Anti-US rally: JI to oppose any changes to foreign policy

Published: October 23, 2011

Qazi Hussain Ahmed, leader of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, leads a rally in Peshawar on October 23, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR: Former chief of Jamat-e-Islami (JI) Qazi Hussain Ahmad said on Sunday that his party would strongly oppose any changes made by the government in its foreign policy regarding the United States.

Qazi Hussain was addressing an anti-US rally in Peshawar. He also maintained that the Pakistani nation would stand with the JI on this matter.

More than 1,500 Jamaat-e-Islami activists along with provincial and district JI chiefs were present on the occasion.

Qazi asserted that any attack by United States on Pakistan would not be tolerated and said the nation would stand united against the US.

Angry protesters also voiced their fury by chanting anti-America slogans.

(Read more: Pakistan has right to maintain contact with Haqqani network, says Qazi Hussain)

Last month, anti-American protests by religious parties broke out in several Pakistani cities after political leaders joined in rejecting US accusations that Islamabad was supporting militants.

Charges by top US general Mike Mullen that Pakistan’s spy agency had supported an attack on the US mission in Kabul has added to anti-American sentiment in a country where a poll in June showed that almost two-thirds of the population considered the United States an enemy.

The United States has long pressed its ally Pakistan to pursue the Haqqani network, one of the most lethal Taliban-allied Afghan groups fighting Western forces in Afghanistan.

Pakistan denies it supports the Haqqanis and says its army is too stretched battling its own Taliban insurgency to go after the network, which has between 10,000-15,000 fighters.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • ARG
    Oct 23, 2011 - 2:30PM

    Pakistan can support whoever it likes, afterall, hasnt the US turned a blindeye to Mullah Fazullah and hasnt CIA supported Jundullah?

    So I agree with JI.

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  • Talha
    Oct 23, 2011 - 2:56PM

    JI gained power in Pakistan during the late 80′s due to support from America and the Sauds.

    One ISI officer wrote the following about Maulana Maududi, the Godfather of JI:

    “There was apart from holding meetings
    [with US diplomats and intelligence
    agents], a wireless link had been
    established between the USIS-US
    Consulate General-Maulana Maududi
    Residence”

    Source : “Profiles of Intelligence” – Page 35 by Brig S.A.I. Tirmazi former DG JCIB- Inter Services Intelligence

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  • Oct 23, 2011 - 2:58PM

    Sir, foreign policy is constant since 64 years. Why you wake up before elections ?

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  • Talha
    Oct 23, 2011 - 3:38PM

    Correction:

    JI gained power in Pakistan during the late 70′s due to support from America and the Sauds.

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  • goggi
    Oct 23, 2011 - 4:26PM

    The bearded crowd of Great Thinkers and Intellectuals in the above picture represents the true spirit of Pakistani egalitarian and progressive oriented awaam!

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  • IHM
    Oct 23, 2011 - 4:39PM

    @Talha
    Dushman ka dushman dost.
    Politics is all about common interests and there are no permanent allies.

    p.s Go read Maulana Maududi’s Bio before making any rubbish comment about him! He was a great Islamic scholar philosopher and muslim revivalist. He also won the Shah Faisal Award for his services to Islam. All he wanted to do was create a global uprising of the Muslim Ummah. No one cares If the US is of the same view and wants to fund this.

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  • Aftab
    Oct 23, 2011 - 4:43PM

    Dear JI (and to everyone else),

    How about an anti-electrictity loadshedding rally?
    Anti-railways crisis rally?
    Anti-inflation rally?
    Anti-corruption rally?
    Anti-CNG loadshedding rally
    Anti-unemployment rally?
    Anti-terrorism rally?
    Anti-tax evasion rally
    Anti-Moonis Elahi acquittal rally?

    Or maybe just a rally against anything that plagues our rotten and broken nation?

    No, I didn’t think so…

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  • MarkH
    Oct 23, 2011 - 5:01PM

    On the bright side, if they’re busy with a rally it’ll at least give the people of Pakistan a break from some of their insanity. They can’t cause any harm to us so the attention isn’t much of a burden to carry. In fact, it’s weightless. I’m not sure why but I just can’t take this group seriously. I mean, quite literally, I can’t even if I try my hardest. I’m not even saying that as a roundabout insult.
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  • Talha
    Oct 23, 2011 - 5:15PM

    @IHM

    Jhute ka jhuta dost.

    What I have stated is a fact and diminishes all this so called superficial facade of JI.

    What’s so great about winning the Shah Faisal Award, after all there is no one with more under the American influence than the Saud’s.

    You merely confirmed my fact with your provided info.

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  • Human
    Oct 23, 2011 - 5:16PM

    Mullah Fazal, do you have any clus how and why the foreign policies are made and why these policies are changed. I agree no changes in religion, but foreign policy is not ment forever. You also changed your policies, for the sack of your own benefit, think about the country as well.

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  • ijaz Mir
    Oct 23, 2011 - 5:41PM

    I hope if JI Chief read my comments. North waziristan is a part of Pakistan. But government of Pakistan wants to invade their own country, Because to establish REIT of the government. If today people of North waziristan lay down their weapon. They must stop sending suicide boys to the rest of Pakistan killing innocent their county men attacking people praying and bombing schools.

    enough is enough Pakistan government of Pakistan must take action and wipe out all insurgents. If Pakistan Government cannot fix this they should give this area to Afghanistan .
    Let them fix this problem.

    Half hart ed action is no point remove this Cancer for ever.

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  • Adil
    Oct 23, 2011 - 9:49PM

    Yeah right!

    As if Jamat-e-Islami holds any ministry to influence the foreign policy.Do they have any votebank these days?

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  • mirror on the wall
    Oct 23, 2011 - 11:04PM

    We should look to MQM for foreign policy initiative to replace Jamat-e-Islami for the reason that Altaf Hussain has taken upon himself to play the US game in the region.

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  • antanu g
    Oct 23, 2011 - 11:06PM

    @goggi:
    very rude comment on beards. whats wrong with it. if beards are the signboards of terror then all jewish rabbis and sikhs are terrorists.not only that..somany rajput kings were terrorists

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  • Oct 24, 2011 - 11:28AM

    Allhamdullilah,

    True representation of people of Pakistan … Do not worry about these bunch of liberal, they will remain talking as that is all they can do.Recommend

  • Anwar
    Oct 24, 2011 - 11:06PM

    @ijaz Mir:

    Quite ironical is your point of view, as you are saying, people in North Waziristan are sending boys to the rest of Pakistan for suicide attacks and killing innocent people in the public places including worship places,…………… Do you have some authentic proof for such claims or comments ?, plus how many of them were arrested and proved that they belonged to the common men in Waziristan(Waziristanis never own TTP), i do know for being a waziristani that there are insurgents/miscreants in tribal areas who have been injected not by our Corrupt and Puppet decision makers in government but foreign rival intelligence operators as well, but a question arises, how much sincere we and our government is for solving this issue? the answer we every one knows well, as for as our observation since last 10 years is concerned, is that , we have already carried out operations in our tribal belt whenever we have had pressure from out side or we needed more and more funds, all educated and mature waziristanis do realize (unfortunately only realize it), that waziristan have proved a very good instrumental for earning more and more foreign aids for our authorities.Recommend

  • ijaz Mir
    Oct 25, 2011 - 10:29AM

    @Anwar

    I did not mean to offend you or any other person of Waziristan. My hart bleeds for Waziristan. I started my basic education from Hangu. I know North and south waziristan more than any local. Ordinary public is very humble and poor, live under the law of political agent one man rule. Now the time is ripe let some one clean up from all the insurgents, criminals and Anti State elements.

    Please demond that all FATA area to be turned into settled area, I like to see schools collages, Hospitals and industry in Waziristan. All this area is full of mineral wealth with right direction you can turn Waziristan into Dubai.

    Choice is with the people of Waziristan ,How they like to live ?

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