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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Rabi' al-Thani 14,1432/March 19, 2011 # 12

Press Release: from Kaukab Siddique, Ameer of Jamaat al-Muslimeen

In Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Pakistan, Islamic Rights of the People are the Issue.

The western assault on Libya began on March 19. The attacks were begun by France. Then at 4.46 PM EST, the US and Britain fired 110 Tomahawk missiles at Libyan installations. Libya had declared cease fire but the western powers claimed that it was not real and started attacking Libya. These attacks are not meant to help the Muslim masses.

Let us put it in context.

Gaddafi of Libya, Khalifa of Bahrain, Salah of Yemen have one thing in common: They want to deny the people their Islamic rights at the point of the gun. Gaddafi sent jet fighters and tanks to crush the people of Libya. In every city, including Tripoli, the people rose up but were attacked by Gaddafi's military. This is tyranny beyond all limits.

The western powers waited till they thought Gaddafi had crushed the people in almost every city. Now the West sees it opportune to emerge as the savior of Libya. The Libyan Islamic communities can be crushed in conventional battles but in the long run, the mujahedin will win, inshallah. The media propaganda about tyhe imminent collapse of the Libyan opposition has been used by the West to give it a chance to intervene.

In Yemen, 52 Muslims were killed in Sana'a alone by the tyrant Salah's snipers on Friday, March 18. President Obama and the Europeans have shown no desire to end the slaughter of innocent civilians in Yemen. In fact, USA is working closely with the Yemeni tyrant. Why this double standard [a polite name for hypocrisy]? Is it because segments of Yemen have passed into the hands of the dreaded al-Qaida Islamic movement? Yemenis have no right to establish Islam?

In Bahrain, the Saudi army carried out an invasion and helped the local tyrant to assault the people gathered in their mass rallies in Manama's central square. Again no high moral tone from Obama and the crusaders. The Saudis are reported to have attacked a hospital where Bahrainis injured by the police were being treated. Does the Saudi army have any Islamic values, or is it an American army with Muslim names?

In all these uprisings, the real issue is the emergence of Islamic power. Don't be fooled by the hype.

In Pakistan, the latest US drone attacks have killed 40 people in North Waziristan, most of them tribal supporters of the government. The CIA man who killed 2 Pakistanis has been released and flown rapidly out of Pakistan. Reports indicate that the relatives of the dead were coerced into "forgiving" the CIA man, were promised $2 million and then put into a hiding place. Pakistanis feel betrayed and see the involvement of the army chief and the ISI chief in this drama. Pakistanis don't know whom to trust among their leaders. See that Dr. Afia is in a US prison cell while the CIA agent is free.

On March 17 and 18, Pakistanis rallied in many cities to condemn the release of CIA's Raymond Davis and the drone attacks. No reports in the US media and trivialization in the secular, English language, Pakistani media, which Americans read.

[For an Islamic commentary on the "release" of Raymond Davis, see an important article by Shamim Siddiqui, a distinguished US Muslim.Scroll to end.]

Also scroll down to a factual report on the response in Pakistan to the Davis drama.

Spotlight on Libya: We Condemn French Intervention

by Imam Badi Ali [Jamaat al-Muslimeen National Shoora] North Carolina

Through New Trend, we have always opposed the tyranny of Mu'ammar Gaddafi. We are against all oppressors [known in the Qur'an as taghoot], The Prophet, pbuh, opposed his own uncle's tyranny. We are the followers of Muhammad, pbuh.

However, we must say NO to French intervention, and all anglo-european intervention, in Libya. We urge Muslims not only to look at what is happening right now [March 19] but also at the past record of France and consider what might happen in the future.

France has had an ugly past in its interventions all over Africa. For 80 years France has carried out its secret and deadly games in Africa, setting up and removing one dictator after another. What has remained constant is the focus on French interests and French material gains. France controls uranium and oil and other products in Africa and is now making a big move in Libya.

France has been involved in genocide against Muslims and Africans in general. It was supposedly the friend of Saddam Hussain but then betrayed him. During the war of independence in Algeria, it carried out serious mass killings. Later it supported the Algerian generals in their slaughter of Islamic activists and their families.

There are indications of a French role in the genocide in Rwanda, turning Hutus against Tutsis.

Few people know that France has its own secularized group in Eastern Libya. These are intellectuals who have studied in France. They are "French Libyans" They have become vocal during the anti-Gaddafi rallies, exploiting the anger of the masses, and have been displaying the French flag along with the old Libyan flag. An effort is underway to bring up a secular Libyan leadership to benefit from the sacrifices of the Islamic masses.

France has been in Africa all this time, under various guises and hidden behind people with African faces and names. It had a role in the break up of Sudan and in the disturbances in Darfur. France is certainly not a friend of Africa or of Muslims. Within France itself, a police state has developed which has been persecuting Muslims and forcing Muslim women to give up the hijab.

Using the Arab League as a facade to intervene in Libya, won't fool anyone. These Arab "leaders" have no credibility and have been the tools of the western powers in the issues of Iraq and Palestine.

Libya Hit on the anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq

by Nadrat Siddique

This weekend is the anniversary of the imperialist invasion of Iraq. Please pray for all the war victims and their families, amputees, innocents rendered to secret prisons, political prisoners, poor and black cannon fodder on the U.S. side and U.S. soldiers who dare speak up against the war.

Afghan War Costs $300 Million a Day, Pentagon Says

The withdrawal of American troops from Iraq will allow for a reduced US defense budget in 2012 but the war in Afghanistan still costs the United States close to 300 million dollars a day. Under the Pentagon's proposed budget, the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will drop to $117.8 billion for fiscal year 2012, a reduction of 41.5 billion from the previous year.

Jamaate-Islami, Tehrik Insaf, Jamat-ud-Dawa Joint Protest

Pakistanis Rally Against Release of CIA Agent
First Time Army Chief & ISI Boss seen as traitors

by Shamsuddin [Lahore]

LAHORE, Mar. 18: Countrywide protest on the release of CIA operative and double murderer, Raymond Davis, continued for the second day on Friday on the appeal of the Jamaat e Islami chief, Syed Munawar Hasan.

Thousands of the protestors, especially the youth charged with emotions and rage, participated in the rally that marched from the Nasir Bagh up to the Assembly Chambers.
Addressing a joint rally taken out by Jamaate Islami, the Tehrik e Insaaf and the Jama't-ud- Da'wa, in the Punjab capital, Syed Munawar Hasan, termed the Punjab government as the biggest culprit in the Raymond Davis deal for fulfillment of the US agenda along with the federal government and the ISI.

He said, the Sharif Brothers [Nawaz Sharif & Shabaz Sharif] could not conceal their criminal conduct by flying to London on any excuse. They were guilty of treachery as they facilitated Raymond's four accomplices moving in the vehicle that overran Ibadur Rehman, in fleeing abroad. The secret of Nawaz Sharif's mysterious ailment has already been revealed to the masses, he remarked, adding that President Zardari, PM Gilani, Army chief Kiayni and above all the Sharif Brothers had sold out the national prestige and honour for a few coins.

He said, the joining together of the JI, Jama't al Dawa and the Tehrik e Insa'f for a supreme national cause was the first drop of the rain.

The protestors carried placards condemning the forces striking the Raymond deal, bringing degradation and ignominy to the country and nation.

Syed Munawar Hasan deplored that the ISI had joined the CIA agenda of the killing of innocent Pakistanis and had lost nation's confidence by providing protection to a criminal of the state. He said the killing of over forty people in a drone attacks on a Jirga on the very next day of Raymond's release had put the ISI in the dock. The national security institutions, were inviting public wrath by siding with the US in its anti-Pakistan policies.

The JI chief was confident that the Go America Go drive of the JI would be successful in the long run and urged the people dreaming of the rule of law and justice in the country to stand by the JI. He said, the parties in power now were openly ridiculing the judiciary's decisions and the rule of law and they could not be expected to establish the rule of law.

Jamaat al Dawa central leader Maulana Ameer Hamza, addressing the rally, said that the country was being run by traitors like Mir Ja'fer and Mir Sadiq. He said whenever there was some bomb blast, the rulers put the blame on the religious parties and bearded people. But now when a real terrorist had been nabbed, the ruling parties had ganged up for his rescue. Therefore, he said, in case of any terrorist activity in the country in the future, an FIR would be lodged against Zardari, Gilani, Kiyani, Nawaz Shaif and Shahbaz Sharif.

He pointed out that the Pakistan envoy in Washington, Hussain Haqqani, had issued visas to [American] terrorists in a single day while Interior Minister Rehman Malik had allowed their entry into the country.
The TI Punjab chief, Ahsan Rashsid, Ahle Hadith scholar Ibtesam Elahi Zaheer, and Islami Jamiat e Talaba Nazim, Abdur Rashid, also addressed the protestors.

ILM-publication : Remembrance
March 16, 03
Israeli military bulldozer kills Rachel Corrie [ ]

On 16 March 16 2003, 23-year-old American student Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer as she was trying peacefully to stop it demolishing a Paletinian home.

March 16: NATO Tankers hit in Pakistan
Armed men opened fire at tankers parked outside a roadside restaurant in Mastung district, some 60 kilometers south of Quetta, the provincial capital, they said.
The tankers caught fire and four were torched. A driver was killed and a cleaner injured in firing, police said. The injured was taken to a nearby hospital.

Pakistan and the Raymond Davis Deal
by Shamim Siddiqui [Long Island, New York]

Here the Deal is fishy. It is not between the killer and the aggrieved but with the force of Governments and intercession of Saudi King offering big ransom money in millions of dollars. There were two issues involved in this case.

1. A person who was an "illegal" entrant in the country and possessing unauthorized weapons, in broad day light, killed intentionally two citizens of Pakistan on flimsy grounds on a thoroughfare. He was arrested red handed. The superpower of the time applied all the unethical pressures to get him released but couldn't succeed as the public opinion was totally against his release. The culprit was under trial. The outside governmental pressures manipulated the situation for his release but failed in front of public pressure.

They had no choice but to go to Shariah Law as it was in their favor. They apparently prevailed upon the family of the aggrieved people and coerced them to agree to accept huge ransom in millions of dollars. The poor families succumbed to the uncalled pressure of governments and agreed to his release against the payment of ransom. They gave the statement of acceptance in the court in Jail and within an hour or so, the captioned prisoner was released from jail, flown to Afghanistan by a military helicopter and he is now on his way to the USA.

2. He was an illegal entrants in the country, possessing a lot of unauthorized weapons and was an agent of CIA. The honor and prestige of the country was expressly involved and he should have been tried separately as the spy agent of a foreign country. The entire country was in favor of it but the interests of the ruling clicque in Pakistan were in jeopardy. As such, they all became party to the case and were maneuvering for his release one way or the other by hook or by crook.

* The release of Davis is a crime against the country. It has tormented and violated the honor and prestige of the country which stands sold for a few million dollars. The Supreme Court of Pakistan should take notice of this gross neglect on its own accord and call the Regime to justice and to bear the consequences of their shameful act of neglect.

*It was a crime against Shariah Law which has been used very improperly. The Shariah gives permission to the aggrieved party to pardon the criminal against ransom so that the wounds are healed, enmity does not continue and the compensation money may console the hearts and feelings of the aggrieved. Here in this case "consent" came from outside pressure, the kings, the Presidents and the so-called democratic governments have equally committed a crime against Shariah Law. Who will put them to trial?

* This release represents a case of total cowardice and that of coercion applied by Pakistan Government, Saudi Government and that of the USA through lucrative resources and the families involved exposed the game by BBC Evening News of today that the wife of a person killed by Davis was crying and saying loudly that "she "will not accept the Ransom money adding: "It will not bring back my lost husband. I am ruined for ever". It must not be forgotten by anyone that the wife of other victim has already committed suicide as she couldn't bear the loss of her husband killed intentionally by Davis.

* Islam has equally allowed to take "KASAS" [revenge] in stead of ransom money. Has this case not become one of open "coercion"? Davis would have paid the cost of revenge by going through the legal proceeding to the gallows. The Qur'an keeping the human sentiments of the aggrieved majestically commands: " And there is life for you in revenge or retaliation, O men of Intellect, so that you may have [developed] Allah- consciousness" [Verse # 179 of Surah Al-Baqarah]

*The learned scholars of the Ummah around the Muslim world must sit together and decide wether the use of coercive means to get the aggrieved party accept the Ransom by outside forces as stated above comes within the purview of the Qur'anic provisions or is it TANTAMOUNT to denial of justice to the aggrieved parties?

* Will the Islamic Parties of Pakistan accept this outcome as a fait accompli or agitate the people to rise against the Government of Islamabad? Allah has provided the best opportunity to establish the Rule of Shariah in the body politic of the country or miss it for ever?

2011-03-20 Sun 18:03:58 cdt