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Shawwal 20,1429/ October 20, 2008, #54
W.D. Muhammad: Very saddening. How W.D. brainwashed
his own people.
to eyewitness account.
FATWA on Pakistan army's Genocidal Actions in the Frontier
areas of Pakistan
Jamaat al-Muslimeen Press Release
A prominent American Imam, Badi Ali [from North Carolina],
leader of National Shoora of Jamaat al-Muslimeen , has issued
a Fatwa [Islamic ruling] on Pakistan army's assault on
Muslim populations of Bajaur, Swat and Darra Adam Khel. He
was asked this question by New Trend:
Question: Dear Imam Badi Ali, asalamu alaikum
A massive new tragedy has enveloped the Frontier areas of
Pakistan near Afghanistan. The Pakistani army has been
carrying out an ongoing assault on the populations of Swat,
Bajaur, Mohmand, Darra Adam Khel and others. The army claims
that it is targeting Pakistani Taliban and is calling them
"miscreants," "militants," and "terrorists." The army killed
scores of Taliban fighters but it could not win. So it
started using heavy artillery, tanks, helicopter gunships and
even jet fighters. As a result hundreds of civilians have
been killed and the entire population has been displaced. In
Swat, nearly 500,000 people have been driven from their
homes. In Bajaur, the number is more than 400,000, and tens
of thousands of others in other areas. As the winter
approaches nearly a million people are out there under the
open sky with only a few thousand of them under tents. All
this has been done after the U.S. military complained to the
Pakistani military that Islamic fighters were coming into
Afghanistan to attack NATO forces and then going back into
Pakistan. No inquiry has been held to investigate this claim.
The Afghan Taliban are battle hardened and well armed while
the Pakistani Taliban are poorly armed and cannot fight a
modern army like that of Pakistan.
In addition, Pakistan claims that it now has a democratic
government and this government is supporting the military
invasion of the frontier areas. The democratic government is
in fact a government of feudal lords, large landowners,
ex-military bosses and capitalists. It has little to do with
the Islamic aspirations of the Pakistani people and is
getting its orders from Washington.
What is the Islamic ruling [FATWA] on this situation in the
Frontier areas of Pakistan?
FATWA by Imam Badi Ali:
I Call on the Pakistani Soldiers to stop Working for
Zionist-U.S. Money and Become the Army of Islam, otherwise
the Fire of Hell Awaits You
1. The Qur'an says that those who do not follow the commands
of Allah in their decision making are unbelievers and
oppressors although they might claim to be Muslims.
2. The Pakistani army is in clear violation of the teachings
of Islam and is indulging in FITNA
3. The Pakistani army's attacks on Muslim populations and
Muslim fighters are HARAM acts, completely and entirely
forbidden by Allah Almighty Himself. Killing a person who
stands for Islam is the ultimate crime.
4. Any Pakistani soldier who dies fighting against the
Muslims of Bajaur, Swat, Darra Adam Khel and other Frontier
areas dies as a dog whose janaza should not be
performed by Muslims.
5. The Pakistani army is fulfilling the agenda of the enemies
of Islam. So those resisting it are mujahideen fi sabil
Allah and those who give their lives fighting it are
shaheed deserving al-jannah, insha Allah.
6. The Islamic resistance is the right of every Muslim whose
home or village is invaded by the forces of the oppressors.
All those who are forced to leave their homes and become
refugees should be taken care of by the entire Muslim ummah.
If they die while doing the hijrah away from the
FITNAH of the Pakistan army, they are also shaheed
7. The entire Muslim world should support the Islamic people
of the Frontier areas but first and foremost, this is the
duty of the Pakistani people themselves.
8. An army which attacks populations standing up against NATO
and American imperialism is definitely behaving like an army
which has lost its way and forgotten the Hereafter although
the soldiers came from a Muslim nation.
9. I urge the soldiers and officers of the Pakistani military
to obey Allah and stop serving the agents of U.S.-Zionist
money. Fear Allah and disobey your generals.
10. It is a sign for the Pakistani army that those who funded
it in America are themselves facing bankruptcy. So why are
you earning the Fire of Hell for the pleasures of Dunya which
may suddenly end leaving you as failures in this
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Our America: From New Trend's Media Monitor
Well organized "Miracle" of Deception
The October 15 debate between Obama and McCain was well
orchestrated. The entire issue of the Middle East was left
out! Not a word! The foreign policy discussion was about
Columbia, South America. The candidates no longer consider it
necessary to refer to Israel and Palestine. The technique is
called "telling lies by omission." The Iraq war has been
missing from American TV screens for most of the election
campaign. Afghanistan is marginally there.
But this was a biggie! There is no Middle East problem if you
look at the final O-M debate!
Powell Endorses Obama: Honors "Muslim" Soldier killed
October 19, 2008: The icing on the cake for Obama is the
endorsement by Colin Powell. The media have painted him as a
real gentleman and the Republican version of President
Carter. Most people have forgotten that:
Powell took a high moral tone and had some kind words for
America's Muslims. The unfortunate example he gave was that
of a Muslim soldier in the U.S. army who was killed in Iraq.
Powell does not realize that the occupation is illegal and an
occupier should not be praised. If Powell were honest, he
could have praised Min. Farrakhan, Ramsey Clark and tens of
thousands of Americans, including Muslims, who have opposed
General Powell led the assault on Iraq during the first
Colin Powell helped President Bush fool the nation about
WMD's in Iraq.
Even after the WMD story was exposed as fake, Powell remained
as part of the Bush administration, and after a long delay
left without the slightest criticism of his boss.
Did the Republican Party Sacrifice McCain?
One acute observer tells New Trend: The Republicans put
McCain out to fry. They knew the country is tired of 8 years
of Bush and Republicans didn't have a chance. The real nasty
men in the GOP, Romney, Giuliani, Huckabee etc were saved
from political suicide and McCain was sent out to get
To ensure against any possible upset victory for McCain,
"Israel firster" Lieberman was sent to guide him.
The only setback for the planners was the emergence of Sarah
Palin. She made a McCain victory possible if not probable, so
the Zionists went all out to destroy her.
Working hard for Obama in the Major Corporate Media
Notice how hard the Zionists in the corporate media are
working for Obama? On MSNBC, Keith Olbermann and Rachel
Maddow dish out hard core and extensive propaganda in support
of Obama. These are Jewish Americans but carefully hide
On CNN there is Larry King, Zionist and Jewish
CNN is having a problem finding non-Jews for its programs. It
uses Joshua Levs for its reporting. Another Jew, Allan
Chertoff, is described as a "senior correspondent' of CNN.
CNN heavily publicized Springstein's fest for Obama [October
4.] Free advertising?
Incestuous media relations have developed among the "Chosen
People." We have Larry King interviewing the featherhead Bill
Maher as the philosopher of our times [who might even replace
Tom Friedman of the New York Times.]
On the comedy shows, Jewish Americans supporting Obama have
amazing extent of control. The leaders are Jon Stewart of the
Daily Show [who concealed his Jewish identity for a whole
year] and David Letterman who made a complete fool of McCain
[who seems to be blundering from one day to the other.]
In case you didn't know, the man behind Saturday Night Live
is Seth Meyers.
Zionist style Propaganda in Movie "Body of Lies"
[From a Christian friend.]
I don't know if you have heard about this film or not, but it
is pure propaganda put out by the Zionist media. Maybe you
should include something about this in "New Trend".
Body of Lies (R)
Running Time: 2:18
Rated R for strong violence including some torture, and
for language throughout.
Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Carice van Houten,
Dramatic Thriller. Based on David Ignatius' critically
acclaimed 2007 novel of the same name, 'Body of Lies' follows
the frantic search for a Middle Eastern terrorist before he
can strike on American shores. DiCaprio plays Roger Ferris,
one of the CIA's soldiers in the war on terrorism. After an
injury ends a tour of duty in Iraq, Ferris is assigned an
intense espionage mission in Jordanto infiltrate the cell of
a master terrorist known only as 'al-Saleen'. In order to get
inside al-Saleen's network, Ferris hatches a dangerous and
elaborate scheme: he creates an imaginary Jihadist in the
guise of an innocent Arab architect with no known terrorist
ties, who appears to be the leader of a rival cell. By sowing
these seeds of deception, Ferris hopes to flush out
al-Saleen, drawing him to the bogus organization and right
into the arms of the CIA. Before setting his manipulative
plan in motion, Ferris must win the backing of a cynical CIA
veteran, Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe), and a wily, urbane but
suspect Jordanian intelligence office, Hani Salaam. But can
Ferris trust either of these men who appear to be his allies
in the war on terrorism?
[Editor's note: Terminology in this blurb is all from the
movie's publicity. Americans don't know that Jordan's regime
is a terror regime closely linked to Israel.]
Jamaat al-Muslimeen [News]
Peaceful but Uncompromising
Baltimore, MD 21234
What Should Muslims do at Election Time? Masjids in
America are becoming like Churches. What Does Islam say about
Cooperation with Kafir Power Structure? [Khutba by
Dr. Kaukab Siddique, October 17, 2008 at a small mosque in
The main points of the Khutba are given below to help
Khateebs shape their own khutbas. Dr. Siddique
is the author of more than 1,000 articles on Islam as well as
seven books on the rights of Muslim women, the transformation
of social structures by Islam and what Islam says about
Texts for the Khutba:
1. "This is the Book in which there is no doubt, Guidance for
those who fear Allah, who believe in the Unseen, who
establish prayer and who spend out of the resources We have
given them....." [The Qur'an 2:2]
2. "The Messenger of Allah, peace be on him, said: Speak the
truth because the truth guides to goodness and goodness leads
to Paradise. One who always tries to speak the truth is
written down with Allah as siddiq [one who supports
the truth]. Beware of telling lies, because lies open the way
to corruption and corruption takes one towards the Fire. One
who lies and tries to tell lies is written down with Allah as
kazzab [one who affirms lies]. [Hadith, Sahih Bukhari
& Sahih Muslim.]
Let's not make fools of ourselves by voting for the people
being brought up to create illusions for America's people. If
you must vote, go vote for the Qur'an, go vote for Muhammad,
pbuh, and the Sahaba, r.a.
We used to pray in the basement of this old house. Gradually,
year by year, we built it into a masjid. Now we have a
beautiful musalla and even attractive prayer rugs.
We have a nice prayer gathering. We are independent and come
here to worship Allah and not to link up with the powers
around us for dunya.
We have to think of what will be the future of our masjid?
Will we become like some other masjids devoted only to
rituals, blessings and socializing? Or will we become a
community organized to do good, to tell the truth and to
transform ourselves, our families and our city?
America has a powerful secular culture which can absorb
religion, make it ineffective and reduce it to mere
Look at the condition of the churches in America. There are
tens of thousands of churches but they could not stop the
legitimization and glorification of adultery, fornication and
homosexuality although for more than 1950 years Christianity
was opposed to this trinity of evil.
In fact many churches now support homosexuality and are
willing to fragment their communities to affirm this evil.
We must learn from the churches in America that big buildings
and large numbers cannot become forces for good if the
courage to speak the truth is lacking.
Look at the masjids in America. They are becoming like the
churches. Increasingly, the bigger these mosques are, the
more they are linked to the forces of evil in the White
House, the Pentagon, Wall Street and the Media.
Increasingly some of our imams are serving shaitan. They are
calling on Muslims, in tandem with various Muslim
organizations, to vote for Obama [and in some cases for
McCain]. What is offered by the power structure which has
brought up Obama and McCain? What are the infiltrators among
us calling Muslims to do?:
To vote for kafirs in the power structure. Islam
forbids it. This assimilation into the establishment was
unthinkable for Muhammad, pbuh, and the Sahaba, r.a. Would
they support Abu Jahal and Abu Lahab ! [naoozubillah min
zalik!]. Think about what are we being called on to do?:
To vote for oppressors who want to kill ALL Muslims who are
in the resistance, the mujahideen.
To invade Pakistan.
To suppress Iran.
To crush Afghanistan
To destroy Somalia.
To undermine Sudan.
Above all they want to support Israel: They are the agents
of Israel and international Zionism.
To exploit, manipulate and degrade women. Even the best women
within their own ranks, Hillary and Sarah, have been targeted
for abuse and humiliation.
The infiltrators among Muslim communities say: We have to
join the mainstream and vote Democratic or Republican because
Muslims are a minority in USA and we will be ineffective if
we do not become part of the established system.
Dear Muslims: Numbers do not count in Islam.
There was only ONE person in Arabia who started the struggle
which changed the world. His name was Muhammad, pbuh.
Then a woman joined him, Khadija, r.a., and there were two.
Then a slave joined him, Zayd, r.a., and there were three.
Then an intelligent, well-to-do person joined him, Abu Bakr,
r.a. and there were four,and then Ali, r.a., and so on.
But throughout the struggle in Makka, Muslims were very, very
few, negligible in numbers.
They had no masjid. They sometimes prayed in the Ka'aba but
faced serious mistreatment from the idol worshippers. They
started meeting in a little home called Dar al-Arqam.
Without the totally non-compromising struggle of Muhammad,
pbuh, in Makka, there would have been no community in Madinah.
Abu Bakr, r.a., spent his wealth to free a slave, Bilal, r.a.
[who became a leader of Muslims], not to construct
Even when the Muslims were victorious in Arabia and under Abu
Bakr, Umar and Usman, Allah be pleased with all three, faced
and toppled the greatest empires of that time, they were
always few in numbers.
Dear Muslims, the idea that we need large, expensive mosques
and big crowds, and compromise and cooperation with the
oppressors, is false and anti-Islamic. It is a violation and
a repudiation of the Sunnah of Muhammad, pbuh.
Look at right here, in Baltimore: When Medeleine Albright,
the mass murderer of Iraqis, came here, who opposed her? A
few people from Jamaat al-Muslimeen!
Even when Salman Rushdie came to Baltimore, and was acclaimed
by all the main Jewish groups, who challenged him? A small
but growing group of Jamaat al-Muslimeen.
Who supports Imam Jamil al-Amin, Ahmed 'Abdel Sattar and all
our political prisoners? Again it is Jamaat al-Muslimeen, not
the large crowds at other, much richer, masjids.
For the future, we must have an outgoing da'wah, issue
oriented, peaceful, within the law, but uncompromising and
not trying to please the people in power.
This authentic Islam can save America from those who have
usurped power. This land belongs to Allah, but the oppressors
are looting it and destroying it, and the world with it, as
if it belongs to Shaitan.
Shocking Eyewitness Account
W.D. Muhammad's Mosques: Pledging Allegiance to the Flag
right in the Prayer Area where there Should be Allegiance
by Sis. 'Aisha [Jamaat al-Muslimeen, New York City]
As-Salaamu-'Alaikum Bro. Siddique,
I understand that my last editorial on Imam Warith Deen
Muhammad was not well received by a few people. I only based
my opinion on my experience as a student at his Sis. Clara
Muhammad Schools. They are located all over the U.S.A. I
remember all of us students used to pledge allegiance to the
flag in the musallah. When I mention that to Muslims not
affiliated with Imam W.D. Muhammad they give me a crossed
look because it is shirk to pledge allegiance to
anything else but Allah, especially in His place of
worship! I realized that later on.
As a child attending this school, it was great being
surrounded by Muslims like myself. I loved Fridays because
all of the parents came for Jummah and school ended early.
Afterwards, we'd all line up downstairs to buy bean pies or
fried fish. Those were great times but, there were also
things that raised eyebrows like pledging allegiance to the
flag in the mosque, having special dinners praising
zionist leaders, retaliating against Muslims who
questioned such activities, which is what happened to a
Sudanese brother when his store's lease was not renewed.
As Muslims, we cannot be like those that Allah describes in
the Qur'an as having a shield over their heart rendering them
dumb, deaf, and blind. Intentions are very important in
Islam. It is amazing reading the responses of those who
claimed to have benefited in some way personally from their
association with Imam W.D. Muhammad and their knee-jerk
reaction when a list of his un-Islamic activities is
presented to them. They are incapable of seeing the
How does the saying go?: You can tell a lot about someone by
the company he keeps. If Imam W.D. associated with people
known to not only have hatred for Islam but who have carried
out and aided in the assassinations and wrongful imprisonment
of Muslim leaders and other plans of destruction against
entire Muslim societies here and abroad and all the while
he had kept quiet about their subversive activities, what
does that really say about Imam W.D. Muhammad?
Ed. note: Last time when Sis. 'Aisha wrote, a W.D. supporter
told us that probably Sis. 'Aisha does not even exist and we
made up that letter (!) although New Trend has NEVER
published a fake letter. Note, here is Sis. 'Aisha again, and
she does not refrain from writing the truth!
Muslim Professionals detained as "terrorists" after
"encounter" faked by the Government. Systematic Vilification
of Muslim Students
by k. Hamza from India. [Exclusive to New Trend]
The leaders of some prominent Muslim organizations have
expressed their anguish and unease over the September 19
encounter at Jamia Nagar in the national capital New Delhi
that killed two Muslim students and injured a third, Saif
Ahmmed, one of their accomplices who was arrested. They have
met the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and demanded a judicial
inquiry and stringent action against those who staged a
conspired fake encounter and killing Muslim students under
the label of terrorists. In the aftermath of the encounter
some Jamia students have been picked for questioning by the
Police. The boys who were killed in the encounter were
students appearing for an entrance examination for
professional courses in a management school the morning of
The intelligent sources said some youths had accompanied Atif
alias Mohammad Bashir-killed in the shootout at Jamia Nagar
and one of them was Habib who is said to be a key functionary
of Indian Mujahideen. Atif alias Bashir was a B.Tech student
of Jamia Millia Islamia University, and Sajed, the other
Indian, suspected terrorist killed in the encounter is the
son of a medical practitioner. Equally puzzling is the death
of Mohan Chand Sharma, the veteran of "encounter" operations
at the Batla House cross firing. He was shot at by accidental
firing from one of the police personnel.
Quite recently, Muslim students are the target of a
systematic campaign of vilifications in the country. The
Police claim that they are terrorists who "masterminded" bomb
blasts in Delhi, Hyderabad, Ahammedabad and Bangalore. The
Indian constitution requires the presumption that a person is
innocent until proved guilty One thing that is particularly
striking about the encounter is lack of transparency. The
senior police officers remained silent. Strangely enough,
there was no cross-firing and only the Anti-Terrorist Squad
(ATS) fired all the rounds.
The National Human Rights Commission has insisted that every
case of death by police firing and death in police custody
should be registered as a case of culpable homicide and
investigated by a magistrate. Muslim leaders representing a
wide spectrum of Islamic bodies are also of the opinion that
the youth should be publicly hung if it is proved that they
are terrorists. There is unanimity among Muslims that there
should be an inquiry into the encounter. There is an
apprehension building up among Indian Muslims over the
frequent bomb blasts in different States, and Muslim youth,
especially B.Tech students and professionals of different
discipline are being detained under police custody as
suspects and allegedly involved in the terrorist acts. There
was also disquiet over the excessive police action and
exaggeration of the blasts by the print and electronic media
targeting Muslim youths and tarnishing the entire
Indian Military Cooperation with the U.S. at Top Level in
Srinagar, Oct 17- US Army Chief of Staff General
George W. Casey Friday visited the highest battle field in
the world, Siachen glacier, in Kashmir even as Pakistan said
it was concerned over the visit.
"Any such visit to an area which is disputed and which is
under discussion between Pakistan and India will certainly
cast a shadow on the ongoing composite dialogue between the
two neighbors," a Foreign Office spokesman was quoted by The
News as saying.
Gen Casey, who is on a three day visit to India that began
Thursday, visited Siachen Friday along with Indian Army chief
General Deepak Kapoor.
According to army officials, Casey was first flown over the
70 km glacier to have an aerial view and then landed there to
acquaint himself about the ground realities.
"This visit of the US army chief is for developing concept
and medical aspect of fighting in severe cold conditions and
high altitudes," an army official said.
The official said: "Siachen is best for such concept
developing as it is a unique battle field."
The US army has to deal with rugged and high altitude terrain
in Afghanistan and "they want to learn from the Indian army
to fight on such inhospitable, rough and rugged terrain".
Casey was scheduled to return to Delhi later in the day.
Pakistani News: U.S. Special Forces in Pakistan:
October 17: The Pakistani Frontier Corp, armed with the
latest weapons by the U.S. last year, has now received 30
U.S. Special Forces officers to prepare them to fight the
Pakistani Taliban. [Source: Christian Science Monitor.]
Heavy Civilian Casualties in Latest Pakistani Air Strikes
October 20, 2008: Pakistani jet fighters struck a village in
the Matta area of Swat killing 35 civilians, mostly women and
children. The Pakistanis had received a report that Pakistani
Taliban were praying in a house in the area. There is one
report the those killed included a local Taliban commander
and the rest might have been his family and relatives.
[Sources: Various Pakistani Urdu language media.]
Civilians terrorized by the Pak air attacks are leaving the
area in large numbers.
October 16: Pakistani air force claimed a direct hit on a
Taliban "training camp" in the Peo Char area of Swat killing
60 Pakistani Taliban. Later investigation revealed that 10
homes belonging to the Taliban were destroyed but they were
empty. All the 60 killed were civilians in the surrounding
The same day Pakistani forces used heavy artillery in the Loe
Sam area of Bajaur killing 12 Taliban fighters. Pakistan
ground attacks in the area have been repeatedly repulsed.
Stepping out of US war will end "suicide" attacks,
lawlessness: Munawar Hasan
LAHORE, Oct 15: Jamaat-e-Islami secretary general Syed
Munawar Hasan has asked the government to disown US war as
soon as possible to solve all the problems faced by country
including the "suicide" attacks and lawlessness.
Talking to various delegations at Mansoorah on Wednesday, in
connection with the forthcoming JI congregation in Lahore, JI
secretary general said America was itself crushed under a
serious financial crisis, and it was high time to divorce
Munawar Hasan said the need of the hour was to devise an
independent policy on foreign and internal issues since the
country had witnessed worst crises of its history just
because of Gen Musharraf's policy of joining US war
Munawar reminded that after facing defeat in Afghanistan and
Iraq, America was searching face saving exit by negotiating
with Taliban, while on the same time it was pressing Pakistan
to wage war against its own citizens instead of seeking
negotiated settlements in tribal areas.
He expressed sorrow that a few top officials were fighting a
US war against innocent Pakistanis for a few dollars and
deceiving people by declaring it Pakistan's own war. He
demanded immediate withdrawal of logistic support to US
forces in Afghanistan and withdrawing army from tribal and
settled areas of NWFP to solve the issue through jirgas.
USA Tried to Destroy an Entire Country, while claiming to go
after Osama and 200 Fighters with him. October is the
Anniversary of the U.S. Attack
According to Marc W. Herold's extensive database, Dossier on
Civilian Victims of United States' Aerial Bombing, between
3,100 and 3,600 civilians were directly killed by U.S.
Operation Enduring Freedom bombing and Special Forces attacks
between October 7, 2001 and June 3, 2003. This estimate
counts only "impact deaths" - deaths that occurred in the
immediate aftermath of an explosion or shooting - and does
not count deaths that occurred later as a result of injuries
sustained, or deaths that occurred as an indirect consequence
of the U.S. air strikes and invasion.
Karzai Troops Hiding Among Civilians Killed
October 18, 2008: Taliban fighters caught a bus on the
Kandahar-Herat highway. Going through the papers of each
passenger, they found that 27 were soldiers of the Karzai
regime traveling in civilian clothes on a civilian bus to
resist detection. All of the 27 were reportedly executed.
Travel by troops of the Karzai regime is becoming hazardous
as Taliban units roam the country with the support of
U.S. Commanders Demand 4 More Brigades to be able to Hold
on in Afghanistan
October 18: In addition to the three combat brigades already
under study by the U.S. to send to Afghanistan, commanders on
the ground have demanded of the Pentagon that they will need
a 4th brigade. [Courtesy Frontier Post, Peshawar.]
Ex-Province Mayor Turns Taliban Leader
RTTNews) - In what could be disturbing news for the
government of President Hamid Karzai, the former mayor of
Afghanistan's Herat province is now the most powerful local
Taliban commander, media reports said.
Speaking from one of his 20 mountain bases hidden deep inside
rugged terrain that were was also used to fight the Soviets
in the 1980s, Ghullam Yahya Akbari said he will not negotiate
with the Afghan government as long as foreign troops are on
the country's soil.
The former mayor -- leading more than 60 well-armed Taliban
fighters -- said he is not interested in peace talks, and
said he would even turn his guns on Mullah Omar, the Taliban
leader, if he negotiated with the present
"People may wonder why we live up in the mountains. That's
because we want to avoid civilian casualties and fight with
guerrilla tactics," he said.
Akbari's steely resolve to fight foreign forces came amid
reports of many soldiers defecting to the Taliban, unhappy
with the "un-Islamic" ways of the foreign troops.
October 16, 2008: Amid disturbing news that Afghan troops
working for the U.S. and Karzai are deserting to join the
Taliban comes the report that in Helmand province, the
Taliban have "captured' 180 Afghan troops of Karzai.
The same day, Canadian troops fell into an ambush in Helmand
and retreated after losing one killed and 3 wounded.
U.S. and German air strikes followed in the Nad Ali area of
Helmand killing 17 civilians, mostly women and children. The
villagers brought their bodies to the provincial capital
Lashkargah to prove they were not Taliban.
Will Obama or McCain help to find "disappeared" persons?
Open Letter To the Future U. S. Government : A Fervent
Plea for Peace from a Pakistani woman in Islamabad
Dear Barak Obama and John McCain,
Which ever one of you wins this election , I wish you success
and I hope from the depths of my heart that you will
transform the image of America into what it should be . I
pray that you are able to show the true face of America to
the rest of the world. A face which reflects the values of
your ordinary citizens , many of whom I met in a recent trip
abroad and which was an eye opener for me.
I was invited by Amnesty International to visit member states
of the E.U , the U.K and the U.S on a speaking tour in
Aug/Sep 2008 , so as to meet politicians , Parliamentarians
and ordinary citizens , and to convey to them the agony and
torment that hundreds of other family members , including
myself , of 'enforced disappeared' persons are going through.
I was amazed that many of the people I met had no idea about
this burning issue ; of the illegal abductions , the
detention of these persons in so called 'safe houses' , the
torture they are subjected to and the fact that they are
denied the right to a fair trial . I was touched by the
sympathy and promises of moral and any other support that
they could offer in order to relieve us of this
My ordeal began on 30th July 2005 when my beloved husband,
Masood Janjua , was abducted on his way to Peshawar along
with his friend Faisal Faraz. . These abductions began in
Musharraf's dictatorship and were one of his contributions to
the war on terror. For a year I went from pillar to post,
but all in vain. During this period the only clue was a
message from the Presidency that Masood was alive and well
and would be home soon. In Sep 2006 I launched a campaign of
peaceful protests outside the Parliament in Islamabad, and
was soon joined by a large number of victims like myself. In
Oct 2006 I filed a large number of cases in the Supreme Court
[SC] , and much to our relief and delight the Chief
Justice, Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, took notice and demanded
an explanation from the authorities as to
their whereabouts. As a result of this judicial
intervention around 140 detainees were released.
Unfortunately our joy was short lived and on 3rd Nov 2007
Musharraf imposed emergency rule in the country. This was an
outright attack on the judiciary and over 40 judges of the
superior courts, including the Chief Justice of the SC, were
forcibly removed from office. This came as a tremendous blow,
especially for me, since in the last hearing before 3rd Nov
the court had ordered Dr. Imran Muneer, who was a witness to
the fact that Masood was being detained by the intelligence
agencies, to record his statement in the next hearing on 13th
Nov. That was the last time the matter was brought up in any
court, since the 'new' judiciary had no interest whatsoever
in the issue.
When a new govt was formed after the Feb 2008 elections, our
hopes were raised. They apparently showed concern for our
plight, and many positive statements and promises were made.
But when it came to doing something concrete there was no
response whatsoever. Whichever way we turn we are faced by a
wall of silence and indifference.
My recent tour to Europe was a wonderful experience, mainly
because of the warmth and support shown to me by the people.
My tour was cut short at the last minute when I was about to
board a plane in Geneva for Washington D.C on 13th Sep 2008
and was informed by the U.S Embassy in Islamabad that the
visa they had issued to me on 12th Aug 2008 had been revoked.
I was shocked , hurt and disappointed and wish to convey this
to those responsible. What I fail to understand is that last
year the same U.S Embassy had invited me to visit Washington
where they wanted to give me a 'Courage Award' for my efforts
towards uniting families with their loved ones. I declined
the invitation then since I was not interested in any awards.
All I wanted was my husband ! And yet now when I wanted to go
and was a guest of Amnesty International , which had arranged
for me to meet Congress members and politicians , I was being
prevented. This was not only extremely upsetting for me and
my children, it was also an insult to a reputable
organization such as Amnesty
I want to appeal to every person who has a conscience. I am
grieving for my missing husband but where is the missing
conscience of the world? Why are the govts of the so-called
civilized world silent? I will not rest till I find my
beloved husband , and am willing to go to any corner of the
globe if necessary. The present U.S govt may have stopped my
entry into their country but they cannot stop me from gaining
access to the hearts of the American people
I have a humble message for the new future U.S Govt to show
more responsibility and maturity than their predecessors. As
a super power your responsibilities are also super and the
world will be watching every step you take. We too have our
hopes pinned on you and desperately urge you take immediate
steps to undo the horrifying damage done to world peace by
the present U.S govt. Practice as you preach and show the
world that not all Americans who come to power leave their
conscience behind. Let Bagram , Abu Gharaib and Guantanamo
Bay be razed to the ground. Let no human being ever have to
endure what Dr. Afia Siddiqui and Saifullah Paracha are going
through . Prevent the CIA and FBI from violating the
fundamental rights of thousands of innocent victims the
Let America vote for Real Justice, Peace, Rule of Law and
Human Rights - for a safer and brighter future. Let us forget
the wrong done by the Bush Administration and hope for
Humanitarian and Positive Policies. Here is a wonderful
opportunity to facilitate the release of our long lost
LOVED-ONES, to make room for Love and not Hate and to make
room for mutual respect and not mistrust.
Hopeful and anxious,
Amina Masood Janjua
2008-10-22 Wed 03:47:18 cdt