Law and order: ‘Launch Swat-style action against TTP’

Published: November 20, 2013

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

LAHORE: 

The Sunni Tehreek has written to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asking that he order a Swat-style military operation against the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

The Taliban’s “revolt against Islam and the Constitution” must be put down by force, ST President Sarwat Ejaz Qadri wrote in the letter. The Taliban’s violent actions had defamed Islam and ulema, he said.

The killing of innocent Pakistani citizens was not justified by US drone attacks, he said, adding that Islam did not sanction “private jihad”. The ST considered it an obligation to cooperate with the government and all stakeholders for the establishment of peace, he said. He also urged the prime minister to block NATO supply lines through Pakistan.

Earlier this month, the Sunni Ittehad Council, which includes the Sunni Tehreek, wrote letters to various politicians and religious leaders calling on them to unite in support of military action against the Taliban. The SIC is a conglomeration of various Sunni Barelvi groups. The Taliban, Qadri wrote in his letter, follow Deobandi leaders.

Qadri said that law enforcement agencies should act against seminaries which taught “terrorism, sectarianism and racism”, he said. “We appeal to the Government of Pakistan to consider the national aspirations and not to be blackmailed by a handful of terrorists,” he said.

Attacks on mosques, seminaries, tombs, schools and non-Muslim worship places were against Islam, he said. With the Taliban refusing to come to the dialogue table, he said, the government should “carry out an action against the terrorists like in Swat”.

“Mr Prime Minister, we invite your attention to the lawlessness, sectarian killing and terrorism in the country. No government has taken a strong line of action to uproot these evils. Representative scholars and influential persons of all sects should sit at one table to resolve conflicts and controversial issues,” he said.

Qadri said the soldiers who had given their lives fighting terrorists were martyrs and national heroes. Those who kill the nation’s protectors cannot be called martyrs, he said. JI chief Munawar Hassan had failed in his attempt to convince the nation otherwise, he said.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 20th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (23)

  • rembrandt
    Nov 20, 2013 - 9:44AM

    Finally some sensible words coming from the right-wing. Very Cool!

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  • Sami
    Nov 20, 2013 - 10:07AM

    @rembrandt … They are not right wing.. They are just a stain on right wing name..

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  • Imran Hayat
    Nov 20, 2013 - 10:14AM

    Interesting

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  • abu salaam
    Nov 20, 2013 - 10:19AM

    is this fake? cannot believe my eyes.
    don’t believe in violence, but that fact someone is speaking up is remarkable from the right wing.

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Nov 20, 2013 - 10:32AM

    Now Pakistan and Pakistani people can no more afford slaughters of thousands of innocent and sinless people till now after Swat operation.Choose peace talks’ ways without US’ interference in any forms and manifestation strictly and make Pakistan a peaceful country instead of a battlefield like Afghanistan because already Pakistan has faced lots of innocent and sinless people’s killings and loss of economy largely.Now this war game within Pakistan has to be ended at any cost and peace has to be given more chances for durable and permanent peace so that Pakistan could advance and develop economically for prosperity and sovereignty because no any foreign investors are ready to invest their money in Pakistan just due to insecure and unstable Pakistani internal conditions……

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  • S.Imam
    Nov 20, 2013 - 10:37AM

    This has to be the only option left to save Pakistan and to stop crimes against humanity.

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  • Imran
    Nov 20, 2013 - 10:48AM

    Totally !! Eliminate them !

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  • d
    Nov 20, 2013 - 10:52AM

    finally the clergy shows some humanity.

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  • irfan
    Nov 20, 2013 - 11:14AM

    I think the PM should go ahead with this proposal as soon as possible any delay will cost us more lives of innocent Pakistanis.Because its already winter we will have an advantage against them since militants all need is plain weather to fight vigoursly against security forces, in my opinion this opportunity must not be wasted

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  • maestro
    Nov 20, 2013 - 11:21AM

    Yes!! Finally some sense coming out of the rightists!Recommend

  • Wali
    Nov 20, 2013 - 11:21AM

    Right or wrong but i am glad to see religious/right at least taking a stand unlike the politicians from all sides!!!

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  • Sonya
    Nov 20, 2013 - 11:49AM

    I support Qadri – the Government must act before it is too late.

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  • Zaka
    Nov 20, 2013 - 12:45PM

    No such hope from present rulers, who are focusing only talk. Negotiations and talks can win on the basis of strength. Go after TTP and eliminate them; that is the only solution.

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  • Majid
    Nov 20, 2013 - 1:41PM

    Why Nawaz pic for ST’s statement? It gives the impression as if PM has said it. Did PM say that? It is ST’s statement and you should have used ST’s leader’s Pic.

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  • sincere
    Nov 20, 2013 - 2:15PM

    Mashallah… very courageous of you ST.

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  • akash
    Nov 20, 2013 - 3:33PM

    Those who are getting money (TTP, Lej, JI etc….) from saudis will never support any Govt. in fight against the SAUDI Sponsored terrorism in Pakistan but all other who consider themselves Pakistani first should support state of pakistan in getting rid off these Bas…ds.
    plus role of army is also very important. believe me these bunch of thugs and killers will be history here one day. These so called Mujahids also went to fight in SAUDI sponsored jihaad in Syria but they were killed like the dogs (MAD) are killed by Muncipal co. in our country.

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  • SUH
    Nov 20, 2013 - 4:08PM

    Similar action is required to be done against the military wing of these so called rightists in karachi please.Recommend

  • SRR
    Nov 20, 2013 - 4:16PM

    Great stance and rightly said. The people of Pakistan are in complete concurrance with you!

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  • Last Word
    Nov 20, 2013 - 4:26PM

    It is a shame that a country with half a million army is held to ransom by a bunch of thugs killing more than forty thousand including military personnel and still counting. Now religious parties have step in to advise the lawmakers to stop begging for talks and take punitive action against these barbarians.

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  • jeff
    Nov 20, 2013 - 6:15PM

    Mr. PM is too busy on his visits abroad to think of anything else. In his grand vision, there must be an ”Ittifaq foundries” factory on every nation. His personal mission has just began, Please wait another few years before your plea is even heard…

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  • comeoffit
    Nov 20, 2013 - 10:20PM

    good grief! the sunni tehreek is not a right wing organization. shows how much the liberals who read the ET are alienated from the real pakistan.

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  • Abid P. Khan
    Nov 21, 2013 - 12:11AM

    @S.Imam:
    “This has to be the only option left to save Pakistan and to stop crimes against humanity.”

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    You will make Imran Khan very depressed. Perhaps it is high time to declare himself as the King of FATA. As they claim FATA has always been free, they will not listen to any rhyme or reason, forwarded by the central government or other political forces. .

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  • Jawad U Rahman
    Nov 21, 2013 - 1:09AM

    It is good to hear this from an organization that publicly supported a murderer (Salman Taseer’s killer) and misled its millions of followers towards violence and emotionalism. If they had upheld rule of law then, they would have been on a much higher moral ground than their grab of opportunity now. However, in Pakistan, one should take whatever iota of reason one finds among these parties and be thankful for that.

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