‘Iran threatened to drop gas pipeline’

Published: May 30, 2013
Ludhianvi said that he had “won” both the seats. PHOTO: REUTERS

Ludhianvi said that he had “won” both the seats. PHOTO: REUTERS


Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) chief Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi, who lost the Jhang national and provincial assembly seats he had contested from, on late Tuesday night blamed Iran for his defeat.

Ludhianvi said that he had “won” both the seats. The ASWJ chief claimed that he had secured more than 72,000 votes, adding that he would move court against his ‘engineered defeat’. If the court orders a recount, he said, “I will become a member of the national and provincial assemblies.” He warned that if he was denied his ‘right’, he would be unable to guarantee peace in his hometown.

ASWJ, a Deobandi organisation, has often been accused of instigating hate crimes against Shias. Most of its workers and leaders come from Sipahe Sahaba which has been banned over terrorism charges.

Ludhianvi was addressing about 2,000 people at the graduation ceremony of 60 Jamia Manzoor students who had completed a hadith course.

Ludhianvi claimed that the Iranian government had threatened not to go ahead with the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project if he were elected.

Ludianvi also warned the government-in-waiting against “casting an evil eye on seminaries”. Designs against madressahs had landed Pervez Musharraf and Rehman Malik in trouble, he said.

Another ASWJ leader Maulana Qari Mansoor strongly objected when a student on stage raised the slogan, Aman Kay Dayi, Aman Pasand, Deoband, Deoband (The Deobandis are peaceful messengers of peace).

Mansoor reprimanded him: “Who do you want to appease?” He said that the Deobandis will not be peaceful until Kashmir became independent, the Palestine issue was resolved and peace was restored in Chechenya. He demanded jihad training at seminaries.

Dr Sher Ali Shah of Akora Khattak said Muslims should not waste their time learning English which “has no relevance for Muslims”. What was important, he said, was the study of Quran and Hadith “… nothing else”.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 30th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • kashif
    May 30, 2013 - 4:52AM

    whatever maulana ludhianvi said is true.iran has been interfering in Pakistan,s affairs since khamini,s revolution.


  • Sarwar Naqvi
    May 30, 2013 - 7:23AM

    Khamini’s Revolution ?
    When ?


  • noise
    May 30, 2013 - 9:00AM

    These people and their sympathizers are pathetic


  • uk
    May 30, 2013 - 7:01PM

    Now Sher ki haqoomat promoting this non state banned organization


  • Tumbler
    May 31, 2013 - 2:50PM

    Iran dropping billions of dollars project for one MNA seat — what a comedy!!


  • Invincible
    May 31, 2013 - 7:01PM

    Its not a threat it is the wish of PML-N and like minded parties that somehow they manage to get this project dropped.


  • May 31, 2013 - 8:07PM


    I think it is not wise to blame neighbor muslim country, also this action would be against
    Pakistan and muslim ummah, destroy the relationship of 2 two countries for just 1/2 seats, without proof. So sad


  • Abbas
    May 31, 2013 - 9:48PM

    @Sarwar Naqvi: its khemani revelations …


  • Sadia raza
    Jun 1, 2013 - 3:26AM

    You are wrong man…. Pakistan and Iran has got good relationship since beginning.
    Iran was the first country to accpet pakistan after pakistan came into being.

    Be positive, avoid hate speech against any country specially Iran and China.


  • S. Nasir Mehdi
    Jun 11, 2013 - 1:36AM

    It is in the interest of Pakistan to have gas from Iran with no investment. I wonder if Mr Nawaz Shareef will annoy his MASTERS, the Saudis and AmericaRecommend

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