Interview: JuD says it has no political ambitions

Published: June 22, 2011

Hamza says his party has not been charged with any wrongdoing. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: 

Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) leader Maulana Ameer Hamza says the party has “no plans of entering politics”.

Despite helming a ‘Defence of Pakistan’ forum with religious and political parties on board, Hamza says JuD will not be a part of the political process.

“Politics is very dirty, it’s a business. If we enter politics we will be dirty too,” he told The Express Tribune during an interview at the Jamia al Dirasat Islamia seminary. “Our politicians do all sorts of dirty things under pressure from the US.”

“We see ourselves as being a pressure group that can have an impact on the government’s policy. Even in the Raymond Davis case, we consider it a success on our part that because of our pressure, Davis had to spend days in a Pakistani prison.”

Despite being placed on the United Nations’ consolidated list, the JuD sees no impact of the move or the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, which were allegedly carried out by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), believed to be JuD’s militant wing.

“We did face difficulties but support has increased,” Hamza said, “People have seen that the courts in Pakistan have cleared us and were not able to prove any wrongdoing, and there has been no proof against us in India either. They have also seen the humanitarian work we have done during the 2005 earthquake and the 2010 floods. Pakistanis from all over the country give us funds, including Pakistanis abroad who send money through their relatives.”

When asked about the case against JuD leader Hafiz Saeed, which has been filed in a New York court on behalf of a victim and families of victims of the 26/11 attacks, Hamza says, “This is not a legal case, this is politics. This case has been drummed up by the ‘Indian lobby’.”

He repeatedly refers to the ‘enemies of Pakistan’ – India, Israel and the US – as being responsible for terrorist attacks and claims that their target is the break-up of Pakistan and seizing its nuclear assets. Hamza also denied charges that the JuD is providing training to militants in Kashmir. “We only provide humanitarian assistance,” he says. “Now if someone wants to go take revenge, that’s their call.”

Why the JuD? “I don’t know. The LeT is believed to be doing this.”

And aren’t they one and the same? “No,” Hamza says, smiling. “We’re completely separate. The LeT is one group. There are many others.”

Published in The Express Tribune, June 22nd, 2011.

Reader Comments (9)

  • Rock
    Jun 22, 2011 - 10:19AM

    Look at the picture It says all. Small children with big guns in a rally. :( No need for any evidence. Do you realy think these mullas as human? Why each and every terrorist gets away in pak courts? I want to know what sort of laws you have? Is there any antiterrorist law? You need to improve your legal system? this picture is really scary, children with guns … Damn it. Recommend

  • Saddique
    Jun 22, 2011 - 11:09AM

    @Rock:
    Stupid its toy.Recommend

  • muhammad uzair qadri
    Jun 22, 2011 - 11:29AM

    only the names are different,the basic underlying hatefilled bigoted religious ideology is the same.sipah sahaba,sipah muhammad,they are all the same only the sectarian rituals are different,the intolerance,hate,misogyny and homophobia is the same amongst all these islamic fascists.all these lashkars,tableeghi parties and jamaats are all the symptoms of the underlying diseasae.
    Treat the disease,that is islamic fascism.All these different symptoms of the disease will get treated themselves.Recommend

  • naveed akhtar
    Jun 22, 2011 - 11:43AM

    these islamic extremists want to take us all bakc to the dark ages.They want a society where they can implement their barbaric,savage laws,where they can treat women even worse( if that’s possible),where they can murder anyone who dares to differ with their opinion by labelling them wajib-ul-qatal,where they can kill ex-muslims who’ve decided to leave the fold of islam.

    our govt. should change its policy and its mentality of thinking of these islamic fascists as its “strategic assets”,these savages were never our “strategic assets”,they were always are “strategic liabilities”.For gods sake pakistan,understand the difference.Recommend

  • Jun 22, 2011 - 2:20PM

    “We did face difficulties but support has increased,” Hamza said, “People have seen that the courts in Pakistan have cleared us and were not able to prove any wrongdoing, and there has been no proof against us in India either.”

    Is it just me or is he going out of his way to not confirm or deny their involvement and instead limit it to and stressing “lack of proof.” rather than a claim of being innocent? Murderers sometimes end up living a free life due to lack of evidence. Besides, if the connections are true, supporters are inside the security forces and legal areas. Otherwise known as: all the right place to get him acquitted.

    Lack of evidence does not automatically mean innocence. It could just as easily mean they were deeply involved and worked out the best ways to not leave evidence like most criminals have a habit of doing.Recommend

  • Furqan
    Jun 22, 2011 - 4:49PM

    May Allah Bless u and help u in ur causeRecommend

  • Malay
    Jun 22, 2011 - 6:13PM

    One does not need the political power if one can rule from a mosque, a church or from where ever.Recommend

  • sundar
    Jun 23, 2011 - 1:24AM

    The result of support extended by the establishment and citizens of Pakistan to these killer groups disguised as charities is evident today. It is sad to see these young boys, who should be school, brain washed and shouting slogans with weapons real or otherwise. As long as Pakistanis gives support to these kinds of murderers there is no turn around for them. Recommend

  • Cosmo
    Jun 23, 2011 - 3:44AM

    @Saddique:
    stupid, its the mindset that matters !! toy or no toy .Recommend

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