Taliban urge government to reject US aid

Published: August 11, 2010
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TTP offers $20 million in aid for flood victims

TTP offers $20 million in aid for flood victims

MIRAMSHAH: The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Tuesday urged the government to reject American aid for people affected by deadly floods.

“The government should not accept American aid and if it happens, we can give $20 million to them as aid for the flood victims,” TTP spokesperson Azam Tariq told AFP by telephone.

The most devastating floods in Pakistan’s living memory have affected up to 13.8 million people and killed an estimated 1,600 prompting the UN to prepare an appeal for several hundred million dollars for immediate relief.

“We will ourselves distribute relief under the leadership of our chief Hakimullah Mehsud among the people if the government assures us that none of our members will be arrested,” Tariq said.

“We condemn American and other foreign aid and believe that it will lead to subjugation. Our jihad against America will continue.”

Washington has provided $35 million in aid, including 436,000 halal meals and 12 pre-fabricated bridges. The White House said that US helicopters have helped to save more than 1,000 lives in Pakistan.

Critics say the relief effort was slow to get into gear and have heaped scorn on President Asif Ali Zardari for pressing ahead with a visit to Europe at the height of the disaster.

Islamic charities are believed to have stepped into the breach on the ground, as international relief efforts mobilised

It is believed that some banned organizations are also part of the relief efforts in affected parts of the country.

The websites of some of the se organizations give in detail the work done by them in terms of rescue and relief.

In the past as well when Pakistan was afflicted by an earthquake, the first to reach and help victims were religious organizations, including some that were banned by the government.

In comparison government sponsored of supported relief efforts were slow and left a lot to be desires say critics.

Observers say that the TTP offer should be seen in this light and should be taken seriously as people genuinely have faith in its abilities.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 11th, 2010.

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  • Muhammad Ziad
    Aug 11, 2010 - 3:39AM

    Had America or Britain or any Western Country be affected by such catastrophe, would the so called Muslims states ever come to their rescue? Look into the past , there is no historical record that Muslim ummah ever gave aid even during the Islamic Golden Era. Instead we took Jizya and that is the Islamic way.

    Not that i’m opposing our way of living but to be clear , we are genuine. No incident where we have dictated a government or kingdom but instead took tax to let them live on their own. Aid is policy dictation in disguise. Don’t think anything in the world comes free.

    Government accepts this offer or not , In some of the affected remote areas the rule is of Militants not the government. Recommend

  • THE UNKILLER
    Aug 11, 2010 - 9:24AM

    agreedRecommend

  • Hamood
    Aug 11, 2010 - 9:37AM

    Yes, we should reject American help and rely on Taliban’s fleet of helicopters and boats.Recommend

  • Abbas
    Aug 11, 2010 - 9:40AM

    @ Muhammad Ziad, Well i dont know which history you have been reading. Muslims have taken care of famine hit areas in the past (once they were super power) in a far better way then the international communities do. Atleast the Muslims didn’t take people as there test samples in the testing of certain vaccines. (people have died in scores in Africa for being used for testing of a certain drug)

    Bro, please dont get caught in the agenda of west where islam is attacked from all fronts. Jaziya was even less then zakat and even that could have been lifted off if any men of ur home could join the Amry of the state. Plus there security was fully state’s responsibility.

    Remember 15th century invasion of crusaders in Spain, All the muslims were butchered till the last kid. But the Muslim “ameer” allowed all the Jews to sail off till Ottoman empire in return for the “jaziya” which they took from Jews, Where in history do you read examples like these.

    This jaziya appears to be brutal to you, what about the taxes that we are going through under this captialist ideology. “falana” tax and then the “damkana” tax. Any comments on that. Recommend

  • Raza
    Aug 11, 2010 - 9:56AM

    Is this a joke? TTP had been on a killing rampage across pakistan, they didn’t spare even mosques, imambargahs and little children in their suicide blasts. And now they want to HELP!?!? I’d rather have the people die but refuse to take help from murderers aka “taliban”. This is the height of insanity. These murderers are offering to help now, but later on all of these so called helpers would put on a suicide jacket and kill the same people they are offering to save. What a hypocritical bunch of thugs and murderers. Recommend

  • Bangash
    Aug 11, 2010 - 11:50AM

    @Muhamamd Ziad

    Plenty of things in this world come free : life, liberty, rights, mercy, compassion, hope. Your talk of jizya is irrelevant nonsense from hundreds of years ago.

    US aid is saving lives while criminal Taliban are killing Pakistanis.Recommend

  • A J Khan
    Aug 11, 2010 - 11:52AM

    Talabans are very rich. Where has all this money come from? They better stop killing innocent people. It is better to die in floods through the Will of God than through the stained hands of cruel Talabans who for the sake of money and perverted thoughts have brought misery and destruction to Pakhtuns, Pakistan and Islam.
    No body will ever forget the days when they used to slaughter people like animals. Worst than thier act was the support of the religious parties for their in human, un islamic acts. In the process, these religious shopkeepers of so called religious parties have tarnished the name iof the most sacred religon. May God’s curse be upon these cruel beasts and their political supporters.Recommend

  • ZZ
    Aug 11, 2010 - 12:51PM

    Hah! The Taliban are telling the government to reject AMERICAN aid and in the same breath are offering money in AMERICAN dollars!Recommend

  • Realist
    Aug 11, 2010 - 12:57PM

    To Raza

    Is the West any different? Have you forgotten Iraq, Plaestine, Abu Gharib and that Wikileak video, which shows just one of many incidents involving NATO soldiers massacaring civilians and writing them off as collateral damage?Recommend

  • Asif Khan
    Aug 11, 2010 - 12:57PM

    I think it is a time of last age. Very hard to understand who is your brother and is realing helping you from heart.Recommend

  • Muhammad Ziad
    Aug 11, 2010 - 5:00PM

    @bangash , what hypocrisy.

    Is it not the cry of the army that taliban (pk) are supported by ‘Foreign agencies’ which always include Cia , mossad and Raw crap?

    Same compassion is not shown by your country or any Muslim country, instead videos are run to show how happy ‘Muslims’ are when a calamity befalls them.

    @ Abbas,
    Remember how we invaded Persia and wiped its culture and identity from the face of the earth ? , remember an empire known as Byzantine? do you also remember the incident of Banu Quraiza where all men and children of the tribe were ordered to be butchered ? remember the Muslim dawah that were carried through by the armies asking people to accept islam , pay jizya or get on the battlefield?

    The falana dhmakana tax is not in the name of Religion. Jizya was exclusive. I’m not even talking about it , i support jizya and even would opt for enforcing it today . It’s an injunction of Quran. The point being we never took responsibility of an empire outside the Ummah. Your case of famine is in need of a source. There exist no such incident.

    Muslims should be self sufficient in aiding themselves rather than relying on any power from outside. Recommend

  • tauseef
    Aug 13, 2010 - 11:23AM

    Wow…. Look at these butchers claims and their offers.Is it drug-money that fuels them, how come they have such truck loads of money? This is an English daily, in some urdu dailies such claims would be shown in completely different light! Rather most Urdu dailies portray them as heroes!!Recommend

  • Anon
    Aug 15, 2010 - 5:15AM

    $20 million dollars!!?? from where!!!??Recommend

  • Feza Khan Yusufzai
    Aug 23, 2010 - 9:24PM

    Yeah surrrre.
    now that Pakistan has accepted aid from US. blow up some more mosques!Recommend

  • Blizzard
    Sep 3, 2010 - 12:20PM

    LOL!!Recommend

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