Punjab on knife-edge as extremists take hold: Taseer

Punjab Governor Salman Taseer is consistently showing  his concern on the rapid progress of Sipah Sahaba under the patronage PML-N punjab provincial government. Recently I observed Maulana Ahmed Ludhinvi banners all over Gujrawala city which was quite alarming for me .

We need to support Salman Taseer for raising his voice over SSP and Laskar Jhangvi ; SSP was allegedly involved in the  killing of innocent Christain in Gojra last summer .

Few months back during the celeberations of Eid Milad-ul-Nabi Faisalabad city witness very sad ethnic violence between Bralevi Sunni and Deobandi’s and here too SSP was responsible for provoking violence in the city. Several murder cases of Ahmedhi community has emerged  recently. Ministry of Human Right surely  has to take some action against rapid progress of SSP and its splinter groups .

It is terribly disappointing to see PPP provincial legislator not raising this serious issue ; and only PPP human right wing have raised their concern over SSP activities come up till now, which is not enough . Since PPP human right cell doesn’t have same capacity as MQM human right wing has it in karachi.

Surely provincial MP have to raise this serious issue in punjab assembly .Dr Amna Buttar and Uzma Bukhari don’t let down PPP  critical supporters !

Punjab on knife-edge as extremists take hold: Taseer

LAHORE: Punjab is an extremist “bomb” ready to explode with recent targeting of minorities in the province evidence of jihadists’ grip on the area, Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer told The Guardian on Friday.

The governor accused the Punjab government, led by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, of tolerating and even supporting the extremists, believed to be operating freely across the province.

“The Sharifs are creating a potential bomb in Punjab,” Taseer said. “These [militant] groups are armed and dangerous. There is no way you can accommodate these people. There has to be zero tolerance.”

In recent weeks, a series of armed robberies and kidnappings of Ahmedis in Faisalabad were traced to the Jamaatud Dawa, previously Lashkar-e-Tayyaba – blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, The Guardian said, adding that the killing of three Ahmedis was also thought to be the work of the same group.

Opponents of the PML-N accuse it of supporting and accommodating extremists such as the Sipah-e-Sahaba, a banned sectarian group blamed for the deaths of hundreds of shias.

In Jhang last month, the PML-N was seen supporting the Sipah-e-Sahaba openly, with Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah pictured on the campaign trail with the group’s alleged head, Ahmed Ludhianvi.

Experts believe that the Pakistani Taliban are deeply influenced by the Sipah-e-Sahaba and Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan leader Hakeemullah Mehsud was a former member, the paper said.

Sheikh Waqas Akram, an opposition member of parliament from Jhang likened the situation in Punjab to Swat.

“There can be 10 Swats in Punjab if you don’t check them [extremists]




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