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Dr Kaukab Siddique | Editor-in-Chief Jamada al-Awwal 29,1430/ May 24, 2009, # 25

Supplicate Allah like the Prophet, pbuh, did: Hadith sent by Sis. Aqsa

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 2482 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him)
Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) used to say, " O Allah, grant me benefit in what Thou hast taught me, teach me what will benefit me, and increase my knowledge. Praise be to Allah in all circumstances. I seek refuge in Allah from the state of those who go to Hell."
Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah transmitted it. Tirmidhi saying this is a tradition whose isnad is gharib.

Transliteration:an Abi Hurairah (radiya Allahu anhu) qaal:
qaala Rasul Allah (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam): "Allahumma infa'ni bima 'allamtani, wa allimni maa yanfa'oni wa zidni 'ilman, alhamdulillahi alaa kolli haal, wa a'odtho billahi min haali ahlil naar."

An Iran photo that will surprise and shock you because it is so unexpected for many naive Muslims. Please scroll way down.

Another photo: Pakistan's Goebbels. Scroll way down.

Spotlight #1 by Imam Badi Ali:
Some people say, vote for so-and-so because he is the lesser evil. But evil is evil. There is no reason for us to vote for any evil.

Spotlight #2 from Imam Badi Ali:
Pakistan's army, like those of Arab countries, is trained to crush its own, defenseless, unarmed citizens. Its job is to safeguard the corrupt rulers. Pak military cannot defeat poorly armed, poorly trained Pak Taliban. What will happen if India attacks?

New Trend has received a letter from within the Pakistani air force highlighting the suffering of Pak military dissidents. Please scroll to end.

Yemen might break up: New Trend is getting reports that segments of Yemeni opposition groups are getting restive and tired of the unity between North and South Yemen. There is a report that the unity is not benefitting the people, espcially in the South. The government of Yemen is closely aligned to the U.S.
Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the U.S. are showing signs of anxiety and stress in case Yemen breaks up and the South becomes openly anti-U.S. The area is strategically located on the ocean highways. Also, Shaykh Usama is originally from Yemen..

Scholar of Maulana Maudoodi's writings makes important point: Asim Bhai is a distinguished U.S. Muslim who recently called the editor of New Trend. He was very disturbed by the conspiracy theories rampant among Pakistani Amercans about Swat, hailing back to the time when India was always seen as the culprit. Asim Bhai said that Pakistanis [especially in the U.S.] often do not understand the difference between Rule of Law and Justice. If the Law itself is unjust and outdated, there is no point in having Rule of Law. What is needed is Justice. Whoever provides Justice in Pakistan should have our support, he concluded.

Our America: Compiled by New Trend's Media Monitor [3 items]
Obama: Day 122
American Court did not have the heart to sentence an Iraqi child's Rapist and Killer of 4 to Death
In March 2006, after an afternoon of card playing, sex talk and drinking whiskey, Green and three other soldiers went to the home of 14-year-old Abeer Qassim al-Janabi near Mahmoudiya, about 20 miles south of Baghdad. Green shot and killed the teen's mother, father and sister, then became the third soldier to rape her before shooting her in the face. Her body was set on fire. [Lexington news reports]

On May 22, 2009 a court in Lexington, Kentucky sentenced Green to life in prison. [Such sentences are usually softened to parole after a few years.]

[By contrast, Hitler ordered the death sentence for several soldiers of the elite SS after their crimes against civilians. A disciplined, professional army is not expected to commit the kind of crimes the U.S. has committed in Iraq.]

[Other reports say Abeer was only 9 years old. Is that why revenge attacks take places in Iraq against supporters of the U.S.? In April 2009, women carried out martyrdom operations in Baghdad.]

Obama: Day 119
Hillary Clinton Gives Total Support to General Kayani's Military Onslaught in Swat

May 19, 2009: "What the Pakistanis are doing deserves our full support." [Hillary Clinton]

Obama: Day 114
"you go girl!"
Nancy Pelosi lets the Cat out of the Bag: CIA Misled Congress
Source: Fox News
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on May 14 accused the CIA of misleading Congress about its use of enhanced interrogation techniques on terror detainees.
"Yes I am saying the CIA was misleading the Congress, and at the same time the (Bush) administration was misleading the Congress on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, to which I said that this intelligence doesn't support the imminent threat," Pelosi said at her weekly news conference.
"Every step of the way the administration was misleading the Congress and that is the issue and that's why we need a truth commission," she said.
Under a barrage of questioning, Pelosi adamantly insisted that she was not aware that waterboarding or other enhanced interrogation techniques were being used on terrorism suspects.
"I am telling you they told me they approved these and said they wanted to use them but said they were not using waterboarding," she said.

[New Trend comment: Speaker Pelosi has refused to budge against concerted attacks on her by the Republicans and indirectly by the CIA. The Republicans, led by Dick Cheyney, have been led to admit that, yes, they did use torture on Islamic prisoners [euphemistically called "enhanced interrogation techniques" by the Bush administration.]

Latest War News from Pakistan
by New Trend's Pakistan Monitor

May 24, 2009: General Kayani's military offensive in Swat, Buner and Dir has stalled. After heavy fighting, U.S.-backed Pak troops are in the capital city of Mingora but have not been able to secure all of Mingora. Most of Mingora, including two crossroads, the emerald mine and 4 village extensions of the town, remain in Taliban hands. There are reports that Maulvi Fazlullah, known as the Lion of Swat, is in Mingora, leading the resistance against elite Pak forces.

Islamic resistance has brought Kayani's forces to a standstill. Pak troops have captured some of those points where Taliban put up conventional resistance. After heavy Pakistani attacks, the Taliban leave behind small resistance teams and withdraw to a different location. Kayani thought he was winning but now knows that the Taliban have simply re-arranged their forces. Unable to capture or kill Maulvi Fazlullah [now known as the Lion of Swat] or Maulana Soofi Muhammad, the army finds that the resistance continues all over Swat..

Kayani's Israeli style assault has hit the civilian population. The latest figures are 2.2 million refugees: the greatest migration since the Soviets attacked Afghanistan but in a much shorter time.

First signs that military victory is not clear and may be impossible for Kayani came in Buner when the Paks announced on May 22 that they had [finally] captured the tiny town of Sultanvas after THREE WEEKS of fighting. The Taliban withdrew in good order.

U.S. intelligence sources announced [May 23] [Fox TV News] that they are getting worried about the lack of success of the Kayani offensive and are concerned that the military's claims are exaggerated. [As an insult to Islam and Muslims, Kayani called the offensive "Rah-e-Rast." {The Straight Path}, comparable to the name of the blood curdling U.S. campaign in Afghanistan which was called "Enduring Freedom."]

Pak military commanders, General Sajjad Ali and others, meeting journalists in Swat admitted that they are far from victory.
"Speaking at a rudimentary base in the heart of this verdant valley, the commanders acknowledged that regaining full control of Swat will probably take months and involve intense combat." {Washington Post, May 23, 2009}

Unfortunately this video is only in the Urdu language
Eyewitness Account: Attack on Swat Created Disaster bigger than That of Pak-Kashmir Mammoth Earthquake

A visitor and charitable activities worker to the refugee camps resulting from the Pak army's assault on Buner, Dir and Swat recounts his eyewitness account. Speaking on Geo TV's al-Alim segment, Maulana Adnan Kakakhel speaks with specific examples of the massive tragedy which has emerged. The people, terrorized by the army, left everything behind, including their standing crops ready to be reaped.

Anthropologists will notice that something akin to the destruction of the indigenous people of America and Australia is happening in Swat. The population has been removed from its social and cultural context. Women who observe strict purdah are lying on the ground under the open sky, exhausted from their endless trek out of their villages. Pregnant women have no option but to let males help them to birth.

Of course there is no electricity or running water in these makeshift camps.

Pakistani government's relief activities are only on TV: they do not exist on the ground. U.S. claims that it has sent air conditioned tents [!] are too cruel to be funny.

We urge readers who know Urdu to listen to Kakakhel and tell their friends. Here is the link:

Jamaat al-Muslimeen [News]
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Outreach in Washington: Imam Badi Ali's Fatwa on Pakistan given to Worshippers at Islamic Center, DC

May 22, 2009. The Islamic Center in Washington, DC is a showpiece of Islamic architecture centrally located on Massachusetts Avenue. After Juma' prayers, three important documents published by Jamaat al-Muslimeen were given to 163 people. Most of them were from African and Arab countries. Some of them were from Pakistan and Bangladesh and a few [specially sisters] from the African American community.

The first document was Dr. Kaukab Siddique's critique of the Pope's visit to occupied Palestine. The Pope, he wrote, recognized Israel, a terrorist entity, and insulted the Prophet, pbuh, both in violation of Christian teachings. In Palestine, the Pope showed such bias in favor of Israel that he refused to pay heed to Christian Palestinians complaining of Zionist atrocities. The Pope is not a friend of Muslims, he wrote.

The second document was a powerful FATWA by Imam Badi Ali in which he urged Pakistani troops to stop their actions against the Taliban. He said, the Taliban are the servants of Allah and the spearhead of Islam. Actions against the Taliban are strictly HARAM and could lead to eternal hellfire for Pakistani troops in the Herafter. The Imam urged the Muslims of America to pray for the success of the Tailban.

The third document was an extract from Dr. Abdulalim Shabazz' address to the National Islamic Shoora of Jamaat al-Muslimeen. Dr. Shabazz sees the elite educational institutions of America as breeding grounds for supremacist ideas, war orientation and support for the projection of power. The wars of genocide in Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan and Gaza emanate from the supremacist foundations laid by misguided American education which is rooted in 400 years of slavery and racist constructs, according to Dr. Shabazz' analysis.

In addition to these, a brief report on the Islamic resistance in Swat was included in the material given to 163 Muslims.

[The khutba at the Islamic Center was on the Muslims' duty to respect and honor the mother. Very safe, considering that most people who come here are NOT young. Outside on the sidewalk Imam Muhammad al-Asi was speaking as strongly as ever to his audience about Zionism.]

Africa Liberation Day [ALD]
Outreach #2
Jamaat al-Muslimeen Thanks Cuba for Doctors in Pakistan: Celebration of African-Cuban Unity

May 22, 2009, Washington, DC: Delegates from Jamaat al-Muslimeen who are part of the network supporting Imam Jamil al-Amin were invited to the celebration of Cuba's 50th anniversary Numerous peace activists and African delegates were at the festive program organized by the All-African Peoples' Revolutionary Party [Guinea, Conakry {West Africa}]

The delegates met dilpomats from Cuba's Interests Section in Washington and thanked them for the work of the Cuban doctors who served in Pakistan's earthquake stricken areas. Also, they informed the Cubans that an even greater calamity has struck Pakistan's Swat area owing to governmental action.

Bob Brown, a famous and veteran activist, a leader among the African-American Left, engaged Jamaat al-Muslimeen delegates in a friendly discussion about issues facing oppressed people. {He supports Imam Jamil as well as Muslim prisoners in Iraq and Palestine.]

In addition to the Cuban diplomat's speech and introductions by Benbose Shango, the organizer of the event, the celebration was livened up by the singing of Sis. Luci Murphy, a famous grassroots activist for human rights in Washington, DC. She sang, in English, about the inner spirit within humans, and then sang, in Spanish, about "Cuba, the Beautiful." [Sis. Luci is well known for her songs about Palestine.]

The A-APRP is known for its opposition to Zionism.

Obama: Day 120
Another Bogus Case? Four Muslims Trapped by FBI Informant.
Well Organized Government Operation

by New Trend's media monitor

The latest government story against Muslims is more incredible than anything done by these "terrotrist hunters" since 2001.
On May 20, 2009, four Muslims, three of them African American and one Haitian, were arrested. The government story is that they wanted to blow up two synagogues and then would have shot down military aircraft.

The story is difficult to believe once we read the details. The "defendants" embraced Islam in prison. Before becoming Muslims, they had been petty criminals and were illiterate. How such men could know anything about plastic explosives and stinger missiles is unbelievable.

They did not know that a pizza seller and a Kurdish prayer leader in Albany, New York state, not far from Newburgh, were similarly trapped by informants. [They probably do not read newspapers.]

Read the prosecution story more carefully and one can know that this has to be bogus. The Muslims were misled by an "informant." He claimed that he was connected with "Jaish Muhammad" a Muslim group in Pakistan involved in Kashmir.
The informant sent by the government was well trained. The New York Times states:
"The informant, who has been cooperating with the F.B.I. for the past six years, first met with Mr. Cromitie at the Masjid al-Ikhlas, a mosque in Newburgh, in June 2008."

So here is a man, working with the FBI for SIX years, meets an innocent new Muslim named Cromite and incites him to talk about his feelings about the suffering of Muslims in Afghanistan. Still, the outraged Muslims [hurt by the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan], would have not decided to do anything violent. It appears that the informant led them on.

"From October 2008, the informant began meeting him regularly along with the four others at a house in which the FBI had concealed video and audio equipment."

The Muslims were so unaware of secret activities, they did not know that were being audio taped and video taped.

Finally, says the government report, the informant DROVE the Muslims to the synagogue where they put down something which they thought were explosives. They were so unfamiliar with such activities that they had no idea whether it was a real explosive!

Now all this needs to be proven in court but the government's story has already been splashed across every media channel.

The media forgot that under rule of law, one is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This dirty game of inciting, trapping and arresting naive young Muslims has become the staple of American justice.

Just below the surface lies RACISM: The poor, the oppressed, the Black can conveniently be victimized. They do not have expensive lawyers.

Hardly had the news of the arrest come out when CAIR, a lackey "Muslim" group endorsed the government story. CAIR easily got its statement published in the New York Times [which has a track record of NEVER publishing Islamic statements]. Here is CAIR in its own words:

"We applaud the F.B.I., the New York Police Department and the other law enforcement agencies that took part in the investigation for their efforts in helping to prevent any harm to either Jewish institutions or to our nation's military," the organization's executive director, Nihad Awad, said. "We repeat the American Muslim community's repudiation of bias-motivated crimes and of anyone who would falsely claim religious justification for violent actions. Members of the American Muslim community should remain vigilant in reporting any activities that could harm the safety and security of our nation or its citizens."

CAIR's emphasis is on "reporting" which implies spying on fellow Muslims. Blinded by its boot licking attitude towards the Zionist government, CAIR did not notice that the arrests followed ENTRAPMENT by an INFORMANT. Without the government informant, the Muslims would not be involved in any such activity. The government sends agents, incites, traps and arrests Muslims. There is no question of justice here.

Also, note what the New York Times says about the Jewish center allegedly targeted:

"The Riverdale Jewish Center has close ties to Israel."

Which Muslim [other than CAIR, MPAC, ICNA, ISNA] does not know that Israel is a terrorist entity.
Israel is based on GENOCIDE, CRIMES against HUMANITY, ASSASSINATIONS and a program of lies and fabrications.

If a mosque in America were linked to Hamas, Hizbullah, al-Qaidah, Taliban or Al-Shabab, it would be closed down in one day. But here we have a synagogue openly linked to the terrorist entity called Israel and the Jews' biggest paper, NY Times, states that fact and yet the government defends the synagogue.

Appeal to Muslims: New Trend urges U.S. Muslims to control their anger and not to carry out any physical action against Jews. Such actions play right into the hands of the Zionist government. Breaking the law is not the way to go. We know that the Jews "did" Gaza and destroyed a whole city; we know they have occupied Palestine by force of arms, and are supplied by American Jews.

We live in America having accepted American law. We must not break our compact with America.
We can defeat the Jews who are linked to Israel by peaceful means.

We should not cooperate with the Jews in any way whatsoever. They are the enemies of Islam and the enemies of humanity. Do not buy their goods; do not buy their services. Also, urge CAIR etc to stop supporting Israel or remove the name "Islamic" and "Muslim" from their groups.

Be peaceful but uncompromising.

THE INFORMANT, the INFILTRATOR: Muslim Communities are Being Hurt by Siraj Wahhaj Types.
by Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D
Ameer Jamaat al-Muslimeen

This PLAGUE of INFORMANTS and religious-looking infiltrators getting Muslims into prison was signalled years back by the activities of SIRAJ WAHHAJ, a prominent leader of the pro-government Muslim group of bootlickers known as ISNA [branching out into CAIR]. Also very popular with ICNA, Siraj Wahhaj successfully infiltrated the Muslim community and helped to put one of the greatest Islamic leaders of our time, Shaikh Omar 'Abdel Rahman, in prison. Siraj Wahhaj was invited as a defense witness in the case of Dr. Omar [the blind Shaikh] but helped the government by claiming that the great Shaikh legitimized bank robberies!

Later in an interview with the Zionist WALL STREET JOURNAL Siraj Wahhaj continued his backbiting and slander against the Shaikh. What kind of a Muslim is Siraj Wahhaj? In his own words, he is proud of his friendship with Medeleine Albright, mass murderer of HALF-a-MILLION Iraqi children through sanctions and embargo. This is what Siraj told the WSJ:

"I had dinner with Secretary of State Albright after the list of unundicted conpirators was circulated."
[Wall Street Journal, October 24, 2003.]

In the same interview, he continued to slander Shaikh Omar. His words: "Shaikh suggested that Muslims should rob banks to benefit Islam."

The blind Shaikh, servant of Allah, Hafiz of Qur'an, expert in Sahih Bukhari, teacher of Fiqh, Ph.D from Al-Azhar, is in prison, in a little cell cut off from friends, family, all sympathetic human contact, buried alive. In the meantime, Siraj Wahhaj struts around ISNA masjids claiming to be an Islamic leader and urging Muslims to be aware of the Hereafter!
[Recently Siraj Wahhaj, on his sick bed, appealed to Muslims to support the FBI affiliated organization known as ISNA.]

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Pakistan: Demonstrations against Military Operation in Swat

May 20: Photo above: Islamic women rallied in the sweltering heat of Karachi, Pakistan, to condemn the U.S.-backed Pak military assault on the district of Swat. The center banner says: "Slavery of America unnaceptable: Stop the Military Operation in Swat, Buner and Dir." Hundreds of green banners symbolizing the oneness of Islam and Pakistan can be seen throughout the crowd. The rally was addresed by Jamaate Islami leader, Prof. Abdul Ghafoor Ahmed, with Karachi JI leader Muhammad Hussain Mehnati on his right. [See photo inset.] The more radical Islamic women cover their faces in repudiation of western values.

Pakistan's Top Army Brass is Part of NATO's War Machine: General Kayani Rushed off to Brussels during the Swat Invasion
[Excerpted from News International, Karachi]

Kayani briefs Nato commanders

Wednesday, May 20, 2009
BRUSSELS: Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani briefed Nato's top officers on Tuesday about the fighting in Swat and its adjoining districts, officials said.

Officials discussed plans to deepen ties between Nato and Pakistan's armed forces by providing training for Pakistani officers in Nato training centres, and reviewed the status of Nato's main supply route to landlocked Afghanistan, Nato spokesman James Appathurai said.

"Gen Kayani gave his assessment of the current situation there and Pakistan's plans for future actions," Appathurai said. He did not elaborate on what those plans were, and Kayani did not speak to journalists.

Gen Kayani last visited Nato in November, when he urged alliance commanders to focus on winning the population's backing in those areas to prevent Taliban and al-Qaeda militants from using them as safe havens.

On Tuesday, he met with Nato's Military Committee, which serves as a link between Nato's military and political sides, and provides advice on strategy. Its head, Italian Adm Giampaolo Di Paola, is Nato's top soldier.

He also held talks with Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Appathurai said. Gen Kayani arrived in Brussels from a one-day visit on Monday to Paris, where he met President Nicolas Sarkozy and top French government and military officials.

Pakistan's Mini-Goebbels

Major General Athar Abbas, spokesman of the Pakistani military [left in photo], has been making grossly exaggerated claims about the achievements of the U.S.-backed offensive in Swat. He claims that the military has killed 1047 Taliban fighters and wounded 573 and captured 393. These numbers are more than the TOTAL known strength of the Taliban in Swat. Sources outside the military say that almost all those killed and wounded by the military are civilians. Only about 75 Taliban fighters have been killed, while the Pak military has suffered 92 killed and 167 wounded.

General Kayani has made a serious blunder [or a deliberate misdeed, depending on your viewpoint] in appointing General Athar Abbas. The General is a Shi'ite of the secularist kind. In his youth, he was a pseudo-leftist. Shi'ites are already seen with great suspicion in Pakistan owing to their alliance with the regime. Both the President and Prime Minister are Shi'ites.

What's Wrong with this picture?
May 24, 2009

Photo: Karzai of Kabul and Zardari of Islamabad hand in hand with Iran's Ahmedinejad at their Tehran summit. Both were brought to their positions by the U.S. They vowed to fight "extremism" [a euphemism for Islamic resistance invented by the U.S.].
Muslims must swallow this bitter pill that they are not going to get any help from Iran. As New Trend has pointed out frequently, Iran is hand-in-glove with the U.S. both in Iraq and in Afghanistan. Iran's problem with Israel is over its nuclear technology, not on ideology. Both Iran and Israel are natiionalists.
During the Israeli assaults on Lebanon and Gaza, Iran did not give any mentionable military support or weaponry to its supposed allies. Iran is all talk. It is in competition with Israel for U.S. support and to be a regional power under the aegis of the U.S. Israel is jealous and wants to be the sole owner of the Middle East.

Pakistanis start to Uncover the Horrific Suffering Imposed by the U.S.-backed Army on Swat

May 24, 2009:
Maulana Sami' ul-Haq [Jamiat-ulema-Islam]: We are receiving information that a very large number of civilians are being targeted by the army. If this process is not halted then even peaceful citizens will be enflamed with the desire for revenge and no one will be able to put out these flames.

Sirajul Haq, Ameer of Jamaate Islami Frontier Province: According to our information, 99% of those killed are civilians... We have authentic reports that the general population is being targeted by the army and persons coming out of the affected areas bear witness to this.

Journalists from the daily Jasarat met refugees from Swat at Chakdara.
38 year old Muhammad Khan who travelled for 30 hours to reach Chakdara said: The village of Charbagh was subjected to steady shelling and bombing for several days resulting in the deaths of more than 12 ordinary citizens.

Hanif, after being injured, was brought out of Doog Dara in Dir. His father said that a mortar shell hit their house killing 2 people and wounding 3.

The hospitals of Peshawar are full of wounded people who are all civilians.

Latest War News: from wire services

Afghanistan: Guerilla Warfare

May 24, 2009: Paktia: A U.S. air strike killed a civilian. [U.S. admitted after initial hesitation.] [Earlier on May 17, a U.S. airstrike killed 8 civilians in Helmand province, and before that 150 in Farah province including 95 children.] [Source Earth Times.]

May 24: A Karzai military officer was killed and 4 wounded in a Taliban attack in Panjwai area of Kandahar province.

May 23: A British trooper from the 38th Engineer Regiment was killed in a Taliban gunfight in the Sangin area of Helmand province. Hours later, in the same area, a British heavy weapons expert [oriiginally from Fiji] was killed by a Taliban sniper.

May 20: In a daring ambush on the Bagram-Kabul highway, Taliban explosives experts killed a U.S. air force officer from the Hawaii air HQ travelling in a convoy.

May 19: A martyrdom operator, on foot, tried to kill the Karzai police chief in Arghandab area of Kandahar province. Two policemen were killed in the explosion and 7 police were wounded, including the police chief.

Iraq: Urban Guerrilla Warfare

According to official U.S. figures, 18 U.S. troops were killed in May 2009 [till May 22] and 19 were killed in April, bringing the total up to 4300 killed. However, the U.S. refuses to give details of the fighting in which they were killed, other than to say that Mosul and Diyala province remain strongholds of al-Qaida-in-Iraq, as the U.S. calls the Islamic forces [or Islamic State in Iraq as they call themselves].

May 23, 2009: Baghdad: According to Kuwait News, a U.S. contractor was stabbed to death in the heavily protected Green Zone. His throat had also been slit. The attacker escaped.

U.S. backed police occupying Mosul suffered heavily on May 23. Attacks [probably by al-Qaida] killed 4 police and wounded 3 in western Mosul and killed one police and wounded one in eastern Mosul.

May 12: A martyrdom operator struck in Kirkuk killing 8 police officers.

A Letter from within the Pakistan Military
by Tanveer Iqbal [Pakistan]

Being Armed Forces Personnel we have very limited or no outlets to express our suffering, injustice and frustration in public but to comply with orders from our superiors whether right or wrong In other words do it or die but we are not supposed to ask "why" ?
The so called war on Terrorism stripped the moral fiber in our Armed Forces and let morale touch the lowest bottom because of such acts of horror.
We the petitioners did nothing wrong, did not break any discipline or been guilty of any un-patriotic action but the fact being because of our religious appearance with beard or our faith in our Islamic ideology and a vote of "NO" to the referendum of general Musharaf led our superiors to target us as "Terrorist" or anti state elements. More then 100 people were abducted out of which 6 people awarded death sentence ( one Sepoy Islam Siddiqui was hanged in August 2005 ), 77 people awarded 2 to 20 years rigorous imprisonment and 30 people dismissed from service.
  1. We were abducted and kept in lockup/torture cells more then 90 days to 2 years ( 2004 to 2006 ) against the legal provisions of any military laws and without proper trial or due process.
  2. During this time witnesses were coerced to sign statements prepared by the intelligence agencies suiting their strategy / needs. Ironically even the witnesses were blind folded, shackled and hand cuffed when they appeared in court.
  3. Victims and witnesses were threatened that their wives and sisters will be raped if they refuse to give the statement of authority's choice.
  4. Confession statements were executed from the victims under life threat, and threat of injury or harm to victim families and brutal torture tactics. As a result of brutal methods of torture some of the victims lost their partial eye sight, hearing, spinal and cervical spine injuries besides loss of ankles and knee joints. Some of the victims suffer severe mental disorders and hallucinations. In one instance one victim ( Cpl Tech Hashmat Khan resident of Kohat ) passed away as a result of excessive use of force and torture which was later described as commission of suicide by the victim.
  5. The victim families were deprived of their wages, living quarters, medical facilities and even security. The families lived under constant threat and insecurity and children in many cases quit schools for defamation of their parent. The families suffered unjust public humiliation which they did not deserve.
  6. Victim were granted unjust dishonorable discharge from service without any recourse or right to pension or any kind of benefits.
  7. The entire proceedings of all such false and fabricated cases were held in mock courts and sentences were awarded according to their choices without following any law or even universal norms of justice and Human rights.
  8. The disappearance cases of civilians and military personnel aimed to protect and benefit General Musharaf were protested not only nationally but also projected internationally as gross violation of human rights.
We the victims and our families appeal to the Chief Justice of Pakistan Supreme Court and to the masses of Pakistan for justice. The personnel still in jails under such false cases under the pretext of "Terrorism" to be released immediately; however their illegal shackles be removed without any further delay which is a violation of Supreme Court orders, and those discharged to be reinstated with full benefits and full compensation for pain, suffering and loss of wages.
We appeal to the Chief Justice of Pakistan Supreme Court of Pakistan to take SOU-MOTO action and grant justice. Justice delayed is Justice denied and we hope our appeal will not go unnoticed or unheard. We also appeal to the media both electronic and print to help us promote our genuine cause just like you ably promoted the cause of justice for the Chief Justice of Pakistan.

Pakistan Paindabad

2009-05-25 Mon 12:38:29 cdt