PMLN should prefer its manifesto to terrorist outfit in Jhang// Shiite News Analysis Report

jos_rana_sanaullah_ssp_chiefSpecial Analysis Report of Shiite News on PML-N Leadership association with outlawed terrorists organization SSP Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) has sacrificed its election manifesto to secure support from a pro-Taliban and pro-Al-Qaeda sectarian terrorist outfit in the bye-election for a vacant seat (PP-82) of Punjab Assembly from District Jhang.   First, one must know what the PMLN said in the manifesto for Elections February-2008. Extremism and Terrorism is 8th point of 22-points manifesto that was released in December 2007:  The number of people with an extremist mindset in Pakistan is very small, but there is a much larger number of people, especially in NWFP and the Tribal areas, who regard the war on terror as a campaign against Islam. The use of force is and will remain necessary against foreign and local terrorists who take innocent lives and also to prevent infiltration across the Pakistan border, but it is even more important to win the hearts and minds of people who support them, through a concerted process of political engagement. PML (N) is committed to pursue this dual track approach and take resolute steps to eradicate the menace of extremism and terrorism which is also becoming a serious threat to life and property in Pakistan. During its previous tenure from 1997 to 1999, the PML (N) government took a series of measures to control terrorist group and counter their activities. It also supported the efforts of the international community to deal with this threat to peace and stability. In keeping with this policy PML (N) will intensify these efforts by: – Strengthening the capacity of law enforcing agencies to detect and control terrorist groups and their supporters; – Influencing the groups which directly or indirectly support terrorism, through political intermediaries and civil society organizations to adhere to basic Islamic principles of peace, moderation and justice. – Promoting the rule of law, tolerance and mutual respect in the country to overcome the sense of desperation which pushes certain segments of society towards extremism. – Taking steps to mainstream the tribal areas into the political, economic and cultural activities of the country and accelerating the pace of economic and social development in these areas. Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam (PMLQ)’s Member of Parliament Shaikh Waqas Akram told the Parliament on Tuesday February 23, 2010 that Rana Sanaullah, provincial law minister of the PMLN’s Punjab government, visited Jhang district on February 21, 2010 and met chief of a notorious terrorist group. Shaikh Waqas further said that under full official protocol on February 22, Mr. Rana spoke at a rally where banned terrorist outfit’s supporters raised slogans against Shia Muslims and called them kafir (heathen).   As you read PMLN proudly referred to its previous tenure from 1997 to 1999, when they took a series of measures to control terrorist group and counter their activities.   What they did to the ASS/SSP and its affiliated Lashkar-e-Jhangvi? The notorious terrorists of Anjuman Sipah-e-Sahaba (ASS) of Pakistan and its affiliated Lashkar-e-Jhangvi were killed in encounters with the security personnel during tenure of the PMLN’s Shahbaz Sharif as chief minister of Punjab in 1997-99. Rana Sanaullah is minister in the cabinet of Shahbaz Sharif, younger brother of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who is now again chief minister of the province. Shahbaz Sharif on record said about this terrorist group that its terrorists were trained for terrorism in Afghanistan. It was late 1990s when Taliban had ruled Afghanistan. Anjuman Sipah-e-Sahaba (ASS) had to be renamed as Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) because of its acronym-ASS that made its opponents and ordinary Pakistanis to call them “ass.”   Sipah-e-Sahaba and its affiliated wings openly perpetrated terrorism and in many cases claimed responsibility for the massacre and genocide of Shia Muslims in all over Pakistan. To hoodwink ordinary Muslims, the ASS or SSP had to be renamed again as Millat-e-Islamia Pakistan and then Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat respectively.   Originally belonging to Deobandi sect, the ASS/SSP/MIP or ASWJ is ideologically Wahhabism-influenced outfit. This terrorist group also killed many Sunni Bralevis because the group considers Bralevis as Mushrik and Bid’ati. Now, it doesn’t make public its actual viewpoint fearing a backlash from Sunni Bralevis.      Then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had become prime target of Riaz Basra who reportedly made a failed attempt on his life by exploding a bridge that was being used by him on way to his Raiwind (Lahore) residence. Nawaz Sharif was sent a photograph from a very close range with a message from these terrorists that we are so much nearer to you.   Riaz Basra, a criminal who formed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, sister wing of the Sipah-e-Sahaba, who claimed responsibility for genocide of Shia Muslims, was finally killed in a gun-battle with security forces.   At a rally in Rawalpindi, the group chief Azam Tariq had threatened the Pakistan Army that he and his group would react if General Pervez Musharraf-led regime chose to oppose Taliban in Afghanistan.   Interestingly, his only vote as Member of National Assembly had blocked the PPP, single largest party and then an ally of the PMLN from forming its legitimate democratic government. Azam Tariq’s vote brought favourites of military dictator Pervez Musharraf to power in 2002.   It remains a Sipah-e-Sahaba style and tradition it always deceived people of Pakistan. Former federal interior minister Naseerullah Babar had reportedly said that he had seen Azam Tariq with former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in a foreign country’s hotel.   Reports had it that Sipah-e-Sahaba was a joint venture of Israeli Mossad and the United States’ CIA but they also used their allied intelligence agencies for cover-up.   Former military chief Pervez Musharraf, a staunch U.S. ally, had enjoyed Sipah-e-Sahaba’s support when he led a coup to dislodge Nawaz Sharif-led PMLN’s government.   Sipah-e-Sahaba always backed Al-Qaeda and Taliban and remained involved in heinous and inhuman acts of terrorism in Pakistan. Amazingly, they were not dealt with severely and action of cosmetic nature was taken to hoodwink public opinion.   For instance, Musharraf regime banned the terrorist group but his government also banned the victim of Sipah-e-Sahaba’s terrorism namely Tehrik-e-Jafaria Pakistan (TJP).   Thousands of Shia Muslims were massacred in mosques, mourning processions, congregations while performing obligatory or recommended Islamic functions. Among the victims of Sipah-e-Sahaba terrorism were: innocent children, women, elderly persons, medical doctors, lawyers, teachers, government officers, business tycoons, etc.   Sargodha’s Commissioner Tajammul Abbas was a Shia Muslim who was assassinated in government residence. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ashraf Marth was a Sunni Police officer who was murdered because he had found clues to foreign support given to Sipah-e-Sahaba. He was a close relative of PMLQ’s chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain who had served as a Prime Minister for a short period under General Pervez Musharraf as President.           PMLN’s Rana Sanaullah had defended the terrorist group at a meeting in December 2009 when another senior official of the PMLN had warned the group’s chief not to create tension in Punjab province. That official was target of a huge explosion in his hometown but he was not there at the time of the blast.    The anti-Shia terrorist outfit has also killed Pakistani Hindus, Sikhs and Christians.   Print and electronic media, civil society and human rights organisations have also not played their active role against this terrorist outfit. Government, security forces, intelligence agencies, all the relevant officials and political and religious parties have taken no serious practical step against this terrorist outfit. They must know the fact that terrorists and victims of terrorism cannot be equated.   Shiite News’ analysts believe that Pakistan would have avoided terrorism and suicidal attacks, had the Sipah-e-Sahaba and its mindset been nipped in the bud. It was Sipah-e-Sahaba and its affiliated group that introduced suicidal attacks in Pakistan.   Terrorism and extremism in Pakistan can be thwarted and defeated by a just solution. Neither ferocious terrorists should be pardoned nor they be embraced. The PMLN shouldn’t put its credibility at stake.   Shia Muslims are unhappy with the PMLN because Nawaz Sharif hadn’t visited the martyrs’ families after massacre on Ashura in December 2009. PMLN should not side with terrorists involved in the genocide of peaceful Shia Muslims.


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