According to news reports, extremist Deobandi-Wahhabi affiliates of Jamaat-e-Islami’s student wing Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) on Thursday 22 December 2011 attacked Shia students of the Punjab University with bamboo sticks and stones and opened the indiscriminate firing to sabotage a program of Youm-e-Hussain (as) to mark the sacrifice of grandson of the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) Hazarat Imam Hussain (as) and his companions in Karbala. The thirteen Shia students including former Central President of ISO Mr Arif Qanbari were critically injured in the firing and attack by extremist Deobandi-Wahhabi terrorists of IJT, an affiliate of Sipah-e-Sahaba and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. (Source)
A Punjab University spokesman told Press Trust of India that the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT, student wing of right-wing Jamaat-e-Islami) and Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) had requested the university administration some days ago to allow them to organise their activities on the campus. The Imamia Student Organisation (ISO), a group of Shia students, wanted to hold a function to mark the death anniversary of Hazrat Imam Husain while the Islami Jamiat Tulba (IJT), the student wing of the pro-Taliban Jamaat-e- Islami, announced it would organise ”Shan-e-Sahaba” at the same venue at the same time. Sipah-e-Sahaba (banned anti-Shia militant organization) students are a part of the IJT at the Punjab University. “The IJT was allowed to organise its activity with the condition that the ISO would also hold its function so that both organisations were dealt with on an equal basis,” the spokesman said. “The IJT organised its event but tried to stop the ISO”s gathering by force,” the spokesman said. He said varsity guards too were injured in the incident. (Source)
PU sources told the clash began when ISO students informed the PU administration they planned to celebrate ‘Youm-e-Hussain’ (Day of Hussain) at the Chemical departments ground. While the ISO began to display posters of the event, the IJT brewed trouble maintaining no one but they could organize religious events at the campus. At 1030am on Thursday, when both the IJT and ISO tried to hold events at the Chemical departments ground, a scuffle between 100 armed IJT members and around 60 ISO members broke out. Both chanted slogans against the other while gun fire was heard across the campus, which sent regular students packing their bags and rushing out of campus. PU sources said the administration and senior teachers realised the matter could not be handled by PU security staff and police was called to disperse the scuffle. However, despite the arrival of police, the stone-throwing continued for an hour which injured a number of students. An IJT member was also reported to have opened aerial fire. IJT members, however, squared the blame on the PU admin, and PU Vice Chancellor, for allowing the ISO to observe the ‘Youm-e-Hussain’ and purposefully inciting the clash to secure an extension. (Source)
The official version: Speaking on the violence, the PU spokesman said the four year policy of the current PU administration to disallow student organisations from organising any activities had been vindicated. He said the IJT and ISO had asked the administration to allow them to organise events a few days ago, after which the PU admin allowed IJT to organise its event upon the condition the ISO would also hold an event on equal basis. He said after the IJT organised its event, they confronted the ISO when it tried to organise its event. He said on Wedesday evening, a student organization pasted a poster to organise a “Shan-e-Sahaba” conference at the Chemical department ground at the time allotted to the ISO. Later than night, IJT members opened aerial fire in the hostel area. He said the PU admin informed police, who requested the admin to restrain the ISO from holding their event to avoid any clash. He said the PU admin subsequently told ISO members the permission for the event had been withdrawn and they must postpone the event, which they refused. He said senior members of the PU security force were injured in the stone-throwing and IJT members, including Atif Gujjar, kidnapped two PU security force members, Waqar Sarwar Butt and Abdul Aziz, on gunpoint and took them to an unknown destination. He said of the two Abdul Aziz was released but Waqar Butt was still in IJT custody. He promised action against students according to PU rules and regulations and held the IJT responsible for firing incidents and other crimes at the campus. He said the IJT had not kept its commitment and showed its prejudices. (Source)
Shia student leaders Syed Nasir Abbas Sherazi and Abid Hussain said the Shia organisation had taken permission from the varsity administration to hold Yaum-i-Imam Hussain on the Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology ground. They said that they had displayed posters about holding of the event. Shia leaders told Dawn that the organisation’s members, who were supposed to make arrangements for the event, found that water had been released in the ground where it was to be held. They said the roganisers then urged the varsity administration to allow them to hold the even at the Faisal Auditorium. They claimed that vice-chancellor was also scheduled to speak at the Yaum-i-Hussain event. While the ISO members were gathering in front of Faisal Auditorium, they said, the IJT activists armed with weapons and batons attacked and severely thrashed them. The ISO leaders also alleged that the IJT activists used derogatory language against those holding Yaum-i-Hussain event and said they would not allow it on varsity campus. They informed the media persons that six ISO members, Arif Qanbri, Nasir Hussain, Abid Hussain, Ali Waseem, Ali Murtaza and Akhtar Ali, were seriously injured while four others were missing. They alleged that the missing students had been kidnapped by the IJT activists. Later, at a news conference, the ISO leaders announced three-day mourning and vowed they won’t allow any student organisation or sect to establish its hegemony in the varsity. They also alleged that the IJT activists had been threatening ISO members since last night and had even resorted to aerial firing in hostels’ area at around 1am. They said the Jamiat activists had also thrashed some Shia students residing in varsity hostels. (Source)
IJT Punjab Nazim Rasool Khan Babar and PU acting Nazim Amir Yaqoob held PU vice-chancellor responsible for the sectarian clash as he had permitted the ISO to hold the Hussain Day event. They claimed that they had informed the varsity administration in writing to stop the event as it might lead to a sectarian clash. (Source)
Fake liberals: Punjab University is the stronghold of Islami Jamiat Tulaba and its status has been reinforced by prominent civil society activists and pseudo liberals who dishonestly present the ongoing violence against Pakistan’s minority Shia muslim community as “sectarian violence”. This obscures the issue and deflect attention away from groups like IJT who have always enjoyed the backing of Pakistan’s security establishment.
Samad Khurram, a prominent supporter of anti-democracy pro-army Chief Justice Chaudhary and contributor to Pk Politics and Café Pyala, was officially feted by the Islami Jamiat Tulaba at Punjab University. His achievement – opposing the drone attacks on violent militant groups and foreign Jihadi mercenaries that are affiliated with the Islami Jamiat Tulaba.
From frothing right wing ideologues to sauve Harvard educated opportunists, Islami Jamiat Tulaba has been bolstered by wide sections of Pakistan educated classes, its (fake) civil society. Yazeed is well and alive amongst Pakistan’s chattering classes.
Video report: Jamiat ki Gunda Gardi Live Broad Cast on Samaa Tv 22 December 2011
Jamiat’s attack on Hussain (as) Day at Punjab University
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Country-wide condemnation of IJT terrorists
ISO activists stage rally against Jamiat attack
LAHORE: Members of Imamia Students Organisation (ISO) and Majlis-e-Wahdat Muslemeen took out a protest rally on Friday against the recent sectarian clash at the Punjab University (PU) between Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) and ISO activists that left 16 ISO activists seriously injured. The protesters started their march from the Lahore Press Club (LPC) and ended it outside the Governor’s House. They were holding placards and were chanting slogans against the IJT and the Punjab government for not arresting the criminals. Addressing the rally, the speakers said it was extremely sad that the IJT attacked the ISO members in the presence of police. The demands put forward by the protesters included, permission from the Punjab government to hold Imam Hussain (AS) Day at PU, arrest of IJT activists involved in the attack, action against use of ammunition in the university’s premises, release of students kidnapped by the IJT, an apology from Liaqat Baloch and other Jamiat leaders over the incident, safeguard of Shia students living in PU hostels, and lastly, the protesters said that a grand operation should be launched at PU to wipe out the control of some influential groups functioning there. (Source)
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300 Shia Students vacate Punjab University Hostels
“Over 300 shia students have vacated the hostels because they fear being attacked by the IJT activists,” a Shia student asking not be named said, adding “how will the administration provide security for us when their own security guards are being kidnapped.” “We will launch an anti-CM protest all over the country if a pro-IJT VC is appointed,” he said. Fiza, another PU shia student said, “Members of a banned organisation that is responsible for killing shias all over the country are present in the hostels and has weapons also. We are hearing rumours that the CM is going to make an alliance with the Jamat-i-Islami and will appoint a pro-IJT VC. We are not sure what the future of Shias would be,” adding “it is a shame that the CM did not even care to ask about those who were harmed in the sectarian violence”. (Source)
Imran Khan’s friends in Jmaat-e-Islami: Jamiat’s Yazidiat Exposed by Molana Hassan Zafar Naqvi
28 Dec 2011
Molana Hassan Zafar Naqvi exposes the hypocritical Yazidi face of Jamiat andJamaat Islami who have recently shown their Yazeedi character by opposing the Imam Hussain (as) day at the Punjab University. He also exposes their role as enemies of ordinary people in 1971 in East Pakistan by name of Al Badr and Al Shams.