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    Taliban killed 1,165 worshippers in past 10 years

    By Zia Ur Rehman
    For CentralAsiaOnline.com
    2011-01-31

    http://centralasiaonline.com/cocoon/.../31/feature-01


    KARACHI – Lethal attacks by Taliban militants hit 54 Pakistani places of worship of various faiths in the past 10 years, killing 1,165 worshippers and injuring about 2,900, a recent report revealed.


    The defiled holy places included mosques, churches, Sufi shrines, Shia processions and Imam Barghas, Ahmadi worship centres and missionary schools, a report compiled by Muhammad Nafees, a Karachi-based independent security analyst and researcher, shows.


    The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and affiliated banned sectarian organisations like Jaish-e-Muhammad and Jundullah claimed responsibility in almost all cases. Most of the victims were women and children. Holy books of various faiths were burnt in many attacks.


    The most recent bombing occurred January 25 at a police check post in Lahore, killing 13 people and injuring 70 others. The suicide bomber may have been trying to hit either the shrine of Sufi Data Darbar or a Muharram procession, as the explosion occurred between the two, media reported.


    Toll compiled to showcase Taliban atrocities


    The rationale behind compiling the death toll is to illustrate the atrocities of the Taliban, which the Pakistani mainstream media generally ignore, Nafees told Central Asia Online.


    “The terrifying data on attacking holy places illustrate the breadth and depth of violent puritan blasphemies committed by Taliban militants,” he said.


    “The al-Qaeda-linked Taliban have ruthlessly attacked mosques and other holy places in the country in an effort not only to kill their opponents but also to target minorities,” William Sadiq, a human rights activist in Karachi, told Central Asia Online.


    Militants are lashing out against military defeats and public rejection, he said.


    “Islam is the religion of love, peace and harmony. True Muslims don’t attack such holy places, and those miscreants who did this are not Muslims,” said Sahibzada Fazal Karim, a religious leader and head of Markazi Jamiat-e-Ulema Pakistan.
    Al-Qaeda-linked militants similarly have bombed holy places in Iraq too, killing thousands of Shia Muslims, he added.


    The Taliban are demonstrating their disregard for human life and for the sanctity of places of worship in Pakistan, Sadiq said, adding they want to splinter Pakistan by fuelling sectarian hatred.


    Mosques bear brunt of attack


    The Taliban attacked 17 mosques in the past 10 years, killed 457 worshippers and injured 808. One of the most brazen attacks occurred March 27, 2009, when a suicide bomber stormed a mosque at Peshawar-Torkham Highway in Jamrud, Khyber Agency. The attack killed 83 people, including 16 security personnel, and injured more than 100.


    Another deadly suicide bombing killed at least 72 and injured more than 100 at the Wali Muhammad Mosque in Dara Adamkhel, 35km south of Peshawar, November 5, 2010.


    “Islam is the religion of love, peace and harmony. True Muslims don’t attack such holy places, and those miscreants who did this are not Muslims,” said Sahibzada Fazal Karim, a religious leader and head of Markazi Jamiat-e-Ulema Pakistan.


    “This is the time that all the political parties including religious groups should join hands against the terrorist activities of Taliban; otherwise, the acts will continue,” Karim told Central Asia Online. “God will never forgive them for these atrocities.”


    Sufi shrines, other religious places attacked, too


    In the past 10 years, terrorists attacked seven Sufi shrines, which arouse the ire of militants who take a hard-line interpretation of Islam, killing 130 people.


    “The al-Qaeda-linked Taliban have ruthlessly attacked mosques and other holy places in the country in an effort not only to kill their opponents but also to target minorities,” William Sadiq, a human rights activist in Karachi, told Central Asia Online.
    The deadliest attack was March 19, 2005, when a suicide bomber killed 36 at the shrine of Pir Rakhel Shah in Jhal Magsi, Balochistan.


    Shia Imam Barghas and Muharram processions were also key targets. Militants attacked 16 Imam Barghas in the past 10 years, killing 260 worshippers and injuring more than 900. Similarly they targeted five Muharram processions, killing 160.

    The most lethal attack on Shia Muslims occurred September 3 in Quetta, when a suicide bombing killed 73. Militants also attacked other minorities – the Ahmadis and Christians. In the past 10 years, they killed 104 Ahmadi and 24 Christian worshippers. Two simultaneous suicide attacks on Ahmadi mosques in Lahore May 28 killed 95 worshippers.


    “Even when the TPP admitted their involvement in such cases, the media (would say) that until an investigation is complete, we can’t say for sure who committed this crime,” Nafees said, adding that religious and political parties that fall to condemn the Taliban’s atrocities either feared them or were working hand-in-glove with them.


    “Over the years, Pakistan has seen a radical ideology attacking holy places,” said Prof. Zakaullah Sheikh, a teacher of Islamic studies at a governmental college in Hyderabad.


    Wahhabi interpretation of Islamic scriptures holds that all symbols (holy places) of opposing ideologies represent shrik (infidelity). Through desecrating these holy places, the Taliban want to ultimately bring about a shift in the interpretation of religious authority, Sheikh said.

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    Re: Taliban killed 1,165 worshippers in past 10 years

    Unless we don't admits that we have enemy within our own Ummah it will be never controlled. The Sunni and Shais' have to get to gether with other minorites to fight this Saudi based Wahabi FITNA cult who is a Cancer to Muslim society in general and Pakistan in Particular. Guys think:

    Why not to bomb UAE, Qatar, Yeman, Egypt where alcohol and clubs are open to public? Why not other 56 countries where sunni and shia live, Why only Pakistan? Just because Saudi clown family is working for USA and Bratin to distroy Pakistan in the name of their Islam(wahabiat) which is declared as FITNA by all sunni and Shia scholars.

    Wahhabi interpretation of Islamic scriptures holds that all symbols (holy places) of opposing ideologies represent shrik (infidelity). Through desecrating these holy places, the Taliban want to ultimately bring about a shift in the interpretation of religious authority, Sheikh said.

    Wake up Muslims wake up...don't hide them on your lines but expose them and thier aganda so save Pakistan. Inshallah one day Saudi will become a true Islamic Country.

    We can see them on this forum talking about Toheed, telling other they commit shirk and admit that holy shrines are places of shirk. When we expose them, that they are wahabi fitna, they say " don't lable us wahabis, we are " muslims only"... wake up people and recoginize your enemy amoung your friends. They are not your friends but a smart enemy who is bomb your school, graves, shrines, holy places, schools, buses, hotels...even if you and your family is there. They are brain washed that they are like Muhammad(PBUH) a servent to Allah like us and when we love our Prophet, His family and His friends, we are commitiing shirk. In actuallity they are commiting shirk by not obeying Quran and say of our beloved Prophet.
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    Re: Taliban killed 1,165 worshippers in past 10 years

    All this is being done by TTP which has nothing in common with Taliban of Afghanistan. We have had many threads on this forum wherein it was pointed out that TTP is not recognized by Taliban. TTp is being funded by foreign elements including India, USA and Israel. The activities of TTp are do not confirm to Islamic values rather their own interpretation of Islam. I would request the zalmiya to tell us how many masajid in Afghanistan have been bombed?? It does seem that many non Pakistanis are joining this forum and starting threads to mislead people.


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    Re: Taliban killed 1,165 worshippers in past 10 years

    Wahhabi interpretation of Islamic scriptures holds that all symbols (holy places) of opposing ideologies represent shrik (infidelity). Through desecrating these holy places, the Taliban want to ultimately bring about a shift in the interpretation of religious authority, Sheikh said.[/QUOTE]



    Unless we don't admits that we have enemy within our own Ummah it will be never controlled. The Sunni and Shais' have to get to gether with other minorites to fight this Saudi based Wahabi FITNA cult who is a Cancer to Muslim society in general and Pakistan in Particular. Guys think:

    Why not to bomb UAE, Qatar, Yeman, Egypt where alcohol and clubs are open to public? Why not other 56 countries where sunni and shia live, Why only Pakistan? Just because Saudi clown family is working for USA and Bratin to distroy Pakistan in the name of their Islam(wahabiat) which is declared as FITNA by all sunni and Shia scholars.

    Wahhabi interpretation of Islamic scriptures holds that all symbols (holy places) of opposing ideologies represent shrik (infidelity). Through desecrating these holy places, the Taliban want to ultimately bring about a shift in the interpretation of religious authority, Sheikh said.

    Wake up Muslims wake up...don't hide them on your lines but expose them and thier aganda so save Pakistan. Inshallah one day Saudi will become a true Islamic Country.

    We can see them on this forum talking about Toheed, telling other they commit shirk and admit that holy shrines are places of shirk. When we expose them, that they are wahabi fitna, they say " don't lable us wahabis, we are " muslims only"... wake up people and recoginize your enemy amoung your friends. They are not your friends but a smart enemy who is bomb your school, graves, shrines, holy places, schools, buses, hotels...even if you and your family is there. They are brain washed that they are like Muhammad(PBUH) a servent to Allah like us and when we love our Prophet, His family and His friends, we are commitiing shirk. In actuallity they are commiting shirk by not obeying Quran and say of our beloved Prophet.


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