The news stories report on TTP chief’s designation as a global terrorist, stated resurgence of Taliban in K-P, religious groups’ commemoration of the day of finality of prophethood and FATF’s review of Pakistan’s compliance report on its anti-money laundering and terror financing measures. Op-eds, on the other hand, shed light on the day of finality of prophethood, the paradigm shift in jihad, the endangered press freedom, and the issue of religious extremism in Pakistan and India.
Today’s News Stories
US adds TTP chief, 10 others on global terrorist list
A day before the anniversary of 9/11, US President Donald Trump issued an executive order to expand the administration’s ability to go after suspected terrorists and their financiers and supporters. The list of 11 men the administration has termed as “global terrorists” includes Noor Wali, also known as Mufti Noor Wali Mehsud, who was named the leader of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in June 2018 following the death of former TTP leader Mullah Fazlullah. “Today’s executive order by President Trump adds further muscle to US counterterrorism efforts,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during a briefing to reporters at the White House.
Local Taliban send threatening letters to judges, others in Buner, K-P
The sessions judge and judicial magistrate in Buner district are among the several people who have received letters from the local Taliban militants threatening them with dire consequences if they didn’t mend their ways. Sources in Buner said police officials, politicians and lawyers have also received such letters. Others too have reportedly got the hand-written letters in Pashto, but they have kept quiet about it. Sardar Hussain Babak, the MPA from Buner belonging to the Awami National Party (ANP), was the first to highlight the issue when he received a letter from the local Taliban. He said he will raise the matter with his party leaders.
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FATF reviews Pakistan compliance report
The FATF’s Asia Pacific Group in its face-to-face meeting on Monday scrutinised Pakistan’s compliance report on supervision of regulatory regime and investigation against outfits and persons involved in offences of terror-financing. Pakistan’s 15-member delegation led by Minister for Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar defended Pakistan’s compliance report on first day of the FATF’s Asia Pacific Group meeting in Bangkok on Monday in which the compliance on Immediate Outcomes of 3 and 9 were analysed and overall Pakistani delegation performance went very well.
Religious parties vow to foil alleged conspiracies against the sanctity of prophethood
A union of religious parties, Aalmi Majlis-e-Khatam-e-Nabuwat (International Union for finality of prophethood) has vowed to counter conspiracies against the sanctity and finality of prophethood. This was said by speakers in events and conferences organized by the religious body all across Pakistan, in connection with the Youm-e-Khatm-e-Nabuwat (the day of finality of prophethood) to commemorate the declaration of the Ahmadiyya community as non-Muslims by the Parliament of Pakistan on Sept 7, 1974. The day was observed with religious zeal across various cities where religious leaders addressed gatherings. Religious scholars condemned the US and other international powers for alleged interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs and highlighted alleged subversive activities of the Ahmadiyya community.
Sacrifices rendered by Levies recalled
Director General of Levies Force Mujeeb Ur Rehman Qambrani has said his force has been playing a vital role in restoring peace in Balochistan. While visiting Regional Training Centre of Levies here on Sunday and addressing soldiers of Balochistan Levies Force, he said his force has been maintaining law and order across Balochistan, particularly in Khuzdar. “Our force has rendered immense sacrifices in order to secure lives and properties of the people and maintain law and order across Balochistan,” he said.
Read more in Dawn
This editorial in Dawn seconds a report by the British House of Commons’ Foreign Affairs Committee on the state of global media freedom, which stated ‘when journalists lose their rights, we all do’. As per the newspaper, the report sheds detailed light on the curbs on media freedom across the world. Dawn says there is good reason for Pakistan to be mentioned in the report as one of the countries where press freedom is in growing peril. It says a lot of journalists have been killed in the line of duty. In recent years, Dawn says, more covert and sinister means are being employed to coerce them into submission. It says these tactics often leave no trace, and hence give the perpetrators deniable plausibility.
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This editorial in The Nation says the month of Muharram reignites the sense of insecurity for the Shia community of Pakistan. It says the Shia community has remained a prime target of non-state actors in the country, through target killings and bombings, and the state has failed to provide them security. The editorial says the blame however, does not only lie with the state. It says the poor treatment of minority groups in Pakistan have foundations in the general ambivalence the majority group has for other sections of society. It says Sunni Muslims have a duty to step forward and ensure that others in this country also enjoy the same rights and privileges when it comes to practicing their religion with the utmost freedom.
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Establishing a new order
Muhammad Amir Rana finds it surprising that the far right religious parties that would take to street over minor issues are silent despite recent triggers such as the flaring up of the Kashmir issue. He says in their current reticence, many see the establishment’s changing approach towards the use of religiously inspired actors to achieve national and strategic objectives. The writer says the reasons could also range from growing international pressure in particular the FATF-linked wariness to the security establishment getting weary of the religious groups’ use of street protests to gain moral and political legitimacy in the country. He says the establishment wants to curtail the power of religious groups but can’t find ways to do it. He says religious group are aware of the weakness of the state and know how to exploit it for their socio-religious expediency.
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Extremism & nuclear assets
Dr Khalil-ur-Rahman Shaikh says extremism, nowadays has raised question mark on security of countries and strategic assets. He says Pakistan has suffered from extremism to the extent that some analysts believed extremists could topple the government of the country and take control of the strategic assets including the nuclear weapons. He mentions that extremists were never supported, welcomed and voted by the voters of Pakistan to rule over the country. The writer says it has been a total opposite in India where right wing Hindus has grabbed power. The question arises, he says, whether the same experts, consider that nuclear arsenals in the hands of extremist government of India are threat to the world?
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Jihad, a paradigm shift
Agha Baqir says Islam is a religion of peace, however, it necessitates fighting to counter and curb any aggression crusaded by the non-Muslims against the unarmed and helpless Muslims. He points to the alleged brutalities of Indian government against Muslims of Kashmir and India in general and says Islam not only persuades but also makes it mandatory upon its members to fight where it becomes incumbent. He condemns the government of Punjab for mediating between the Sikh and Muslim families in Nankana Sahib who are part of the case of an alleged forced conversion of a Sikh girl. He says the government reconciled in favour of the Sikh family instead of supporting the rightful marriage of the Muslim boy. He believes the Punjab government’s action would hurt the feelings of Pakistanis and Kashmiris where the Kashmiri Muslim girls’ life and honor is at stake at the hands of Hindu community.
Read more in The Nation
‘Finality of Prophethood Conference’
This editorial in Daily Nawaiwaqt writes about the 32nd Finality of Prophethood Conference at Muslim Colony Chanab Nagar (former Rabwah). It says the speakers of the conference said there is a anti-Pakistan nexus among Qadianis, Indians, and Israelis and those who compromise on or sell out the shared ideologies and beliefs on the Muslim Ummah are the traitors of Islam and Pakistan. The newspaper says the Muslims of Pakistan are the ones who put an end to Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadianis claim to prophethood. The newspaper says since Qadian which a sacred place for Qadianis is in India, they have a soft spot for India as well as Israel. Nawaiwaqt says we need to remain vigilant about their conspiracies.
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Nawaiwaqt Group continues Majeed Nizami’s anti-Qadiani jihad
Daily Nawaiwaqt says the Day for Finality of Prophethood was celebrated on Sept 7, with the passion to die for the sanctity of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). It says religious, political and civil society organizations hold events and conferences where the Protection of Prophethood Movements of 1953 and 1974 as well as the blasphemies of Qadianis against the Prophet (PBUH). Nawaiwaqt hails the leaders of the Khatam-e-Nabbuwat Movements that led to declaration of Ahmadis as non-Muslims. Nawaiwaqt mentions that the founder of Nawaiwaqt Group, Majeed Nizami espoused a lot of respect for the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and devoted his life it protection of the sanctity of Prophethood. It says his newspaper still carries on his mission and continues the jihad with pen to defeat the fitna of Qadianiat.
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This opinion piece by Anwar Ghazi in Daily Islam sheds light on the ‘Tehreek-e-Khatam-e-Nabuwat (the Movement for Finality of Prophethood). He says the movement came into being to repel the expansionist plans of Qadianis when Ahmadi leader Mirza Mehmood announced to make Balochistan an Ahmadi province by 1952. The writer says Ahmadis were supported by UK, USSR, Israel, France and the US. He says Maulana Attaullah Shah Bukhari laid the foundation of the Movement to protect Muslims from the Qadiani fitna. An anti Qadiani movement was run by the Tehreek in 1953. He says the final nail in the coffin of Qadianis was put when an Ahmadi mob attacked a Muslim student group at Rabwa in 1974. The Tehreek responded by a widespread movement to get Qadianis declared non-Muslims and succeeded in Sept 7, 1974.
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Need of mass awakening over the faith in finality of prophethood
This opinion piece by Abdul Latif Khalid Cheema for Daily Islam says the Qadianis (Ahmadis) were declared non-Muslims and later barred from using Muslims identity and attributes through proper legislation in order to put an end to their subversive activities. He says the Qadianis refuse to recognize these legislations and argue that the state doesn’t have the power to decide the faith of subjects. He further says the Qadianis enjoy the support of the liberal and secular lobbies of the country as well as NGOs. He says these Qadiani elements posturing as NGOs are working to annul the Islamic sections of the constitution. The writer urges religious parties to restrategize their struggle against such elements in view of the new circumstances. He stresses on the need of education, lobbying and use of media to counter the Qadiani propaganda and conspiracies.
Read more in Daily Islam