Nawaz Sharif can not be reliable partner in war on terrorism. Nazir S Bhatti
|“Success of Long March by Islamists in Pakistan shall encourage Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan”
The long march ended in restoration of deposed judges on March 16, 2009, leaving behind impression of weak federal government led by moderate Muslim PPP, ANP and JUI while a success of lawyers, religious political groups and radical Muslim elements from NWFP and Punjab. When Islamist groups opened front against government by hijacking lawyers movement at same time there was an other front launched by Tehreek Nafaz Shariat Mohammadi TNSM with a deadline of March 15, 2009, to establish Kazi Courts under Sharia law in Swat, Malakand and Northern Areas of NWFP. What a co-incident that radical Muslims of NWFP and religious political groups like PML(N), JI and TIP from Punjab launched attack on both fronts by deadlines to government in month of March, 2009. Was there any cooperation among NWFP Taliban and Punjab or any link in demands of Kazi Courts under Sharia Law in Swat and reinstatement of deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudry? We will discuss this question in light of war on terror by Pakistan and NATO.
Such rumors are circulating that decision of Pakistani government to implement Sharia law in Swat valley after months fighting was under directions of US envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan. President Obama appointed Richard Holbrook as US envoy on his achievement to establish peace in Ireland among two Christian sects. If such proposal came by US administration to accept demands of TTP and TNSM of Sharia law in Swat, Malakand and Northern Areas then it is negative step to end insurgency in Afghanistan and long term peace in region or an end to terrorism. The situation in Ireland was entirely different than Afghanistan-Pakistan because that was fight among to Christian religious sects for power while in this region Islamic radicals, Islamic sects, Islamic political groups and Islamic moderate are at constant war. Do US administration truly understands conflict among Muslim sects and Islam by itself? It is also learned that US administration pressurized government of Pakistan to accept demand of long marchers to restore judges to avoid instability which may harm efficiency of Pak armed forces to fight terrorists in FATA, a tribal belt of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan. Does a success of Islamist forces in Swat and Long March provides strength to Taliban? It requires an analysis.
Here comes a warning bell for US administration and Pakistan to back Sharia law in Swat and moment of re-thinking for Richard Holbrook. US toppled Taliban regime on violations of human rights, harboring terrorists and misuse of Islamic Sharia laws. We can count days after Kazi Courts in Swat and statement of Moulana Sami-ul-Haq appears in media on March 22, 2009, demanding Sharia law within all Pakistan. What shall be situation when nuclear armed Pakistan turns to be a Taliban style Sharia law state where women shall not attend schools, cinemas will shut down, barber shops will be closed, beheadings without trial and a Muslim radical’s finger tip on nuclear button to destroy India, Israel and Western countries? Sharia laws are on doors of Pakistan and Islamist forces in Punjab and NWFP are stronger after Long March and Swat Sharia law truce.
What is terrorism and why it is linked to Islam? What Islamists forces or Islamic teachings have role to promote terrorism? The Western forums and think tanks have very little practical knowledge of Islam because they rely on statements of some so-called moderate Muslims settled in Western countries who interpret Islam for their vested interests and mislead policy makers.
Terrorism is major threats to civilized societies in 21st century waging war to damage socio-economic structure around globe. If we have to win war against terrorism, then we must understand force behind terrorism. If any one thinks that Taliban insurgency is achieving success in Afghanistan with poppy smuggled cash or any foreign hidden hand then they are not fully aware of situation because apart from cash and guns there is force of Islamic teaching as major source of strength behind Taliban.
Those who think, peace can be restored through dialogues in Afghanistan are living in fools paradise because Taliban are winning on all fronts in Afghanistan or in tribal belt of Pakistan and in high spirits to defeat NATO as they defeated Russia.
When we say Islamists political parties in Pakistan, we mean elements which are struggling to impose Sharia law through ballot like PML(N), JI, JUI(S), TIP and when we say Taliban, we mean organizations planning to enforce Sharia law with guns, battles and suicide bombers like Tehreek Taliban Pakistan, Al-quida, Lashkar Taiba, Laskar Jangvi, Jaish Mohammad, Jamat-ud-Dawa and other radical groups. The Islamic political parties and Taliban have close working relationship to impose Sharia law in Pakistan to establish Afghanistan style Taliban government. Do Taliban or Islamic groups believe in peace by dialogue? There is very clear answer according to Islamic teaching “No” .
When we read Qur’an it says: "Fight and slay the pagans [Christians] wherever ye find them and seize them, confine them, and lie in wait for them in every place of ambush" (Surah 9:5) Contrary to Muslim rhetoric that claims Islam means peace, the truth is that the word Islam does not mean peace, but "Submission" as this authority verifies: "The term Islam in the lexicon of the Arabs means 'Submission' to God." One who accepts Islam and makes such submission is a Muslim. Such a person is termed a mu'min (believer), and one who does not accept Islam is a kafir (unbeliever). Hadith 1.24”
Narrated Ibn `Umar: Allah's Apostle said: "I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah's Apostle. It adds more in Hadith 9:50, 57 "No Umma (a member of Muslim community) should be killed for killing a Kafir (an infidel). . Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him."
These are comments of few famous Muslim leaders which are never denied nor discussed by moderate Muslim who appear on Western media to claim Islam as religion of peace. Such moderate Muslims are sponsored by Christian organizations, Think Tanks and Academic institution in name of Human Rights.
Imam Ayatollah Khomeni ssaid:
“Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword.' The sword is the key to Paradise, which can be opened only for the Holy Warriors! Does all this mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim." and "Islam makes it incumbent on all adult males to prepare themselves for the conquest of countries so that the writ of Islam is obeyed in every country in the world."
In Ibn Khaldun, The Muqadimmah: Ail Introduction to History, Islamic historian, 1377 AD is written:
“In the Muslim community, the holy war is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and the obligation to convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or force“
Sayyid Qutb, Egyptian says:
"The foremost duty of Islam is to depose the government and society of unbelievers (jahiliyyah) from the leadership of man."
The Islamic Council in Chechnya, comments:
"the religion of Islam could be above all, so that all areas of life could be guided by Islam, and so that the earth could be cleansed from unbelief" (The Islamic Council in Chechnya)
Mohatir Mohammad says:
“The true Muslims have waged war while moderate Muslims are waiting to statrt Jihad”
But Muslim propaganda machinery in Western countries are making extraordinary efforts to change the image of Islam by reintroducing in 21st century as a religion of peace which rejects violence. Such moderate Muslims fail to issue any religious decree on comments by Muslim leaders given up or to clarify when Islamic history says:
“Prophet Muhammad used to send letters to the kings and leaders of the surrounding countries and tribes, inviting them to surrender to his authority and to believe in him as the messenger of Allah. He always ended his letters with the following two words: "Aslim, Taslam!". Which meant ‘surrender and you will be safe’, or in other words, ‘surrender or face death” So where is the ‘Peace’ in such a religion that threatens to kill other people if they don't submit to it?
After defining Islam and ultimate peace efforts through dialogues with Muslim world, we can conclude that a small portion of Muslims tried to present Islam which they termed as moderate Islam while majority of Muslims settled in Western countries never abandoned Islamic teachings. These Muslims have achieved many successes in Europe and North America by forcing Western countries to establish Sharia law for them. As a result of these Sharia Courts in UK, Muslims are dreaming to extend Sharia in limits of Europe and North America. Already, France, UK, Norway, Sweden and Netherland are on mercy of Muslim population who have been creating law and order situation by processions on issues like Cartoons or Palestine benefiting from freedom of expression and speech guaranteed under state constitutions. The Western world which believes in Human Rights and religious freedom rather than practicing Christianity have failed to compel Saudi Arabia to permit building one Church to promote interfaith dialogues while thousands of Mosques are being built in EU and North America. The Western leaders are also not successful to make changes in syllabus of Islamic seminaries in Islamic world where Jihad is preached as I have presented. In 21st century, Islamic forces shall not invade Europe like Tariq Bin Ziad because such invasion is underway by increasing birth rate and Sharia law by Muslims and decreasing by Christians which shall enable them to capture Europe by ballot in 2075.
Before postmortem of long march to point out how it shall support Taliban insurgency in region? We must know more about deposed Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudry and Nawaz Sharif;
The focal point of long march was Chief Justice of Pakistan Supreme Court, Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudry, who was deposed by President Pervez Musharraf in 2007. We can doubt on sincere efforts of President Pervez Musharraf against war on terror but no one shall ever deny that he saved Islamabad from Taliban to enforce Sharia law by Lal Masjid operation. The demand raised in Swat Valley by Tehreek Taliban Pakistan in 2009, was being made from Lal Masjid in 2006. The Lal Masjid which was situated in heart of capital city of Islamabad and very next to military offices was running an Islamic seminary with enrollment of six thousand students who were openly operating Islamic Sharia courts and issuing Islamic decrees. The capital was at brink to fall in hands of this Al-Hafsa seminary students who planned to enforce Sharia law on power of guns like Taliban in Swat, Malakand and other Northern Areas of Pakistan but President Pervez Musharraf saved Islamabad and Pakistan from wave of Talibanization by a military operation.
Al Jazeera English TV in his broadcast of July 11, 2007, said “Parents are anxiously awaiting news of children allegedly used as human shields in the mosque” which clarifies that armed students were using same terrorists tactics as Taliban are using in Jihad in Afghanistan and tribal areas of Pakistan to use innocent people as human shields. It was surprising for administration that Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudry passed orders in favor of Islamic elements of Lal Masjid who have established parallel judicial system in Islamabad and challenged writ of government.
According to agencies news release on July 17, 2007, of dateline Islamabad it was quoted “Expressing displeasure over the continued detention of surrendered "students" of Lal Masjid's madrassas, the Pakistan Supreme Court has ordered the release of all students”
Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda's second in command, released a message which included the sentence: "Your salvation is only through jihad", heightening tensions in the region.
When Al-Qaeda was warning violence in Pakistan, the Supreme Court of Pakistan headed by Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudry passed another order to reopen Lal Masjid and Madrassa Afsa on October 2, 2007, which had launched a Taliban-style anti-vice campaign in capital, warning massage centers and music shops to close but same was being protected by supreme court of Pakistan which never took notice when students of madrassa were waving arms before TV cameras and announcing Jihad. Was Supreme Court of Pakistan protecting enforced Sharia law in Islamabad? Such serious issues created doubts on intentions of Supreme Court which forced President Musharraf to depose Chief Justice and to file reference against him while lawyers associations announced protests demanding reinstate of Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudry.
Since November 3, 2007 the lawyers’ movement witnessed many vicissitudes, ranging from incarceration of about 60 judges; stoning, burning, brick-batting, arresting and tear gas shelling on lawyers, disappointment when some judges took fresh oaths and left the struggling lawyers in a mess; reneging of the rulers after making promises to reinstate of judges; and even leaving its torch bearing leaders into doubt of betraying the legal fraternity.
They succeeded in achieving their motive within 4 months and 11 days when Chaudhry was restored as chief justice on July 20, 2007 but the president, in capacity of the chief of army staff, imposed emergency rule in the country and detained more than 60 judges who denied taking oath under the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) on November 3, 2007.
On the same day a seven-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry declared the emergency illegal and unconstitutional. The lawyers again spearheaded their movement with cooperation from political parties against the imposition of emergency. On November 5, 2007, police raided the Lahore High Court Bar Association and arrested around 800 lawyers.
Now view an other side of story, on September 7, 2007, Justice Shabbir Hussain Chatha ordered police to arrest Shahbaz Sharif, brother of Nawaz Sharif and produce him before the court, after the hearing in Lahore. The court ruled that "Shahbaz Sharif should be arrested (at) whichever airport he lands at". On September 10, Nawaz Sharif arrived in Islamabad where National Accountability Bureau chief issued a warrant due to corruption charges made against him. After that, Nawaz Sharif boarded another airliner to be exiled back to Saudi Arabia.
It is very important to record political activities of Nawaz Sharif before we head to wards count down on long march led by him. Nawaz Sharif was never an enlighten Muslim but a fundamental Muslim which he proved as Prime Minister of Pakistan when approved Islamic laws in Pakistan. After proposed amendment, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said: "I congratulate the nation on the passage of the bill which will help create a truly Islamic system.
The Economist (US) on April 20, 1991, published that “Although the sharia bill proclaims the Koran and the sunnah (way of the Prophet) as the supreme law of the land, many of the draft proposals merely emphasise …”
Nawaz Sharif, born in Lahore in 1949, his family, along with other major industrial families suffered from the nationalization of large industrial enterprises during Bhutto's regime of PPP (1971-77). Nawaz Sharif worked to build a political constituency that would punish PPP and revenge on its nationalization. When Ishaq Khan dismissed Benazir and her government in 1990, he again called a general election. As a result, Nawaz Sharif was brought to power in 1990.
Nawaz Sharif government's by Shariat Bill, which declared the Quran and the sunna to be the law of the land and theocracy was being established. A working group was set up to monitor and make recommendations for enforcing Islamic laws in the country. The working group adopted a nineteen-point plan that included calls for the implementation of all Islamic legislation, especially the laws creating sharia courts; transformation of the education system to reflect Islamic teaching; controls on the print and electronic media designed to ensure Islamic moral values; uniform and enforced prayer schedules; and the establishment of an Islamic banking system and the total abolition of interest.
Nawaz Sharif tenure as Prime Minister of Pakistan expanded Islamic Seminaries which were established by his political Guru General Zia-Ul-Haq and fully protected by his Sharia Bill. These seminaries were openly recruiting Jihadi for Holy War and ISI was training terrorists in camps of Pakistani occupied Kashmir territory for suicide missions in Indian Kashmir.
countrystudies.us reported on Tuesday, October 07, 2008, that PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif is playing a key role in conjunction with Saudi Arabia in bringing about a negotiated settlement between the Taliban and the Karzai regime to pave the way for withdrawal of the US and NATO forces from Afghanistan. “Nawaz Sharif was invited by Saudi King Abdullah and he undertook the present visit to stay in Saudi Arabia for nearly two weeks to talk peace process,” the source said. “Nawaz Sharif is serving as a bridge,” one political source said and added the PML-N chief is an “old hand” on Afghanistan. During his two stints as prime minister, Nawaz Sharif had developed good working relations with almost all the Afghan Mujahideen leaders, who were now largely irrelevant because of the fighting strength of the Taliban.
Lets look into ousted of Benazir Bhutto government in 1996 and her blames on I.S.I. for toppling her, saying she had angered them by her refusal to recognize the Taliban as the official government of Afghanistan. Her military-backed replacement, Nawaz Sharif, extended the first diplomatic recognition to the Taliban in May 1997 and traveled to other Muslim countries in an attempt to persuade them to recognize the student militia but only Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates agreed.
By 1998, Osama bin Laden was well established in Afghanistan after fleeing Sudan two years earlier. He and his network had set up terrorist training camps throughout the country, many of them alongside camps operated by the Taliban and I.S.I.
After the bombings of two American embassies in East Africa in the summer of 1998 killed more than 250 people, the United States tried to find a way to pry Mr. bin Laden, who the Americans blamed for the attacks, out of Afghanistan.
In September 1999, government officials said, the director general of I.S.I., Lt. Gen. Ziauddin and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was summoned to Washington. American officials told them Pakistan should force the Taliban to moderate their positions and turn over Osama bin Laden. Nawaz Sharif sent General Ziauddin to Kandahar to deliver the American message to Mullah Omar, who refused and next month, on Oct. 12, 1999, Nawaz Sharif was overthrown in a military coup.
www.adnki.com (AKI) reported that former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif did meet al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden at least three times in order to get financial help, according to Khalid Khawaja, the former official with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). In an exclusive interview with Adnkronos International (AKI), Khawaja, once a close friend of Osama bin Laden, rejected the statements by a spokesperson for Sharif's political party, denying that Sharif had sought political cooperation from bin Laden in the past.
"Nawaz Sharif met Osama Bin Laden on at least three occasions and was desperately seeking his financial assistance," Khawaja told AKI in response to recent news reports regarding a possible meeting between the two.
In an interview with a national Urdu daily, Qazi Hussain Ahmad, Amir of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), and of the six party religious alliance MMA, said that Nawaz Sharif had repeatedly met Osama bin Laden who offered him money to buy the loyalties of parliamentarians in the late 1980s in order to topple the government of then prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Qazi also said that bin Laden was a big supporter of Nawaz Sharif's bid to be prime minister in 1990.
Khalid Khawaja's name resurfaced when US reporter Daniel Pearl was abducted and subsequently killed. Pearl had come to Pakistan and met Khalid Khawaja in order to investigate the jihadi network of revered sufi, Syed Mubarak Ali Gailani.
"Now after Benazir Bhutto formed her government and the opposition parties moved for a vote of no-confidence, Osama Bin Laden comes in a picture," Khawaja recalled.
"I still remember that Osama bin Laden provided me with funds, which I handed over to Nawaz Sharif, then the chief minister of Punjab [and later premier], to dislodge Benazir Bhutto. Nawaz Sharif insisted that I arrange a direct meeting with the "Sheikh", which I did in Saudi Arabia. Nawaz met thrice with Osama in Saudi Arabia.
The links among Nawaz Sharif and his support to Taliban make his role doubtful in war against terror in region while his sudden rise after long march creates suspicions. If International forces under new administration in USA and swift change in policy to end terrorism in Afghanistan-Pakistan are planning to use Nawaz Sharif then it is time to re-think thrice.
It is for notice of Mr. Richard Holbrook that Afghanistan and tribal belt of Pakistan are not Ireland where he dealt with Christian armed sects which were persuaded to dialogue in name of peaceful teaching of Christianity. The moderate or enlightened Muslims engaged to advise US administration and other forums are misleading which can result in failure of long term peace in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Therefore, it is very important to study volatile history of Afghanistan and interests of China, Russia, Iran, Indian and Pakistan in region. The stability in Pakistan is directly related to peace in Afghanistan which urges international forces to support government and Armed Forces to end terrorism in region and fear of terror around globe. Any attempt to bring new players in Pakistan shall damage war against terrorism because Pakistani Armed forces formed Taliban, so, let forces handle them under NATO dierections No one shall deny historic fact about Pushtons that they only sit for Jirga or dialogue table when under pressure unless never fear to kill.