course, and now they are going to be allowed by Jihadis and Islamists to make a reform of the system that is going to change precisely the main source of power of Jiadis and Islamists.

Musharraf has also announced that NATO and he himself are losing the war against the Talibans. Hmm, encouraging eh???

China-Pakistan agree to work jointly for peace and stability in the region.

The definition of Islamic democracy: Pakistani cleric, Maulana Abu Aziz:

The cleric also criticised democracy, saying it was a flawed system. “Democracy is nothing, but counting of heads. It cannot differentiate between good and bad people, as in this system the vote of a devout Muslim equals the vote of a frail Muslim,” he said.

Left: students chanting anti-American slogans while burning thousands of DVDs, videos and music CDs at the Lal Mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan.

h/t Don Singleton, who commenting the photo, says:

Of course these peace loving students paid for all of those DVDs, videos, and music. Didn’t they?

So the conclusion can be extracted from The Belmont Club:
despite promises to clean up its madrassas, Pakistan’s 13,000 Muslim seminaries, with an enrollment of 1.5 million, have opposed all efforts at reform and now threatens to add to the homegrown Islamist threat Musharraf described as “eating us from within”

An interesting video on the Madrassas’ problem:

Sent to Open Trackbacks: The Right Nation, Dumb Ox and Woman Honor thyself.

abril 25, 2007

Musharraf wants to forbid the insult to Islam in order to prevent terrorism

Filed under: Islamismo,libertad de pensamiento,Paquistán,Spain,Zapatero — Nora @ 11:09 pm

[Translation below] 

Los Gobiernos de España y Pakistán suscribieron ayer una declaración conjunta en la que anuncian su intención de adoptar nuevos acuerdos bilaterales para luchar contra el terrorismo. La firma de esa declaración tuvo lugar en el Palacio de la Moncloa, tras una entrevista mantenida por el jefe del Ejecutivo, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, con el presidente de la República Islámica de Pakistán, general Pervez Musharraf, que ayer comenzó una visita oficial a España.

Musharraf acudió a La Moncloa nada más llegar a Madrid y, por la noche, asistió a una cena ofrecida en su honor por Sus Majestades los Reyes, y a la que asistió también el Príncipe de Asturias. En esa cena, Don Juan Carlos subrayó, entre otras cosas, que España y Pakistán son dos países que comparten «el profundo dolor provocado por la brutal barbarie y total sinrazón del terrorismo», pero también tienen en común «el compromiso de hacer frente a dicha lacra, así como a otros desafíos globales, como la inmigración ilegal, el narcotráfico o la criminalidad organizada».

Musharraf, por su parte, recordó que su país ha tenido un papel esencial en la lucha contra el terrorismo y dijo que éste fenómeno sólo se podrá afrontar eficazmente si se entienden sus causas subyacentes. «A no ser -dijo- que pongamos fin a la ocupación extranjera y la represión de los pueblos musulmanes, el terrorismo y el extremismo continuarán incorporando partidarios entre los musulmanes enajenados en distintas partes del mundo».

Además, consideró «indispensable» que «se ponga fin a la discriminación racial y religiosa contra los musulmanes y que se prohíba que nadie calumnie a nuestra gran religión, que llama a la paz, la armonía y la hermandad».

En el comunicado conjunto suscrito en La Moncloa se afirma también que «España y Pakistán rechazaron la identificación del terrorismo con cualquier nación, cultura o religión y se comprometieron a estudiar iniciativas para el desarrollo y fortalecimiento del diálogo intercultural e interreligioso», valorando de forma «muy positiva» la Alianza de Civilizaciones promovida por España y la estrategia paquistaní «Moderación Ilustrada». Según una nota de la Secretaría de Estado de Comunicación, al abordar la cooperación antiterrorista con Pakistán, Zapatero la calificó de «excelente» y Musharraf expresó su opinión de que «la pobreza y la marginación están en el origen del terrorismo»

Source: ABC.es: nacional – nacional – Musharraf exige prohibir la calumnia al Islam para evitar el terrorismo

Translation:

The Spanish and Pakistani Governments subscribed yesterday a joint statement in which they announced their intention to adopt new bilateral aggreements to fight terrorism. It took place in the Moncloa Palace, after an interview between the Spanish President, Mr. Zapatero, and the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf, who begun yesterday an official visit to Spain.

Musharraf went first to La Moncloa just after arriving in Madrid, and at night, he attended a dinner offered in his honour by the King and Queen of Spain. The Crown Prince also attended the dinner.

In that dinner, Don Juan Carlos underlined, among other things, that Spain and Pakistan are “two countries who share the brutal barbarity of terrorism”, but which also have in common the “compromise to face it, as other global challenges as the illegal immigration, the drug traffic or the organised crime“.

Musharraf reminded that his country has had an essential role in the fight against terrorism and said that this phenomenon can only be fought efficiently if its causes are understood. “If we don’t put the foreign occupation and the repression of the Muslim people to an end, the terrorism and the extremism will continue to grow between the Muslims, alienated in different parts of the world“.

He also considered “indispensable” that “the racial and religious discrimination against Muslims is ended and that the insult to Islam is forbidden as Islam is a religion that calls for peace, harmony and brotherhood“.

In the joint statement it’s said that “Spain and Pakistan rejected any identification of terrorism with any nation, culture or religion and compromised themselves to study some ways to strenghen and development of the intercultural and inter-religious dialogue“, considering as “very positive” the Alliance of Civilizations promoted by Spain and the Pakistani strategy of “Enlighted Moderation”. According to an official statement of the State Secretary for Communication, Zapatero considered that the anti-terrorist cooperation with Pakistan is excelent and Musharraf said that “poverty and marginalization are the basis of terrorism“.

This said by Musharraf, who has allowed the destruction of a cemetery from blasphemes:

Pakistani police bulldozers have demolished the perimeter wall of a cemetery belonging to the “blasphemous” Armadiya community, despite the fact that it had been built according to laws regulating privately bought property.

More from Sugiero.

Lawyer Beating-thumbThis is the same man who expelled the Pakistani Chief Justice because he did not like what this man was investigating, decission which arouse hundreds of protests through the streets(see my post on the protest here). Metroblogging Islamabad has more about the protests, which turned out violent.

MSM are speaking about the talibanisation of Pakistan: regarding an affair which has shown that the Government wants to enforce Sharia law as it was asked by a radical Islamabad mosque. More from Jihad Watch.

talibanización de Paquistán

AABPARA MARKET, in an Islamabad neighbourhood of junior government employees, is known as the place where you can get everything at half the price of those in the city’s posh shopping squares, plus stuff you won’t find anywhere else. In its busy inner lanes are about a dozen or so shops selling DVDs, VCDs and music cassettes. Beginning February, the shops started getting unusual visitors who made it clear the very first time they were not out on a shopping trip.

“They came three or four times, some 10 or 15 of them at a time. Their faces were covered and they were holding sticks, and they said to me, `your business is against Islam. You are spreading vice. Why don’t you switch to some other business?'” remembered one shop owner, who didn’t want his name published.

The boys said they were from the mosque. The Lal Masjid runs two madrassas — the Jamia Fareedia for men and the Jamia Hafsa for women. The mosque and the madrassas are well known for their pro-Taliban sympathies and for the dissemination of militancy.

At first, none of the shopkeepers took the visits seriously. Then, one night in March, some 40 Jamia Hafsa girls, accompanied by an equal number of boys from the Lal Masjid, entered a home in the neighbourhood and dragged out the three women inside, accusing them of running a brothel. Tied up in white sheets, the women were dragged through the neighbourhood and into the Jamia Hafsa, where they were imprisoned for two days. They also took two policemen hostage, in retaliation for the arrests of two teachers suspected of involvement in the kidnap.

A few days later, on a Friday afternoon, the owner of a music shop in Aabpara heaped up his videos and DVDs and CDs on the road outside the mosque. After noon prayers at the Lal Masjid, under the eyes of the mosque administrators and madrassa students, Bilal, the shop owner, set fire to the heap. As the flames ate the movies, he told reporters that he had given up his business voluntarily. He realised it was anti-Islamic. He would start anew with something else.

Abdul Aziz Ghazi, the Lal Masjid prayer leader, announced that if the Government did not close down all brothels and shops in Islamabad selling movies and music within a month, the students would start taking action on their own. He threatened fidayeen suicide attacks if the Government tried to stop them.

(h/t The Moderate Voice).

More about Pakistan here.

El Mercado de AABPARA, un barrio de jóvenes empleados del Gobierno, es conocido porque en él se puede obtener a mitad del precio al que venden las tiendas pijas del centro. En sus calles bulliciosas se puede encontrar cualquier cosa que no se puede encontrar en ningún otro sitio, tales como DVDs, VCDs y casettes de música. Desde el principio de febrero, las tiendas empezaron a recibir visitantes inusuales que hicieron ver por primera vez que no iban a comprar.broomsticks

“Vinieron tres o cuatro veces, entre 10 y 15 cada vez. Sus caras estaban tapadas y llevaban palos y me dijeron: tu negocio es contrario al Islam. Estás expandiendo el vicio. ¿Por qué no cambias a otros negocios?“, recuerda el dueño de una tienda que no quiso que publicásemos su nombre.

Dijeron que eran de una mezquita. La Lal Masjid dirige 2 madrassas – la Jamia Fareedia para hombres y la Jamia Hafsa para mujeres. La mezquita y las madrassas son bien conocidas por sus simpatías pro-talibán y el proselitismo de sus doctrinas.

Al principio, ningún comerciante se tomó las visitas en serio. Pero una noche, en Marzo, alrededor de 40 chicas de Jamia Hafsa, acompañadas de un número igual de chicos de Lal Masjid, entraron en una casa del barrio y sacaron fuera a las tres mujeres que vivían allí, acusándolas de dirigir un burdel. Atadas con sábanas blancas las mujeres fueron conducidas por el barrio a la mezquita Jamia Hafsa, donde fueron retenidas durante 2 días. También secuestraron a dos policías, en venganza por los arrestos de los 2 profesores sospechosos de haber tenido que ver con el secuestro.

Unos días después, un viernes por la tarde, el dueño de una tienda de música puso todos sus vídeos, DVDs y CDs en la calle fuera de la mezquita. Después de los rezos de mediodía en Lal Masjid, bajo la mirada de los administradores de la mezquitay de los estudiantes de la madrassa, Bilal, el dueño de la tienda, los prendió fuego. Mientras que las películas eran devoradas por el fuego, dijo a los periodistas que había decidido dejar su negocio voluntariamente. Se había dado cuenta de que era anti-islámico. Empezaría uno nuevo con cualquier otra cosa.

Abdul Aziz Ghazi, el líder predicador de Lal Masjid, anunció que si el Gobierno no cerraba todos los burdeles y tiendas que venden en Islamabad películas y música en el plazo de 1 mes, los estudiantes pasarían a la acción. Amenazó con atentados suicidas de fedaiyines si el Gobierno trataba de detenerles. 

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Bill Roggio: The Talibanisation of the Northwest Frontier Province. It also underlines that the judicial crisis has hidden the reality of many Talibans living in Islamabad prepared for ousting Musharraf.

And consider the danger: Pakistan is already a nuclear power…

Read also The Belmont Club: The Musharraf Era.

But of course, the oppressors, marginalised, bla, bla, bla… are the Westerners. How about denouncing the oppression, marginalization… that Muslims are making to other Muslims for a change, Mr. Musharraf? Eeh, no, because the fedayines can come…

 

abril 19, 2007

Talibans update: beheadings, killings and other Jihadi behaviour

Allegations Iran is arming Afghan rebels are aired publicly by US officials for the first time.

Source: US accuses Iran of supplying arms to Taliban

More about this in Freedom’s Zone. According to the latter Richard Boucher, US Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asian Affairs, in a meeting with EU officials in Brussels, said Iran was a “developing issue of concern.”

His comments come only a day after Pentagon’s top general Peter Pace said coalition forces in Afghanistan had intercepted Iranian-made mortars and explosives destined for the Taliban.
“We don’t know exactly who is doing this and why, but we know that these have been Iranian origin weapons that have shown up in the hands of the Taliban,” Boucher said. “We have been seeing a series of indicators that Iran is getting more involved in an unhealthy way in Afghanistan,” the US official warned.
Boucher insisted that the “military defeat of the Taliban was not the “key task.” The focus was on building Afghan democracy and strengthening the outreach of the government.
“This is where terrorism originally came from,” said Boucher referring to Al-Qaeda’s use of Afghan territory. He said a democratic Afghanistan would therefore play a vital role in stabilizing the region.
“There is an historic opportunity to change the dynamic in this region and create an area of stability between Asia and the Middle East,” he said.

Varios oficiales EEUU han declarado que Irán está armando a los talibanes. No saben cómo lo hacen, pero sí que han interceptado armas de fabricación iraní (morteros y explosivos) con destino los talibanes. Boucher, asistente de la Secretario de Estado EEUU para el Asia central y del sur, ha añadido que “Irán cada vez está implicado de peor de manera en Afganistán“, que “allí se ha ido a defender la democracia y no tanto a sólo derrotar a los talibanes” y que es una oportunidad histórica de crear un área de estabilidad en la zona.

Hmm, qué sorpresa, ¿no? Irán, la perfecta democracia islámica ayudando a los talibanes… que muy pacíficos no parecen:

Afghans face suicide attacks, beheadings and abductions by the Taleban, says an Amnesty International report.

A report by Amnesty International says that attacks on civilians are widespread and systematic, and are used by Taleban rebels to instil fear.

The report says that scores of civilians have been deliberately killed by the Taleban in the past two years.

It accuses the Taleban of “war crimes” and “crimes against humanity”.

‘War crimes’

Targets between January 2005 and March 2007 have included women’s rights activists, election candidates, clerics, government and health workers and teachers.

Taleban fighters in Zabul

The Taleban are accused of treating some civilians as the enemy

At least 183 schools were burned in arson attacks across the country between 2005-2006.

Amnesty say that most victims of Taleban violence are apparently branded as “spies” or “collaborators”.

In one “brutal” incident cited by the organisation last week, an Afghan journalist was killed by the Taleban, reportedly by having his throat slit. –and they write “brutal

Ajmal Naqshbandi, 25, had been taken hostage in March along with an Italian reporter, Daniele Mastrogiacomo, and their Afghan driver, Sayed Agha.

While Daniele Mastrogiacomo was released in a prisoner exchange, Sayed Agha was beheaded.

Amnesty say that the Taleban’s military rulebook, or Laheya, explicitly sanctions targeting and killing civilians.

Link to Taleban ‘war crimes’ on Afghans

Of course, the charitable Talibans have rejected the report h/t Clarity and Resolve.

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La ONG Amnistía Internacional ha denunciado a los talibanes por las numerosas atrocidades que están cometiendo frente a los civiles. Mujeres defensoras de sus derechos, políticos, periodistas o simplemente civiles que estaban en el lugar equivocado han sido asesinados deliberadamente por los talibanes. Previamente los consideran “espías” o “colaboradores”. Así, la semana pasada un periodista fue asesinado por espía, como dirían los antiguos, por el método de “cortarle el pescuezo“. También fueron asesinados de esta forma el intérprete y el chófer de Mastrogiacomo, el periodista italiano al que los talibanes liberaron porque lograron que el Gobierno afgano pusiera en la calle a 5 talibanes peligrosos.

Por supuesto, los pacíficos insurgentes-militantes-rebeldes lo han negado, diciendo que sólo mataban “a los y a los que los ayudaban“. Claro, el chófer de Mastroiacomo era un peligroso agente internacional que quería infiltrarse entre los talibanes… Pero ¿quién le mandaba a él ser chófer? Debería haber comenzado una fabulosa carrera como espiritual y pacífico talibán.

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cooperantes_afganistanWe also have to add that today there are two French from an NGO kidnapped by the Talibans:

The Canadian TV CBC has shown some images of the two French NGO workers, kidnapped 10 days ago in the south-East of Afghanistan, in which both of them tell the camera they are fearing for their lifes.

In the images we can also see three Afghans, the driver and two interpreters, also kidnapped, and their kidnappers, strongl armed, as the TV has stated, while at the same time adding they were not going to show the images.

The images are proof that both of them can be alive by now.

The French President, Mr. Chirac, asked on Friday (a week ago) to Afghan President, Karzai, to make “all possible efforts” to achieve the liberation of the 2 kidnapped French, apparently by the Taliban. Chirac asked for an effort to Karzai and underlined the importance of the mutual support between the authorities of both countries.

This Chirac… has he considered what the taliban have said about the Mastroiacomo’s liberation?

Dadullah, the Taliban’s top operations commander, made the claim to a Pakistani journalist shortly after the Afghan government traded the five militants for Daniele Mastrogiacomo of La Repubblica.

He said he felt so happy that he would take a rest and let his brother take the reins for a while,” said Rahimullah Yusufzai, a veteran reporter from Peshawar, who interviewed Dadullah by phone. “He said that any western journalist who does not seek permission is going to be arrested.”

The deal has triggered a heated debate across Europe. Italian opposition politicians and some newspapers accused the prime minister, Romano Prodi, of caving in to terrorists. In London, a Foreign Office spokeswoman said the swap sent “the wrong signal to prospective hostage-takers”.

Taliban plan more kidnappings after Italian deal | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited

Hmm, what a profitable industry, hein?

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La cadena de televisión canadiense CBC ha obtenido imágenes que muestran a dos cooperantes franceses secuestrados hace diez días en el suroeste de Afganistán, en el que los dos rehenes expresan temor por su vida. En las imágenes también se ve a los tres rehenes afganos el conductor y dos traductores con los ojos vendados, y los secuestradores que les custodian fuertemente armados, según ha explicado la cadena, que ha decidido no emitir las imágenes.

La mujer secuestrada suplica por su vida mientras que su colega, que se identifica como Erik, también hace un llamamiento similar. Según informa la televisión canadiense en su página web, el canal ha decidido no emitir las imágenes, consideradas una prueba de que los dos trabajadores humanitarios de la organización no gubernamental Terre d’Enfance y los tres afganos que viajaban con ellos cuando fueron secuestrados pueden continuar con vida.

El presidente francés, Jacques Chirac, pidió el viernes a su homologo afgano, Hamid Karzai, que se hagan “todos los esfuerzos” posibles para conseguir la liberación de dos cooperantes franceses secuestrados el 3 de abril pasado, aparentemente por los talibanes. El presidente francés pidió un esfuerzo a Karzai y subrayó la importancia del apoyo mutuo entre las autoridades de ambos países con el objetivo de liberar a los activistas humanitarios, según un portavoz oficial.

Source: Tizas – Los taliban exhiben a los cooperantes secuestrados

Y es que hace unos días ya lo anunció Dadullah, el jefe Talibán, que iban a continuar con los secuestros y que después del de Mastroiacomo, estaba tan feliz que se iba a tomar unas vacaciones.

Como decíamos en el colegio: estaba más feliz que una lombriz, aunque en este caso, sea un insulto para la pobre lombriz…

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Another proof of the violence against civilians is the killing of girls’ teachers:

Police in Afghanistan’s southeastern province of Khost say Taliban militants shot dead the headmaster of a girls’ school in eastern Afghanistan on April 17. Authorities say Ghulam Haider, of the Kundi girls’ school, was killed while walking to a mosque for morning prayers.

Another headmaster was killed in a similar shooting on April 15 in the province’s Gorboz district.

Afghan Education Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar said more than 40 Afghan teachers have been killed in Taliban attacks against schools and colleges during the past year.

Source: Clarity & Resolve: Afghanistan – Jihad Against Girls’ Education

La policía de la provincia de Khost (Sur de Afganistán) han dicho que los militantes talibanes han matado a disparos al director de un colegio femenino el 17 de abril. Las autoridades han añadido que a Ghulam Haider, del colegio femenino Khundi, le asesinaron mientras iba caminado hacia la mezquita para las oraciones de la mañana.

A otro director de escuela le mataron de forma semejante el 15 de abril en Gorboz.

El Ministro de Educación afgano dijo que los talibanes han asesinado a más de 40 profesores afganos en ataques a colegios y escuelas durante el pasado año.

Si es que es lo que tienen los insurgentes talibanes. ¿Para qué van ellos a respetar algo tan occidental como los Derechos Humanos?

Así que el Comandante USA del Gobierno Central de las Fuerzas en Afganistán está pidiendo a la OTAN que se implique más y envíe más tropas. No sólo es por cuestiones militares si no sobre todo para ayudar a los civiles.

NATO needs to provide more forces to assist in ongoing security and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, the commander of U.S. Central Command said during his testimony at a Congressional hearing today. The top U.S. military commander in Iraq, Army Gen. Dan K. McNeill, has asked NATO headquarters for more troops, Navy Adm. William J. Fallon told House Armed Services Committee members. McNeill took command of more than 30,000 NATO and U.S. troops in early February. McNeill “is on record as asking the alliance in Brussels for additional assets“, Fallon said.

He needs them not only in terms of military forces and capabilities such as rotary-wing lift to move these forces in the field, but he also needs some help in the civilian world.

Today, there are about 26,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Around 14,000 U.S. forces are under McNeill as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. The other 12,000 American forces in Afghanistan fall under U.S. command and are conducting special operations and Afghan army training missions.

Source: More NATO Help Needed in Afghanistan, Fallon Says

Are the Euroweenies going to send more troops? Are we going really to defend the Human Rights of this poor Human Beings, trapped in the same place with such bastards? Or not?

Related news: 24 Taleban fighters killed in Afghan battle. (According to yahoo, the Taliban dead had been 27).

Afghan troops have torn down part of a new anti-Taleban fence being erected by Pakistan on the border between the two countries, officials in Kabul say.

They say the move led to fighting between Afghan and Pakistani troops. But Pakistan has denied the fence claim, saying the clashes started after one of its patrols came under fire. It was the first such fighting since Pakistan announced plans earlier this year to fence and mine sections of the border to restrict Taleban fighters. The Afghan government says the plan will endanger civilian lives and separate Pashtun tribes and families.

Source: BBC NEWS | World | South Asia | Afghanistan ‘border fence’ clash

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Las tropas afganas han partido una valla anti-talibanes que había erigido Pakistán en el borde entre ambos países, según las autoridades de Kabul. Dijeron también que esta era la primera vez que esa valla había dado lugar a luchas entre ambos.

Paquistán ha negado la protesta diciendo que la lucha se produjo cuando una de sus patrullas fue atacada. El gobierno de Afganistán dice que el plan va a poner en peligro vidas civiles y a separar tribus y familias Pashtún.

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marzo 17, 2007

Pakistan update: demonstrations against Musharraf and AlQaeda’s sanctuary

Pakistan is ruled by Gen. Musharraf, a US-backed General, who is being hardly critisized by the international community (and the US) because of two facts: his lack of respect for Human Rights and for not fighting AL-Qaeda in his territory.

Last of Gen. Musharraf’s doings is related in Winds of Change.net about the case of ex-Chief Pakistani Judge Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry. Facts show that the Judge had begun to take his role too seriously and could damage the intention of Gen. Musharraf not to give up Government this year as he had promissed. So Gen Musharraf has first, forced him to resign and, after, when the Judge refused, was held 5 hours in custody without allowing him to make phone calls. He was then placed under arrest, his case being submitted to the Chief Supreme Justice Council to hear it on March 13th. His charges have been secret. He has been finally suspended and violent protests are rising throughout Pakistan.

Riots in Pakistan

According to Telegraph,

Pakistani riot police today stormed the studios of a private television station in an effort to quell growing unrest over the dismissal of the country’s most senior judge.

Officers tear-gassed the channel’s employees after editors refused to stop broadcasting footage of demonstrations in support of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudry, who was suspended on Friday.

Mr Chaudry, known for his independent stance, is accused of “misconduct and misuse of authority”, a vague charge that critics say was concocted by President Pervez Musharraf.

They claim he was sacked because he might oppose any attempt by Mr Musharraf to stay on as head of the army. He is meant to relinquish his military role this year.

Riot police targeted Geo News’ Islamabad office because a camera stationed on the roof was filming anti-government demonstrations taking place on the streets below.

More about this attack to the Press freedom in Global Voices Online.

So who is to blame for the attack? The 14 policemen who took part who have been suspended.

Pajamas Media reports that the Government cannot find a single lawyer to defend it in its case before Tribunals.

Telegraph adds Gen. Mussharraf is facing the most serious challenge to his rule. It reports:

Hundreds of lawyers gathered to protest outside the supreme court shouting “Go, Musharraf, go!” and “America has a dog in a uniform!”

Senior figures from Pakistan’s major opposition political parties joined the protests and thousands of supporters of an alliance of six Islamic parties clashed with anti-riot police after Friday prayers.

Mr Chaudhry, who is effectively under house arrest and who was roughed-up by police on his way to the court for the first hearing earlier this week, said: “They are absolutely useless allegations. I am not going to resign”.

Gen. Musharraf considers the demonstrations are “a call against the nation“.

The lawyers are fighting back with stones. Not very peaceful demonstration…

Of course, respect for Human rights and fighting Al-Qaeda are somewhat difficult in an overwhelming hard-stand Muslim country in which that there are ten thousand madrassas who are forming 2 million would-be martyrs a year (h/t to MNM and The Gathering storm):

In Pakistan, ten thousand madrassahs prepare two million martyrs a year. On top of that, 198,166 primary, middle and secondary schools are working hard at manufacturing 27 million closet martyrs. Walk into any classroom of any government-run school and ninety-five per cent of what’s on display is martyrs. What we have thus managed to create is an ideal ‘culture of death’; a whole society of death worshippers.

There are certain parts of Pakistan in which having a shade can be cause of death (h/t Stormwarning’s Counterterrorism):

The government is unable to protect us so we will abide by what the Taliban tells us to do and stop shaving beards,” said Niamat, a barber in Khar, the headquarters of the Bajaur tribal agency along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

And the Taliban mean business, On Sunday night, bombs destroyed two barber shops and three others suffered partial damage after the owners refused to follow the orders.

“I am a Muslim and I know that no one can force me to shave or not to shave. This should be my decision,” said Nasir, a regular customer, wearing a green turtleneck sweater and jeans. “But I was threatened. They asked if I will obey the new laws; I will obey because I am afraid.”

And the problem is that barbers are normally very poor people:

A shave costs less than 2 cents — but the Taliban edict forbidding barbers to shave or even trim beards will cause severe economic hardship, and put many of the 200 barbers in Bajaur out of business.

Barbers are poor people, they have no other business,” said Ikram, another regular customer. “If they can’t give shaves, they will not be able to feed their children.”

A group of barbers told NBC News that their business had declined by 70 percent since the Taliban issued the edict.

So, this makes rather difficult fight Al-Qaeda and its leader, Bin Laden, which is said to be now living in Waziristan, and helping Afghan Talibans to regain power. Pakistan denied on March 7th, 2007 any new activity about this new quest for Bin Laden and friends (h/t RT). But there was a report in which a much more active presence of CIA was pointed out especially in the North zone, where the Pakistani armed forces had left some months ago due to the much critisized peace-deal with the tribal leaders. From the ABC Blog “The Blotter”:

Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell testified last week that current intelligence “to the best of our knowledge” puts both bin Laden and al Zawahri in Pakistan. It was the first time a high-ranking U.S. official publicly identified Pakistan as bin Laden’s hiding place.

In this context, Pakistan has menaced to stop anti-terror cooperation with US, if American military aid is made conditional on the country’s commitment to fight Al-Qaeda and, at the same time, 2 top Pakistan nuclear scientist are said to be in Taliban custody (h/t to Stormwarning Terrorism). We know that Taliban and Al-Qaeda are now allies to fight international forces in Afghanistan.

The visit of Cheney made that Pakistan detained Obaidullah, although the Pakistani Government rushed to say there was no connection. Some days later Afghanistan has detained also Sidi Akbar, who not only helped Al-Qaeda leader to escape, but also hosted him in the Eastern province of Aghanistan called Nuristan. His nationality? He is a Pakistani (h/t to RT). He is reportedly very close to Bin Laden and is believed to have “accompanied the Saudi terrorist leader from the Pakistani region of Chitral to the Afghan province of Nuristan. The report did not specify when the terrorist leader made this move but it is believed to have happened some months ago“.

But there is more. According to Crusade Media:

While al-Qaeda will continue to operate in Afghanistan and Iraq, it will broaden its global perspective to include Europe and hostile Muslim states, and is ready to resume the offensive. New fronts will soon be opened in several countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa, where al-Qaeda has its own command and control apparatus. The group’s alliance with the Taliban in Afghanistan, however, is under strain, as the latter have struck a deal with Pakistan over mutual cooperation, which is anathema to al-Qaeda.

Although al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has not made any recent public pronouncements, he is said to be active in al-Qaeda’s planning. [snip]

ASIA TIMES ONLINE’s contact said that al-Qaeda is so powerful in Saudi Arabia that the monarchy had no choice but to strike a deal. Similarly, it was al-Qaeda’s choice, he said, that it concentrate this year on Iraq. The intention is to consolidate in Iraq to the extent that al-Qaeda and the “coalition of the willing” have their respective and identified occupied areas from which to fight each other. The Saudi front is thus only deferred until al-Qaeda gains sufficient ground in Iraq. [snip]

Previously, Iran allowed al-Qaeda members to pass through its territory on the way to Iraq or other places. But in the wake of the sectarian troubles in Iraq, Tehran is somewhat hostile toward al-Qaeda. So it remains unclear whether Iran will facilitate al-Qaeda entering Iraq and destabilizing a Shi’ite government that is pro-American, but certainly also friendly with Iran.

[About Afghanistan, see my post here].

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Los disturbios de Pakistán generados por el arresto del Presidente del Tribunal Supremo por el Gen Mussharraf, cuando éste ha considerado que el Juez podía oponerse a su intención de continuar al frente del Gobierno, aún después de la fecha en que se había comprometido a dejarlo. El Gen. ha dicho que las protestas son un ataque a la Nación.

Asimismo, la lucha contra Al-Qaeda no va muy bien en un país en el que parece ser que se encuentra Bin Laden, en la zona limítrofe con Afganistán lo que está dificultando la lucha en este país. La influencia de los Talibanes, que acompañan a Bin Laden, se ha hecho sentir, imponiendo entre otras leyes como la de que cortarse la barba puede significar la muerte. Esta amenaza ha hecho que los barberos estén prácticamente en la calle.


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