Controversial remarks: Army demands apology from Munawar Hassan

Published: November 11, 2013
JI chief Munawar Hasan. PHOTO: EXPRESS

JI chief Munawar Hasan. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: In a rare rejoinder to a political leader’s statement, Pakistan Army on Sunday strongly condemned the remarks of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Syed Munawar Hassan and demanded an ‘unconditional apology’ from him.

In a recent TV programme, the JI chief had reportedly said that if an American who died on the battlefield was not a martyr, then his backers were also not martyrs because they were chasing the same goal. He had also called Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud – who was killed in a US drone strike recently – a ‘martyr.’

“Syed Munawar Hassan has tried to invent a logic based on his political convenience. Strong condemnation of his views from an overwhelming majority leaves no doubt in any one’s mind that all of us are very clear on what the state of Pakistan is and who its enemies are,” said a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

The army’s statement further said: “The sacrifices of our shuhada [martyrs] and their families need no endorsement from Syed Munawar Hassan and such misguided and self-serving statements deserve no comments.”

It said that Munawar Hassan’s statement was both painful and unfortunate as it came from the head of “a party founded by Maulana Maududi, who is respected and revered for his services to Islam”.

The ISPR release further said that the people of Pakistan – whose loved ones laid down their lives while fighting terrorism and families of martyrs of the armed forces demand an unconditional apology from JI chief for hurting their feelings.

“It is also expected that the Jamaat-e-Islami should clearly state its party position on the subject,” the statement added.

Reacting to the rare rejoinder, JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch said his party would comment on the ISPR statement after intra-party consultations. “Soldiers and officers of our army are part of our national institution and the JI has always expressed sorrow over the martyrdom of innocent people and soldiers,” Baloch told a television news channel.

Another senior leader of Jamaat Fareed Piracha said: “We consider the martyrs of Pakistan Army as martyrs.” He added that the JI chief’s statement was taken out of context. “Munawar Hassan will himself tell if these were personal views or the Jamaat’s policy.”

Former ISI chief Lt Gen (Retd) Hameed Gul said Munawar Hassan’s statement seems to be his personal views. He added that the JI has always supported Pakistan Army.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 11th,2013.

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Reader Comments (89)

  • Hopeful
    Nov 11, 2013 - 1:30AM

    Why is hameed gul defending JI?


  • Khan
    Nov 11, 2013 - 1:31AM

    What a horribly ignorant man this “maulana” is. He is a politician using Islam for personal gain, a Munaafiq.


  • Saleem
    Nov 11, 2013 - 1:39AM

    Bengalis were always ahead of the west pakistanis.
    Today they have banned Jamaat islami and announced death for a few of their leaders When is Pakistan going to be brave enough to do that


  • confused
    Nov 11, 2013 - 1:42AM

    This is the same party who opposed Pakistan’s creation. What else can you expect from them?Recommend

  • Unknown
    Nov 11, 2013 - 1:43AM

    Would love to see ISPR objecting MQM as well for declaring its dead people as “Shaheed”


  • Uza Syed
    Nov 11, 2013 - 1:44AM

    Mullah Munawer Hsan’s position vis a vis Taliban is not a secret for anyone in Pakistan and no one in his right mind supports him. But, Munawer Hasan’s public statement on Hakim Ullah Mehsud’s killing is outrageous and all Pakistanis are hurt and offended and do understand and support our brave Army’s demand of an unconditional apology in addition to withdrawal of this ridiculous statement from Maulvi Sahib. He ought to shame and repent and his party as well must clarify its position otherwise all people of Pakistan must condemn and boycott this maulviu and his party.


  • Syed A. Mateen
    Nov 11, 2013 - 1:47AM

    The Chief of Jamat-e-Islami Munawar Hassan MUST apologies publicly through print and electronic media from all the Muslims of Pakistan.Recommend

  • Nov 11, 2013 - 1:47AM

    Now that the Army has said what needs to be said its for the people to rise up against these munafiqeen! In any other country the masses would have been up in arms against such ‘holy beards’ who support and sympathise with killers and murderers – its welcome that the Army has finally given up thinking that the politicians will openly criticise the mullahjis – they will never – they are scared of them.


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Nov 11, 2013 - 1:50AM

    This is not the first occasion that Mansoora Group has insulted Pakistan. GHQ must explain why this group was not brought to task when it refused to honour those soldiers who died in FATA.


  • Rex Minor
    Nov 11, 2013 - 1:59AM

    In as much painful as it might be for the love ones of the army personnel who lost their lives in combat, it is time that they learn that they did not die as shaheeds while fighting their fellow muslim country men. The clergy must come forward and issue a clear statement.

    Rex Minor


  • Nadir
    Nov 11, 2013 - 2:05AM

    “a party founded by Maulana Maududi, who is respected and revered for his services to Islam”. – Yes like saying that the creation of Pakistan was un-Islamic.

    Who is anyone to say who is and is not a martyr? Isnt that up to God?


  • Fayez
    Nov 11, 2013 - 2:06AM

    Fair demand
    & someone else also needs to apologize from tribal Pashtuns for using them as weapon for their own purpose and then abandoning them when they are done with them.


  • Sohaib Irshad
    Nov 11, 2013 - 2:09AM

    The words are painful. They pinch you always and being an Army brat I feel it along with others. Apologize Munawaar sahb.


  • Jawad U Rahman
    Nov 11, 2013 - 2:18AM

    Isn’t this treason for the head of a political party to side with the enemies of the state and glorify them, while the butchers of our brave soldiers and innocent Pakistanis are elevated by him to the status of martyrdom. Shouldn’t the army, the Supreme Court, and the State in general try him for treason, and at the very least prevent him from poisoning more minds in Pakistan by barring him from leading a political party or appearing on national media.

    Only in Pakistan people can get away with such disloyalty to the state in the name of religion. See what Bangladesh is doing to such mindset. They are clear about their national interests and are firmly on path to removing this menace once and for all. Some sacrifice today can purge the politics and the functioning of the state from such convoluted minds. There is very little difference in the philosophy of JI and TTP – as admitted by Mr. Hassan in the same interview. So, don’t let them advance any further until they prove their loyalty and respect for the state, the constitution, and various state organs. Make it a requirement for any political party to operate in Pakistan that they refrain from making any anti-state statement or they should be banned from politics.


  • CK
    Nov 11, 2013 - 2:18AM

    If he was killed by the Pakistani Army would he still be a martyr?Recommend

  • Unarmed
    Nov 11, 2013 - 2:20AM

    said that if an American who died on the battlefield was not a martyr, then his backers were also not martyrs because they were chasing the same goal
    Yes his logic is simple and clear… rather bashing, Army should answer his logic.


  • lalai
    Nov 11, 2013 - 2:22AM

    Quid e Azam- Kafir e Azam
    Pakistan- Kafirstan
    The worst killer of humanity Hakeemullaah is Martyr
    And now the martyrs of army is not a martyr due to one extremely twisted logic.
    What else do you need to prove that Jamaat hasn’t accepted Pakistan by heart.


  • Usman S.
    Nov 11, 2013 - 2:30AM

    The army’s demand is absolutely fair and it echoes the feelings of the nation.

    No sane person anywhere in the world other than Pakistan would call a wanted terrorist and murderer of tens of thousands of innocent countrymen and soldiers a “martyr’.

    Munawwar Hassan is completely wrong here and must tender an unconditional apology to the entire nation and its army. it is indeed an insult to the brave servicemen and their families who have sacrificed their lives while defending the country and the entire society against these monsters.


  • Jat
    Nov 11, 2013 - 2:34AM

    All Pakistanis criticizing JI… now wait a minute… take a deep breath… ok now answer the following question:
    Are leaders of JI and JUI(f) agents of RAW and Mossad ?
    Think carefully and answer…

    According to most Pakistanis; the TTP and Mullah Radio are RAW agents, financed by India. Hence, they were the ‘bad taliban’, while the Afghan Taliban and Haqquanis were the ‘good taliban’. But now.leaders of PTI, JI and JUI(f) consider slain mehsud leaders to be shaheed, and also want to talk with Mullah Radio. JI leaders have gone as far as to say that the soldiers killed while fighting TTP were not shaheed. (Watch yesterday’s Jirga interviews on TV).
    One more thing – PTI was being supported by DG(ISI) Pasha, and the JI and JUI(f) have always been supported by the army.
    So how does one reconcile these contradictory facts ? Why are the rightist parties, formerly blue-eyed boys of the army, supporting the RAW agents so vehemently ?
    a very curious Indian


  • Raj - USA
    Nov 11, 2013 - 2:36AM

    I am very glad to see the army finally taking a stand against these unpatriotic and sectarian forces in Pakistan.

    It is a golden opportunity for the army. They should use all available anti-terrorist laws and arrest top leaders of JI and JUI (F). They should also take strong actions on PTI, such as dissolving their government and NS should support the army in this. Even PML-N leaders like Chaudhry Nissar should be booked under available anti terrorist laws. Arresting these leaders alone will make the talibans morally weak and they shall lose courage to fight the army. This will also encourage patriotic and nationalist citizens to come forward and fight the talibans. The army should also take strong action on their own like Hamid Gul. They should also arrest others like Ansar Abbasi and Oria Maqbool Jan.

    The army should have done this long ago but they followed a flawed strategy of popping up and encouraging DPC and PTI. The army’s silence for long on the insane statements of leaders like Munawar Hassan, Fareed Paracha and Moulana Fazlur Rehman have provided encouragement to the talibans and terrorists. Every Al Quaida terrorist who was arrested in Pakistan had a direct connection with JI and were in fact arrested from the safe houses provided by JI leaders.


  • Kashif
    Nov 11, 2013 - 2:39AM

    Does that mean we should also be expecting an apology from the army for breaking the constitution time and time again?


  • Umer
    Nov 11, 2013 - 2:40AM

    Funny how in Baluchistan no one is asked to apologise they just disappear. Why is the formula different for Punjab based groups?


  • waqas
    Nov 11, 2013 - 2:46AM

    Apart from all these breaking news is it not based on tweet of an official belong to ISPR
    no official statement though from ISPR


  • Righteous
    Nov 11, 2013 - 2:49AM

    Mr Munawar has a reputation as a master debator

    Now he will also be known for this disgraceful comment…


  • Ahmad Khan Luni
    Nov 11, 2013 - 2:54AM

    Great job Pak Army. Syed Munawar Hasan must be removed from his position.


  • Aysha M
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:03AM

    JI should be banned at the earliest. People of Karachi know better than to support PTI n JI alliance in the LB elections


  • MS
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:05AM

    Where is the suo moto CJ? Munwaar Hasan must be put on media for his views against all partys reps. Doodh ka doodh saaf. BTW I see lots of paid trolls zooming in on this debate.


  • Wali
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:11AM

    Fully agree with ISPR taking it onto itself to take self…. When the political class knows only bending over backwards to appease the elements supporting the ideology of terrorists and extremists. I only wish ISPR had also responded to Maulana Fazal of JUI…


  • Jim
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:13AM

    Oh really…the Army had turned against fundoos and jihadis? Since when? Would it object to Haqqanis or Mullah Omar being called martyrs? And isn’t Hafiz Saeed still a hero for the Army? The army itself is half-jihadi and half-modern/secular/liberal…and it would be interesting to know which is the bigger, more powerful half. It will be nice if they can “sort it out” among themselves first so that the world knows whether it is a fundoo army or a modern professional army. I’m betting that it is a fundoo army in modern clothing.


  • Usman
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:20AM

    Its time to bring JI to its knees, just the way it was done in Bangladesh. I’m just wondering if they had more say in Pakistan what would have happened to all this Muslim Minorities.

    This is why I prefer Musharraf over any other politician. They work under the banner of democracy and ruin your lives – Musharraf being a chief of army in his times wasn’t even a dictator under dictatorship.


  • Anticorruption
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:22AM

    Shameful silence on part of PML-N on this. They have yet to condemn MH for this statement.

    Even more shameful conduct of PTI, first it maintained silence on the statement of the JI chief, and now many PTI members are objecting to ISPR’s statement and defending Munawar Hassan instead of condemning his remark. No wonder PTI is criticised for being apologetic to TTP


  • mirza
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:35AM

    Seems like everyone here is against JI.
    So far I know JI the only party who fought in East Pakistan and stood along Pak Army
    so Army should must remember JI role in Kashmir also.
    As far Mr Munawar Hassan comment about Hakeemullah’s killing ,it should have not said publically.
    Why Munawwar Hassan forgot Colonal Imam,s killing by hakeemullah ?
    TTP is a terrorist group who killed so many innocent unarmed civilian Pakistani muslims and non muslim with no legal rights.
    I personaly like to see another drone attack on mullah radio who is a known killer.
    If we dont have courage and sources to kill these bandits than we should atleast thankfull to those who did our job.
    Bottom line.

    Thank you DRONE,when we can see you back in action again?


  • Babbarsher Khan
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:49AM

    Apology, what apology? Try him for treason and let him taste his own medicine. His cousins in Bangladesh are getting it one by one, now it is high time that we do the same here too. If we let these medieval mindsets, who through sheer power of their lungs have taken the entire country for ransom, roam freely, Pakistan will never become a nation. Actually the establishment should apologize for harboring and abetting these kind bigoted evil spirits so far and letting them capture the center-stage of our political discourse.


  • Insaan
    Nov 11, 2013 - 4:02AM

    @Raj – USA: Pakistani army ISI/army created talibans. Pakistan ISI uses non-State actors to kill fellow Muslims (Ummah) in Afghanistan and Indian Kashmir.


  • Rex Minor
    Nov 11, 2013 - 4:10AM

    The army PR should be careful in issuing statements against the muslim clergy, which couldf backfire from within the army ranks; which is extreme right in religious enterprise.

    Rex Minor


  • ih
    Nov 11, 2013 - 4:37AM

    If some body commented like this guy in this country. You cannot imagine the anger . I am sure he will be no longer head a political party he will probably disappear from political scene for ever. You can argue about political decisions of army and rightly denounce unconstitutional actions of any group including army. But to insult soldiers who laid their lives for their country is…..may be Bengalese are far smarter .


  • M. Emad
    Nov 11, 2013 - 4:49AM

    Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) was the Fatwa as well as Killing Arm of Pakistan Army during 1971 East Pakistan (Bangladesh) Genocide. 3 million people were killed by their ‘fatwa-terror’. In 1971, according to JI the genocide perpetrators / killers were ‘Gazi / Shaheed (martyrs)’. JI has not changed its stance. Moreover, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP; chief: ‘Shaheed’ Hakimullah Mehsud) was created by Pakistani establishment for ‘jihad’.

    So where is the ‘controversy’?

    Why JI chief Munawar Hassan’s ‘statement was both painful and unfortunate’?

    And for what JI chief Munawar Hassan should ‘tender an unconditional apology’?.


  • jamshed kharian-pak
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:02AM

    Controversial who is Shaeed who’s not? this question has to ask Islamic Experts on Shariat Laws Pakistan official name is Islamic Republic Of Pakistan because of majority Muslim country where Islamic Shariat laws are not in force but English Laws! Our Army is still mostly educated in english schools in Pakistan England Usa and their first luanguage is also english! both sides has kill at will! both of them are blaming eachother both of them are pakistanis who is more Muslim or defends the best interests of Ir Pakistan time will tel!


  • Umer
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:18AM

    This is a domestic dispute between husband and wife and would be resolved quickly. We need not bother.


  • Ali
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:35AM

    J,I chief is 100 right I agreed with him if they are shaheed then ww1 ww2 indian muslims faujis are shaheed too who fought for Britain christion.


  • khan
    Nov 11, 2013 - 6:16AM

    All so called islamic parties should be banned in Pakistan. Similarly all extremist liberals should also be banned. We need no extremist whatsoever. We should be proud of our relegion, culture and values.


  • Zain Dar
    Nov 11, 2013 - 6:24AM

    @Jat – Oh, it’s not like Pakistan is a place of 170 million people who might hold different opinions pertaining to different matters. Even here you can see most people don’t agree with the views held by the JI-chief. It would only be contradictory if the same people made these two very different and opposite arguments.


  • Zaida P
    Nov 11, 2013 - 6:36AM

    Hamid Gul is a opportunist. He’ll take sides based on what is in it for him. Even if it is at the expense of the organization that put food on his table for so many decades.


  • observer
    Nov 11, 2013 - 6:53AM


    Would love to see ISPR objecting MQM as well for declaring its dead people as “Shaheed”

    Are there videos of MQM men beheading Pakistan Army personnel, or has the MQM claimed the assassination of any Maj General?

    Why don’t you express your love for the bloodthirsty Taliban in a more direct way?


  • Radial
    Nov 11, 2013 - 7:41AM

    Why is the great CJ not going ahead with a suo moto treason case again Munawar and the JI?


  • ahmed ali
    Nov 11, 2013 - 7:57AM

    Jamat-e-Islami was puppet of Army…J.I and Gen.Zia are responsible for th present situation in has linked with muslim brotherhood……Jamat-e-Islami should be banned


  • zog
    Nov 11, 2013 - 7:59AM


    Munawar is a MASTER DEBATOR..

    Love it…

    Happy this slipped through the ET censors….


  • Cunning
    Nov 11, 2013 - 8:00AM

    All of Jamaat e Islami are Master Debators

    He he he


  • wizarat
    Nov 11, 2013 - 8:20AM

    JI opposed the creation of Pakistan.
    It is time we treat JI as it is treated in Bangladesh.
    Believe you me we will have peace in Pakistan.Recommend

  • haroon
    Nov 11, 2013 - 9:16AM

    JI Chief should apologize for telling the truth. If our Army considers this war as our own, then why don’t they allow us to stop NATO supplies and stop earning money from the Americans.


  • Aqeel
    Nov 11, 2013 - 9:21AM

    At least this puts the theory of JI being an establishment stooge to rest.


  • TRUE Boy
    Nov 11, 2013 - 9:48AM


    Martyer ?

    When there is a war between Hidden / Declared War between Muslims and Non Muslims – Will support Non Muslims ?


  • Shahryar Ahmed
    Nov 11, 2013 - 10:04AM

    Shame on people like you for trying to change the subject. JI has always played politics behind Islam & deserves to be banned & people like you who support these parties & terrorist apologists shpould be flogged in public.


  • SUH
    Nov 11, 2013 - 10:28AM

    Khan this was a political statement. Does not deserved to be called a “Munafiq” because if anyone calls others Kafir/Munafiq and they are not that, then according to Islam the accusor himself becomes what he accused the other.


  • Ghostrider
    Nov 11, 2013 - 10:36AM

    Now in a few days Munawar hasan will hold a press conference saying hsi remarks were taken “out of context”Recommend

    Nov 11, 2013 - 10:36AM

    clever mulana phans gaya… “Good work Pakistan Army”


  • Nov 11, 2013 - 10:40AM

    @Syed A. Mateen:
    Absolutely, that should be the only way!


  • Hasan Mehmood
    Nov 11, 2013 - 10:47AM

    {said that if an American who died on the battlefield was not a martyr, then his backers were also not martyrs because they were chasing the same goal
    Yes his logic is simple and clear… rather bashing, Army should answer his logic}

    Are you out of your mind like Maulana Sb? Americans are fighting in Afghanistan as an occupying force against national liberation forces of which Afghan Taliban are a major component.
    Pak Army is fighting inside Pakistan against those who are primarily focussed (except killing of few CIA operatives in Kabul) against a genuinely elected representative Govt. by means of indiscriminate bombings and self confessed killing of tens of thousands of civilians including hundreds of Army / police personnel some of whom were slaughtered like goats in captivity. The declared aim of TTP is toppling of Pak Govt. by spreading terrror and anarchy and abolition of all state institutions.

    Yes Maulana Sb’s logic would have carried some weight if Pak Army was fighting in Afghanistan alongside USA/NATO forces against Afghan Taliban. Why Pak ARMY is not fighting Haqqani group in spite of severe American pressure? Because they are Afghan War focused and not attacking Pak civilians / security forces although as per International conventions we should be evicting or stopping them from cross border attacks.


  • hammad
    Nov 11, 2013 - 10:59AM

    JI should be banned in Pakistan also

    well done Bangladesh to ban them

    they were against the creation of this countryRecommend

  • Hasan Mehmood
    Nov 11, 2013 - 11:00AM

    @Raj – USA:
    {Arresting these leaders alone will make the talibans morally weak and they shall lose courage to fight the army. This will also encourage patriotic and nationalist citizens to come forward and fight the talibans}

    Absolutely brilliant. Still an overwhelming majority is against Taliban and their brutal / barbaric / stone age policies but they have been silenced into submission by emotional blackmail and strident right wing rhetoric of politicians and intellectuals mentioned in your comment.

    This indeed is once in a life time opportunity to reclaim the moral high ground in fight against terror and forces of darkness. Let no one dare publicly support these extremists due to fear of wide spread ridicule as the Army has belatedly done. Once the enabling environment created by apologists and closet supporters is removed, these abominable forces will wither away deprived of oxygen.


  • Riaz Khan
    Nov 11, 2013 - 11:54AM

    Pity on us if still we cannot see real faces of JI and PTI. They both are fake parties playing with the sentiments of poor Pakistanis. Imran Khan, you thoroghly disappointed your supporters.


  • Ahsan
    Nov 11, 2013 - 12:12PM

    Why don’t Pakistan army never ask US to apologize when they killed thousands of innocent people in drone strikes ? ? ?Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Nov 11, 2013 - 12:27PM

    Pakistan should take a leaf out of Bangladeshi book and ban JI! Most importantly, PTI should kick out JI from KPK’s coalition government for this treacherous statement.


  • Hari Om
    Nov 11, 2013 - 1:00PM

    The Pakistan Army has badly erred by selection of the motto “Iman, Taqwa, Jihad Fi Ssabilillah” or translated “Faith, Piety, Jihad In The Path Of Allah”. Recommend

  • Hari Om
    Nov 11, 2013 - 1:01PM

    By attire, look and affiliation to a religo-political group, Syed Munawar Hassan comes across as a pious Muslim who is knowledgeable about Islam and as such his comment that executed terrorist Hakimullah Mehsud is a “martyr” while members of the Pakistan Military were not martyrs, will not be easily dismissible in a polity as saturated with Islam as Pakistan is.


  • Nov 11, 2013 - 1:11PM

    @Uza Syed: Khuda only knows how many types of terrorists are in Pakistan some are supported and nurtured as national strategic assets, some are are encouraged to to inflict thousand cuts and bleed the enemy. And some are killing the Army. so we do not know what is what.


  • Sajjad
    Nov 11, 2013 - 1:31PM

    Those who are helping cruel army of America, how can we say “martyr” ?. Mr Hasan Statement 100% true. What do you say about drone attack on innocent people? Only americans are human in this world ????


  • kamran ali
    Nov 11, 2013 - 1:32PM

    What munawar hassan said is a bittter & harsh but TRUTH .. right now muslims are in such a condition that the one who is KILLING is also saying (لا اله الا الله محمد رسول الله) and the one who is being killed saying (لا اله الا الله محمد رسول الله) so who to trust GOD knows.. but i am with Munwar hassan our nation including our army & legislation is like a pigeon who close her eyes when see a cat ..
    Munawar hassan statement no doubt spread a violation but at least there is one person who can speak out of blue …
    wow BRAVO Mr.Munawar Hassan..
    There were a days when we used to look at our army and used to salute the truck load of army people but these days nobody salute even everybody show a bad behavior.. this is all due to our one man show Mushii ji..
    Any ways …
    Good Luck Pakistan to cope up with current situation.

    Kamran Ali


  • Tahira
    Nov 11, 2013 - 1:54PM

    I do not know who is right or wrong. But for sure, Munawar Hasan’s statement has re-initiated an issue which we sleeping sheep had accepted without any investigation!

    We entered into a conflict with our own religion and belief, the day we accepted to support US/NATO to kill Muslims in Afghanishtan. Now if our own conscious does not raise questions, then for sure more floods, more natural disasters are coming our way to wake us up!


  • Sri Varahadev
    Nov 11, 2013 - 2:10PM

    @ Hari Om : “The Pakistan Army has badly erred by selection of the motto “Iman, Taqwa, Jihad Fi Sabilillah” or translated “Faith, Piety, Jihad In The Path Of Allah”.”

    Incredibly ironic that the Pakistan Army’s motto structured to nurture Islamic sentiment to fight the “Kaafirs” of India is now being used to delegitimize the Pakistan Army’s campaign against Islamic extremists! The phrase “Hoist by ones own petard” comes readily to mind.


  • Ayesha
    Nov 11, 2013 - 2:11PM

    Apology is not enough, he should be tried in court for defamation and treason charges. This non-sense has to stop now


  • Basit
    Nov 11, 2013 - 2:36PM

    JI is The only party who support pak army in bangladesh..bcoz in bangla Our army was fighting for our own country and against indian army…and In ocupied kashmir..jamat islami suports kashmiri mujahideens against indian army…but in ths case our army and government is puppet of cant stop drones cant defnd our country..our army is alliance of usa…how can our soldiers are mtyr..if our army have courage to fight wit extremists then they hve make their own policies that policies which favours pakistan not usa..
    At the end our army and so called goverment hve to make their own policies to fight ths terorism..Recommend

  • khan Sahib
    Nov 11, 2013 - 2:47PM

    “Former ISI chief Lt Gen (Retd) Hameed Gul said Munawar Hassan’s statement seems to be his personal views. He added that the *

    JI has always supported Pakistan Army

    So should not they be tried for the subversion of constitution in 1977 and 1999 for supporting army take over or they will be exempted because of their ties with the army.
    Is this a country or a Banana Republic.


  • khan Sahib
    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:12PM

    ISPR further said that Munawar
    Hassan’s statement was both painful
    and unfortunate as it came from the
    head of “a party founded by Maulana
    Maududi, who is respected and revered
    for his services to Islam”.

    So those who belong to the party founded by Maududi are Momin and Pious and others are Infidels & Criminals. ISPR is perhaps speaking the language used by Maududi and their followers for Quide i Azam during liberation movement.

    Is this not showing that the Army has been infected deeply with the Jamat e Islami Philosophy? and if this is the case than why the ISPR is making this drama?

    As per my opinion both Jamat e Islami and Army should make apology to the nation and leave us in piece. Recommend

    Nov 11, 2013 - 3:39PM

    JI and PTI showes their real faces.. dont give them vote next time….


  • Rex Minor
    Nov 11, 2013 - 4:00PM


    It is never late to repent; what the Army has undertaken in Pakistan is not forgivable as they rode roughshod on its own citizens and political as well as judiciary institutions. It is time that reforms are undertaken in the army to turn it into a National army instead of remaining as a colonial army. In a democracy the army has no role in domestic arena. Stationed outside the cities to protect the countrys borders against the foreign enemy.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Hashim
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:04PM

    No one fighting americas war is shaheed.

    You can take this to the bank.


  • powvow
    Nov 11, 2013 - 5:29PM

    @Jat – “Are leaders of JI and JUI(f) agents of RAW and Mossad ?”

    Er… Ahemm… Well these are RAW and Mossad agents, but again these are our people… no wait a minute, these are indeed RAW/Mossad agents… well er… don’t know where to start…
    (And the genuflection goes on and on)…


  • Dr. Abu Turab
    Nov 11, 2013 - 7:19PM

    What personal gain he got for making things straight?


  • Love it
    Nov 11, 2013 - 10:46PM

    Has no one figured out why everyone is calling Munawar a Master Debator :)



  • Ibn Islam
    Nov 12, 2013 - 2:41AM

    The people opposing Syed Munnawar Hussain means that American are the great Mujahid fighting against the enemies of Pakistan ?


  • faiz
    Nov 12, 2013 - 3:36AM

    Before army blames mh they should make it clear why are we fighting war which is not ours, if we are not stopping usa attacking our homeland. I n my view army is responsble to defend country from external and internal attacks which they have failed so dont u all people who are critisising mh should demand a apology from army and goverment as well for not doing their job..Recommend

  • Radial
    Nov 12, 2013 - 5:20PM

    Need to implement the Bangladesh / Turkey solution on these mullahs, particularly the JI and JUI-F. And by Turkey I refer to what Ataturk did to the mullahs 90 years ago, and not the current Turkish government of closeted muslim brotherhood fanatics. Recommend

  • Midas
    Nov 12, 2013 - 7:26PM

    @Hopeful: who do you think provides insight and strategic planning to JI, JUI and Taliban?


  • amir jafri
    Nov 12, 2013 - 9:19PM

    If your Enemy is United Satans of America…then Munnawar Hasan Sahib is 100% right.


  • akhter
    Nov 12, 2013 - 10:47PM

    @M. Emad:
    my dear brother first study then u should write or comment , u even don’t know how many where killed in Bangladesh and why and by whom secondly army also knows that it is the only party which is sincere to Pakistan and its people and munawar hasan was not giving the fatwa he was just asking the question now i ask you for example the american give support to Indian Muslim and order them to attack Pakistan then what will u say about that whether they will be shaheed or otherwise, in the same why no buddy can comment on this, the afghans think and treat us in the same way as they do for american because we r helping Americans please don’t tell a lie and never miss guide any one we all are Pakistanis, army is pride of this nation why don’t we criticize so much on others corrupt politicians or the one who r responsible for Karachi target killings by the way u should read the book dead reckoning on 1971 war u will be very much clear written by a Bengali writer .this is the time to unite and support pakistan army and lets get ride of this terrorism by mutual trust and cooperation ,and finally army shaheeds don’t require any certificate from any one, Allah pakistan ko hamesha abad rakay ameen


  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Nov 18, 2013 - 7:05PM

    Hameed Gul is out and Musharraf is in ,in the grip of court ,

    Court in Pakistan is blind and blunt .


  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Nov 18, 2013 - 7:14PM

    JI has been pushed at the front tactfuly by PTI . Now they are along with TTP are a well defined target of both Army and Drones . The present govt. will also deal this situation tactfuly and will take in confidence both India and Afghanistan .


  • Nov 23, 2013 - 12:59PM

    As all JI, this Mulla is also confused and distracted. I wish that Mr. Talha Hassan die from a suicide attack along with his family……….Then this question will be of real interset, who is Shaheed and who is Halak…………Its always easy to comment on other’s blood, we would love to hear from Mr. Munawar on his son “halakat”.


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