Anyone killed by US is a 'martyr': Fazlur Rehman

Published: November 5, 2013

JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman. PHOTO: INP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman, while talking to the media in Islamabad on Tuesday, stated that anyone killed by the United States, even if it is a dog, is a martyr, Express News reported.

He said this when he was questioned regarding the death of the late Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader Hakimullah Mehsud who was killed by a US drone strike on November 1.

He also said that “a lot of people still want peace negotiations and therefore the negotiations should not stop.”

“JUI-F wants to move forward with the peace negotiations together with the other parties,” he added.

“We will do anything for the country,” he further stated.

Soon after speaking to the media, the JUI-F chief reiterated at the National Assembly that “anyone killed by the US is a martyr, even if it is a dog.”

Commenting on the oppression of the weaker states in the world, Fazl said that “politics and institutions are used to control the weaker states.”

He further stated that “the terrorism in the country has weakened the economy and destroyed the peace of the country.”

“A lot of parliamentarians have become martyrs because of terrorism,” he stated, adding that “his own house has been attacked three times.”

Talking about the peace in the different provinces of the country he remarked, “Punjab has relatively more peace than the rest of the provinces.”

He said that “for any state economy and army are two main components that are necessary for its survival.”

Furthermore, “the terrorist activities in the country are destroying its economy and this why peace is essential.”

On November 4, Fazl had said that in the wake of drone attack that killed Mehsud, a national strategy should be crafted.

The JUI-F chief had stated that the last All Parties Conference had adopted a national stance towards reconciliation and decided to hold talks with the Taliban.

“The drone attack has now changed the situation, which is why we need a new APC to review the situation. We were trying to get Pakistan out of crisis but the drone attack has increased instability,” Fazl had remarked.

He had said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s ‘solo flight’ will damage national unity on drones and dialogue with Taliban as such party politics should not be based on point scoring.

He had said that “his party had earlier tried to move a resolution in K-P assembly on the drone issue linking it with blocking the Nato supplies but the PTI government had opposed it.”

He further said “his party’s support for the blockade would be conditional on PTI government issuing an executive order to stop the Nato supplies.”

‘Martyr’ or not?

Fazlur Rehman’s statements are in support of Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Munawar Hassan’s comment that Hakimullah Mehsud is a martyr. The MQM chief Altaf Hussain issued a statement on Monday, saying that it is condemnable to call Mehsud a martyr and other politicians including Bilawal Bhutto Zardari were also critical of the JI leader’s statement.

Reader Comments (76)

  • waseem sarwar
    Nov 5, 2013 - 12:28PM

    and those who are killed by these martyr?

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  • LSE
    Nov 5, 2013 - 12:39PM

    Martyr!! Is he on Crack?

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  • FaiselH
    Nov 5, 2013 - 12:41PM

    This is an unforgivable insult to those thousands of women, children, Our Officers and Jawans, Martyred at the hands of these mercenaries..

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  • Indra
    Nov 5, 2013 - 12:47PM

    Good, now go show your “love” for Pskistan. Dare to stand in Waziristan?

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  • diesel mulla
    Nov 5, 2013 - 12:47PM

    And those killed by the TTP are not?

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  • Common man
    Nov 5, 2013 - 1:09PM

    This is very true…

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  • ayesha
    Nov 5, 2013 - 1:09PM

    Absolutely disgusting, by honoring that killer , he has insulted all those who were martyred in our mosques and churches and the jawans who are our real shaheeds

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  • ahmed
    Nov 5, 2013 - 1:09PM

    US please shoot this guy too, one more martyr.

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  • Mahmood
    Nov 5, 2013 - 1:10PM

    We can not justify the drone attack.
    Although the reputation of Molana is not good, but the Statment is very much calculated.

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  • Truth
    Nov 5, 2013 - 1:13PM

    Now every leader in pakistan contesting for promotion as ‘Captain of TTP’.

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  • Akram
    Nov 5, 2013 - 1:22PM

    He should be hanged just like Bangladesh to JUI.

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  • suzo
    Nov 5, 2013 - 1:27PM

    while india gears up for the mars, we are crying for ‘martyr’ terrorist . .shame shame, my heart is crying!

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  • Omer
    Nov 5, 2013 - 1:28PM

    This is exactly the reason y they don’t get votes ! They are just attention seekers and should not b given more space than they deserve according to their seats in parliament

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  • Raisani
    Nov 5, 2013 - 1:52PM

    But what about diesel from U.S. ?

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  • Mishrab
    Nov 5, 2013 - 1:58PM

    He is not a Mufti to give such verdict. He has insulted innocent martyareds and human being.Recommend

  • Hasni
    Nov 5, 2013 - 2:04PM

    Are we having race in the country that who have more sympathy with terrorist

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  • usman786
    Nov 5, 2013 - 2:09PM

    What about those syrian govt officials who were killed by US and Saudi backed opposition

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  • polpot
    Nov 5, 2013 - 2:10PM

    “Anyone killed by US is a ‘martyr’: Fazlur Rehman”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Martyr OBL.
    Sad fact is that most Pakistanis would agree.

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  • Imran
    Nov 5, 2013 - 2:14PM

    No one can save Pakistan.

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  • Zargar
    Nov 5, 2013 - 2:15PM

    Can someone on this earth explain me what to call an army guy in the battlefield? and what that army guy standing on the top of ice caped mountains would feel hearing this?

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  • PeaceMonger
    Nov 5, 2013 - 2:22PM

    “Hakimullah Mehsud is a martyr”
    Really, if this is what is coming from mainstream parties, you get a feeling that Pakistan doesn’t stand a chance in this fight against terrorism.

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  • Mohammad
    Nov 5, 2013 - 2:32PM

    He must have travel ban all over the world! US should sanctioned him and declare him as a terrorist.

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  • Asif Siddiqi
    Nov 5, 2013 - 2:33PM

    Anyone killing him is also a Martyr …

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  • Noman Ansari
    Nov 5, 2013 - 2:42PM

    Wikileaks revealed that this guy was trying to negotiate with the USA so that he could become PM. What does that say about him?

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  • Ms
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:03PM

    There is no proof ever produced by any one of who is TTP, where is TTP, who is their leader and whether they are involved in anything or everything? All Media Gimic !

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  • Obaid
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:10PM

    And the Pakistani government nominated him for the so called peace talks. He would present Pakistan on a silver plate to the TTP while we stupid Pakistanis (including me) hurl our conspiracy theories at each other

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  • Laiq Ahmed
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:15PM

    Look at his maturity! He is insulting Islamic teachings! If he is given some more money he will say the other way round!

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  • Bhai log
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:30PM

    I think we need another drone strike.

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  • Bhai log
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:32PM

    It was the same US who funded the so called Afghan JIHAD against Russia.

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  • Gurion
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:33PM

    Martyrs, like the Soviets who fought in Afghanistan?!

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  • Burjor Rustomji
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:35PM

    India please send this guy to Mars on your next attempt.

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  • Nasir
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:42PM

    I hate this guy for his nonesense, He feels no difference between a martyer and a dog just fot the love of TTP. I feel pity for those who consider this man a religious scholor.Recommend

  • kk
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:49PM

    can our learned maulna tell us the status of persons killed by TTP if they carry out suicide attacks in revenge of their Shaheed commanderRecommend

  • Freedom Seeker
    Nov 5, 2013 - 3:55PM

    He is martyr because he is brother in religion with this Mullah. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:01PM

    I am looking forward to Nadeem F. Peracha’s ( NFP ) next blog…………golden opportunity not to be missed.Recommend

  • imran bhatt
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:04PM

    At least he has accepted that one who has been killed was a dog. Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:15PM

    This shows the ignorance of JUI leaders. He is not qualified to call him himself a Maulana. Recommend

  • Uuu
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:30PM

    No need take this nut case serious. This characterless joker has no authority or value. I dont know how can Media can publish such rubbish, is there no ethics or standards left?Recommend

  • Anoni
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:30PM

    Kindly make a distinction Not all people from US are bad.

    also this comment is beyond logic. perhaps the dumbest one.

    And yes i am against drone attacks because innocent are killed Recommend

  • Zen
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:31PM

    @Burjor Rustomji:
    I was just about to write the same.Recommend

  • Tufan Agha
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:33PM

    Maulana Fazlur Rehman stated that anyone killed by the United States, even if it is a dog, is a martyr.
    He must disclose how many dogs were martyred by USA . The report of Minisrty of Interior submitted in Parliament appears to correct, where every one challenged the numbers. Probably the numbers looked less at it was silence on Dogs.Recommend

  • khan
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:36PM

    Indeed the politicians have no moral ethics to follow….what a country….Recommend

  • Fact
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:45PM

    Islam has provided us certain pre-requisites and norms of “JIHAD” which are very known to all muslims. I would request all the scholars and muftees to please keep in mind all those pre-requisites and norms of “JIHAD” as defined in Islam before giving such a statement on media or anywhere else. Such fatwas and statements will mislead the muslims and will create difference of opinion among them. At the time of drone they (terrorists) were not busy in any battle with mushkareen rather busy in planning some terrorist activities against muslims. I pray may GOD bless all of us.Recommend

  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:49PM

    FAZI and Imran are in a mess . They have got entangled in a network in which on one side is TTP and on the other side is an elected government enjoying support of international community having mamdate to eliminate terrorists and their supporters completely from Pakistan . Calling terrorists a martyrs and blocked call are clearly enough to set the future drone targets to increase the list of shaheed in Pakistan .Recommend

  • Fact
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:50PM

    Molana also tell pre-requisites and conditions of being martyr as defined by Islam. GOD bless us.Recommend

  • Shahzeb
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:55PM

    So USA is giving the passport for Jannat these days. through its drone stamp ??? Maulana: why not stand in a way of a drone fired missile. Dont you want to be called a martyr. Even dogs are getting this privilege. Aren’t you better than them? Recommend

  • Fact
    Nov 5, 2013 - 4:56PM

    very disappointing statementRecommend

  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:04PM

    Is the Martyrdom only for Sunni Muslim or extended to others too? It looks like the price of Stock name “Martyr” dropped to dime a dozen.Recommend

  • It Is (still) Economy Stupid
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:06PM

    Is this Martyrdom comes with 40 or 72 virgins too? Recommend

  • Malik Liaquat Hussain
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:27PM

    @ahmed:
    Lot of thanks of this kind suggestion. Recommend

  • Iron hand
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:36PM

    @Fact: What are these norms and prerequisites? Maybe you can educate a would be terrorist.Recommend

  • Muzakraat
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:47PM

    He should be in line for the martyrdom for the sake of Muslims and mankindRecommend

  • Ukhan
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:54PM

    What a short memory Pakistanis have, I’ve learnt after reading the comments from most of the people.

    Martyr or no martyr, the objection of most parties is to bomb inside a country on a peace jirga that all parties including Prime Minister of Pakistan had been pushing for to happen for PEACE not war, not killings, for Pakistani people. For once in the history all political leaders agreed to it, which could not be digested by US of A.

    It is a slap on Pakistani’s PM face, only if you realize. It is not about if Mehsud was a martyr or not, it is the fact that USA crosses the limit and does what it wants inside the Pakistani premises, be it the RAMBO of CIA on Lahore mall road killing 2 in public, be it killing of OBL in Abottabad or be it the attack of Salala directly on Pak army by NATO forces.

    It is not being emotional, it is to understand what everyone is doing with you.

    The beggar or slave approach will never work here, you need to throw it out of your sub-continental brains.Recommend

  • Zeeshan Khan
    Nov 5, 2013 - 5:56PM

    I think Maulana Sahab MUST see the Doctor immediately.Recommend

  • ahmer
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:17PM

    @Ukhan:
    you sir are also on crack

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  • Jibby
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:30PM

    Maybe Maulana Sahab is referring to leader of Southern Pakistan’s party?

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  • Burjor Rustomji
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:40PM

    Dear Zen, great minds think alike !!!!.

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  • Concerned
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:43PM

    Very smart. Good timing. He is trying to get enough people to become anti taliban by getting them emotional with his comments, so that the NATO blockade doesnt go through. He is a paid servant of the US.

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  • asghar
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:52PM

    strange to see so many people take this crap seriously. wiki leaks exposed that he asked american envoy if hey make him prime minister all his ministors will at tjeir disposal. now through making this statement he is trying to make innocent people fool. u mentioned three times yur house was attacked and still u remain cruel. he can do anything for the chair

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  • Kamran Ali
    Nov 5, 2013 - 6:57PM

    According to Fazlu’s definition Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan are also martyrs!!!

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  • Bitter Truth.
    Nov 5, 2013 - 7:01PM

    By saying this , Fazlu has created space among martyrs for himself if he gets killed by a drone. (aameen).

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  • Eddied
    Nov 5, 2013 - 7:08PM

    People like this guy make Pakistan the laughing stock of the world…a terrorist who has killed thousands is considered a martyr and the ally who eliminated this mass murder is considered an enemy?…what a confused country…the leaders don’t appear to have a clue about how to have a civilized society and the enemy within is quite obvious to everyone but Pakistanis…

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  • Hoor
    Nov 5, 2013 - 7:09PM

    I know why. he is next, he puts a dog-martyr so that he is not excluded from the list. easy

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  • Sall90
    Nov 5, 2013 - 7:12PM

    And why your sons are living in US?

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  • unbelievable
    Nov 5, 2013 - 7:25PM

    And you wonder why your ranked lower than N Korea? Anti American blather on parade – long on emotion short on common sense.

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  • MJ
    Nov 5, 2013 - 8:27PM

    “Anyone killed by US is a ‘martyr’: Fazlur Rehman” That makes both J. F. Kennedy & Lee Harvey Oswold martyrs as well.

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  • Mr. Hat Servant
    Nov 5, 2013 - 8:49PM

    Based on his argument, Christians and Hindus are also Martyr even though they are not Muslim.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Nov 5, 2013 - 9:24PM

    @Facts ,

    I don’t know Arabic as the common muslims do . The irony of the fact is that each Arabic word has several meanings thereby several definition of JEHAAD can be put forward . To me the confused race of muslims is the result of ambiguity of the Islamic religious scriptures . The time has come when in IT AGE muslim scholars sit together and rewrite Quaran and Hadeeth for the welfare of the future generation otherwise will continue to suffer a lot .

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  • Jawad U Rahman
    Nov 5, 2013 - 9:33PM

    Maulana has equated the worthy martyred soldiers, innocent women, children, and men to dogs by calling these beasts as martyrs. What a convoluted and shameful ideology. No wonder, there is no will to overcome these beasts, if this is the level of sympathy and collusion.

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  • Voice
    Nov 5, 2013 - 10:08PM

    TTP kills Pakistanis and soldiers to gain Islamic status of Martyrdom, Please US keep kill more militants and animals too….so our “Pakistan- a Land of Pure” will become a land of Martyrs…no one dies in vain…

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  • Ap
    Nov 5, 2013 - 11:42PM

    The biggest problem of Pakistan is its civilian leaders who broker the country…
    and now misguiding the populace in the name of religion.
    If India was united, by now it would have been a world power..
    Because of the fraud 2 nation theory, millions got killed — and we have Sikh-hindu, Sikh -muslim, hindu-muslim, Buddhist-muslim etc etc… problems…

    and I think ts going to get worse from here..Recommend

  • Momin
    Nov 6, 2013 - 12:17AM

    Somebody please tell Fazlur Rehman it was a rhetorical question.

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  • TUNG
    Nov 6, 2013 - 3:31AM

    and anyone killed my a taliban was asking for it?

    these maulvis just disgust meRecommend

  • azmat khan
    Nov 6, 2013 - 5:58PM

    What a cheap mullah.What is NS’s verdict in this case? i feel he will follow the Maulana as he is also a mullah under the cloak of a democrat.

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  • Nov 9, 2013 - 11:40AM

    These mullahs are hand in glove with the taliban and we all know that. Why are they in Pakistan and not living in North Waziristan or Afghanistan OR INDIA? What good has come out of them to honor the memories of the thousands of shaheeds of soldiers and civilians? Keep guessing because I’m also guessing. Salams

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  • Fazal Khan Khattak
    Nov 10, 2013 - 6:36PM

    Now as per this old man the TTP chief and a Dog can be equal as both killed by American Drone and both are Shaheed. Now TTP should add their comments on his remark :-)Recommend

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