TTP Confronts Balochistan

By Najeeb Kakar

Najeeb Kakar
Najeeb Kakar the author

The arrival of the New Year 2016 has brought a gigantic and an unprecedented waves of violence and terror. Indeed, the terrorist assaults were allegedly reported as the religious terrorism and instigated by the Tehrik – i – Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Balochistan. Thus, around 42 people comprising of police and FC personnel have been palpably killed in numerous terrorist attacks in Quetta city and its outskirts. However, this act of terrorism has spread fear and panic throughout the province – which have threatened and shocked the innocent civilians and the administrative apparatus.

Tehrik -i- Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has transformed its sanctuaries to Balochistan in the wake of operation Zarb-e-Azb, where the religious and militant ideology already exists in multitude shapes. Therefore, it has persuaded the monsters of TTP “to undertake its misguided ideological activities” in Balochistan. Nevertheless, since the dawn of January 4 to the twilight of February 6, we have seen a considerable spike of religious terrorism in Quetta. All this has destroyed peace and stability of Balochistan. However, it is very easy to disturb law and order situation, where the state apparatus are not functioning in full swing.

The persistent failure of the provincial government’s civilian and military institutions have given space to TTP’s outrageous and vicious activities. For instance, four heavily armed assailants gunned down two policemen in Quetta on 4th January at Bibi Nani ziarat area. Following, the same week at another terrorist assault two policemen Constable Mushtaq and constable Wajid, were shot dead by unidentified assailants outside a mosque in Multani Mohala of Quetta on 8th January (terrorism related incidents in Quetta 2016 report indicates).

Although, there had more lethal terrorist episodes took place in Quetta city just five days later the Multani Mohala incident. When a suicide bomber blew himself near Quetta polio centre killed at least 15 people (which mostly comprised of police personnel), the TTP took responsibility for the deadliest attack that kept the entire city in extreme fear. The local population of Quetta and its peripheries had felt themselves insecure. For example, my friend hailing from Quetta told me on the phone that the people are not willing to go outside of their homes due to the panic and distress created by the TTP.

Later on 28th January four policemen were gunned down in Quetta at Satellite Town. “The personnel were sitting inside the room of a mini gas station, situated on Munir Mengal road of the town when four unidentified attackers barged in and opened indiscriminate fire at them,” said SSP Operations Waheed-ur-Rehman. Meanwhile the TTP claimed responsibility for the fatal attack. However, the TTP spokesperson Mohammad Khorasani said that, “The TTP’s special unit STF’s commandos successfully carried out the attack at a police mobile at Quetta’s Satellite Town and the then disappeared after the attack.”

The terrorist organisations look for soft power to function their corrupt and malicious activities. The TTP is nowadays trying to overpower Balochistan due to the lack of power and organization of the provincial government’s law and security agencies. Thus, it indicates that the lack of intelligence sharing and utter bureaucratic failure could likely to be the result of more terrorist attacks in the days to come. If the provincial government doesn’t take any concrete action against these demagogues, they would be allowing them spread their activities to mainland Balochistan.

The radical ideology has stimulated by various religious groups and religious political parties in Balochistan by the help of madrassahs and jihadist literature. Hence, the madrassahs in Balochistan have taught the notion of religious militancy and jihad in the past and as well. Thus leading to the loss of innocent school and university students, teachers, ordinary merchants, common civilians, and security personnel. The already existing radical ideology has given the practical shape of militancy and terrorism by Sibah-i-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP) and currently by the TTP, which have overtly and covertly confronted Balochistan. The TTP wants to easily convert Balochistan into a full-flagged insurgency to destroy peace and stability in the region.

 

The radical ideology has stimulated by various religious groups and religious political parties in Balochistan by the help of madrassahs and jihadist literature.

 

Similarly, the TTP seems to militarize Balochistan and slain all those who are unequivocally at odds to their militant ideology and unethical activities. Although, the state pledged after the APS assault to eliminate terrorism of all its hues and colours. Unfortunately, no promising result could have achieved under the so-called National Action Plan (NAP). Now too many unfathomable questions are arise in one’s mind that, why is the menace of terrorism growing in Balochistan and KPK? Is the state incompetent to control the monster of TTP and its acquaintances? Or is the state itself not willing to end this game? Devastatingly thousands of local Pashtuns have brutally massacred in all of this.

If the state itself not willing to eliminate the growing ominous of religious terrorism, it would make us think that the state sponsored terrorism to exacerbate the situation in the province. The province which is politically, socially economically, and educationally marginalized by the internal colonial power. More importantly, it is controlled by the internal imperialist forces since its forcible annexation to Pakistan. Yet the people have been suffering the brunt of internal imperialism from many decades, which have made them aloof from mainstream politics. However, this time they are unable to pay the piper of the threat of religiously motivated terrorists, which would destroy our culture, education, economy and society.

However, the provincial government need to eradicate the danger of religious militancy and terrorism in the heart of Balochistan. People feel uncertain because the life property is now much equal to the 60 rupees bullet of 9MM pistol. How could anyone expect good to their life in such a dreadful conditions? The answer is, no one could. So what should be the answer? It should be that, we wouldn’t want to die or be martyred, because we are born to live not to die. We are born free, so let us to live freely according to our own faith and religion.

Najeeb Kakar is a freelance writer and researcher interested in politics, society, history and terrorism. He can be reached at najeebkakar195@yahoo.com Follow him on Twitter@najeebkakar19 and Facebook.

  • Raj Kamal

    US approves sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan.

    Always remember, US is sponsor/ abettor/God Father of Terror Central called Pakistan.

  • najeeb kakar

    Pakistan is playing a leading role in sponsering terrorism here and abroad.

  • najeeb kakar

    Pakistan is playing a leading role in sponsering terrorism in Balochistan, kpk and Afghanistan from the last 2 decades.

  • Raj Kamal

    While global attention is focused on the Pakistan-Afghanistan region as the breeding ground of South Asian jihad, it is actually New Delhi’s Abul Fazl Enclave area that has emerged as the global clearinghouse of jihadi literature in Arabic, Urdu, English and Hindi.
    Since 9/11, governments across the world have acted against the publication of jihadi books, magazines, and digital literature, but at the same time, a number of Islamist and jihadi publication houses have emerged in Abul Fazl Enclave, surviving right under the nose of the Indian security establishment. It may be that the jihadi literature published from Abul Fazl Enclave goes undetected because the Indian intelligence agencies have no Urdu-language expertise, or because the Urdu-language staff hired by them turn a blind eye to such literature. It appears that Islamist books written by radical Indian writers such as Rashid Shaz are also being published in Arabic from London.
    Abul Fazl Enclave is part of Jamia Nagar, a predominantly Muslim region of New Delhi that is the seat of the Jamia Millia Islamia – a government-funded university attended predominantly by Muslims. In this region, Abul Fazl Enclave is the headquarters of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (or Jamaat-e-Islami India). This is South Asia’s largest Islamist organization, founded by Maulana Abul A’la Maududi (1903-1979). Maududi was a jihadi ideologue for South Asia, much like Hassan Al-Banna and Syed Qutub were jihadi ideologues for the Middle East and elsewhere. Due to the partition of the Indian Subcontinent in 1947 and the creation of Bangladesh in 1971, this religious network has the following organizationally unconnected branches: Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan, Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, and Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu & Kashmir.
    The Jamaat-e-Islami Hind – with its headquarters based in Abul Fazl Enclave – distinguishes itself organizationally from Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu & Kashmir, though all the branches of this religious organization founded by Maududi have the same ideological affiliation. In Pakistan, Bangladesh, or the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir, the Jamaat-e-Islami branches have sheltered jihadis over the past two decades and more. In India’s Jammu & Kashmir, Jamaat-e-Islami units even today continue to shelter jihadis infiltrating in from Pakistan. It is not surprising then that it is in Abul Fazl Enclave that a number of Islamist publication houses are regularly translating and publishing jihadi books in Urdu, as discussed below. These pro-jihad books are being supplied to Urdu-speaking audiences very cheaply, certainly below printing costs.
    Books published from Abul Fazl Enclave are openly sold in many parts of India, including in Jammu & Kashmir state, where India has faced a serious jihadi threat sponsored from Pakistan. Shops in Srinagar, the capital of Jammu & Kashmir state, openly displayed such books. There is a global ideological pattern in the literature published from the printing presses based in Abul Fazl Enclave. These are outright translations into Urdu of Arabic-language jihadi books authored by Syed Qutb, Hasan Al-Banna, Abul A’la Maududi and others like them, or are written by Indian Muslim writers with the aim of cultivating Islamist viewpoints among Urdu-speaking audiences in India, and therefore also include books that foment hatred of Jews and Israel in furtherance of jihadi ideology among Indian Muslims, whose population is forecast to be larger than any Muslim country by 2050. These books published from Abul Fazl Enclave do not distinguish between criticizing Israel and hatred of Jews.
    The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) is in possession of some of these books published by different printing presses based in Abul Fazl Enclave and other parts of Delhi. Given below are some examples of these books in MEMRI’s possession, insofar as they shed some light on Abul Fazl Enclave’s emergence as India’s lead publishing center for jihadi books.

    Left: Cover of book by Hassan Al-Banna, translated into Urdu as Mujahid ki Azaan – The Call of the Mujahid” Right: Book’s title page.

    The website of Markazi Maktaba Islami Publishers, mmipublishers.net, shows that it publishes mainly religious books in Urdu, English and Hindi.
    A book written by Hassan Al-Banna (the founder of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood), translated into Urdu as Mujahid ki Azaan – “The Call of the Mujahid” – by Muhammad Inayatullah Subhani (see top left image above), is published by Markazi Maktaba Islami Publishers, whose address is: “D-207 Dawat Nagar, Abul Fazl Enclave, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi – 110025.” The book is 376 pages. Its opening page starts with a quote from Hassan Al-Banna: “That Ummah which pledges to live, where is the question of its death? Even the death runs away from it.” The book itself is a total radical blueprint for day-to-day living for ordinary Muslims, and covers all issues, social, religious, and political. Although the book is hardbound, it appears to be deliberately priced below the average cost of printing books in Delhi, at Rs 175.
    The book’s title page (see top right image above) shows that that this book is one of the publications of a fine-sounding nongovernmental organization called Human Welfare Trust. A search of the Markazi Maktaba Islami Publisher website, mmipublishers.net, shows that it publishes mainly religious books in Urdu, English and Hindi. An image grab of its website (see image above) shows that books published by it include books that promote hatred against Ahmadi Muslims such as those with the titles Khatme Nabuwat (“End of the Prophethood”) or those that spread awareness about about invaders of India such as Mahmud Ghaznavi, or an encyclopedia on the caliphate with titles like “Khilafat Quiz,” and more.

    Left: Cover page of book titled Islami Nizam – Ek Fareeza, Ek Zaroorat (“Islamic System – A Duty, A Need”) Right: Book’s title page.
    As seen on the left above, a book titled Islami Nizam – Ek Fareeza, Ek Zaroorat (“Islamic System – A Duty, A Need”) is authored by the internationally known Sunni cleric Sheikh Yousef Al-Qaradhawi, who heads the International Union of Muslim Scholars. The translator’s name is given as Muhammad Tufail Ansari. The book is published by Manshurat Publishers and Distributors.
    The image on the right above shows that Manshurat Publishers and Distributors is based in Abul Fazl Enclave, with the address D-301 Dawat Nagar, Abul Fazl Enclave, New Delhi – 110025. A note on this page indicates that the book in Urdu was originally published by Lahore-based publisher: Al-Badr Publishers. The word “Al-Badr” refers to the first Islamic war fought by the Prophet Muhammad. The book itself inculcates a radical view of Islam, addressing religious, political and social issues for Muslims.
    The publisher has a website: Manshurat.in. On its “About Us” page, the publisher declares: “Inspired by our Islamic faith, Manshurat is committed to serving Muslim communities worldwide by publishing innovative, relevant and authentic books. In today’s ever changing world, Manshurat seeks to enable Muslim spiritual, cultural, intellectual and creative expression in ways that are engaged and exciting, traditional and modern.”

    January 10, 2016 post on Manshurat Publishers Facebook page
    This publisher imports a huge number of books from Pakistan, as attested to by a series of posts on its Facebook page. On January 10, 2016, a Facebook post on its page urged its followers to visit its stall at the Delhi Book Fair for books “imported from Pakistan” (see image above). It is interesting that India-Pakistan relations are conflicted but Indian Islamic publishers are able to import radical and fundamentalist literature from Pakistan.
    Its website, Manshurat.in, shows a number of titles that are conducive to attracting young Indian Muslims to the cause of global jihad. Some titles available on its website (see below) are: Guantanamo Mein Paanch Saal – “Five years in Guantanamo”; Hassan Al-Banna Shaheed – “Hassan Al-Banna Martyr”; Asr-e-Haazir ki Mujahid Khwateen – “Mujahid Women of Modern Times”; and others. The website sells books like Islam Ki Awaaz – Syed Qutb Shaheed – “Islam’s Voice – Syed Qutb Martyr.” The Egyptian jihad theoretician Syed Qutb is lauded by jihadists as the fountainhead of global jihad in modern times.

    Titles available at Manshurat.in
    It appears that the publishing houses based in Abul Fazl Enclave, like Islamic organizations worldwide, both peaceful and non-peaceful, engage in fomenting hatred of Jews and Israel, without distinguishing between them. A book (on left below) by Victor E. Marsden on The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, translated by Muhamad Yahya Khan into Urdu as Yehudi Protocols – Greater Israel Ke Aalami Saihooni Mansoobey Ki Khufiya Dastatwezaat Ka Pehla Angreezi, Urdu Tarjuma (“The Jewish Protocols – The First English-Urdu Translation of the Secret Documents of the International Zionist Plan for Greater Israel”), is published by the Abul Fazl Enclave-based Milli Publications. The title page (on right below) shows its address as Milli Publications, Milli Times Building, Abul Fazl Enclave, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi – 110025. The entire book is devoted to sowing the hatred of Jews among Indian Muslims. This is a bilingual book, printed in both English and Urdu.
    Almost all the books published from Abul Fazl Enclave appear to heavily discounted. A number of Islamist organizations are based in this locality, Jamia Nagar, and are known to get money from Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in the Middle East. Although this book is hardbound and runs over 300 pages, it is priced at a paltry sum of 200 rupees, which appears to be very far below the actual cost of printing.
    Yehudi Protocols – Greater Israel Ke Aalami Saihooni Mansoobey Ki Khufiya Dastatwezaat Ka Pehla Angreezi, Urdu Tarjuma (“The Jewish Protocols – The First English-Urdu Translation of the Secret Documents of the International Zionist Plan for Greater Israel”), is published by the Abul Fazl Enclave-based Milli Publications.

    Milli Publications has also brought out an Urdu translation of They Dare to Speak Out by Paul Findley (left, below). The Urdu version is titled Shikanja-e-Yehud – “The Sinews of the Jews.” The book is hardbound and runs over 450 pages, but is priced at only 250 rupees. Milli Publications has also published another book by Paul Findley into Urdu (right, below) titled Israel ki Deeda Danista Farebkariyan – “Israel’s Deliberate Deceptions.” It appears that the Milli Publications is the leading publisher of radical Islamic literature not only in Urdu but also in Arabic and English, including for books by Rashid Shaz, who is known for cultivating the jihadi mindset among Indian Muslims. Some books by Rashid Shaz are also published in Arabic by London-based Darul Hikmah Publications.

  • najeeb kakar

    the radical and militant ideology was taught via different religious institutions in the past. and it has been spread during the occupation of soviet union. many innocent and illiterate pashtuns have been betrayed in the name of islam and jihad. the bigotry of zia has created panic and terror both in pakistan and afghanistan, in which pashtuns have suffered the most.

  • najeeb kakar

    you have highlighted different sources through which the radical ideology and jihadist literature was brought into surface.

  • najeeb kakar

    the radical and militant ideology was taught via different religious institutions in the past. and it has been spread during the occupation of soviet union. many innocent and illiterate pashtuns have been betrayed in the name of islam and jihad. the bigotry of zia has created panic and terror both in pakistan and afghanistan, in which pashtuns have suffered the most.

  • najeeb kakar

    you have highlighted different sources through which the radical ideology and jihadist literature was brought into surface.

  • najeeb kakar

    Pakistan is playing a leading role in sponsering terrorism in Balochistan, kpk and Afghanistan from the last 2 decades.

  • Raj Kamal

    Pakistan: Historic Jain temple demolished in Lahore
    In violation of the Lahore High Court’s order to suspend all work on the line within 200 feet of buildings of historical value, the Punjab government on Thursday demolished the remains of the already damaged temple.
    http://indianexpress.com/article/world/world-news/historic-jain-temple-demolished-in-lahore/

  • Raj Kamal

    CPIM aligning with Congress in Bengal. Both now foreign-led/inspired, now natural allies, along with Islamists.

  • najeeb kakar

    We are reaping what our predecessors sowed three decades ago, our progeny will reap the result of our decisions we make today. so now it is in our hand that do we need the followers of bacha Khan the like of Malala, or do we want Zia’s proteges, the like of taliban. today what ever happens in pakistan is the result of Zia’s illicit policies.

  • engrich

    many many temples were demolished in ahmadabad under modi to clear way for infra projects and many demolished in rajasthan to clear way for metro.
    bhagwan dil mein rahta mandie mein nahi.
    during 2002 riot 241 mosques were destroyed by desbhakts few of them were under uno heritage protection.

  • engrich

    There has been speculation that Lewis, the intelligence services and people like Brzezinski want to make the Moslem world look bad, so that it can be more easily controlled and exploited.

    How do you make Moslems look bad?

    You can finance the extremists and help them into power.

    You can carry out false flag operations.

  • Matt McCay

    I don’t think the US is forcing Pakistan to buy those F16’s, are they? US is simply the dealer. We make it, you buy it.
    Awfully confusing in your area, looking at it as a simple working man here in the US. Main thing I get, is religious fanaticism negates the true meaning of religion in my opinion. I also don’t trust most governments, including my own.

  • najeeb kakar

    Absolutely right; pakistan needs to inculcate a quality of education and thwart the meance of terrorism and extremism in its soil, but it is engage in weapons race in the region. however, pakistan feel threat from India that is why it is buying F16 from US, but it does not think that the real threat is internal religious bigotry and militancy. which we can eliminate through proper machnism of inculcating the philosophy of nonviolence and secular thinking in the society.

  • najeeb kakar

    The problem is internal colonisation and isolation of both Balochistan and kpk. which has aloofed from mainstream political arena by the military establishment to use these particular regions for the benefits of the rogue pakistani state interest.

  • najeeb kakar

    pakistan needs to inculcate a quality of education and thwart the meance of terrorism and extremism in its soil, but it is engage in weapons race in the region. however, pakistan feel threat from India that is why it is buying F16 from US, but it does not think that the real threat is internal religious bigotry and militancy. which we can eliminate through proper machnism of inculcating the philosophy of nonviolence and secular thinking in the society. moreover, pakistani state must revive its foreign policy to protect its own soil and innocent people from the danger of militancy and terrorism.

  • Raj Kamal

    If ISIS, Boko Haram or any other terrorist organization wants to buy F16 or any other weapons, will US sell them too ?

  • najeeb kakar

    Dear it is state to state relations and trade between each others. but the content of the debate is defferent in nature.

  • Matt McCay

    Terrorist organization/ government. Uh, you know the official answer, don’t you? I really don’t have time for trolls.

  • engrich
  • Raj Kamal

    Who was responsible for 26/11 attack and recent Pathankot attack ? RSS?

  • engrich
  • najeeb kakar

    Nice one thank you.

  • najeeb kakar

    My dear friends thank you all of you.

  • Nuree

    Alarming data

    Uttarakhand’s 75-79 age group has 90.2% Hindus, 5.95% Muslims. Its 0-4 age group has 79.65% Hindus, 17.64% Muslims.

  • SN

    I don’t know why Pakistan wants to buy F16s! After Pak generals boast that it is the battle tested armed force today. How about using jointly made Chinese and Pakistan JF17s? Still these barefoot- tribesmen could not be subdued and broght under rule of law?

  • Nuree

    Nawaz Sharif accepts Kargil intrusion was stab in back for Atal Bihari Vajpayee
    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today accepted that the occupation of Kargil by Pakistani troops in the year 1999 was a misadventure and a stab in the back for then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, especially when the two countries were involved in a peace process at Lahore.

    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/nawaz-sharif-accepts-kargil-intrusion-was-stab-in-back-for-atal-bihari-vajpayee/1/597959.html

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  • dunkirk

    Engrich Tea House is “prospering mightily” towards the islamic plan/goal of exterminating non-muslims in order to please the arab god.

  • najeeb kakar

    Tea House promote the good will among the people regarding any race, cast, creed,colour, and religion. likewise, it highlights various issues facing pakistan and rest of the world.

  • najeeb kakar

    Tea House promote the good will among the people without any distinction regarding race, cast, creed,colour, and religion. likewise, it highlights various issues facing pakistan and rest of the world.

  • engrich

    wher u studied all these.

  • engrich

    because u kille ur ladies.

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  • engrich

    dunkrik hai kithein ho,
    ghaznavi ne somnath loota tha,competitive brhmns kee help se.aaj kal rhmns kee help hindu saare mandiron kee expensive moortiyan chori karne me lage hain,

    वृंदावन में निर्माणाधीन चंद्रोदय मंदिर से राष्ट्रपति द्वारा स्थापित मूर्तियां हुई चोरी

    http://khabar.ndtv.com/news/faith/theft-of-idols-from-chandrodaya-temple-of-akshaya-patra-premises-in-vrindavan-1278701?pfrom=home-devotion

  • engrich

    rhr bhai
    kaal bhai ko dhoondh layeiye to janu.miss him,
    http://teekhimirchi.in/2016/02/sunny-leaone-alleges-baba-ramdev-is-ishqbaaz/

  • dunkirk

    Those murtis will be now installed in the kaaba. They were not stolen, they were taken by some arabs as their real gods. These gods just want to take back their place.

  • engrich

    by selling he built ghazni,the most beautiful city of world provided employment to millions unemployed indians. meantime u see this,

  • engrich