Maulana: Please stop being servile & submissive to the will of TTP.

Interview of Maulana Abdul Aziz of Lal Masjid Islamabad that a friend conducted and when Maulana had had enough of the grilling questions, he decided not to continue with the interview. Answers to the few questions he gave were very depressing for me as this is a man who initiated an armed rebellion against the state and now he is not even willing to condemn the killings that are being carried out in the name of Lal Masjid. Leave alone the ordinary Pakistanis, Maulana cannot condemn the TTP for killing two of his most closest companions, Raja Dilawar and Khalid Khwaja.

He has been asked in this interview repeatedly to condemn the TTP for killing innocent people across Pakistan but it seems he is either convinced that these killings are according to the Shariah or he is afraid to condemn the TTP.

When asked about a Fatwa that was issued by Lal Masjid in 2004 after Pakistan Army started an operation in Waziristan that stated that Namaz e Janaza of Pakistani troops killed in Waziristan should not be offered, Maulana states that the Dar ul Ifta is independent and only they can comment on this matter whereas anyone who has been to the Dar ul Ifta knows that they do not issue even a simple Fatwa without consulting Maulana Abdul Aziz. I am a witness to that. With that said, Maulana Abdul Aziz’s signatures are present on the Fatwa that was issued in 2004 but still he says that he is not the authority to comment on this question.

Maulana was asked about with reference to Syed Saleem Shahzad’s book Inside AlQaeda and Taliban that an AlQaeda ideologue Sheikh Eesa al Misri visited Lal Masjid and was the mastermind of the whole Lal Masjid issue. Maulana says that it was a spontaneous reaction to bringing down Masaajid across Islamabad and went on to say that he has met many Arab Mujahideen. His father and brother too have met many Arabs including Osama Bin Ladin. He did not categorically deny the fact that Sheikh Eesa al Misri visited Lal Masjid. This forces me to believe that AlQaeda was the one that orchestrated the whole Lal Masjid event.

Somewhere in the middle of the interview Maulana mentions that some intelligence officials visited him recently to take his view on the upcoming peace talks. He was trying to give an impression that now he is much closer to the Pakistani Establishment. Is Maulana playing a double game here? He is not afraid to reveal his connections with the establishment but will not condemn the TTP too?

All in all it was a very weak interview by Maulana Abdul Aziz. My last comment on the interview is that I hope Maulana Abdul Aziz stops being servile and submissive to the will of the TTP and speaks what is Haq.

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My response to the allegations by Abdul Nishapuri

Abdul Nishapuri is a screen name of a person nobody knows. He claims to be the founder of a website called LUBP (Let Us Build Pakistan). The URL of the website is www.criticalppp.com. My last conversation with Abdul Nishapuri was during Muharram  in 2012. He was abusing the companions of Prophet Muhammad (saaw) comparing them to Malik Ishaq, Ahmad Ludhyanvi and Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi. I told him he reminded us of the people of Kufa who always take advantage of the sufferings of others. He called me a Taliban Apologist and blocked me and I returned his favour. We have not talked since then. He is the only person from LUBP I ever interacted with.

Now he claims to have resigned as editor in chief of LUBP after a defamation law suit was filed against LUBP by Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi. His ‘Official’ twitter account has been turned into his fan club and is presumably run by his ‘comrades’. I received a tweet from a twitter account PTINazriati congratulating me about the work I have put in at a Facebook page – Ulma e Deoband. I was very happy to hear from Abdul Nishapuri after a long time. He used this account because I had blocked him too ( as I wrote earlier) so it was impossible for him to tweet from the ‘official’ account. I replied back thanking him. I referred to him as PTI Nishapuri, something that might him have put him off I guess (and may be these tweets too).  Now he or his ‘comrades’ claim that I am running the Facebook page – Ulma e Deoband which is inciting violence against Shia Muslims. He/They called me a Deobandi Fanatic by the way. They went one step further and started propaganda that I was the one who planned the attack in Hangu. I have just one word in reply to it “Absurdity”.

Here are some of the tweets from Abdul Nishapuri ( from different fake accounts as expected)

Some tweets from another fake account of Abdul Nishapuri. (Sunni4Peace) The account has now suddenly been suspended. It took time to retrieve the tweets that were directed against me.

I am editor at Zaid Hamid Exposition and this is no secret. Our team have a working relationship with the Facebook page Ulma e Deoband where they share everything we post to our Facebook page/blog on their Facebook page. Other than that me or my team has no say in how they operate or what stuff they share on their page. I take full responsibility of all the content on the Facebook page Zaid Hamid Exposition and our blogs ( Click here and here).  I also take full responsibility of all my tweets and posts on my Facebook profile. Other than these accounts/pages/websites, I take no responsibility of any Facebook page or website. I would request Abdul Nishapuri to kindly avoid putting such allegations as they have already resulted in one law suit against him and his website. Abdul Nishapuri/LUBP has a problem with the Facebook page Ulma e Deoband, they should solve it between themselves. There is no need to drag me into it. I have no affiliations with any sectarian outfit in Pakistan.

I am not bothered by any allegations put against me by Abdul Nishapuri or others at LUBP. Unlike him, I exist. I have an identity. People know where I live, where I study and what I do. I do not hide behind fake IDs to harass people who do not agree with my point of view. If I am inciting violence against anyone, they are free to take me to court and I will face all charges. I will suggest Abdul Nishapuri to come out clean by facing the charges put against him in the law suit. If not, then a person hiding behind fake IDs has no right to allege people.

Get well soon Abdul Nishapuri.

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#BaraKillings – Lessons To Learn

The title is somewhat misleading, because the 18 ( 32 in some reports) killed in Bara, Khyber Agency are not the only 18 (or 32) that have been killed since 2009 nor is this the first incident of mass killing in FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas). Several similar incidents have gone unreported due to the fact that there is no media access to FATA. Journalists who dare to bring out the true picture of FATA are silenced. This time though, the people of FATA decided to protest in front of Governor House Peshawar, probably inspired by the recent protest by Hazara Community in Quetta. Without going into the details of this particular incident, as many people have already written about it, I would like to write about the things that Pashtun Nation must learn from this incident.

Most importantly, Pashtuns must stop seeing themselves as the wretched of the earth and start seeing themselves as rebels with a cause, start taking a proactive stance against their oppressors. Nobody is gong to come and help us. We need to help ourselves. To achieve this, we must liberate our minds from the victim-hood psychology encouraged by our oppressors. When we stop seeing ourselves as victims, we would not expect others to help us. We should be very clear about the fact that our ‘leaders’ have destroyed us by bowing down to the interests of our oppressors. They have ignored the plight of their people and are championing the interests of our oppressors, sacrificing innocent souls just so they can be in power a little longer.

The provincial government of Awami National Party that claims to be the representative of Pashtuns and claims to follow the ideology of peace showed its true face when it attacked the peaceful protesters sitting in front of Governor House Peshawar at mid night. To show us the essence of Pashtunwali, they confiscated the coffins with dead bodies inside, loaded them to a truck and transferred them to a cold storage – all this without the consent of the families of the victims. Not a single representative of the Awami National Party came to listen to what the people of Bara had to say, may be because they are not their voters so that makes them lesser Pashtun than those living in Swat, Mardan, Charsadda or Swabi.

We must grow conscious of how the media works in tandem with the agenda of our oppressors. The recent protests in Peshawar have exposed the bias of the media. No news channel except AVT Khyber covered the protests probably because the protesters were pointing fingers at the ‘BIG HORSE’ and you do not name the ‘BIG HORSE’ when they carry out collateral murder (collateral damage for them). If the protesters were to blame Lashkar e Islam, Ansar ul Islam, Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan or XYZ, the media would have jumped in because that is where the ratings are. Bashing the ‘BIG HORSE’ for a crime will not give you any ratings but is surely enough to get you killed.

Last, we need to change our mindset. We must stop being ignorant, foolish, and in love with our oppressors. We must stop searching for external enemies, the real enemy is the ‘BIG HORSE’ and its proxies. They are fraudsters who call for war, who call for hate but eventually kill us in the process to make millions. We must identify them. We should love our tradition but it should not keep us stuck in the past, looking to the past for salvation. We need think and act today. Our ‘leaders’ will never protect us. They will only rob us, exploit us, and devour our political freedoms. We must be fearless in everything that we stand for, this will eventually inspire the people to be fearless as well and we might make a difference.

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The unfortunate family from Kohat

This is an interview of a family from Kohat who lost two children in a Bomb blast at Kohat Bus Stand. Words cannot describe how they feel. I’ve tried to add subtitles to the video with a heavy heart.

Some typos expected.

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#ShiaGenocide – Not just a hash tag

This hash tag on twitter is different from others, it encompasses within it stories of pain and suffering of a minority in Pakistan, being targeted by Pakistan’s chicken who are back home to roost. We have used these chicken overseas, supporting terrorism against innocent civilians of other countries but now we are offended because the stuff we have done overseas is brought right back to our own front yards and we have no answer to it.

As I write this blog post, thousands have gathered in Karachi to participate in a peaceful sit in against the ongoing Shia Genocide in Pakistan but the media coverage is remarkably little. Perhaps this peaceful sit in is not worthy to make it to the headlines because it will not make us hate our own people. All we get to see these days is violent protesters burning vehicles, hungry party workers fighting over food and ‘breaking news’ about our President visiting a dentist because he had a toothache. These are events that make headlines in this country, not a boring, peaceful sit in. These peaceful citizens in Karachi need to improvise.

I’m a Sunni Hanafi Deobandi and I am proud about it but I condemn the murder of innocent, unarmed civilians. There are issues between the two communities (Shias and Sunnis) that need to be resolved but not with a gun in your hand and surely not on the streets. Scholars of both communities have to sit together and resolve the issues. Restoration of MMA is a step forward in the restoration of peace in Pakistan. Many people will disagree but I’m entitled to my opinion.

Most importantly, We, the People have to change. We must stop being so backward, stop misplacing blame, stop being fascist and accept fellow human beings. We must not act like ostriches burying our heads in the ground to avoid engaging with fellow citizens.
Sectarianism has turned millions of Pakistanis into religious bigots, who are not bothered because the people being murdered do not follow the same ‘Fiqh’ as they do. Why have we forgotten that Islam teaches to love the world, all races, instead of hating anything that is different from you. Why have we let people use religion as a tool to ferment hatred, divisions, separations amongst us and destroy our ability to see others on humane terms. Islam does not teach to hate people on the basis of denominational differences. We must fight for humanity, instead of fighting for the rights of ‘religious’ organizations who brainwash humanity.

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Pashto interview of Malala Yusufzai with English subtitles.

Note: Few typos expected in the video subtitles.

Zahid Buneri: Time and again, a ‘Malala’ has stood up in Pakhtoon Nation to tell her nation about their responsibilities.

Today we also have a ‘Malala’ , who is participating in a youth workshop. This workshop is a joint effort of Indian Party & ANP. The resolutions passed in this workshop will make the future polices of these parties.

Welcome Malala!

Malala: God Bless you.

Zahid Buneri: How are you?

Malala: Fine.

Zahid Buneri: Tell me which grade are you in these days?

Malala: I’m in 8th Grade.

Zahid Buneri: Yesterday, you were talking in English. We’ve seen you express yourself very well on CNN & BBC. Did you feel any problem yesterday while talking in English?

Malala: No, there was no problem. We shared our point of view in very good manner.

Zahid Buneri: Malala, let us go back when an operation was launched in Swat &  people were displaced. You were also displaced?

Malala: Yes, when Taliban started slitting throats of people, banned girls from going to school, then Pakistan Army (we are thankful to them) asked us to leave the area so we can have a successful operation. If we were there, the operation would never have been successful. So we sacrificed and left our homes for 3 months and migrated to Peshawar, Mardan. People here gave us so much love that we never felt that we were displaced. They treated us like guests for which we are thankful to them. When the operation was successful & we returned to our area, Swat had become the most peaceful place. Then we saw many schools destroyed which were destroyed either by Taliban or during the operation. We want those schools to be reconstructed, many schools have been rebuilt by Army & other organizations but we want all schools that were destroyed reconstructed. The children who are studying under tents should once again return to their schools.

Zahid Buneri: Malala, people appreciate the sacrifices of the people of Swat & Malakand Division in the restoration of peace but women from Swat also gave their jewellery & other belongings to these terrorists, that made them stronger. What does a woman from Swat think now?

Malala: The people of Swat are backwards, illiterate  When Mullah Fazlullah used to speak on radio, he would say Give me your sons, Give me your Jewellery, You will enter Jannah. People of Swat love Islam. Taliban exploited Islam and that was a mistake but today if someone stands up & talks like that, the people of Swat will never help him. Now we understand who we should listen to, what is good for the future of our country and our children.

Zahid Buneri: Malala, it is said that Fazlullah is alive. The Information Minister of KPK said the other day that he runs a training camp in a neighbouring country. Do you think Fazlullah is alive?
Malala: Yes, it is possible that Fazlullah is alive because we’ve heard many times that Fazlullah is dead, Fazlullah is alive, Fazlullah is dead, Fazlullah is alive. Sometimes they tell us he has a fractured leg and so on.

We want the Army & the Government to punish these people. They were responsible for the destruction of Swat, theydisplaced us, destroyed our schools, banned our education. It was Fazlullah who slit throats of our brothers in the streets of Swat, who lashed our sisters. why do you leave them, why is Sufi Muhammad, Muslim Khan still with you. The people who supported Taliban because of fear of death & the lower leadership of Taliban are dealt with severely. Army has made parallel courts & is involved in extra judicial killings. This should be banned & Army should be careful because this has to do with some ones life.  They should form a team & carry out complete investigation whether someone is involved in any criminal act. They do not get the leaders & kill ordinary people.

Zahid Buneri: Malala, you appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Army. On the other hand they have kept Muslim Khan with them. What do the people of Swat think?

Malala: People of Swat say that these are our murderers & we do not want our murderers to live happily. They want them to be punished because when we see our murderers roaming around free, will that make us happy? Nobody can be happy about it. They (Army) kill the ordinary people who were with Taliban- There should be thorough investigation and these leaders of Taliban should be punished.

Zahid Buneri: Now we will talk about the current situation. Are the people of Swat satisfied with the situation today?

Malala: Yes, people are satisfied. Tourists come from different areas. When we see foreign tourists in our markets, children going to their schools, this tells us that there is peace in Swat. Now people have realized their mistake & will not repeat it.

Zahid Buneri: Very well. Coming to this seminar, What was your topic?

Malala: Our topic today was Peace. The most important topic is peace. We suggested that government should ban Jihadi Organizations & Madrassas involved in training militants. The gap between Schools and Madrassas should be removed. Children should be told that same education is given in School & Madrassa. The students of school say that the students of Madrassas have a different view of things and the students of Madrassas consider the school going children Kafir. This gap & mindset must be removed. We are taught Islamiat in school in a very detailed manner. We want these negative ideas to be removed. School & Madrassa should be treated equally and children should be taught sciences along with their religious education. So we told them that there will be peace once Jihadi Organizations are banned. We must have a good foreign policy. Our foreign policy is that India is our enemy, there can never be peace in Afghanistan, America will attack us. We want a foreign policy which ensures that we live with peace with other countries. Our foreign policy should promote trade with other countries.

Zahid Buneri: You talked about Foreign Policy. Other countries make their Foreign Policy to protect their National Interest while we make our Foreign Policy to protect the interests of other nations. What do you think?

Malala: Absolutely! America is a friend of Pakistan because it suits their National Interest. Our National Interest is to have a friendship based on trade with America, to solve our problems  We side with America because we think they will hit us with Drones. If Americans carry out Drone Strikes, I consider them illegal but if Pakistan carries out Drone Strikes, they are legal. This technology should be given to Pakistan and Pakistan should target terrorists, that will be legal.

When Americans carry out Drone Strikes, Pakistanis and people of FATA will never approve it because they do not want any foreign country to interfere in their country. People & Government of Pakistan know better who are carrying out attacks and can target them more efficiently.

Zahid Buneri: Malala, what do you have to say about the attitude of participants in this workshop?

Malala: The attitude was good generally. One thing that everyone is emphasizing is that FATA should be part of KPK because there was a successful operation in Swat and Swat is now a peaceful area, but operations are going on in FATA without any result. They want FATA to be part of the provincial government as they do their job very well. Now they want FATA to be under provincial government rather that federal government. They also talked about justice and education. Education should be free to some extent.

Zahid Buneri: Control unemployment.

Malala: Exactly, control unemployment.

There should be 6% increase in education budget. The people who are unemployed should be given loans from 2 Lakh to 5 Lakh. This loan should be returned but with out interest. This way unemployment can be controlled to some extent. This was a very important program and this is a very good program because here the future generation is making their policies. The youth talked about their problems and gave solutions to their problems. We hope that the government will act on them.

Zahid Buneri: What do you think, should such programs be arranged regularly?

Malala: Yes, such programs will provide us opportunity to learn and join politics. We will only succeed  when we take our own decisions. We stand outside the parliament shouting “Give us our rights”. Why don’t we go inside and take our rights? Such programs provide people opportunities, so they can come forward and help their country.

Zahid Buneri: I was watching on an International TV Channel, you were crying, they were tough times. You said you want to become a doctor. What do you think now? Have you changed your mind?

Malala: Yes I have changed my mind. I wanted to become a doctor then because I was like everybody else. But now I have seen that politics is very important. I have seen how to fight for your rights. I think there is just one way to do that. That is politics. I will be a politician and make this country a better place. We have many doctors. This country needs good politicians. Politicians are the ones who make policies. Most of our politicians are corrupt. We want these corrupt politicians to be removed and good politicians should come forward. I want the youth to focus on politics.

Zahid Buneri: May ALLAH be with you. You can see that Malala has all qualities of a leader. She deserves to be leader. She has a commitment and vision. Malala, you will come to politics and as a citizen it is your right to form a new party or join another party. Who impresses you in politics?

Malala: Benazir Butto was an ideal. She raised voice for Swat. She wanted Pakistan’s flag to fly high in Swat. She was my ideal. She was killed by terrorists. She raised her voice against terrorism and was killed during that so we pray to ALLAH to forgive her. Barrack Obama and others can be made ideals but I want to become a politician so people will consider me their ideal. I will try to put the good qualities of these people in front of me  and try to adopt them. I want become an ideal so people look at me tomorrow & people give my example to their children.

Zahid Buneri: Malala, what do you think is the biggest problem of a Pakhtoon girl?

Malala: The problem of a Pakhtoon girl is that she is not given education. She is forced to marry. These problems will be solved once we give them education. All these problems are related to our mindset. Once we correct that, people will realize the importance of a daughter in their lives. I want that every girl, every boy, everyone should be given education. There is no difference between a girl and a boy.

Zahid Buneri: May ALLAH solve the problems of our Pakhtoon daughters & the Pakhtoon Nation. If all problems cannot be solved, at least we should be equal to other nations.  Malala, we would want you to come to Bacha Khan Markaz to our studio so we can talk in detail about various issues. Any message for Pakhtoons?

Malala: I want to give my message to Pakhtoons, to educate their sons and daughters. Not just school, work on them so they treat every human being well. We do not tolerate a Hindu or Sikh in our society. This is no way, tomorrow people will not tolerate us. Teach them tolerance. Teach them how to tolerate the ideas of others and how to live in coexistence with others. Learn to live with each other. Try to build good relations with each other. This is my message to Pakhtoons.

Zahid Buneri: This was Malala.

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