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    Posted March 2, 2014 by
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    In Continuation of Crisis in Pakistan.

    Tell us your storySince Zia-Ul-Haq’s regime terrorism in Pakistan became a phenomena. It can be maintained without any fear of contradiction that the terrorism was directly targeting Shias. In Punjab, it was made known by Zia and Nawaz Sharif who was CM Punjab that the sectarian agitators like Haq Nawaz Jhangvi, Mauli Baleegh Ud Din and those in Raja Bazar were having unequivocal patronage. In Attock City, in those days, Imam Bargah Panjtani and Shia shops were torched by a member of CM’s cabinet by his own hand and by his close relatives, including his younger brother. I had shown the pictures exhibiting Sheikh Aftab and his brother putting fire to Alams and other Shia articles of veneration in presence of Mr. Saleem Iqbal, a provincial minister, who along with Saeed Mehdi called a meeting of prominent members of local Shia community. Sheikh Aftab could not rebut it. Yet he enjoyed every favor of the provincial chief executive. In those days Zia-Ul-Haw came to preside certain army functions in Attock and it was Friday. Zia-Ul-Haq drove to a mosque for Friday Prayers (bypassing several other mosques) which was well known for its frequent provocative sectarian sessions.

    In those days Iran-Iraq war was also afflicting the Muslims community. The Secretary Interior (S.K. Mahmood) required the Deputy Commissioner Attock to arrange a delegation of Shias of Attock to have a meeting with him. In that delegation Syed Khadim Hussain Naqvi, Syed Nazir Bukhari, Bakir Naqvi, Zafar Zaidi, I and others were included. Interior Secretary had an hour long discussion with us and asked us that we must refrain from supporting Iran. A Shia cleric whose name I have forgotten promptly said that we support Iran because its government is headed by Ulema. I without any reservation said that we support Iran irrespective of its form of government because Iran has supported us in crisis without sectarian and religious considerations. Ultimately the interior secretary asked that he can arrange our meeting with president Zia. All those accompanying me expressed their anxiety to have such meeting at the earliest. I told them and the secretary that I won’t be a part of it because Shias are being victimized by Zia at the behest of US and Saudi Arabia in order to twist their arms for scaring away from supporting Iran. The meeting ended then and there.

    We have strong apprehensions that the ongoing Shia genocide by Taliban is a desire of Saudi Arabia and US. The change of policy by Iran in Syria has somewhat lessened US’s rigor in pursuing its policy of cowing down Shias in Pakistan yet Saudi Arabia is persistently pursuing its policy as initiated by it in Zia’s regime. It is strange that at every critical moment in violence against Shias in Pakistan by Taliban, Saudi dignitaries are visible and Pakistan Prime Minister is summoned to Saudi Arabia. Government of Pakistan especially that of Punjab, holds celebrations while Shias are holding mourning sessions for scores of their dead. Nawaz Government under irresistible public pressure launched air strike against TTP and when it was visible that TTP may have its natural end. Sami Ul Haq was summoned in Saudi Arabia and from Jedda he conveyed to the interior minister of Pakistan that they are going to have an unconditional ceasefire and Pakistan government too should do the same.
    Should one not conclude that terrorism in Pakistan has direct connections with Saudi policy-makers? It is they who sponsor it and who broker ceasefire and for what purpose.
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