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Clerics call for end to ‘US war’ (The News)

Posted by Kashmir Portal on June 11, 2009

Clerics call for end to `US war’
Thursday, June 11, 2009
By THE NEWS Correspondent

SPEAKERS at a convention demanded of the government to shun fighting US war and instead wage the war to save Pakistan from external and internal enemies by cutting off the Taliban’s supply line of funds from US, India, Israel, UAE and Saudi Arabia. Speaking at “Save Pakistan Convention” held under the aegis of Tahaffuz Namoos-e-Risalat Mahaz (TNRM) at Aiwan-e-Iqbal on Wednesday, they added that the government should have the present military operation achieve complete success as soon as possible.

The moot was chaired by TNRM President Dr Sarfraz Naeemi while chief of his own faction of JUP MNA Sahibzada Fazal Kareem was the chief guest. Many Ulema, Mashaikh and religious scholars belonging to Barelvi school of thought coming from all over the country and Azad Kashmir addressed the moot amid loud sloganeering by hundreds of religious workers demanding complete elimination of Taliban and other anti-Pakistan elements from the country.

A joint statement issued at the convention warned that if money and resources supply to Taliban from US, India, UAE and Saudi Arabia was not stopped then country’s nuclear assets and integrity could not be protected. The communiquÈ demanded strict action against the officials of secret agencies and politicians involved in sectarian activities and black mailing. It asked all the heads of shrines and seminaries to raise a security force comprising retired army men to protect the shrines, establish seminaries at every shrine and avoid giving away Zakat and other aid to those adhering to the sect which opposed creation of Pakistan.

The communiquÈ demanded the rulers not to suspend or delay the present military operation in the name of talks under pressure from political and religious leaders, in case the terrorists may regroup to start fresh attacks on army. It demanded that military operation must be taken to its logical conclusion at the earliest to allow IDPs to return home so prevent them from being led astray and involve in anti-state activities.

The communiquÈ demanded rulers to cut down their luxurious expenditures and foreign tours to arrest price hike, loadshedding and lack of basic facilities to citizens.

Addressing the convention, Fazal Kareem reminded that noted Deobandi leader Maulana Mufti Mehmood at the time of creation of Bangladesh was on record expressing gratitude that his ancestors were not among those who created Pakistan.

He said Ahle Sunnat school of thought which enjoyed majority in the country was fully behind the army in the present military operation against the anti-state elements. Mufti Mohammad Khan Qadri said those opposing the military operation were not patriotic Pakistanis. Pir Athar ul Qadri said a countrywide “Oust Taliban Save Pakistan” campaign would be started from June 15. Khawaja Qutubuddin Faridi said thousands of shrine elders and their millions of followers had already announced jihad against Italianization and Americanization of Pakistan. He said “Go Taliban, Go America” movement would be started very soon by holding seminars, conferences and rallies across the country.

Pir Sajid ur Rehman said Washington and Delhi were running over 50 training centres in tribal areas preparing Taliban fighters and suicide bombers. Chairman Sunni Supreme Council Pir Antique Rehman, Pir Fayyaz ul Hasan Qadri, Sunni Tehrik president Sarwat Ijaz Qadri, Qari Khan Mohammad Qadri Ziaul Haq Naqshbandi, Haji Hanif Tayyeb, Maj Yaqoob Saifi, Maulana Farhat Hussain and others also addressed on the occasion and demanded elimination of price hike, load shedding, lawlessness and rising gap between the rich and the poor.

Several resolutions approved at the convention demanded halting drone attacks, disarming all sectarian groups, reversal of pro-US policies, halting military operation in Balochistan and enforcement of Nizam-e-Mustafa in the country.


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