Third rally in a week: Prepare for jihad, Jamaatud Dawa says

Published: November 27, 2011

Protestors burning a US flag, protesting againt the Nato attack on the checkpost on Saturday. PHOTO: INP

LAHORE: Banned group Jamaatud Dawa (JD) protested in front of the Lahore Press Club on Sunday – its third demonstration in the city in a week – against the granting of most favoured nation (MFN) trade status to India and the NATO attack on Pakistani troops.

Some 800 protestors from Al Muhammadia Students Pakistan, JD’s youth wing, gathered at the press club carrying banners and placards calling for, among other things, Pakistan’s withdrawal from its alliance with the United States. Some young men wielded daggers. They later travelled in buses to Nasser Bagh and offered prayers for the Pakistani soldiers.

Addressing the rally, JD leaders urged the young protestors to prepare for jihad and urged the Pakistan Army to give a “befitting response” to the “NATO aggression”.

Maulana Abdul Rauf Farooqi said the Taliban, Muslims and Islam would succeed and their enemies would fail. He said “the enemy” had challenged Pakistanis by attacking the soldiers on Pakistani soil. He said if Shamsi Airbase was not vacated in 15 days, as the Pakistan government has demanded of the US, they would announce “a new war and jihad” against the Pakistani government.

He said this “new jihad” would be formally announced at the Defence of Pakistan Council rally at Minar-i-Pakistan on December 18. He said the US was “the mother of all evils” and the root of all Pakistan’s problems.

JD leader Maulana Ameer Hamza said the US was not an ally but an enemy. He said the US had been responsible for acts of terrorism in Pakistan for many years. He said instead of issuing “mere condemnation statements”, the government should force US citizens to leave Pakistan. “We have to eliminate all stations and bases given to the CIA if we want to end terrorism in Pakistan. All Pakistanis must get ready for jihad,” he said.

Jamaat-i-Islami leader Farid Ahmed Paracha said jihad was the only answer to “terrorism of any form, including drone attacks and attacks on checkpoints”. He said only jihad could rid Pakistan of external intervention. “We should go for an eye for an eye,” he said.

Syed Ali Gilani, leader of the Hurriyet Conference in Indian-held Kashmir, said in a telephone address that Pakistan’s problems lay in its alliance with the US. He said instead of giving India MFN status, Pakistan should help the Kashmiri people. He said Pakistan’s friendship with India hurt Kashmir’s struggle for independence and Pakistan’s sovereignty.

Professor Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki led the funeral prayers at Nasser Bagh. He said every Pakistani had a duty to fight to defend the country’s borders and avenge the death of the soldiers in the NATO strike. “We urge the people of Pakistan to rise against the enemies of Pakistan and Islam. We will visit every nook and cranny of the country in this regard,” he said.

Jamaat-i-Islami Punjab Ameer Dr Syed Waseem Akhtar in a statement condemned the NATO attack as “an act of extreme cowardice” that must be answered “bluntly”. He said Pakistan’s people stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the army. He said the NATO supply line must be cut and airbases vacated permanently.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 28th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (59)

  • faraz
    Nov 27, 2011 - 8:57PM

    But for this jihad, US and Saudis wont pay dollars

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  • R.A
    Nov 27, 2011 - 9:11PM

    Have they got visa or green card
    to go to US to start the Jihad
    Please let me know when they
    are going I would like to see them
    off with garlands and good wishes.
    I would request their leaders to be
    in first group.
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  • Shyam
    Nov 27, 2011 - 9:13PM

    Where do they get all the money to keep buying flags and burning them?? Atleast burning flags will keep them warm once IMF refuses to give loan and there is no power in pakistan

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  • Malik
    Nov 27, 2011 - 9:20PM

    Stop burning the flags.
    why dont these Mullahs understand that by burning the flags they are hurting the sentiments of the US public who is also against the US stay in the region,

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  • Nadir
    Nov 27, 2011 - 9:25PM

    Yes! In protest against America we will burn Pakistani public and private property and damage the bussiness of an inconvenience Pakistanis! The Americans must be trembling with fear.

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  • Abaid
    Nov 27, 2011 - 9:28PM

    Call for Jihad is the cure to DISGRACE! If it is our DESTINY to DIE then we should DIE IN THE WAY THAT WE LIKE (SHAHADAT in JIHAD rather than being killed by NATO)!!

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  • GOAT
    Nov 27, 2011 - 9:30PM

    but i thought pakistanis like to say JuD is a charity organisation.

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  • anish
    Nov 27, 2011 - 9:33PM

    Flag is not put properly on the stick .. it seems to be upside down .. and leftside right .. wonder after so many times of burning US flag .. you cannot put it properly.. i have an business idea… I will supply the US flags to JUD …will give Indian and Israli flag on discount…. Recommend

  • HoneyBee
    Nov 27, 2011 - 9:35PM

    WOW. . .they called it jihad against US, but to kill their own people . . .????

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Nov 27, 2011 - 9:35PM

    NATO is not just USA. Almost all western countries including Turkey are part of NATO. Jihad against USA means Jihad against all these countries. Millions of Pakistanis live in those countries, their future and Pakistan’s future depends on good relationship with these countries. Please don’t take them seriously. We as a nation need trade, education, mutual respect and good relations. Recommend

  • El
    Nov 27, 2011 - 9:43PM

    The people at the Tribune simply love putting up pictures on every news item, even if there is no connection between the photo and the report.
    Those familiar with the ideological differences between JuD and ST can have a good laugh at this post.

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  • Nov 27, 2011 - 10:02PM

    Apparently also calling for a new war and Jihad against Pakistan if their demands aren’t met.

    So much for loyalty….

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  • Galactic Cannibal
    Nov 27, 2011 - 10:06PM

    If I were the Pakistan Military . I would shoot down any foreign war plane who invaded their air space illegally.The US would do that to foreign war planes that invaded their air space illegally. Recommend

  • observer
    Nov 27, 2011 - 10:08PM

    He said the rulers should force US citizens to leave Pakistan instead of issuing condemnations.

    A.Does that include people with dual nationalities too? and

    B. Does it involve all Pakistanis settled in Kaffir lands being recalled as well?… if yes,

    C. Then who will send Dollars to PTI and Imran Khan?

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  • Masood Aslam
    Nov 27, 2011 - 10:13PM

    i dislike maulvis but by God if they wage a war against America , i am quitting my university and going with themRecommend

  • abu abdullah
    Nov 27, 2011 - 10:14PM

    Assallamu alayikum
    its our rights to say go back to your own countries and leave our Shamsi Airbase and army have to kick out these american because Pakistan is facing problems as a result of being a part of the US coalition.
    very nice step of both parties we all pakistani muslims are with you
    May Allah bless you all

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  • Nov 27, 2011 - 10:15PM

    I am thinking of exporting US flags to Pakistan as the trade barriers are to be removed due to MFN status. I will make a killing!!! :)

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  • Abdul Rehman Gilani
    Nov 27, 2011 - 10:20PM

    Wow, and so now Tribune is after JUD again!

    Dont have problem with the protest against the US though, and esp not against the flag burning of US, but protests shouldnt damage Pakistani property.

    And its high time that the APC resolution of cutting NATO supply is implemented. And we really should get out of this war of terror, regardless of the squeakings of the anglophilic liberal toadies here.

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  • Abdul Rehman Gilani
    Nov 27, 2011 - 10:21PM

    Agree with both in principle, the line should be cut off.

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  • NOTaGOAT
    Nov 27, 2011 - 10:33PM

    @GOAT:

    but i thought pakistanis like to say
    JuD is a charity organisation.

    You think so? Then you are really a GOAT!

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  • doc
    Nov 27, 2011 - 10:38PM

    charitable organization is at work,both America and India must be shaking in their pants.who said that Pakistan’s entertainment industry is dead,is PTI part of it too ?

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  • Talha
    Nov 27, 2011 - 10:43PM

    This is actually a good thing, send them to Jeehard and our problems will be solved.

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  • umair
    Nov 27, 2011 - 10:43PM

    The day is not so far, when we left with nothing but curse and Organizations like JuD proven right and being followed. And the change will start from that day!

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  • Nov 27, 2011 - 10:49PM

    LOL everyone wants to fight the Americans except the Army.

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  • Occam's Razor
    Nov 27, 2011 - 10:58PM

    Just wait till our Kaptaan comes to power. InshaAllah, he will get rid of the zionists regimes, take revenge for our soldiers’ martyrdoom, bring an end to corruption and the flag of Islam will fly high from Kabul to Delhi.

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  • Prudent
    Nov 27, 2011 - 11:08PM

    jihad is announced only by a khalifa appointed by Allah and unanimously follwed by all and sundry….is there anyone who can claim to be unanimous khalifa of all the sects (more than 70)…>>>>>???????
    Jihad is neither child’s play nor a whimsical decsion of some opportunists…it is…as is described by Islam and Quran…a very careful decision only taken by nabi/khalifa and that too after deliberations and sugestions from wise ones and some ilqa from Allah…are there any of these factors available or applicable here…when no two sects can offer prayers tgether currently then how can they claim that their jihadi outfit is backed by Allah….
    lastly Islam does not suport outright aggression…if that was so then why was there any need for sulah hudabia…???
    First we have to unite under one roof and then we should consider jihad…otherwise we will continue to get kicked the way we have been for the last few decades in different parts of world….
    be wise…seek help from Allah for unity…see if there is anything missing…..!!! then after uniting ..only then think about jihad….

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  • mashal
    Nov 27, 2011 - 11:22PM

    Once again puppets are said to be in action and this time all damage will be on our side.

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  • MarkH
    Nov 27, 2011 - 11:36PM

    These groups better serve their country by putting their efforts into staying quiet.

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  • Raj NJ
    Nov 27, 2011 - 11:39PM

    @anish

    Sorry buddy Indian flag (for that matter any citizen of country will desist the thought) is not for sale to be burnt. Even on lighter side some jokes can be incendiary.

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  • Eruve
    Nov 27, 2011 - 11:42PM

    So charity organisations can declare Jihad now? How does JuD plan excite the Jihad off it is indeed a charity organisation like out claims to be?

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  • Parvez
    Nov 27, 2011 - 11:51PM

    This looks so fake and orchestrated.

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  • Jayan
    Nov 28, 2011 - 12:30AM

    If pak can stop these jihadi mullas from hate mongerings then it will be the first step towards a peaceful nation. FIrst put the terrorist Hafiz Zaed & team behind bars. Then take action against all terrorists irrespective of their strategic importance for Afgan end game. Give importance to education & development, then all other things will fall in line

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  • Soho
    Nov 28, 2011 - 12:34AM

    JIHAD! Don’t leave home without it!!!

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  • Tilsim
    Nov 28, 2011 - 12:51AM

    Blackmailing Pakistan by stating that they will declare war against the government if they don’t get their way is treason and mutinous. The government should ban this supposed charity organisation and take action. Pakistan is not the JuD’s milkiyat. Any opposition to the use of Shamsi base has to come through democratic and parliamentary action -not terror.

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  • Soho
    Nov 28, 2011 - 1:06AM

    @Occam’s Razor:
    All that. Actually, that’s what we need. But who did you say is gonna do it? Remember it’s not a cricket match!

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  • Babloo
    Nov 28, 2011 - 1:08AM

    Jihad is solution to Pakistan’s all problems and will provide a final solutionRecommend

  • ZOHAIBJAFRI
    Nov 28, 2011 - 1:36AM

    yes indeed pakistan must revise its policies for war against terrorisim and must allocate its budget in more industrialisation and education, but along americans radiclisim must also come to an end. american forces or agents must vacate pakistani soil, but parties like JUD, JI, JUI-F must also be banned. Pakistani parliament must also pass a bill to banned all the religious outfits responsible for creating extremism in our society. Pakistan must be a model islamic country like turkey and malaysia. JINNAH’s dream was to make a moderate islamic country not a country with any space for radiclisim. IN pakistany politics there should only be a parties with enlightened and moderen vision

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  • A.Khan
    Nov 28, 2011 - 1:40AM

    Those people just need to find a reason to become violent. Coz when they are peaceful they are not creative. I mean Wikileaks is doing the same thing but in a very educated and organised manner. These mullahs are incapable of pulling this off.

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  • dehlavi
    Nov 28, 2011 - 1:46AM

    “Banned group Jamaat-ud-Dawa protested……” What does the word ‘ban’ mean in Pakistan?

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  • Jai
    Nov 28, 2011 - 2:31AM

    Jihad seems to be the one cure for everything in the Pakistani mind. Jihad against the world is not going to put food on the table for your children. It’s not going to get you electricity. If you want to do jihad do it against your own govt to get your rights.

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  • Soho
    Nov 28, 2011 - 2:37AM

    @Babloo:
    What do you mean by jihad?
    If jihad equates to economic, educational, institutional, political, constitutional, bureaucratic, equal rights to women, minorities etc, etc, etc. I’m with you! Unfortunately, the parties or individuals claiming to bring the jihad have no Know how, experties or resouses to do what is required.

    So instead of jihad why not call ‘em reforms or progress.

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  • Soho
    Nov 28, 2011 - 2:46AM

    @abdussamad:
    Thank God!
    That’s why they are the smartest, sanest and most reliable/dependable bunch in pakistan.
    I rest my case! So, try to undestand ‘em.

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  • Fugitive
    Nov 28, 2011 - 3:26AM

    @Babloo:

    ‘Jihad is solution to Pakistan’s all problems and will provide a final solution’

    What do you think Pakistan is doing since its creation? You are in the state of jihad for the last 60 odd years. What else do you want?

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  • scott
    Nov 28, 2011 - 3:34AM

    oh,yes.jihad by Pakistanis can definitely bring the peace to the entire world.bring it on uncle sam is waiting

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  • Observer
    Nov 28, 2011 - 4:11AM

    Why is that these terrorist leaders preach Jihad to others and egg them on to go kill themselves don’t do the same when it comes to their own brothers, children and grand children?

    Hafiz Saeed, Geelani, Syed Salahuddin etc. hypocrites all have their own kith and kin studying and living safely in western countries but want to brainwash their illiterate followers to do Jihad in Afghanistan and Kashmir and die.

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  • Observer
    Nov 28, 2011 - 6:12AM

    To all the Indians here: You guys should actually welcome Saeed and his ilk to increase their Jihad talk instead of condemning it, because, Saeed and his fellow Jihadis are on a trip to destroy Pakistan without the Indians having to fire a single shot.

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  • Shakky Pir
    Nov 28, 2011 - 6:45AM

    Amazing how these JUD chimpanzees jump up and down, scratch their unwashed armpits and scream “Ooh. Ooh! Eep. Eep!” when NATO kills Pakistanis; and yet keep silent and just hitch their shalwars above their ankles when the Taliban Terrorists Party (TTP) murder innocent Pakistan men, women and children!

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  • narayana murthy
    Nov 28, 2011 - 7:24AM

    @Prudent who says “First we have to unite under one roof and then we should consider jihad”

    Good point. But on what basis do you unite? On the basis of a religion? That’s ridiculous and it never works. Because religion is a sham and man made.

    The only way for you to unite is through some genuinely good values – social equality, democracy…but the day, your society becomes mature enough to unite on such terms, is also the day, you will live peacefully with no extremists, no terrorists, no fanatics.

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  • Eric Kumar
    Nov 28, 2011 - 9:51AM

    People in Pakistan seems have no other things to do except protest. Come on man,do some thing worth while. World is moving ahead and you folks do nothing. pakistan will keep depending on China to give them aid in other word is keep begging. World is makeing progress, your railways don’t work, your airlines has problems, it seems like it is a failing state ( I don’t believe so) . Blame everything either India ,U.S.Afghans, Israiel. It is C.I.A.,RAW AND WHAT NOT. IF PAKISTANIES SPEND MORE TIME ON DOING SOMETHING WORTH WHILE THEY WILL BE MUCH BETTER. Allha helps those those who help themselves , who work and then worship. Don’t beg others for aid but for give aid. The holy book of Quran says help others . Donate and don’t beg. I hope and pray that Pakistan will not blame Indians/Americans/Isralies but will wake up before they will not be not even not in history. Amen.

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  • Nadir Shah
    Nov 28, 2011 - 11:53AM

    Jihad is necessary to get rid from America and Nato.

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  • Nuke Pakistan
    Nov 28, 2011 - 4:40PM

    Bring it on. USA is waiting. An eye for an eye you say. However US does not play that game. You poke their eye, you lose your life. Pakistan is a wannabe. There is only 1 superpower now in the world and it is USA. Pakistan will enjoy the final solution if they want to play rough. Pakistan should be trembling with fear when the US turns against them. They do not want a war (cold or hot) with the US.

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  • Nov 28, 2011 - 4:51PM

    Our focus must remain India.

    The recent attack in tribal area by NATO & ISAAF was also launched on a tip given by Indian Intelligence agency.

    MFN status is all false and nothing will ever change.

    Our biggest and foremost enemy is India

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  • sars
    Nov 28, 2011 - 5:51PM

    @Khalid Masood:
    no actually our biggest enemy is ourselves.
    We have put ourselves in the role of the beggar on the roadside who noone respects, and will tolerate only enough to see that he doesnt die of hunger.Noone will think of befriending or helping us out , until we pull ourselves together and stand on our own feet.
    Killing yourselves in the name of Islam is not the answer, nor killing others.Even if you are provided with the money and materials to do so.

    Why do the leaders of these parties not go to jihad themselves, instaed they send the poor sons of illiterates, who hardly know what the game is

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  • Musthaq Ahmed
    Nov 28, 2011 - 6:24PM

    @Prudent:
    Why this juvenile pedantry about medieval themes ? Learn modern history . Try to make Pakistan modern rather than find a medieval grave for it. It is a great disservice to the mother land , though again the idea is kafirisque.

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  • sajid
    Nov 28, 2011 - 6:26PM

    I would like to see fareed paracha and Hafiz makki send their children to this jihad. They are only good at exploiting public sentiments and recruiting poor deprived kids as future shaheeds. Wheras their kids enjoy luxurious lifestyles inside and outside the country. Why don’t these jamat leaders sent their children to become shaheeds and jihadis for a change?

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  • observer
    Nov 28, 2011 - 8:42PM

    @Abaid

    we should DIE IN THE WAY THAT WE LIKE (SHAHADAT in JIHAD rather than being killed by NATO)!!

    Brother, if you launch a Jihad against NATO, then in all likelihood your Shahadat will be at the hands of NATO only. And for that you need to be ‘Killed’ by NATO.So how do you propose to embrace ‘shahadat’ without being ‘killed’ by NATO?

    Looks like one can not accuse you of being logical.

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  • usman
    Nov 29, 2011 - 5:26AM

    @anish:

    great business idea anish. you have a big market for discount indian flags in kashmir.

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  • Shyam
    Nov 29, 2011 - 2:23PM

    @Khalid Masood

    The recent attack in tribal area by NATO & ISAAF was also launched on a tip given by Indian Intelligence agency.

    So now US does what India tells them? So I guess that makes India #1 superpower ROFLMAO

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  • Prudent
    Nov 29, 2011 - 7:32PM

    @narayana murthy:
    you say
    But on what basis do you unite? On the basis of a religion? That’s ridiculous and it never works. Because religion is a sham and man made.
    well ….may be other religions are man made but Islam is certainly from Allah..and not man made…
    remember Islam is religion of peace. If nowadays it seems that its adherents are terrorists then that impression is MAN MADE and that man made impression has been fulled by fanatics who procalim themselves as muslim but are not worthy of it……true muslims never adhere to terrorism, true Muslims are all love…….

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