Islamabad, May 9 (IANS) The Pakistani government has received an unexpected boost in its struggle against militancy with eight parties of the Barelvi school of thought coming together under the umbrella of the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) to fight the growing Talibanisation in the country.
“The alliance has demanded the Pakistan Army speed up its operation to eliminate the Taliban from the NWFP (North West Frontier Province) and FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) and appealed to the nation to get united against the menace,” The News reported Saturday.
Speaking to reporters at the Lahore Press Club Friday, leaders of the SIC component parties announced the launching of a “Save Pakistan Movement” across the country to stem the menace of Talibanisation.
Terming the Taliban a product of global anti-Islam conspiracies, they charged it with playing into the hands of the US to divide Muslims and bring a bad name to Islam.
Charging the Taliban with belonging to the same school of thought that opposed the creation of Pakistan, they charged the militants with destroying 10 shrines of holy saints in the NWFP besides killing hundreds of Sunni leaders.
The SIC leaders said Sunni muftis would soon issue fatwas against the anti-Islamic practices of the Taliban, and asked the nation to publicly disown the militants.
The Aalmi Tanzim Ahle Sunnat, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan, The Markazi Jamaat Ahle Sunnat, the Sunni Tehrik, the Karawan-e-Islam, the Markazi Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan, the Nizam-e-Mustafa Party and the Jamaat Ahle Sunnat make up the SIC.
Lahore, May 9 (PTI) Pakistani religious parties of the Barelvi school of thought today forged an alliance to check extremist elements spreading Talibanisation in parts of the country, especially the politically strategic Punjab province, and backed the military operations against militants.
The parties Sunni Tehrik, Jamiat Ulema-e-Pakistan, Aalmi Tanzim Ahle Sunnat, Markazi Jamaat Ahle Sunnat, Karwan-e-Islam and Nizam-e-Mustafa have joined hands under the banner of the Sunni Itehad Counsil (SIC).
The leaders of these parties told a news conference here that the Taliban’s brand of Islam had landed other religious parties in hot waters as “the people have started equating us with Taliban”.
“To dispel this impression and Taliban’s version of Islam, we are going to hold an all Pakistan Ulema and Mashaikh conference in Islamabad on May 17. We strongly condemn Taliban and urge the Pakistan military to eliminate them at the earliest,” they said in a statement.
The parties said they were monitoring elements in their seminaries that are reportedly targeting young students to achieve their nefarious designs.
There are intelligence reports that Taliban have focused on seminaries, including those in Punjab, to recruit youths. PTI