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Family planning is un-Islamic says Muslim Samajwadi Party MP

Posted by jagoindia on July 11, 2008


Also read: Muslim Population Growth Rate in India and India misses population control targets for 2010, 2016

‘Family planning is un-Islamic’
5 Apr 2008,  Dhananjay Mahapatra,TNN

NEW DELHI: The law prohibiting a person having more than two children from contesting panchayat elections was challenged in the Supreme Court on Friday by Samajwadi Party MP Abu Asim Azmi on the ground that it violated the Islamic dictat that no Muslim would restrict birth of children.

Azmi, recently in the thick of a controversy for picking up cudgels against Raj Thackeray’s anti-north Indian tirade, challenged a Bombay High Court order which had dismissed his petition by following a 2003 SC judgment upholding the norm for Haryana panchayat elections.

Undeterred by the apex court judgment, Azmi said under Articles 25 and 26 of the Constitution, Muslims had the fundamental right to profess and practice Islam according to the dictats of Quran.

“Profess and practice of religion includes following the essential and integral dictats of the Holy Book Quran, which is the only soul of Islam and Islamic law,”Azmi said through counsel Goodwill Indeevar.

“Not to kill any unborn child or restrict its birth either before or post conceiving is the essential and integral part of Islam,”he said and termed the Maharashtra local bodies norm framed in the year 2000 as violative of the fundamental rights of Muslims.

The Supreme Court had upheld an identical norm enacted by the Haryana legislature and rejected the argument that identical disqualification norms had not been put in force for the assembly and Parliament. It had said that every state legislature was given the freedom to enact suitable laws for panchayats.

Having failed to impress the HC with the argument that the disqualification norm applied only to the local bodies, Azmi thought of drafting in the religious angle into the petition.

The hearing on the petition was adjourned by a Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice Aftab Alam as the petitioner had circulated a letter seeking deferment of hearing.

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Democracy in Pak impossible: Human Rights Activist

Posted by jagoindia on July 11, 2008


Democracy in Pak impossible, support to movements like Taliban will continue: Rights activist

Washington, July 10 : A Washington-based human rights activist of Pakistan origin has said that democracy in Pakistan cannot take root because of the issues and crises that have dominated its political landscape for decades.

Munawar Leghari said Pakistan is a country where Islam and democracy cannot go together., no matter how hard its political actors try.

“It is kind of like when Musharraf was there (at the helm of affairs), for eight years. Now, to get things to move may take three to four years, through Asif Zardari or the PPP, then Nawaz Sharif will come. But the crises and issues will remain over there the same because the country’s foundation is wrong. Pakistan is not a democratic country and one thing is Islam and democracy cannot go together,” said Leghari.

With extremism on the rise, Pakistanis continue to feel insecure, and in Leghari’s opinion, a majority of the citizens don’t enjoy a normal life.

“They don’t have any normal life. Look now at the food issue, the food crisis, the energy crisis, this Islamic fundamentalism, where they say that terrorism or these other things, how they are impacting on the society,” he asks.

Leghari, who hails from Sindh, says the military and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) continues to call the shots in Pakistan.

“The faces have changed, there is now a new manager. I would call them new, as they are the people with the same agenda, an agenda assigned by ISI, assigned by Pentagon. So, they are basically responsible on all issues. So, I would say if they continue these policies, it will be very difficult for this country to survive,” claims Leghari.

He believes that the last 60 years in Pakistan cannot be compartmentalised. Issues and crises dogging the state and its administrators are political, human and economic, and adds that the policies of the government are having a telling impact on normal life.

“So, there is no issue I would say that does not count as a human rights issue,” Leghari says.

When asked how has the ‘war on terror’ affected the campaign for human rights, he said: “There’s no certainty in this country, where it will go, what direction it will go,”

However, he believes that the people in Sindh and Balochistan possess a silent power, a desire to secure total freedom.

“So, if this war against terrorism, or whatever name they give it, the people in Sindh and Balochistan, I can feel it, even though I’m not living
there. I can feel that my people in Sindh, they have the silent power. And whatever US money you put to counter terrorism, or the war against terrorism, that is not going to stop terrorism. This is going to give more fire to terrorism. It will create more, maybe it’s going to be a civil war,” he warns.

He substantiates his contention by citing the observations of Human Rights Watch, the Asian Human Rights Commission, Amnesty
International, and even the State Department report.

“What are they saying about it? There’s no progress in human rights in Pakistan. So, maybe my saying it may not have much of an impact, but Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Asian Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, what they have said – that is the reality, that is the evidence where the graph of the human rights situation in Pakistan is going,” Leghari adds.

He also believes that the people of FATA, Gilgit, Sindh and Balochistan are already alienated from Pakistan.

“They are not happy within the boundaries of Pakistan. They are not calling themselves Pakistanis. We do not have any kind of the Government of Pakistan left that we can say that we are Pakistanis,that we are proud to be Pakistanis. And the samesituation prevails in Gilgit, in Baltistan, even in Kashmir. They know how the Government of Pakistan is treating them,” Leghari says.

This Washington-based activist isn’t hopeful that things will change with the impeachment of President Musharraf or restoration of the sacked judges. Leghari believes that the present government, which is headed by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), has done nothing to end human rights violations during its first 100 days in power.

— ANI

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J&K: Financing the Islamic Terror

Posted by jagoindia on July 11, 2008


J&K: Financing the Terror
KANCHAN LAKSHMAN & AJAAT JAMWAL

While there has been gradual decline in the violence level in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) since 2001, there is ample evidence that the terrorist infrastructure remains substantially intact, particularly the financial system that funds this jihad, with its huge framework of global linkages. Despite the increased global scrutiny on the flow of funds for Islamist militants across the world, sufficient finances continue to flow to maintain the infrastructure for the jihad in J&K. This includes funding for recruitment, arming the militants, funds for training and camps, paying for their survival on the ground, maintenance of their families (both in J&K and Pakistan), and all associated operational needs.

Security sources informed South Asia Intelligence Review that an estimated INR 250 to 300 million was being disbursed to terrorist and secessionist groups in J&K each month, from Pakistan. However, this does constitutes a 30 to 50 per cent decrease in what was being paid out earlier. This diminution has been gradual and is primarily linked to the ongoing peace process between India and Pakistan and the decimation of the militant leadership and cadres within J&K, as well as factors such as the US monitoring of militancy funding from Pakistan.

Disbursement made to militants in J&K (in Indian Rupees)

Type of Disbursement

Foreign Militants

Local Militants

Money disbursed at the time of recruitment

Up to 50,000

10,000 to 25,000

Monthly Remuneration

10,000-15,000

3,000 to 10,000

End of tenure payment

200,000-250,000

Reward for a spectacular terrorist act

100,000-200,000

100,000-200,000

Remuneration given to a militant group’s chief

Up to 50,000 per month

Up to 50,000 per month

Relief for family of deceased militant

NA

Ex gratia 20,000 plus a monthly amount of 1,500-3,000

Each fidayeen (suicide cadre) selected for suicide attacks is assured by his handlers and the militant leadership that his entire family will be taken care of for years. Sources, however, disclose that relief money is paid to any deceased militant’s family for at least six months and there are accusations that some leaders of the secessionist group, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), swindle this money.

Except for a small percentage of funds raised through collections and donations made in the Kashmir Valley, virtually the entire funding for militancy comes from other countries, including Pakistan, and various international Islamic organisations. However, the major contributor remains Pakistan through its external intelligence agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

The various methods employed for raising finances for terrorism in J&K include”

– Fake Currency printed in Pakistan
– Collection of donations in some Middle Eastern and European countries under the name of ‘Jihad Funds’.
– Extortion from traders, contractors and affluent people in J&K.
– Money sent from Pakistan to militant and secessionist groups operating in J&K mainly through Hawala (parallel remittance system) and drug dealers.
– Some Kashmiri businessmen dealing in the trade of carpets, handicrafts, etc in Dubai.
– Hawala dealers in Mumbai and Delhi.
– Zakat (an Islamic tax) and donations.

Militant groups operating in J&K have, however, lately been affected by a shortage of weaponry and funds following Islamabad’s decision to momentarily de-escalate the Kashmir jihad due to the pressure arising from the increasing militancy and internal conflicts within Pakistan, pressure from the United States, a constant scrutiny of the large militancy-linked monetary transactions from Pakistan and the successful operation of the Indian counter-insurgency grid. Terrorists operating in J&K have consequently been forced to make distress calls to their mentors in Pakistan. Security agencies have intercepted numerous conversations between militant cadres based in the State and their leaders and handlers in Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) over the past months, which also indicated that the groups were under enormous pressure due to the neutralization of top level terrorists by Security Forces (SFs) in the State. “Colleagues require stores and faloose (funds)”, was one of the distress messages sent by the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) cadres in the State to the outfit’s leaders in Pakistan some time in January 2008.

One of the major sources of funding for militancy in J&K is the fake Indian currency notes (FICN) being pumped into the State by the ISI and sections of the Pakistan Army. While the amount of FICN currently in circulation is not available, sources indicate that of these are being printed in the security press at Malir Cantonment in Karachi and three other printing presses in Pakistan. According to disclosures by some militants and their over ground workers arrested along with currency (reported in April 2008), besides Karachi, the fake currency is also being printed in Lahore, Quetta and Peshawar. The currency notes printed at the Malir Cantonment security printing press are high quality notes and closely resemble genuine Indian currency. According to sources, “Pakistan authorities have adopted a unique modus operandi to smuggle the currency to J&K. The notes are first planted in the ‘banks’ at Dubai, Kathmandu, Bangkok, Dhaka and Singapore from where they are physically smuggled by the smugglers working for Dawood (D) Company through Qatar Airways, Royal Nepal Airlines and Pakistan International Airlines. Unaccounted baggage and containers in planes and ships are also being used for smuggling.” Besides airports, coastal areas and border areas are also used for smuggling of FICN, sources added.

Since militants and their guides are being arrested interdicted by the SFs in “view of fencing and sophisticated gadgetry installed on the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border, Pakistan Army and ISI have started taking the services of D Company [the mafia group of Dawood Ibrahim] to push fake currency into J&K.” Dawood Ibrahim’s criminal network, which is currently headquartered somewhere in Pakistan, has close links with the LeT. Besides militants in J&K, a part of the FICN sourced from Pakistan is also “distributed among criminals and smugglers in different parts of the country mostly New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Lucknow etc., as the ISI also used services of these criminals occasionally to transport weaponry and explosive devices.”

According to sources, till 2006, FICN worth INR 50 to 80 million was pumped into the country from Pakistan per annum. From 2007, however, the amount has increased to INR 120 to 130 million. A special cell is reported to have been set up by the ISI in Islamabad to regularly monitor the changes in Indian currency notes. This cell is assigned the task of studying the notes and changing the features accordingly, so that the fake currency is not detected. Further, sources indicated, the “militants revealed that Pakistan Army and ISI know that they can’t disturb the Indian economy by pumping INR 130 million worth of notes a year. Their objective was only to finance militants and keep the ‘Kashmir budget’ out of the purview of the Pakistan Army.”

Forensic examination of seized FICN indicates uniformity of replication of security features from which it can be inferred that the notes originate from the same source and there is a strong likelihood that this lies in Pakistan, according to a presentation made by a security agency in October 2007 at New Delhi. Apart from shipping in the FICN, the fake currency notes were also reportedly being smuggled from land routes through Nepal, Bangladesh and J&K, train routes through Atari and Munabao-Khakrapar and also by air.

According to the annual report (2005-06) of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI),

…the smuggling of fake Indian Currency notes has acquired a greater geographical spread. While, in the past, such smuggling was largely confined to the Indo-Pakistan and Indo-Nepal borders, the India-Bangladesh border is now becoming increasingly vulnerable. Intelligence inputs indicate that counterfeit Indian Currency printed in Pakistan is moved to Bangladesh either directly or through Dubai and then brought across the porous Indo-Bangladesh border. Intelligence also indicates the smuggling of FICN to destinations in South India such as Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kerala.

Transactions in counterfeit currency are fairly profitable. The DRI notes, “The rate (per Rs. 100) on the India-Pakistan border is around Rs. 35, which goes up to around Rs. 40 in Delhi and Rs. 45-50 in the district and mofussil areas, where chances of detection are perhaps lower. These rates are however flexible and depend upon quality, availability and negotiating strengths at particular points of time.”

Intelligence reports indicate that the Samjhauta Express, a train service which facilitates people-to-people contact between India and Pakistan, is being used by the ISI to circulate FICN and arms in India. According to intelligence sources in Punjab, the Samjhauta Express, which currently runs between Attari in India and Wagah in Pakistan, has “always been used by the ISI for smuggling weapons, currency, narcotics and spies into India.” In recent times, a May 23, 2008, report indicated, there has been a big network of ISI-sponsored ‘sawari’ (courier) operators who lure poor people to smuggle their ‘stuff’ into India. These people are ‘soft targets’ for the ISI “which uses them for carrying out disruptive activities and providing logistic support to their existing terrorist modules in India, besides weakening the Indian economy by pushing in fake currency.” “This train is the easiest way to enter India with legal documents and disappear here,” said an intelligence source, adding that smuggling of FICN and Pakistani SIM cards by ‘swaris’ cannot be de-linked from terrorist activities in India. Following the terrorist attack on Parliament in December 2001, services of the Samjhauta Express were terminated in January 2002. However, the services were resumed again in January 2004.

Karvan-e-Aman, the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service, another channel which enhances the emotional enlistment between India and Pakistan, is also a conduit for the transfer of funds for militants in J&K. While the utility of this channel for funds transfer is relatively low, since Police scrutiny is

The author is a Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management, New Delhi, India.

Courtesy : South Asia Terrorism Portal

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Arrested SIMI leader reveals vital clues about network

Posted by jagoindia on July 11, 2008


‘Arrested SIMI leader reveals vital clues about network’
July 8th, 2008

Lucknow, July 8 (IANS) The former Uttar Pradesh head of the Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) has revealed vital clues about the members and activities of the banned network during interrogation, officials of the state police’s Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) said Tuesday. Hammam Ahmed Siddiqui, who headed the Uttar Pradesh operations of SIMI before it was outlawed in 2001, was arrested June 23 by the ATS in Gorakhpur and was taken on a day’s police remand for interrogation Sunday.

“We have got the names of some members and financers of SIMI who are active in Gujarat, Delhi and western Uttar Pradesh. Siddiqui was a practicing lawyer in Delhi and was also arranging legal services for SIMI leaders and activists who were arrested recently from Indore in Madhya Pradesh”, an ATS official said on condition of anonymity.

Managing the funds of SIMI and sending them to distant states like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Assam were some of the other main activities of Siddiqui, he added.

Siddiqui also revealed that the national chief of SIMI, Shahid Badr, was playing an important role in pooling finances.

“Siddiqui was also in constant touch with Safdar Nagori, the general secretary of SIMI, who was arrested in Indore, along with about a dozen other bigwigs of SIMI two months ago,” Additional Director General of Police (law and order) Brijlal told IANS.

Siddiqui also disclosed the names of a couple of lawyers of the Patiala House court in New Delhi who were assisting him in providing legal services to militants.

Based on Siddiqui’s revelations, police teams have fanned out to various parts of Uttar Pradesh and neighbouring states, officials said.

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