Long March fails: Qazi Hussain Ahmed says

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  1. RE: Friday, 20 March 2009
    Long March fails: Qazi Hussain Ahmed says


    Several participants in the National Coference e.g. Qazi Hussain Ahmed of Jamat-e-Islami [1] should order the webmaster of Jamat-e-Islami to at least remove the contents from their website against Mian Nawaz Sharif. Alas! our Mullahs Politicans have always been hypocrites. The paper on Jamat-e-Islami Website was written by Former Senator Khursheed Ahmed – JI against Nawaz Sharif. What kind of National Conference is this wherein a Party [Jamat-e-Islami] is supporting a Leaders [Nawaz Sharif – PML-N] against whom they carry very negative remarks on their very own website. May Allah help Restore the Judiciary Movement when the Movement have supporters like Jamat-e-Islami. Prof. Khurshid Ahmad of JI in his paper had basically attacked on Nawaz Sharif’s Integrity with the Country [in my humble opinion, Nawaz’s Integrity and Loyalty with Pakistan is beyond doubt] whereas the JI’s Deviant and Najis [Filthy] Founder Mawlana Mawdudi with Extreme Prejudice, was against Pakistan, its Ideology and its Founder i.e. Late. Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Do read what Qazi Hussain Ahmed has to say about Nawaz Sharif with whom he participated in The National Conference.

    Qazi accuses Nawaz of trying to remove COAS

    “LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami Amir Qazi Hussain Ahmad on Thursday accused Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of trying to remove the army chief on the pretext of ‘Kargil failure’. “Nawaz is trying to get rid of the army chief after removing the previous army chief,” he told a gathering of party workers in Dhok Kasib, a remote village in Mandi Bahauddin. He claimed the rulers had sought the US help to fulfil their aims, and Shahbaz Sharif’s recent visit to the US was part of this effort. He added the rulers had assured the US that Pakistan would sign the CTBT in return for this help. The Jamaat chief also accused the rulers of seeking the US help against pro-Islamic forces in the country. But, he vowed, the US would not be able to save the rulers after the JI gave a call for a march on Islamabad. Qazi denied he ever wished to be the prime minister. “How come, anyone with integrity and self-respect opt for an office whose prestige has been lowered by Benazir and Nawaz,” he said. Qazi said that the people wanted accountability from the days of British Raj to-date under a transparent system and before the next elections. “People also want an electoral system, free of corruption and loopholes. The people voted for Nawaz in the 1997 elections, considering him as an honest and a patriot person who would support the Kashmir and nuclear cause. But soon they saw his real face as he exploited the poor for his own benefits” he said. He said only those who were striving to oust the present government should be provided the opportunity to form the next government. He said his party wanted an Islamic revolution to establish a system based on justice and peace. NNI adds: Qazi Hussain Ahmed has convened high level meetings of the central leadership in the second week of October to finalise strategy against the government, Jamaat sources said.”

    “The Nawaz Sharif exile deal has been criticised by political and religious parties alike. The Mullahs (religious leaders) of Pakistan, who control the Jihadi outfits, are clearly outraged by the mysterious release of Nawaz Sharif. Jamaat Ulema-i-Islam chief Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman termed the deal an insult of the entire nation, saying it has brought into question the justification for the National Accountability Bureau and the accountability courts. The Jamaat-e-Islami, Pakistan’s largest religious party, has been loudest and most persistent in attacking the Musharraf government for pardoning Nawaz Sharif. On 15 December 2000, Qazi Hussain Ahmad, head of the Jamaat-e-Islami, said Musharraf had shown that he could not be trusted when he let Nawaz Sharif escape a life sentence. “He has ignored public opinion, he has also ignored the laws, the constitution, the decisions of the court and he has not consulted anybody. He can do anything against the interests of the country and the nation. This is a security risk, he is a security risk,” Qazi Hussain said. The Jamaat chief demanded that the military government should step down and an interim government be set up. General Musharraf was forced to justify his decision publicly. On 19 December 2000, General Pervez Musharraf addressed the nation on state television. In his speech, the General lashed out at the two former Prime Ministers, Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto, saying that the corrupt rule of these two leaders was responsible for Pakistan’s present economic crisis. “As a result of their power hunger, the national economy suffered and investment shied away due to inconsistency in policies. Two political leaders, Pakistan’s political stalwarts, who hated each other till yesterday, were shamelessly trying to join hands in an attempt to jointly loot the country, if anything had been left from looting,” he said. It was expected that Musharraf would divulge details of the Nawaz Sharif exile-deal but he did nothing of the sort. Musharraf claimed that there was some “confidentiality” involved in the deal which could not be disclosed keeping national interest in view. What this “confidential” information is, remains a mystery. His address to the nation also disappointed Pakistan’s political and religious parties. “While abusing the politicians, General Sahib must keep in mind that he is the biggest politician of the country in uniform,” Jamaat chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed said. This signals the end of General Pervez Musharraf’s political honeymoon. He justified the coup with the promise to end political hanky panky and cleanse the system. Now he is just another politician and the hanky panky perhaps is just beginning all over again.”

    Not in a very distant past the same Qazi Hussain Ahmed said very nasty things about Mian Nawaz Sharif and his PML-N Government:

    Qazi accuses Nawaz of trying to remove COAS.


    The Mysterious Nawaz Sharif Exile Deal. The former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif”s exile deal with the military government remains shrouded in mystery and has been criticised by political and religious parties alike. Author: Preetam Bora Date: 23 December 2000


    Read the Jamat-e-Islami webstie on Mian Nawaz Sharif:


    Isharat from ‘Tarjuman Al Quran’ April ’99 LAHORE DECLARATION by Prof. Khurshid Ahmad

    On the other hand, Lahore Declaration neither reflects the aspirations of the Pakistani nation, nor it is accepted by the people. This is a declaration of Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee belonging to BJP, the advocate of Akhand Bharat. By signing the Declaration, Nawaz Sharif has only tried to please the US and India, at the cost of disappointing, rather infuriating, his own nation. By doing so, he has exposed the nation and the state to new threats.

    The present government of Pakistan and, more particularly, the Prime Minister suffer from an intense longing to befriend India. They are following a path that leads only to destruction. To work for preventing such a catastrophe is the duty of every patriotic citizen. An objective analysis of the situation reveals that Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz Sharif think that if they are to stay in power they have to ensure:

    Complete subjugation of all constitutional organs, political forces and administrative machinery to establish a centralized rule so that they may enjoy exclusive decision-making authority;

    Running of state affairs on the criteria of personal loyalty considering it the secret for perpetuating their rule;

    Full compliance with American agenda. See salvation and progress in being part of its global order and work according to its scheme;
    Friendship with India, at all cost;

    Decrease in defense budget, downsizing the army and engaging it in civil affairs to make its interest subservient to that of the political leadership; or else the army loses popular respect and credibility along with the political leadership.

    This is their actual 5-point manifesto. The points are inter-related and mutually reinforcing. These trends are manifest through the policies and deeds of the government over the past two years.

    The prime minister is himself issuing provocative statements:

    I can take advice from the elders of Pakistan Movement, but why should I seek guidance of those who opposed the idea of Pakistan;

    I am being opposed because I decided for nuclear explosion and made Pakistan a nuclear power;

    I want economic progress in the country and am building the motorway but these people do not want to see the country making progress.

    All this is a bundle of lies and nonsense and merely aims at deceiving the masses. When he says that he is ready to consult the elders of Pakistan Movement, he should name those whom he has consulted? The daily Nawa-i-Waqt wrote more than 20 editorials only in two months (February and March 1999), against his attempts to befriend India. Did he pay any heed? Mr. Nizami refused to open the gate of Ewan-e-Iqbal for Vajpayee and threatened to resign if compelled. Whom the PM looked for advice, then? He says that he will not consult those who opposed the Pakistan Movement. Where he places Awami National Party (ANP) then? Its leadership has given him a real tough time yet his cronies are desperate in seeking its support even today!


    Qazi Hussain Ahmed on Nawaz Sharif


    Pakistan’s economic crisis and the government’s failure By: Qazi Hussain Ahmed Ameer, Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan


    Anatomy of the Crisis

    The foundations of the current crisis were laid by the previous Government of Mr. Nawaz Sharif when in April 1991, to ease the pressure from the Pressler Amendment restrictions, it allowed resident Pakistanis to open and maintain foreign currency accounts (FCAs), and floated a number of other expensive schemes for mobilization of foreign exchange resources. Through a crafty method, which required surrender of dollars to Government on the guarantee of exchange risk cover at nominal fee – which was significantly below the rate of devaluation – FCAs also became direct borrowings of the Government. Simultaneously, the Government also began contracting short and medium term commercial debt at high interest rates not only from foreign banks but also from international market, which were previously taboo in official finances.

    The Benazir Government followed the tracks and did nothing to reverse this policy. Indeed, it was during her Government that still newer methods of short-term expensive borrowings were invented. The country heard for the first time that such precious resources as the earnings of PTC and PIA were to be pledged for seeking more loans. It was also during her tenure that for two consecutive years, 1995 and 1996, there was a run on foreign currency accounts, and the default was saved only after the IMF agreed to avert it and the country accepted tougher conditionalities.

    The Second Nawaz Government has only added fuel to the fire. Far from breaking it the begging bowl was laid wide. It was seeking foreign loans even on the pledge of remittances. To appease IMF and obtain its funding, it massively reduced tariffs and gave huge concessions to big businesses, all in the grab of economic revival. A year later in 1997-98, rather than getting more revenues, it could barely collect as much as collected in 1996-97, which was the worst year of economic performance in country’s history.

    At the end of June 1998, the total deposits under the FCAs were estimated at more than $ 12 billion, of which about 70% ($8.4 billion) were those of the residents, all mobilized between the period 1991 to June 1998, i.e. in just seven years. This means the Government has been using more than a $ 1 billion of residents’ deposits alone for meeting its foreign currency requirements. On the other hand, except for a brief period in 1994-95, at no point in time, the reserves of the country have risen above $2 billion (mostly hovering around $1 billion), indicating that the government has been using these deposits with out caring as to how it would meet a sudden in demand for withdrawals.

    Besides the FCAs, there are obligations in the form of short term commercial debt and other foreign currency denominated bonds, such as FCBCs, DBCs and FEBCs. By the end of June 1998, these obligations are estimated at around $7 billion. Then there is the official long term debt owed to donor countries and multilateral agencies which is estimated by the end of June 1998 at about $25 billion. This is the debt, which was traditionally contracted by Pakistan until 1990. If we exclude FCAs for a moment, our debt come to $32 billion, of which the short-term debt is more than 20%, all added in the last 7 years.

    The comparison becomes far more alarming when the FCAs liabilities are also added. The total short term debt then is nearly 42% of total debt, or 72% of long term debt. Finally, let us point out that the long term official debt in June 1990 was merely $ 15 billion and outstanding amount in FCAs (which were restricted until then to non-residents only) was only $2 billion. Thus is the last 8 years, the Government of Nawaz-Benazir combine have piled up additional foreign liabilities of $26 billion, averaging more than $3 billion annually. In 8 years they have added significantly more to country’s indebtedness than in the first 42 years.

    The first Government of Nawaz and the second Government of Benazir were sacked on the ground that they had brought the country at the brink of default. Mr. Moeen Qureishi, in his address at the floor of the Senate, gave details of how the Nawaz Government had pushed the country towards bankruptcy by undertaking such economically unlivable schemes like the yellow cabs and the motorways. Similarly, Farooq Leghari also feared bankruptcy before he sacked the Benazir Government. Evidently, even at those occasions, the possibility of default was so real that they justified removal of the Government.

    There has been no improvement since then. The SBP report of 1996-97 has clearly pointed out that short-term expensive loans are contracted to retire official loans, which were contracted, on extremely low cost. The present Finance Minster has no qualms when he pleads that Pakistan needs G-8 assistance only to repay their loans. He fails to notice that these very words contain the true state of Pakistan’s economy: it is already broke pending, at best, a formal announcement.

    Nuclear Tests

    Evidently, the economy was fast heading toward a breakdown. In our view, a window of opportunity was opened by country’s decisions to go nuclear. The nation solidly stood behind the Government and was prepared to make whatever sacrifices required to face the challenges the retaliatory response of the big powers would have posed. There was never a doubt in anybody’s mind that this act of ‘defiance’ will not be met with kindness. The nation’s resolved to test fully factored in the costs it had to incur for this act.

    What the nation, however, did not expect was that the Government would rob it of its fundamental rights and foreign currency accounts in the grab of emergency. The euphoria of testing hardly lasted the night of the testing, as the nation woke up to discover that it was stripped of its precious political rights and life-time savings. This was followed by a series of confidence-shattering decisions – a budget that did not take into consideration that impact of impending sanctions, withdrawal of immunity on FCAs, a hoax call for defreezing of FCAs, mishandling of IPPs, panicky response to the threat of default, curbs on imports etc. – that sent the stock market into tailspin, wiping out nearly 30% of its capitalization, and forced the rupee to lose more ground in a month than it lost in the last 5 years.

    Thus the opportunity, which had led some Cabinet Ministers to claim that Pakistan’s tests were uniting and India’s were divisive, was squandered mercilessly. The extremely short-lived euphoria has yielded to a state of despair. The national mood is despondent, it sees no light at the end of long and dark tunnel of Government’s follies.

    The donor countries also believe that the crisis was not a result of nuclear testing. A State Department Spokesman, denying the rumors that the US was working on a bail out plan for Pakistan, remarked that the present crisis in Pakistan was not a result of suspension of G-8 funding, which in the first place did not go into effect for another 6 months. Rather, it was the result of polices pursued over the 18 months.

    Loss of Confidence

    Is there a way out of this morass? Can the Government steer the country from the brink of a financial collapse? These and similar questions are agitating the minds of every Pakistani. In our view, there are ways to retrieve the situation or at least to minimize the adverse consequences being felt and are likely to be faced in future. But the present Government would not be able to see us through this crisis. This is a considered view, based on the premise that the Government has lost the confidence of the market.

    Indeed, the most pressing problem facing the country is the loss of confidence on Government’s ability to mange its economic affairs. Almost every single Government move on the economic front since its decision to go nuclear has acted as a bane for economic activities. This is not to suggest that each one of these decisions was bad. Only, that the market no longer trusts Government’s word, and is more likely to misperceived its moves than to see tem in their true perspective.

    To be precise, the normal signaling mechanism between the Government and the market has broken. It is hard to find a method, which can repair and revive this mechanism. Confidence is not a tangible asset. It belongs to the realm of perceptions, formed over a long period of time and tested on the touchstone of predictability of actions and credibility of commitments. For 50 long years, despite earning a horrendous reputation in running the administration of the state, the successive Governments had somehow preserved the state’s reputation of fulfilling its financial obligations. That reputation has been remorselessly destroyed by the decision to freeze foreign currency accounts. And as is true of all matters of reputation and trust, it is not required that the breach be repeated several time before the confidence is lost. A single event may suffice.

    Unfortunately, this is exactly what has happened with Pakistan. There is no hope that this Government would be able to retrieve the country from the economic morass in which its policies have led it. The only honorable way for the Government, which also precludes the possibility of complete chaos in the economy, would be to resign and let a new set of people manage the economy and restore the market confidence.

    Indeed, Benazir and Nawaz Sharif have taken turns in bringing the country to the present state of economic collapse. There has been absolutely no difference in the economic management of the two governments. Both relied on foreign loans, indiscriminate privatization and depended heavily on the support and assistance of IMF /World Bank, which authored all major policy initiatives during this period. Their priorities were highly misplaced, such as yellow cabs, motorways, in the case of the NS, and excessive reliance on private power, in the case of BB. Besides enriching themselves, both promoted crony capitalism at the expense of the State.

    Corruption, nepotism and politicization of economic decisions have been the distinguishing features of their rule. Both would be quick to ask sacrifices from the poor of the country, while they maintain a life of extravagance and profligacy. The nation sees little differences whether the PM House builds a polo ground or a cricket stadium; whether the palaces are maintained in Surrey or in Raiwind. They have finally began to appreciate what we have been calling for the last five years: Nawaz and Benazir are the two sides of the same coin.

    We have no hesitation to suggest that the continuation of present Government may jeopardize its critical security interests as it seems keen to plead the super power to lift the sanctions. The manner in which the Government is holding talks on this subject as to what guarantees it may be willing to give to seek resumption of G-8’s funding. A weak and incompetent Government may be tempted to bargain country’s critical interests on CTBT, NPT, Nuclear Program and Kashmir.


    Zardari worse than Musharraf: Nawaz By Muhammad Anis Thursday, March 05, 2009 [1]


    The national conference on long march, attended by top leadership of political parties, lawyers community and members of civil society, adopted a resolution to continue sit-in in Islamabad till restoration of November 02, 2007. Besides Nawaz Sharif, the conference was attended by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Ameer Qazi Hussain Ahmad, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, Jamiat Ahle Hadith chief Allama Sajid Mir, Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan and other leaders of lawyers community, regional political parties, traders community and representatives of civil society.[1]

  2. RE: Friday, 20 March 2009
    Long March fails: Qazi Hussain Ahmed says


    Which Statement of Qazi Hussain Ahmed [Jamat-e-Islami Chief] for Nawaz Sharif is to be taken seriously the one which he gave while participating in The National Conference for the Restoration of Judiciary [1] or shall we believe these statment of Qazi Hussain Ahmed on Nawaz Sharif, which he had issued not in a very distant past. Sir, you can trust a Drunkard but not these Mullahs specially if the Mullah is of Jamat-e-Islami because in the statement below JI Chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed had declared that Nawaz Sharif is a traitor. I wonder what the hell Qazi Hussain Ahmed is doing with a Traitor in a National Conference???? Qazi Sahab often forget [as all liars do] that not in a very distant past his alliance MMA which had shared power with General Musharraf’s Martial Law Regime from 2002-2007 had helped passed LFO i.e. 17 th Constitutional Amendment and if that was not enough Qazi Hussain had sent a delegation to the USA who visited Pentagon and US Defence Department to plead the Case of Islamic Hasbah Bill [Point is to be noted Islamic Bill in Pentagon]

    Not a single word is mine BUT culled from Google’s cache of


    It is a snapshot of the page as it appeared on 20 Feb 2009 17:18:26 GMT


    JI for Jehad against Kargil betrayal

    The News LAHORE: The Jamaat-e-Islami on Sunday called for Jehad against Nawaz Sharif’s government for betraying the nation by signing the Washington accord on the Kashmir issue. “Nawaz and Pakistan can’t co-exist,” JI Amir Qazi Hussain Ahmad told tens of thousands of his party workers, who staged the biggest anti-government protest since freedom fighters pulled out of occupied Kashmir.

    “Nawaz has to quit,” the mammoth crowd roared as Qazi asked the nation to stand up as a sovereign nation and reject the Washington Accord, Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration signed by few traitors. “Let’s celebrate our Independence Day next month as an absolutely sovereign and independent nation,” he told the crowd, which gathered outside the Punjab Assembly after marching on The Mall from Nasir Bagh.

    The rally failed to attract the million people the JI had hoped to muster but the 50,000-strong protest by supporters shouting “Down with America” was by far the biggest of a series of scattered opposition-backed demonstrations.

    Qazi Hussain Ahmad accused the prime minister of being autocratic and said the July 4 withdrawal pact with Clinton was unforgivable. “It is imperative for the resolution of the Kashmir issue and for the safety and solidarity of the country that Nawaz Sharif should be removed from the office of prime minister,” said a mock “charge-sheet” read to the crowd chanting slogans and reciting Kalima. Qazi said it was time to tell the US its New World Order was not acceptable to us as it was only “a new world disorder aimed at depriving Muslims of their independence and sovereignty”. The JI chief also warned the United States not to mount another attack on Osama bin Laden. “This will not be in the interest of America. They will invite great danger,” he said. He said the US was playing a dangerous game and will suffer ultimately.

    Addressing the West, Pakistan’s biggest Islamic party chief said the Muslims were not terrorists or intolerant . “They only want to live with peace and justice, and will not allow any state terrorism in their territories,” he said. He said Islam was a religion of peace and justice for the whole mankind. Hitting out at the government for its Kashmir policy, Qazi said Nawaz had committed “an unforgivable crime by showing cowardice against a besieged army in Kashmir”.

    “It was shameful for the head of the only nuclear Muslim state to accept becoming a satellite state of India despite having a historic and tactical edge over the enemy,” he said. He reminded the rulers that peace could not be achieved by begging or avoiding the battlefield. “History shows that only those nations who always remained ready for a war lived in peace,” he said. He said the threat of a war was not over even after the Washington accord.

    Qazi pointed out that the spirit of Jehad and allegiance to the Almighty were what distinguished Muslims from non-Muslims and give them a vital edge over their enemies. He accused Nawaz Sharif of insulting the spirit of Jehad by equating it with the war hysteria and causing an atmosphere of cowardice through state-owned electronic media.

    Qazi accused Nawaz Sharif of betraying and bypassing the nation, his cabinet and parliament on a vital decision. He also censured Nawaz Sharif for refusing an unconditional support by opposition and other political parties on the issue. Qazi said the time had come to dislodge Nawaz Sharif from Islamabad.

    He cited numerous “crimes” of Nawaz Sharif committed over the last two and half years including subjugating parliament, president, chief justice and the COAS, and his failure to keep electoral promises of uprooting corruption, recovering plundered national wealth and introducing austerity in national character. He also lashed out at the government for its failure to revive economy and throw off the begging bowl. Qazi said the only way to avert national destruction was to throw off the present dishonest rulers and bring in a pious leadership.

    Qazi appealed to all political, religious parties and organisations to unite by shunning all political, religious and sectarian differences for salvaging the independence of the nation which, he said, was in grave danger. He asked PPP and PML to rise on the occasion for the sake of national integrity.

    He said the movement against the government had started and its ultimate destiny was a “glorious Islamic revolution”. He said now it was on the people to step up this movement and make it a success. Qazi announced that soon his party would hold similar rallies in Karachi, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Quetta before giving a final call for a march towards Islamabad.

    Qazi said his party stood for love, justice and peace all over the world. He said his party was willing to extend friendship to India, provided it granted the Kashmiris their independence. He urged the Lahorites to reject the Indian culture imposed on them under a conspiracy. He also appealed to the people to stop watching Indian movies. Qazi accused the administration of obstructing the rally and announced his party would observe a countrywide protest day next Friday against the government attitude. Later, a JI spokesman alleged the police tried to sabotage the rally by preventing the participants and workers of different cities from coming to Lahore. He alleged a large number of buses were stopped and JI workers were off-loaded in a number of cities. He said police hijacked party buses in Sahiwal just when they were about to leave for Lahore.

    Qazi seeks all parties’ support: Jamaat launches ‘new phase’ of anti-govt drive

    Dawn LAHORE, July 25: Alleging that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had committed ‘unforgivable crimes’ signing of the Washington statement being the latest, Jamaat-i-Islami amir Qazi Husain Ahmed on Sunday launched “a new phase” of anti-government movement.

    He appealed to workers of all other parties, including the PPP, to work under his leadership to oust the rulers and avert dangers to the integrity of the country.

    Addressing participants in a ‘million-man march’ who had come to Lahore from various parts of the Punjab, the JI leader declared that the movement would continue till it reached its logical end — a magnificent Islamic revolution in the country.

    The rally started from the Nasser Bagh to the Charing Cross where a stage had been set up for speakers. From the Charing Cross to the Regal Chowk, people could be seen on both sides of The Mall as well as service roads.

    Qazi Husain Ahmed joined the participants at the Charing Cross.

    Journalists had also come from Islamabad and other cities to report the event.

    Heavy police contingents had been deployed to avoid any untoward incident. Punjab PPP President Rao Sikandar Iqbal and MPA Muazzam Jehanzeb Wattoo were also present.

    In his hour-long speech, punctuated with slogans, the JI chief listed a number of ‘crimes’ Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had committed after returning to power for the second time in Feb 1997.

    “Now Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan cannot go together. He will have to quit”.

    He said Mr Sharif’s tenure was the blackest of all periods in the past and the Washington declaration was the culmination of all ‘offences’ of the prime minister.

    Qazi Husain said his party would hold rallies in other important cities like Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and Rawalpindi. Thereafter, he said, he would give a call for a march on Islamabad where the people would also stage a sit-in.

    Lashing out at the prime minister for deciding to withdraw Mujahideen from the Kargil heights despite the fact that they were in very advantageous positions, Qazi Husain said Mr Sharif had lost the war of nerves. He said he buckled under the Western pressure at a time when India was not in a position to go for a war against Pakistan without risking a full-scale revolt in occupied Kashmir.

    The JI leader said the Washington declaration served Indian interests and stabbed the freedom fighters in the back. In his opinion, acceptance of the sanctity of the Line of Control would mean acquiescing to the division of Kashmir which was simply not tolerable. He said Pakistan and Kashmir were inseparable and as long as Kashmir was not liberated from India’s occupation, the people of Pakistan could not regard themselves free.

    Reiterating that the Kashmir issue would never be resolved through bilateral talks between India and Pakistan as New Delhi continued to insist that Kashmir was its integral part, the Jamaat leader said it was a great injustice that Mr Sharif had ‘bilateralized’ the issue through the Washington communique.

    He said Mr Sharif had ignored the sacrifices of 75,000 Kashmiris for the independence. He said he would be held accountable for the lapse on his part. Similarly, he said, Mr Sharif could not be forgiven for accepting Kashmiri Mujahideen as ‘intruders’.

    Qazi Husain said Mr Sharif had insulted the army as an institution by forcing former COAS Gen Jehangir Karamat to resign.

    He also criticized Mr Sharif for converting the federal parliamentary system into prime ministerial system, reducing parliament to the status of a rubber stamp, storming the Supreme Court building and failing to promote industrialization or repay dues to co-op scam victims.

    In his opinion, it would be wrong to assume that the possibility of a war between Pakistan and India had been averted.

    “Subservience to the mighty cannot avert a war. Preparedness for war is the best way to ward it off”.

    He said his party did not want war with India. Instead, it was in favour of good neighbourly relations with India but it would not be possible unless the Kashmir dispute was resolved.

    He appealed to the people to boycott Indian films and remove video shops.

    Punjab JI amir Hafiz Muhammad Idrees asked the PML workers to join hands with the Jamaat. He said the people now controlling the PML had nothing to do with the party and a revolt against them was justified

    Qazi says Nawaz turned victory into defeat

    Nation LAHORE-Jamaat-i-Islami’s ‘Million March’ on Kargil issue Sunday remained highly successful and impressive. It proved to be a peaceful demonstration removing all apprehensions of possible violence in expressing resentment against Nawaz-Clinton Accord. The rally comprising tens of thousands of people assembled at Shahra-i-Quaid-i-Azam after it marched from Nasir Bagh around 4.30 pm. The rally reached Masjid-i-Shuhada to offer Asr prayers and later it turned into a public meeting which was addressed by JI leaders before it dispersed peacefully.

    Addressing the meeting, Amir Jamaat-i-Islami Qazi Hussain Ahmad said that a movement has been launched with the success of Kargil rally for a grand Islamic revolution after toppling out Nawaz Sharif government. Soon similar public rallies will be organised at Peshawar, Quetta and Rawalpindi after which a call will be given to the people to march to Islamabad. He said the Independence Day on August 14 will be celebrated to give message to Kashmiris that the whole nation stood shoulder to shoulder with them. The nation has rejected Washington Accord and Lahore Declaration. He also declared next Friday as protest day throughout the country.

    Qazi Hussain Ahmad said that Nawaz Sharif is the person who bargained the national honour and prestige. ‘He is responsible for bringing the nation from the peak of glory of Kargil to the fall at Washington. This is an unpardonable offence. As such Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan cannot go together. Nawaz Sharif harassed the nation by proclaiming the repercussions of war while he forgot that in war, India would have also suffered losses. India was not in a position to open large-scale war as its army was engaged in Kargil, Siachin etc. Nawaz Sharif wanted to undermine jehad for a dialogue but if this spirit was destroyed, who will agree on dialogues, he asked?

    He said Nawaz Sharif not only turned the victory into defeat but also caused loss to the country by creating price-hike, unemployment forcing people to commit suicides, making mockery of Shariat Bill, replacing weekly holiday of Friday with Sunday and turning Parliament into a rubber stamp. ‘He forcibly took resignation of COAS which is an insult of the army and ransacked the Supreme Court,’ he said. He further said that Nawaz Sharif blackmailed the Press and hijacked the ehtesab movement while no accountability of corrupt persons was undertaken. The trade and business was ruined and industry suffered a setback The chargesheet against Nawaz Sharif comprises a long list of follies while the culmination of his follies was Washington Accord on Kargil. Qazi Hussain said it is high time for the nation to get rid of him. Nawaz Sharif begged for peace in a very disgraceful manner. The peace cannot be restored by yielding to the oppressor. War has not been averted but the dangers of war have been increased. The Kargil does not contain any mention of 70,000 martyrs nor there is any pertinent promise for the solution to Kashmir issue according to UN Resolutions. The Accord is nothing except to implement American New World Order with Indian hegemony in the region. This is shameful for nuclear Pakistan and the entire Muslim Ummah of which Pakistan is a leader. Pakistan is not confined to the geographical boundaries but it exists within the unlimited boundaries of Muslim world and even within India. He said that the Accord called for unilateral withdrawal from Kargil. The Accord promises that Clinton will take interest in Kashmir and encourage Pakistan and India to resolve their problems bilaterally according to Simla Agreement and Lahore Declaration while one of the two countries hesitates to accept Kashmir as a disputed territory. India accepts Kashmir dispute to the extent that one part of it, is occupied by Pakistan. He said there is no use of any dialogue with India unless it recognises Kashmir as a disputed territory.

    Qazi Hussain Ahmad deplored that America summoned Pakistan ambassador to express its concern on the killings of 15 Hindus but it remained silent on the killings of 70,000 Kashmiris at the hands of Indian security forces. He asked as to who will take the accountability of Nawaz Sharif of all these foul-plays? The participants shouted that they are prepared to take the accountability of Nawaz Sharif. Qazi Hussain Ahmad said that the successive governments buried the Kashmir issue through Tashkent and Simla Agreements while the Kashmiri Mujahideen kept alive this issue by rendering sacrifices since the recent uprising which began in 1989.

    The Kashmir issue was internationalised by Kashmiris with their blood but the Nawaz-Clinton Accord again made it a bilaterial and local issue. This is an offence never to be pardoned. He said some unscruplous persons say that Pakistan’s security cannot be put at stake at the cost of Kargil. Tomorrow they will say that Pakistan’s security cannot be endangered at the cost of Karachi, Lahore, Quetta or Peshawar.

    He said peace cannot be established by begging peace but by making preparations to face aggression. Jehad is binding on believers and it provided strength to the poor and oppressed people. No one can undermine the spirit of jehad as it is part of the faith of Muslims. It is not Pakistan but India which is interfering in the internal affairs of Pakistan and violating LoC. Pakistan government should have declared support to Kashmiri Mujahideen instead of adopting an apologetic attitude.

    Hafiz Mohammad Idrees

    Earlier Amir JI Punjab Hafiz Mohammad Idrees said that Jamaat-i-Islami will work as the vanguard to oust Nawaz Sharif. He said that Islamabad and Washington are perturbed on the successful rally. He invited the sincere workers of PML (N) to join Jamaat movement. He also invited PPP workers to join hands with Jamaat-i-Islami in its movement against Nawaz Sharif. Hafiz Muhammad Idrees presented a cheque of Rs 50 lakh to Qazi Hussain Ahmad for assisting Mujahideen. He promised another cheque of Rs. one crore by the next November.

    Ghulam Mohammad Safi

    All Parties Hurriyat Conference(APHC) Secretary General Ghulam Mohammad Safi said that Kashmiri Mujahideen will continue their jehad against India for the liberation of their homeland. The Lahore Declaration and Washington Accord are not binding on them. He paid tributes to Jamaat-i-Islami for providing moral and material help to Kashmiri Mujahideen.



    Zardari worse than Musharraf: Nawaz By Muhammad Anis Thursday, March 05, 2009 [1]


    The national conference on long march, attended by top leadership of political parties, lawyers community and members of civil society, adopted a resolution to continue sit-in in Islamabad till restoration of November 02, 2007. Besides Nawaz Sharif, the conference was attended by Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Ameer Qazi Hussain Ahmad, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, Jamiat Ahle Hadith chief Allama Sajid Mir, Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan and other leaders of lawyers community, regional political parties, traders community and representatives of civil society.[1]

  3. Osama offered to buy votes for Nawaz: Qazi


    ISLAMABAD, March 18: Jamaat-i-Islami chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed has revealed that Osama bin Laden had offered to buy loyalties of legislators to see Mian Nawaz Sharif as prime minister. In an interview appearing in the magazine of an Urdu newspaper on
    Sunday, Qazi Hussain Ahmed said that Osama had visited the JI headquarters Mansoora and wanted to strike an agreement with the Jamaat but the suggestion was declined by him. Excerpts of the interview were published by the newspaper on Saturday. Qazi said he had met Osama several times in the past.

    However, the JI on Saturday clarified that meetings between the JI amir and Osama in Peshawar and Lahore were held in days when the Al Qaeda leader was staying in Peshawar. Recalling political events that took place when Mr Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League and JI were components of the then Islami Jamhoori Ittehad, Qazi said Osama was a big supporter of IJI and Nawaz Sharif and wanted to see him Pakistan’s prime minister.

    “Bin Laden was prepared to pay for buying parliamentarians’ votes to achieve this objective,” said Qazi Hussain Ahmed, who also heads the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal. He said a delegation sent by Osama had visited him in Peshawar and conveyed that they wanted cooperation from JI but “we declined the request”. In a statement issued on Saturday, a JI spokesman said that excerpts from interview were published in the daily and presented on a private TV channel in such a manner that they were creating confusion in the minds of people.—PPI


    Now each day is fair and balmy,
    Everywhere you look, the army.
    Ustad Daman (1959)

    New Left Review 19, January-February 2003


    Zia’s orphans

    Qazi Hussain’s election as Amir of the Jamaat-i-Islami marked a generational shift in an organization that had remained under the control of its founder Maulana Maudoodi and his deputy, Mian Tufail, since its origin in 1941. [13] Where the JUI was populist, had support in the villages and collaborated with the Left, the JI was built on the Leninist-cadre model. Its recruits were literate and carefully vetted, most of them students from urban petty-bourgeois backgrounds. Many had been tested in the campus struggles of the sixties and seventies. During the semi-insurrection of 1968–69 that had toppled the Ayub dictatorship, the Left had dominated the action committees that led the fight. To support the JI in those days required a real commitment to the cause. Its motto: religion is our politics and politics our religion.

    Qazi Hussain, a leader of the JI student faction at Islamia College in Peshawar, spent his formative years in battles—some of them physical—against the Left. He joined the parent body in 1970, when the JI’s branch in East Pakistan collaborated fully with the Army in its attempt to destroy the Bengali nation. Their cadres in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet compiled lists of ‘undesirables’ for military intelligence, which were then used to eliminate the opposition. ‘Chairman Mao supports us, not you’, was a taunt they regularly hurled at the Bengali Left of the time. China and the US both supported the Pakistan Army’s brutal assault on its own people, aimed at nullifying the dramatic 1970 election victory by the Bengali-nationalist Awami League. The Army’s onslaught backfired badly. Bangladesh is the direct outcome of a military refusal to recognize the will of the electorate. In the circumstances, the Army’s self-image as the only institution that holds the country together is somewhat grotesque.

    The JI’s role in the 1971 break up of Pakistan had the effect of drawing it closer to the intelligence apparatuses of the rump state. When Zia seized power six years later and joined the US jihad in Afghanistan, the JI became the main ideological prop of the military regime. Qazi Hussain defended the new turn; his skills were noted and he began his rise through the JI apparatus. A former geography lecturer, he now abandoned the low-paid chores of the academy to open a Popular Medical Store in Peshawar’s Soekarno Square. The shop was not just an informal meeting place for local JI cadres but a successful commercial operation, soon to be joined by a Popular Medical Laboratory and a Popular X-Ray Clinic. [14] It now became clear that he also aspired to a more popular Jamaat-i-Islami. Hussein knew that it was not easy for a vanguard party that had always prided itself on its elite character to re-brand and market itself in a more accessible style; in politics, as in business, there is always an element of risk when you decide to expand. His decision to join the 2002 Islamist alliance must have been as carefully calculated as the trim of his pure-white regulation beard (in marked contrast to the wilder salt-and-pepper variety sported by Maulana Diesel).