Religious outfits: ‘Keep Sunni Tehreek, JuD under watch’

Published: February 11, 2012

Intelligence report says Sunni Tehreek is developing into a militant outfit.

LAHORE: 

An intelligence agency has cast aspersions over the activities of some religious outfits and has advised the government to take immediate steps to stop them from becoming ‘pressure groups’, The Express Tribune has learnt.

One such group, according to a report by the agency, Sunni Tehreek is not only becoming politically active but is also morphing into a militant outfit. Jamatud Dawa (JuD) is holding public rallies and protests to influence the government on its peace overtures, the report added.

The report also recommended that certain organisations be kept under strict surveillance, particularly Sunni Tehreek and Jamatud Dawa (JuD).

It further recommended that public display of strength by such outfits be checked through legal action.

The report further revealed that sectarian tenor has become an integral character of religious parties, adding that the release of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi leaders Malik Ishaq and Ghulam Rasool Shah has contributed to the intensified Shia-Sunni tension.

According to the report, the recent bomb blast in Rahim Yar Khan district shows that sectarian environment continues to be volatile.

The report revealed that the number of untraceable persons on the fourth schedule is on the rise, which shows that the groups are active and evading surveillance.

Actions required

The report stated that the police and local administration must not allow persons placed on the fourth schedule to violate the Anti Terrorism Act (ATA), 1997.

Strict legal action against defaulters be ensured; Malik Ishaq and Ghulam Rasool (both on the fourth schedule) be kept under strict surveillance and surety bonds be obtained from them under ATA,1997, it added.

The report further suggested that concerted efforts to trace missing persons on the list of the fourth schedule be ensured and all efforts be exhausted to track down perpetrators of low intensity blasts in Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur and the high intensity bomb blast in Rahim Yar Khan.

Wall chalking should be removed, the circulation of subversive material should be stopped and legal action should be taken against person (s) involved in this practice, the report added. It also suggested that mushrooming of madarassas and their objectionable activities must be controlled through a registration campaign and violation of loud speakers should not be tolerated.

Following the agency’s report, the police and other law enforcement agencies have been directed to ensure the implementation of 17 points issued by the Punjab home department in a circular entitled ‘Security environment–trend and actions required’.

The home department asked all district police chiefs and administration heads to ensure necessary action.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 11th, 2012.

Reader Comments (11)

  • Aamir
    Feb 11, 2012 - 10:28AM

    Government is responsible for overlooking tiny organizations resulting in their conversion to big outfits. Sunni Tehrik has done enough to be banned in past. Read their wall chalking and you will realize how democratic they are. They are squarely involved in law and order situation in Karachi for years.

    Recommend

  • Feb 11, 2012 - 2:35PM

    Keep every Political Party under watch

    Recommend

  • shadi
    Feb 11, 2012 - 3:37PM

    @ colonel and let the ghairat birgade which armed all these militant outfits at one point or the other for their petty reasons roam free right ? :)

    Recommend

  • Niaz Ahmed
    Feb 11, 2012 - 4:05PM

    Fake report. can you please clarify what is this ”an intelligence agency”

    Recommend

  • Feb 11, 2012 - 5:55PM

    These terrorist organizations have slowly and gradually taken firm roots in our country. They will destroy this beautiful country. Who will stop them now?
    Pakistan ka Khuda Hafiz hai ab..

    Recommend

  • Kalim Rehmani
    Feb 11, 2012 - 6:09PM

    Fake report, Sunni Tehreek is peaceful and represents the vast majority of Muslims in Pakistan.

    Recommend

  • jamal
    Feb 11, 2012 - 10:48PM

    we don’t need these terrorist groups must be banned for the better future of Pakistan

    Recommend

  • ahmed
    Feb 12, 2012 - 12:03AM

    @Kalim Rehmani: Peaceful…yeah.. you are right.. http://tribune.com.pk/story/265857/sunni-tehreeks-protest-against-qadri-verdict-turns-violent/

    “Sunni Tehreek’s protest against Qadri verdict turns violent” ….yeah peaceful…

    you said “Sunni Tehreek represents the vast majority of Muslims in Pakistan.” yes you are right.. If educated people like you supporting it.. I am not surprised..

    Recommend

  • **Asad Kharal (Author)**
    Feb 12, 2012 - 10:42PM

    Niaz Ahmed
    Feb 11, 2012 – 4:05PM
    Reply
    Fake report. can you please clarify what is this ”an intelligence agency”

    Kalim Rehmani
    Feb 11, 2012 – 6:09PM
    Reply
    Fake report, Sunni Tehreek is peaceful and represents the vast majority of Muslims in Pakistan.
    Reply
    I thank both the readers for the query. The contents of the news reads- Following the agency’s report, the police and other law enforcement agencies have been directed to ensure the implementation of 17 points issued by the Punjab home department in a circular entitled ‘Security environment–trend and actions required’.
    The home department asked all district police chiefs and administration heads to ensure necessary action. There is only one home department in Punjab which forwarded the same report and even I mention it in the story.
    Regards,
    Asad Kharal

    Email: asad.kharal@tribune.com.pk
    Asadkharal – Twitter
    Asad Kharal I Facebook

    Recommend

  • asad
    Feb 14, 2012 - 12:51PM

    Sunni Tehreek is peaceful organization. Govt shud control the activities of banned outfits like JuD, and SSP etc.

    Recommend

  • Muhammad Adil
    Mar 6, 2012 - 1:08PM

    @ahmed:
    Undoubtedly Sunni Tehreek represents a majority of Pakistani muslims as well as educated and peaceful islamic persons. Sunni Tehreek is against Talibans or banned religious organizations which are involved in blasting Mosques, Mazaarat, Imam Bargahs and markets resulting killings of innocent peoples. Majority of the peoples of Pakistan requiring peace and want to remove these banned organizations involved in Terrorism. If u are supporting these organzations, a time will come you will also be a victim of terrorism by these organizations with the name of Jihad. Al Amaan wal Hafeez

    Recommend

More in Pakistan