Miltants’ ideology

The recently released audio recording explains how killing civilians in mosques is acceptable.

Editorial August 20, 2011

It may be a bit of a stretch to say that the militants who have declared war on Pakistan have anything resembling a coherent ideology but the release of an audio recording gives a glimpse into their savage world view. The conversation is apparently between a militant and a religious scholar who works for the army. In it the militant explains how killing civilians in mosques is acceptable if they are hypocrites who do not buy into the militants’ ideology. Coincidentally, this recording was released around the same time that nearly 50 people were killed while offering Friday prayers at a mosque in Jamrud on August 19. The militant in the recording also explains that he sees no distinction between Pakistani and US soldiers and defends the killing of women and children.

This recording should be an eye-opener for those who maintain that the militants are simply fighting the Pakistani state because of its closeness to the US. Rather, they are seeking to violently impose their version of Islam on the entire country. Anyone who does not buy into their beliefs is considered a legitimate target. What is most telling about the recording is its complete disregard for the sanctity of life. The militant welcomes the 2005 earthquake for killing thousands of military personnel but does not pause to consider that it also took hundreds of thousands of innocent lives. If there is one lesson to be learned from this recording, it is that you cannot negotiate with people so blinded by hate that they are willing to murder at will and without thought.

Even more than the militant’s twisted understanding of religion, what is more worrying is that he had this conversation with an employee of the army. We have frequently heard about the radicalisation of the army and here we seem to have proof. Although the scholar frequently challenges and disagrees with the militant, that is not enough. The army needs to explain why one of its employees was in contact with a militant. We are supposed to be at war with the militants, not discussing the finer points of religion with them on their own terms. And the war, we should always remember, has been declared by the militants, not us.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 21st, 2011.


Subhash | 10 years ago | Reply @jibran: "There was no TTP before Afghanistan invasion" Just consider following few facts :- 1. There was no Budhism before Lord Budha. 2. There was no Islam before Prophet Mohmad. 3. There is no light before Sun rises in the morning.
Mirza | 10 years ago | Reply

This is a very timely and spot on editorial on the current affairs of Pakistan. Let us hope that it changes some minds. These fascist fanatic terrorists care nobody. Civilians, women, children, elderly, and mosques are all targeted by them. There ruthlessness knows no bounds and they show no mercy to their innocent victims. Their mindless jihad against the Americans targets Pakistani civilians. On top of that, their apologists come out in droves to defend them with ifs and buts. They have all the excuses for these crimes against humanity and no clear condemnation or outrage against the terrorists. Unless all Pakistani leaders and scholars unanimously come out in no uncertain terms and call them the enemy number one, nothing is going to happen. We have to get united and choke their financial and manpower sources.

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