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Hindu Kush means Hindu Slaughter and Genocide

Posted by jagoindia on June 7, 2011


Hindu Kush means Hindu Slaughter

All the Encyclopedias and National Geographic agree that Hindu Kush region is a place of Hindu genocide (similar to Dakau and Auschwitz). All the references are given. Please feel free to verify them.

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How Pakistan protected Taliban

Posted by jagoindia on September 14, 2010


Pakiban: How Pakistan protected Taliban against US post 9/11

Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN, Sep 14, 2010
WASHINGTON: As “Taliban’s primary sponsor” Pakistan protected and promoted its client every inch of the way in the immediate days after 9/11 resulting in undermining the US war on terror, newly declassified documents detailing exchanges at that time between Washington and Islamabad reveal.

As current US strategy increasingly pursues policies to reconcile or “flip” the Taliban, the document collection released on Monday show Washington’s refusal to negotiate with Taliban leadership directly after 9/11 and Pakistan’s insistence of the relevance of group it nurtured in order to push for strategic depth in Afghanistan and thwart Indian influence.

According to the documents, on September 13, 2001, US Ambassador Wendy Chamberlin “bluntly” told Pakistani President Musharraf that there was “absolutely no inclination in Washington to enter into a dialogue with the Taliban. The time for dialog was finished as of September 11.”

Pakistan, as the Taliban’s primary sponsor, disagreed. Pakistani Intelligence ( ISI) Chief Mahmoud told the ambassador “not to act in anger. Real victory will come in negotiations… If the Taliban are eliminated… Afghanistan will revert to warlordism.” Pakistan’s primary concern was that the Northern Alliance, backed by other foreign powers in the region, including India, would return to power in Kabul.

Pakistan also backed off from hunting down Osama bin Laden, with Mahmoud, who was present in Washington on 9/11 and later turned out to be a frontman for Taliban, telling the Americans it was “better for the Afghans to do it. We could avoid the fallout.”

As a result, Pakistani tribal areas where Osama bin Laden found refuge, which were momentarily open to the Pakistani Army when “the tribes were overawed by US firepower” after 9/11, quickly again became “no-go areas” where the Taliban could reorganize and plan their resurgence in Afghanistan, a commentary by the national Security Archive that accompanied the documents, notes.

Consequently, according to US Ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald E. Neumann, the 2005 Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan was a direct product of the “four years that the Taliban has had to reorganize and think about their approach in a sanctuary beyond the reach of either government.” This had exponentially increased casualties as the Taliban adopted insurgency tactics successful in Iraq, including suicide bombings and the use of IEDs.

Neumann, the documents reveal, warned Washington that if the sanctuary in Pakistan were not addressed it would “lead to the re-emergence of the same strategic threat to the United States that prompted our OEF [Operation Enduring Freedom] intervention” in 2001.

The policy to protect Taliban reached the highest levels of the Pakistani establishment, the documents show. In exchanges between September 14 and November 16, 2001 – Pakistan’s military strongman Pervez Musharraf asks the US to clarify if its counterterrorism mission is against the Taliban or just al-Qaida and repeatedly asks the US not to let the Northern Alliance take over Kabul.

The declassified documents also show that the state department, then headed by Colin Powell, batted hard for Pakistan despite suspicions in the US establishment about its bonafides in the war on terror. In a memo to President Bush, Powell notes that Musharraf’s decision to ally with the US comes “at considerable political risk,” as he has “abandoned the Taliban, frozen terrorist assets [and] quelled anti-Western protests without unwarranted force, ” all dubious assumptions.

Regarding Afghanistan, the secretary appears to push Islamabad’s agenda, telling the president that Pakistan will want to protect its interests and maintain influence in Kabul. “Musharraf is pressing for a future government supportive of its interests and is concerned that the Northern Alliance will occupy Kabul,” Powell notes.

The disclosures came even as the White House began yet another review on Monday of its Af-Pak policy which has so far been based on several questionable premises, including undue sensitivity to Pakistan’s extra-territorial ambitions and concerns mainly relating to its existential insecurity vis-à-vis India.

In a read-out of the meeting presided over by President Obama, the White House indicated that reports of overtures to the Taliban may be overstated. Additional forces deployed in Afghanistan are now at the highest operational tempo to date, and are focused on challenging long-established Taliban strongholds, targeting Taliban leadership, training Afghan Security Forces, and supporting Afghan-led reintegration and local policing initiatives, the White House cited General Petraeus as emphasizing.

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3,000 terrorists to capture India: Pakistan Taliban

Posted by jagoindia on August 9, 2010


3,000 terrorists for India battle: Pak Taliban

July 26, 2010
Pakistan’s Taliban claims it has organised 3,000 terrorists for its declared battle against India the Taliban spokesperson tells Tahir Ali in Islamabad.

The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has declared it is training terrorists to launch an attack on India.

The TTP is the Pakistan counterpart of Afghanistan’s Taliban and has been blamed for several terror attacks in that country.

TTP spokesperson Azam Tariq told this correspondent in a telephone interview that the TTP has vowed to capture “Hindustan”.

“India is our jageer (domain),” Tariq said, “and we will attack to take possession of it. We are training lots of fighters and suicide bombers who will be used for this purpose.”

He added the Taliban would fight a “decisive’ battle” in India before proceeding towards the Middle East, presumably to evict Israel from that region.

After taking control of Pakistan and Afghanistan, the TTP spokesperson said the Taliban would move towards India.

Tariq said Islamic scriptures have predicted a victory over “non-believers”.

“For us, whether they are Hindus or Jews, they all are the same. Soon, we will teach India a lesson. India’s defeat at the hands of the mujahedeen is written in our religious books,” he boasted.

Criticising relations between Pakistan and the United States, Tariq said, “We are not against Pakistan, but we don’t like its pro-American policies; we will target their security forces, the secular leaders and other sensitive installations until the government does not change its anti-Islamic policies.”

“What has Pakistan gained from American friendship? Despite Pakistan’s role as a frontline ally in the war against terror, India is closer to the US. The Americans are not interested in solving the Kashmir issue and have shown their inclination towards India in this regard. Pakistani rulers should remember that only the mujahideen would come to their rescue in case of Indian aggression against their country.”

“If Pakistan changes its anti-Taliban policies, not only can the mujahedeen free Kashmir from India, but can also capture India itself,” Tariq declared.

When asked how the TTP is preparing for its declared onslaught against India, Tariq claimed, “We are preparing fighters to attack India. Sooner or later, when there is no tussle between the Pakistani forces and us, or after we defeat the Pakistani forces, the mujahideen will move towards Hindustan.”

“There are around 3,000 trained suicide bombers with the TTP. Others are undergoing training. We are not preparing them for Pakistan, but for our real target — the occupation of India,” Tariq said.

Asked if the Pakistani Taliban was involved in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks Tariq added, “We don’t have any connection with those attackers or their backers, but we appreciate their struggle and sacrifices.”

Tahir Ali in Islamabad

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Indians were hunted out in Kabul attack: Washington Post

Posted by jagoindia on March 5, 2010


Indians were hunted out in Kabul attack: Washington Post

Indo-Asian News Service
Washington, March 03, 2010

Pakistani militant group Lashkar-i-Taiba (LeT) orchestrated last week’s deadly attack 
on two Kabul guesthouses with the suicide bombers searching for Indian victims, the 
Washington Post reported Wednesday citing an Afghan intelligence official.
Investigators had concluded that LeT was involved in the attack based on evidence 
that it was carried out by a team of suicide bombers who spoke Urdu and who were 
searching for Indian victims, it said in a report from Kabul citing Afghan 
intelligence spokesman Sayed Ansari. 

“Afghan officials ‘very close to the evidence’ had determined that one of the bombers 
involved in Friday’s Kabul attack yelled, ‘Where is the Indian director?’ as he 
stormed one of guesthouses,”Ansari was quoted as saying.

Others had also sought out Indians, Ansari said. 

“This kind of information, where the Indians are, is not the ability of the Afghan 
Taliban to know,” said Ansari as cited by the influential US daily. 

The Afghan Taliban had previously asserted responsibility for the assault saying it 
was targeting foreigners. Six Indian nationals, including two army doctors and an 
engineer, were among those killed in the attack, as were eight Afghans, an Italian 
diplomat and a French filmmaker. 

The assessment, if true, could signal a departure for the group, blamed for the 26/11 
Mumbai terror attacks, which has long focused on fighting India over Kashmir, the 
daily said. 

The Post said the claim by Afghan intelligence could not be verified Tuesday, and it 
contradicts the conclusions of other observers. A US military intelligence official 
cited by the Post said he believed the Haqqani network, a Pakistan-based Afghan 
militant group, was behind the attack. 

Indian officials have said they suspect that the two groups worked in concert to 
stage the raid.

“Still, the involvement of LeT would have significant implications. It could 
undermine fragile peace efforts between longtime foes Pakistan and India, whose 
foreign secretaries met last week,” the Post said. 

India had previously implicated Pakistan in the 2008 bombing of India’s embassy in 
Kabul, saying Pakistani intelligence had collaborated with militants, it noted. 

The Post quoted Maj. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, the top US military intelligence official 
in Afghanistan, as saying that a growing number of the LeT’s fighters are streaming 
into that country’s south for combat experience. 

“They are aligning with the Taliban,” it said citing Mohammad Saad, a retired 
Pakistani brigadier and security analyst. 

Saad said that several members of LeT are training with associates of the Haqqani 
network in North Waziristan, a Pakistani tribal region bordering Afghanistan, but 
that language challenges have forced most of them to work alongside Afghan fighters 
inside Afghanistan.

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Dossier of RAW involvement in terror acts in Pakistan given to India

Posted by jagoindia on July 25, 2009


Proof of RAW involvement in terror acts given to India

By Baqir Sajjad Syed, http://www.dawn.com

ISLAMABAD, July 21: Pakistan has handed over to India comprehensive evidence of Indian involvement in a number of terrorist acts on its soil.

According to sources, a dossier containing proofs of India’s involvement in subversive activities in Pakistan was handed over by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to his Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh during their recent meeting at Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt.

Pakistan has also shared these evidences with the United States and Afghanistan, specifically asking the latter to prevent the use of its soil for disruptive activities against it.

Although the information given to India is being kept highly secret, broad outlines of the dossier available with Dawn reveal details of Indian contacts with those involved in attacks on the Sri Lankan cricket team and the Manawan police station.

Operatives of RAW who remained in touch with the perpetrators of the attacks have been identified and proofs of their interaction have been attached.

Besides, description of Indian arms and explosives used in the attack on the Sri Lankan team has been made part of the dossier.

Names and particulars of the perpetrators, who illegally entered Pakistan from India and joined their accomplices who had reached Lahore from Waziristan, have been mentioned.

Furthermore, the evidence of Indian link lists the safe houses being run by RAW in Afghanistan, where terrorists are trained and launched for missions in Pakistan.

The dossier also broadly covers the Indian connection in terror financing in Pakistan.

A substantial part of the shared material deals with the Balochistan insurgency and Indian linkages with the insurgents, particularly Bramdagh Bugti, Burhan and Sher Khan.

Pictures of their meetings with Indian operatives are part of the evidence, which also describes Bugti’s visit to India and the meetings he had with Indian secret service personnel.

It makes mention of the India-funded Kandahar training camp, where Baloch insurgents, particularly those from Bugti clan, were being trained and provided arms and ammunition for sabotage activities in Balochistan.

The sources claim that Dr Singh agreed to ‘look into Pakistani claims’ and to take ‘corrective action’ if proven. He is said to have assured Mr Gilani that India is against interference in other countries and Pakistan’s stability was important for them.

A joint communiqué, released after the Gilani-Singh meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh, reflected information-sharing because it included reference to Balochistan and the information available to Pakistan; reiteration of Indian commitment to a stable and democratic Pakistan; and an agreement on sharing real time credible and actionable information on any future terrorist threats.

Mr Gilani’s close aides confirmed that in his meeting with Mr Singh he took up the issue of India’s involvement in the attack on the Sri Lankan team and other subversive acts.

Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said: ‘Yes, these issues were discussed.’

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Al Qaeda clearly headquartered in Pakistan

Posted by jagoindia on May 24, 2009


‘Al Qaeda clearly headquartered in Pakistan’
Aziz Haniffa in Washington, DC
May 22, 2009 

The Al Qaeda [Images] network is not located in Afghanistan, but clearly headquartered in Pakistan, the chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen [Images] told Congress Thursday, and warned that if the Taliban[Images] takes over Afghanistan again, it would mean the return of al Qaeda to Afghanistan to plan and plot attacks against the US reminiscent of 9/11.
 
Appearing before the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mullen stated categorically, “Al Qaeda is not located in Afghanistan–they are headquartered clearly in Pakistan,” and explained, “What I have watched over the last couple of years is this growing integration between Al Qaeda and the Taliban and the various networks of the Taliban–whether it’s Haqqani, or Masood or Hetmakyar and that has alarmed me in its growth and its integration.”
 
“And, it’s that quite frankly, is also extent in Pakistan, which is moving toward Islamabad [Images],” he said. “So, clearly, with the Al Qaeda resident in Pakistan, we can’t send troops in there to do anything about that–I understand that.”
 
Mullen said that “the Taliban may not be some monolithic or homogenous body in make-up or ideology. But they do have governing ambitions. It’s not just about instilling fears or spreading violence. They want Afghanistan back.”
 
“We can’t let them or their Al Qaeda cohorts have it,” he asserted. “We can’t permit the return of the very same safe havens from which the attacks on 9/11 were planned and resourced. And, yet, we can’t deny that our success in that regard may push them deeper into Pakistan.”
 
Mullen said that this is why it is imperative “why the investment in, support of, a relationship with the people of Pakistan, the military of Pakistan is so important, because in the long-run, the only way we are going to get at that is with them and through them, and that’s going to take some time.”
 
He said that “there is no corner of the world–none–that concerns me more than this region Afghanistan and Pakistan are two very different countries, but very much linked not only to each other, but inextricably to the national security of the United States. Indeed, our national interests are tied to this region, perhaps more than to any other right now.”
 
Mullen said ever since he took over as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, his time had been consumed “intently focused on the challenges in this region and on developing personal and professional relationships with leaders there whose decisions will remain indispensable to our common desire for security and stability.”
 
Taking a hefty swipe at the armchair pundits and analysts at think tanks here, not to mention members of Congress, Mullen said. “Through the years, if I learned nothing else, it is that nothing that we do here in Washington will matter much in the end if it doesn’t reflect our earnest desire to reestablish lost trust, and regain lost opportunities to prevent either nation from being crushed in the grip of extremism.”
 
“You don’t need to look very hard at the headlines to see that we are not making enough headway in that regard,” he added.
 
During the interaction that followed with lawmakers, Mullen acknowledged that he couldn’t say for sure if the infusion of US troops into Afghanistan wouldn’t destabilize Pakistan by pushing the insurgents into Balochistan.
 
He said he has discussed this at length with the Pakistani Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani “and we all share the concerns for that.”
 
But, he argued that “where I am comfortable is that is that at least we are planning for it and having some expectation will allow us to address that and that’s going on.”
 
However, Mullen reiterated, “Can I 100 percent be certain that won’t destabilize Pakistan? I don’t know the answer to that. I don’t think it will, because we are aware of it and Pakistan is further away from being totally destabilized than a lot of people realize.”
 
“The military and civilian leadership recognizes this potential and so we are addressing it ahead of time,” he added.

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Afghan TV Guide

Posted by jagoindia on May 15, 2009


Afghan TV Guide

Monday:
8:00 Husseinfeld
8:30 Mad About Everything
9:00 Suddenly Sanctions
9:30 The Brian BenBen Bin Laden Show
10:00 Allah McBeal

Tuesday:
8:00 Wheel of Terror and Fortune
8:30 The Price is Right if Osama Says It’s Right
9:00 Children are Forbidden From Saying the Darndest Things
9:30 Afganistans Wackiest Public Execution Bloopers
10:00 Buffy the Yankee Imperialist Dog Slayer

Wednesday:
8:00 US Military Secrets Revealed
8:30 When Northern Alliance Attack
9:00 Two Guys, A Girl and A Pita Bread
9:30 Just Shoot Everyone
10:00 Veilwatch

Thursday:
8:00 Fatima Loves Chachi
8:30 M*U*S*T*A*C*H*E
9:00 Veronicas Closet Full of Long, Black, Shapeless Dresses and Veils
9:30 My Two Bagdads
10:00 Diagnosis:Heresy

Friday:
8:00 Judge Laden
8:30 Funniest Super 8 Home Movies
9:00 Captured Northern Alliance Rebels Say the Darndest Things
9:30 Achmeds Creek
10:00 No-Witness-News

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Taliban will soon capture Islamabad, says Mullah Nazeer

Posted by jagoindia on April 12, 2009


Friday, April 10, 2009

Taliban will soon capture Islamabad, says Mullah Nazeer

MINGORA: Pakistani Taliban commander Mullah Nazeer Ahmed said in an interview with Al Qaeda’s media arm, Al-Sahab, that the Taliban would soon capture Islamabad.

Pakistani Taliban factions had united and would take their war to the capital, he said.

“The day is not far when Islamabad will be in the hands of the mujahideen.”

He accused the Pakistan Army of sending spies to facilitate US drone strikes against Al Qaeda and Taliban, and said Pakistani authorities were misleading the public by saying it was the United States carrying out the attacks.

“All these attacks that have happened and are still happening are the work of Pakistan,” he said, according to a transcript of the interview posted on Al-Sahab’s website.

Alarmed by deteriorating security in Afghanistan, the United States has since last year stepped up drone strikes in Pakistan. Pakistan objects to the strikes, calling them a violation of its sovereignty.

Mullah Nazeer Ahmed also blamed the Pakistani military’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency for sowing divisions between factions, saying the ISI was the Taliban’s main enemy.
reuters

Pak Taliban fighters uniting to take over Islamabad: Reports
The Pioneer, April 10, 2009

Taliban fighters from Pakistan’s restive Swat valley have begun
extending their influence to other areas even as a top militant
commander said that the rebels would also take over the federal capital.

Some 400 to 500 Taliban militants from Swat have taken over two villages
near Buner, 100 km northwest of Islamabad, after two days of clashes
with a ‘lashkar’ or tribal militia formed to stop their advance, TV
channels reported today.

Militant commander Rizwan Bacha told Dawn News channel that Maulana
Fazlullah, chief of the Taliban in Swat, had ordered them to remain in
Buner despite calls from tribal elders for militants to leave the area.
The Taliban have set up a base in Buner after torching several houses.

A group of clerics is mediating with the Taliban and tribal elders after
the two sides agreed to a ceasefire in Buner. At least eight militants,
two members of the lashkar and three policemen died in clashes that
erupted after the Taliban moved into Buner on Monday.

Meanwhile, Pakistani Taliban commander Mullah Nazeer Ahmed said various
militant factions had united to take over the federal capital.

“The day is not far when Islamabad will be in the hands of the
mujahideen,” he said in an interview with Al Qaida’s media arm,
Al-Sahab. Ahmed accused the Pakistan Army of sending spies to facilitate
US drone attacks against Al Qaida and Taliban. He claimed Pakistani
authorities were misleading people by saying it was the US that was
carrying out the missile strikes.

He also blamed the Inter-Services Intelligence for sowing divisions
between militants factions and said the spy agency is the Taliban’s main
enemy.

Tensions ran high in the Buner region after gun battles between the
local lashkar and militants over the past two days. The militants have
rejected calls by the tribal jirga to leave Buner district.

Taliban spokesman Muslim Khan told BBC Urdu that nobody could oust the
militants from Buner.

The militants have also occupied a police post and a government school.
They have set up a camp in an area about four kilometres from the
district headquarters of Daggar. A large number of people have left the
area due to the violence.

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At 11, Afghan boy Abdullah is world’s youngest Islamic terrorist

Posted by jagoindia on April 9, 2009


“when I asked him what he wanted to do when he grew up, he said: ‘When I’m older I’ll kill non-Muslims. If I don’t, they’ll come to our homes and kill us’.”

Abdullah: the 11-year-old suspected suicide bomber who is Afghanistan’s youngest terrorist

An 11-year-old boy known only as Abdullah has been dubbed the world’s youngest terrorist after he was arrested wearing a suicide vest.
 
By Aislinn Simpson
Last Updated: 7:16AM BST 08 Apr 2009

The boy, who is originally from Peshawar in Pakistan, has become Afghanistan’s youngest terror suspect. He is being held at one of the country’s top security prisons, operated by Kabul’s Intelligence Service.

He is said to have chosen a Kalashnikov as a weapon because he found a pistol’s trigger too difficult to pull. He is an orphan and his voice has not yet broken.

 Abdullah learned about holy war, or jihad, at a religious school, where he studied the Koran in the morning and weaponry in the evening, as well as hearing how foreigners were killed women and children in Muslim countries.

He went to Afghanistan with his cousin, who visited him at school and invited him on an outing.

He walked over the mountains into the country with a group of men, and was given an oversized jacket to put on.

When he was arrested, the jacket was found to be packed with explosives.

Abdullah has been confirmed as Afghanistan’s youngest prisoner and is also being described as the world’s youngest terrorist.

He was interviewed in prison by ITV News’s International Editor Bill Neely, who wrote about the visit in the Daily Mirror ahead of a full report on tonight’s ITV News at Ten.

Mr Neely wrote of his visit: “When I saw him in the prison office which is now his cell, my jaw dropped. I’d been told I would meet a youth who had been arrested with a group of Taliban fighters – but I didn’t expect the picture of apparent innocence that confronted me.

“I watched this little boy speak, his high-pitched voice so innocent, pouring out the detail of an adventure he had clearly relished.”

Mr Neely asked the boy how he felt about being a suicide bomber: “He said he knew he’d be in pieces. But he also knew the difference between suicide, which God forbade, and sacrifice, which is what you become if you blow yourself up, killing the non-Muslims who want to kill your family.

“Afterwards you would go straight to heaven, with 70 girls. I suspect he didn’t care too much about the girls. But when I asked him what he wanted to do when he grew up, he said: ‘When I’m older I’ll kill non-Muslims. If I don’t, they’ll come to our homes and kill us’.”

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What Taliban is practising in Swat Valley is already being preached by mullahs in India

Posted by jagoindia on April 8, 2009


” It is this Taliban and Talibani mindset that we should be scared of; both are already there in our midst. Mohammad Salim is not alone in wanting to emulate those who flaunt their “religious conscience, belief and custom” to the exclusion of a secular state’s enlightenment. What the Taliban are practising in Swat Valley and in the wastelands of Afghanistan is being preached by mullahs in India. And they are doing so openly. A casual reading of the fatwas listed on Darul Uloom Deoband’s Website, http://www.darulifta-deoband.org

Forget Swat, fear Taliban amid us
Kanchan Gupta, Wednesday, April 8, 2009, http://www.dailypioneer.com

There is, we are told, disquiet among Muslims over Justice Markandey Katju’s comment, “We don’t want to have Taliban in the country”, while rejecting the petition filed by Mohammad Salim, a student of Nirmala Convent Higher Secondary School in Madhya Pradesh, for quashing the school’s regulation requiring students to be clean shaven. The student’s counsel, Mr BA Khan, a retired judge, argued that Article 25 of the Constitution guaranteed protection to Salim to pursue his religious practice of keeping a beard and the school regulation was violative of the right to freedom of religion. He said forcing the student to shave his beard was against “his religious conscience, belief and custom of his family”. Mr Khan, who made an elaborate case linking the student’s faith and his beard, does not sport one himself. This prompted Justice Katju to point out, “But you don’t sport a beard!”

While rejecting Mohammad Salim’s petition, and rightly so, the Supreme Court bench made two points. First, if Salim found the school’s rules abhorrent and unacceptable, he could join some other institution. “But you can’t ask the school to change the rules for you.” Second, “If there are rules, you have to obey. You can’t say that I will not wear a uniform I will (wear) only a burqa.” Justice Katju’s comment, “We don’t want to have Taliban in the country”, was presumably directed against those who wish to imitate the Taliban and their subversion of the secular state and destruction of civil society in the name of practising Islam and enforcing Islamic injunctions.

This week we had a glimpse of what that means, thanks to a two-minute video shot with a cellphone in Pakistan’s Swat Valley and smuggled out by those who are alarmed by the prospect of the Taliban’s ruthless enforcement of “religious conscience, belief and custom”. The video showed a 17-year-old girl, a resident of Kabal, being held face down on the ground by men while a Taliban commander flogged her with a leather strap. The girl kept on pitifully begging for mercy and screaming in pain — “Leave me for the moment… you can beat me again later…” But this did not have the slightest impact on her tormentors: The flogging continued as a large group of men stood around, watching intently at this public display of Islamic fervour.

The girl was punished, the Taliban claimed, in accordance with shari’ah for stepping out of her house without being escorted by a male family member. But this may not be the real reason: Another account said she was falsely accused of violating shari’ah after she refused to marry a local Taliban commander.

The public flogging of the teenaged girl has revived memories of the Taliban executing Zarmeena, a mother of seven children, in Kabul’s sports stadium on November 17, 1999. In more recent times, two women were executed by the Taliban outside Ghazni city in central Afghanistan in July last year. In Swat, too, women have been punished in a similar manner. On November 26, 2008, Bakht Zeba, a former member of the Swat district council, was dragged out of her home by the Taliban and brutally assaulted before being shot dead. Her crime, according to shari’ah as laid down by the Taliban: She criticised the ban on girls attending school.

It is this Taliban and Talibani mindset that we should be scared of; both are already there in our midst. Mohammad Salim is not alone in wanting to emulate those who flaunt their “religious conscience, belief and custom” to the exclusion of a secular state’s enlightenment. What the Taliban are practising in Swat Valley and in the wastelands of Afghanistan is being preached by mullahs in India. And they are doing so openly. A casual reading of the fatwas listed on Darul Uloom Deoband’s Website, http://www.darulifta-deoband.org, will prove this point. Here are some randomly selected examples:

Fatwa 1587/1330=L/1429: “The best purdah for woman is that the palms and no part of her body and adornments is exposed, ie, the whole body is covered from head to toe. If it is possible to see through the purdah, then the eyes also should be covered…”

Fatwa 1141/1141=M/1429: Family planning is haram and unlawful in Islam. You should apprise your wife of the commandment of shari’ah…”

Fatwa 691/636=D/1429: It is not a good thing for women to do jobs in offices. They will have to face strange men (non-mahram) though in veil. She will have to talk and deal with each other which are the things of fitna (evils).”

Fatwa 1386/227=TL/1429: “It is unlawful for women to go out after applying perfume.”

From here to chopping off the thumbs of women who use nail varnish is a very small step.

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