Swat, Shariat and the Bastard Children of Mullah-Military Alliance in Pakistan
|JUI-S for enforcement of Sharia across country
|Updated at: 1810 PST, Sunday, March 22, 2009
SARGODHA: Father of the Taliban, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-S chief Maulana Sami-ul-Haq said on Sunday that he was ready to fight a war for the enforcement of Sharia across the country after Swat.
Addressing a news conference here, he said that alliance of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Ammal (MMA) had fell apart because its leadership went after the power politics.
JUI-S chief said that the future of democracy and present government looks bleak and disappointing, while crime rate in Swat went down to one percent following after promulgation of Sharia Law.
He lamented that the stable of horse-trading had been opened after imposing governor rule in Punjab.
Geo TV News, 22 March 2009
Girls’ school blown up in Mardan
MARDAN: Unidentified men blew up a girls’ school in Mardan on Sunday. According to police sources, the men planted explosives near Government Girls High School Hattian, located near the residence of NWFP senior minister Rahim Dad Khan. The sources said the blast caused panic among the residents. However, no casualties were reported. online
In ‘Sammy Sandwich’ Country, They Get Ready for Islamic Revolution
Express visits training school for Taliban, headed by Maulana Sami-ul Haq who disappeared from Centrestage after sex scandals.
7th February 1999
By: Kamal Siddiqi
AKORA KHATTAK: Located at Akora Khattak on the main Grand Trunk (GT) road between Rawalpindi and Peshawar, the Jama Darul Uloom Haqqania is regional centre of religious instruction and has been a source of both inspiration and muscle for the Taliban government in Afghanistan. The institution has been the ideological training ground for several hundred Afghan Talibs (students), who have gone on to join the ranks of the Taliban militia in Afghanistan. The Afghan border lies a five-hour drive via Peshawar, the capital of the Frontier province and an important way station for Afghanistan.
The institution, which comprises primary and secondary schools and a seminary where hundreds of students study and live, is headed by Maulana Sami-ul Haq, a former senator and religious figure in his own right. In a hall, the Maulana holds court, he is busy lamenting with some of his subordinates over why his institution has to pay electricity charges when it is working in the cause of Islam. “In a Muslim country like Pakistan, our institutions should be exempt,” he says to no one in particular.
Sami-ul Haq has gradually withdrawn from public life and engrossed himself more in his work at the madarssas and towards what he calls, the “glorious spread of Islam.”
The bearded Sami-ul Haq, nearing 70, has been a bitter critic of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ever since the two parted ways in the early 90s. This parting resulted in the now infamous media cell of Sharif PMDN party publicising the interviews of a certain Madam Tahira, who is supposed to have kept a house of pleasure in Islamabad and whose clients included the rich and famous. In her interviews, Madam Tahira talked about Maulana Sami-ul Haq and certain “positions” he favoured. The media lapped it up and had a ball. Even today some papers refer to Sami-ul Haq as “Sammy Sandwich” in reference to those interviews.
While Sharif managed to get Sami-ul Haq off centre stage politics in Pakistan, he may have helped propel the maulana’s energies in working towards a “true Islamic revolution in Pakistan,” in the words of the maulana. At his institution in Akora Khatak he trains young men wo go forth and propagate the supremacy of the Quran.
“There is no other way,” says Sami-ul Haq, adding “unless we have supremacy of the Quran, we cannot thrive as a nation.”
But the maulana isn’t impressed with the efforts of Nawaz Sharif towards Islamisation. Commenting on the proposed Shariat Bill, Sami-ul Haq says that it is “only a lollipop”. He says that politicians in Pakistan “take refuge in religion when there are other problems at hand.”
Turning his attention to Afghanistan, he says that the Taliban are not the bad people they have been made out to be. “Look at the violence that was prevailing because of the in-fighting of the so-called Mujahideen. Nobody was safe. Now things have changed for the better,” he says. He says Pakistani politicians have used the Taliban card to gain sympathies for themselves from the West: “Benazir Bhutto tries to sell herself as a moderating force. But she is a compulsive liar and a thief.”
If there is any development that Maulana Sami-ul Haq welcomes in the past year in Pakistan, it is the detonation of a nuclear device. “We have proved our manhood to Mother India,” he says with a hint of sarcasm. But he warns that the Pakistani bomb is in the wrong hands; according to him. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will sell out to America.
A tour of his institution reveals a wide array of classrooms, prayer areas, dormitories and exercise grounds. There is even the office of a magazine which the institution publishes and a library. Most interesting was block for central Asian students. Buried in one courtyard is Maulana Abdul Haq, the founder of the institution and father of Maulana Sai-ul Haq, who came to Akora Khattak from Deoband to establish this centre for religious instruction in 1972. When asked whether he sees an Islamic revolution taking place in Pakistan. Sami-ul Haq predicts: “In the next few years.”
He argues that things have got so bad and people are so frustrated with their leaders that Islam is the only force that they can turn to. And as an afterthought, the maulana says: “And it is here at places like the Dar-ul Uloom that we will provide the next generation of leaders, like we have done for Afghanistan. Here we give out puppets the ultimate weapon – the power of the Islamic knowledge.
The Time Report
an alliance of six hard-line religious parties that calls itself the Muttahidda Majlis-e-Amal (MMA). The MMA is volubly anti- American…In the past, Pakistani religious parties seldom grabbed more than five percent of the vote. The country’s intelligentsia likes to claim this is because, once all the hollering dies down and ballots are cast, Pakistanis are moderate, secular folk. In fact, most Pakistanis are poor, unschooled people who traditionally vote as their feudal squires command�or suffer their wrath. With the two big parties in retreat, the hard-line religious coalition is leading a whole lot of voters to the booths. Polls indicate that the MMA could win 30 to 50 of the 270 National Assembly seats. (Another 70 seats are reserved for women and minorities, a Musharraf innovation.) That is nowhere near a majority. But in a splintered Parliament, it could be enough to give the clerics a few berths in a future coalition government. From there, the clerics could snipe and demand radical Islamic changes in schools and social programs. Hatred is a powerful motivator. Until the clerics made common cause against America, the six hard-line party leaders were rivals. They stormed each other’s mosques and split hairs over ideological disputes dating back to Islam’s early days. Their differences were stark: some worship at the tombs of local Sufi saints; others dismiss that practice as blasphemy. Most of the parties want their women veiled from head to toe, although more liberal groups argue that it ought to be the woman’s choice. The personalities of the parties’ leaders have also clashed. Qazi Hussain Ahmed from the Jamaat-e-Islami is a cultured, well-traveled cleric who speaks with the measured finality of a judge passing a grim sentence. Several of his new brethren, in contrast, are unquestionably flamboyant. Maulana Fazlur Rehman wears robes of golden thread and was dubbed “Maulana Diesel” after allegations were made�though never proven�that he was involved in a fuel scam. Maulana Samiul Haq earned the nickname “Sandwich Sammy” after being photographed (presumably by Pakistani intelligence officers) in an inventive position with several bedmates. …
Pakistan: Arabian nights
Clergy rocked by Madame Tahira’s startling revelations
ABBAS NASIR IN KARACHI
DECEMBER 15, 1991 | UPDATED 12:04 IST
|Ironically, Haq, who has been attacked for sexual peccadilloes, was the prime mover of the Shariat Bill.
Madame Tahira, as the press named her, made amazing revelations about the nocturnal activities of the ruling elite, which were later retracted. But the Islamabad Sex Scandal exploded when Pakistani high society was still reeling from Tehmina Durrani’s revelations about her feudal lord.
The central character, the ruling Islami Jumhoori Ittehad’s (IJI) dissident Senator Maulana Samiul Haq, who hadn’t been cited by name at the time, denied his involvement as the issue was discussed in the Senate.
Ironically, Haq was one of the prime movers of the Shariat Bill. “I’m innocent. I’ve been framed by government agencies for opposing official policies,” he shouted in the House, but later resigned from office.
However, few were outraged by the scandal in a country with a tradition of sexual indiscretion by those in power. Former chief martial law administrator general Agha Muhammad Yahya Khan rose to greater fame for his orgies.
Akleem Akhtar, called General Rani – who ran the bordello which catered to Yahya Khan – had vivid tales about the general’s “unique” sexual practices. The charismatic Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was a playboy of sorts. But he was never charged with perverted sexual behaviour.
| Madame Tahira (left); and Maulana Samiul Haq: Dangerous liaisons
However, Haq’s story – appropriately headlined by Pakistan’s premier daily, The News, as ‘Burning a scandal at both ends’ – was different. Tahira mentioned the maulana’s sexual prowess during a “sandwich session”. This reportedly involved his own son-in-law and one of the madame’s charming young hostesses.
Interestingly, Tahira claimed the maulana’s appetite was insatiable during the debate before the passage of the Shariat Bill. Ironically, the legislation prescribes “exemplary” penalties for sinners. Tahira had also cited many politicians and top government officers.
Among those using coded phone calls to have escorts dropped off at their residence were a minister, and another maulana – who led the anti-Salman Rushdie campaign.
Tahira apparently has several rolls of negatives with government functionaries caught in action. As an IJI member said, the maulana was not lambasted for just having sinned, but for getting caught at a time when the Government was reeling in the aftermath of the cooperatives collapse and the loan scandals.
The sex scandal could have been a chance for the administration to divert attention away from opposition attack.
This is the argument of those who say the highest in the land has got away unscathed with his affairs. The reference is to the one who’s said to have been overheard singing Kishore Kumar’s Aisay na mujhay tum dekho to a socialite from across the border.
Some relevant comments:
Why is he known as ‘Sandwich Sammy’?
Shak kills said:
or may be he is sandwich between JUI- and JI, or between different groups of JUI.
if not then
may be cause of links with “Madam Tahira”
Does this mean Madam Tahira gave good Sandwich? What was her favourite filling?
He was once sandwich between Govt and Madam tahira!
a huge high profile sex girls ring was uncovered by capital police in isb. the head was Madam Tahira. many names were floated, but moulana sami had special terms with her was also named.
later this case gone so quite, no body know what happened to it, must be cause of so many high profile people were involved.
apparently Madam tahira annouced , if she goes down, she will bring down many others with her!!!
Madam Tahira was a society madam who ran a house of ill repute in Islamabad. Sami ul Haq was photographed there in the embrace of two prostitutes, hence the term “Sandwich” Sammy. These are the real moral values of the MMA hypocrites.
hahaha….sami ul hag with girls…lolz he is surely sexy….
reza bhai…every politcian is following the same path
Do’nt say that, it is unbelieveable. Are such stories true? for our MMA moullas. So when they would come in power there would be maza he maza for all those who like them to be in power.
NO. From what I understand, ‘maza he maza’ is for MMA Leaders and party memebers, and their children that are studying in Western countries.
Rest of the people will be asked to follow strict guidelines regarding morality
Sami ul Haq was denied a meeting by EU MP’s
He should have offered them a sandwich. Akalay akalay khana buri baat hoti hai
Apparently the Mayor of Amsterdam was disappointed that Sami didn’t visit, as he was expecting high sales revenue near Rembrandtsplein for that evening !!!!
mullah, Maulana Sandwich, as Sami-ul-Haq of Jamia Haqania, the alma matar of the Taliban, was called by the newspapers when he was caught by Islamabad Police at a brothel in F-10 as few years back. “Sandwich” explains the devout maulana’s preferred sexual positions as explained by Madam Tahira of the head of the brothel during her interviews. On another note Sami the Sandwich is also known for marrying a 16-year old girl every other year to keep his private life spiced up.
The use of vulgar language and blatant demonstration of intolerance are typical of Islamists. Keep spreading the ignorance, paranoia, conspiracies and parochialism from your pulpit of self-righteousness. In fact, self-righteousness of the Islamists knows no bounds. Although your-know-all personality won’t let you, it is time you start reading objective and rational material to open up your mental horizon.
How can the highlighting of the “achievements” of great Maulanas and their ilk tantamount to spreading of “shit abt islam”? If we have to build up the image of Islam, our mullah and Islamists, the sole thekedar of Islam, need to raise their moral standards.
November 5, 1991 – Page updated at 12:00 AM
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Madam’s Claims Rock Pakistani Government
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A brothel operator has rocked the conservative Islamic government by alleging that prominent lawmakers and religious leaders regularly patronized her business.
Madam Tahira, a 35-year-old former dancer, ran the brothel for about nine years before officers raided Tahira’s house last week and arrested her on charges of possession of illegal weapons and liquor, which is banned in this predominantly Muslim country.
Police said they also seized her diary, which contained a list of clients, and visiting cards of businessmen, leading bureaucrats and Islamabad-based diplomats.
Tahira claimed her most frequent customers included at least one Cabinet minister and other lawmakers who in May pushed through Parliament a bill to make Pakistan more Islamic.
While Parliament was debating the bill, she said in a statement to police, its staunchest supporters visited her house daily.
She alleged her clients included a judge on the federal Islamic court and lawmakers who led nationwide demonstrations in 1989 against British author Salman Rushdie and his novel, “The Satanic Verses,” for defaming Islam.
The scandal has been an embarrassment for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Islamic Democratic Alliance, already beset by internal feuds, name-calling and the sudden collapse of dozens of financial cooperatives that cost tens of thousands of Pakistanis a total of $800 million.
Alliance members called the scandal a setup.
The opposition Pakistan People’s Party headed by former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto agreed, saying the accusations appeared aimed at lawmakers critical of the government’s policies.
Tahira, who uses only one name, claims police, without her consent or knowledge, recorded her lengthy and detailed statement about her operation.
Police then leaked the tape to the English- and Urdu-language newspapers, which plastered the contents across their front pages.
No charges have been filed against any of Tahira’s alleged clients, police said.
Under Islamic law, the penalty for adultery is death by stoning.
In her statement to police, Tahira spoke explicitly and in detail about her customers, their preferences and behavior.
The tape names some clientele, but so far no one has published them.