Blame US, not Taliban, says JI

Published: December 19, 2011
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) railed against the US at a public gathering in Peshawar on Sunday. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ SAMEER RAZIQ

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) railed against the US at a public gathering in Peshawar on Sunday. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ SAMEER RAZIQ


The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) railed against the US at a public gathering in Peshawar, and encouraged the government to maintain their decision to keep the Nato supply route closed.

A large number of Pakistanis disagree with the current Afghan policy, JI leaders said, adding that the government should not blame the Taliban or al Qaeda for their issues, but should question the US, whom they termed responsible for an attack on  the General Headquarters (GHQ) in 2009. “If the government had responded to the GHQ attack, the Salala attack would not have had happened”, JI chief Sayyad Munawar Hassan said.

“If the government bows down to US pressure and resumes the Nato supply, we will block GT road from Karachi till Khyber,” said former JI chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed.

Hasan also demanded the government form a medical board to determine President Asif Ali Zardari’s ‘mental health’, citing the constitution.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 19th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Mard-e-Haq
    Dec 19, 2011 - 9:48AM

    Poser to JI: You mean the Taliban never killed Pakistani citizens? Who blows up mosques and girls schools? Even children are being targeted by inhumane lot.

  • MarkH
    Dec 19, 2011 - 11:00AM

    Do they ever do anything but chime in every now and then to stir up instability? That’s one weird thing I’ve noticed. All they ever do is instigate more and more conflict. Just look at how delayed the statements are. They’re not being said at the emotional peak, when the issue is receiving almost single-minded attention and the things that matter are occurring. They’re being said when the emotional part of the drama has died down. Almost every single statement they make have that in common.


  • Kafka
    Dec 19, 2011 - 11:42AM

    I fail to understand JI logic………


  • Dec 19, 2011 - 1:58PM

    Surprised that the media does not cover huge shows by JI – they manage to put decent shows – bigger than the likes of PML (N)


  • I wonder
    Dec 19, 2011 - 2:52PM

    @Mard-e-Haq: I wonder if the bombers are muslims then why don’t they bomb the drinking dens, the brothels or gambling places ?
    this is because they only r a bunch of law breakers who want to de stabilise the government


  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Dec 20, 2011 - 1:59AM

    The future of Pakistan


  • Dec 27, 2011 - 7:40PM

    How can we not question the motives of these organizations that are dead set on promoting conflict among our nations? We cannot deny that the Salala incident has been a big setback, and we are still waiting to recover from that tragic incident. The restoring of liaison officers at coordination centers on the Afghan border could be seen as a positive development and a step forward in recovery. But it is understandable that those who wish to see us part ways cannot be happy with this news. So they restart their propaganda and continue to manipulate the innocent public in believing fiction as opposed to reality. Where do they find the audacity to say that you shouldn’t blame Taliban? Do they not know that these terrorists have killed over 30,000 thousand civilians and around 5,000 soldiers in Pakistan alone? Not a week goes by when we don’t hear about a suicidal attack somewhere in the country. And most of the time, as the numbers prove, it’s the innocent civilians who die in these attacks. The time has come for us to stop them from brainwashing us and support our governments in eliminating the threat that continues to haunt our nations.

    MAJ David Nevers,
    DET, United States Central Command


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