The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz PML-N’s president and the chief minister of Pakistan’s most populous province Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif once proudly claimed that PML-N and Taliban share same ideological background. He publicly requested the Taliban to stop targeting the Punjab province and support anti-West provincial government.
Imbibed with General Zia’s thinking, PML-N is not capable or willing to understand the true nature and challenge of extremism. It is a fact that in the Punjab, urban conservative bourgeoisie and petty-bourgeoisie community are the main supporters and voters of PML N and sympathizer of right-wing extremist organizations. This poses a serious threat to the prosperous and bright future of the country.
The PMLN government in Punjab is not only protecting banned terrorist organizations, but is also gearing up for electoral alliances with Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat (ASWJ)/Sipah-e-Sahaba (a Deobandi terrorist organization), which was officially banned in 2001, though still active in spreading terror under the patronage of the Punjab government. There are reports that the Sharif brothers have promised senatorship to Maulana Ludhianvi of SSP-ASWJ.
The report published on February 25th, 2012; by The Express Tribune, provides some concrete evidence to the scepticism.
MULTAN: Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat (ASWJ) announced their support for Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) in the by-elections being held in Punjab. Ashfaq Ahmed, Provincial Secretary General of ASWJ, said PML-N deserved their support in the by-elections as opposition candidates were allegedly being supported by the government. He added that the decision had been taken by our president Maulana Muhammad Ahmed Ludhiawani.
“Our workers have already been supporting the political campaign of PML-N and this is just an official announcement to encourage the victory of PML-N in Punjab,” Ahmed said.
Difa-e-Pakistan Council is a new Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI) style ISI sponsored alliance of over 40 religious extremist and banned organizations against the liberal and moderate Pakistan Peoples Party. Here is a brief introduction of it’s main leadership and unholy nexus with PML-N and Punjab govt:
Lieutenant-General Hamid Gul the Former Chief I.S.I. formed the IJI a conglomerate of nine mainly rightist parties headed by Mian Nawaz Sharif.
The two main political parties of the ISI funded IJI; the Jamat-e-Islami (JI) and Pakistan Muslim League- N (PML-N).
Mian Nawaz Sharif’s old but still ideological darlings: Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and Ijaz-ul-Haq.