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Self-styled Jehadi organizations and
|The history of human rights in Pakistan
is very long but the effects of self-styled jehadi organizations on
society are a matter of great concern, particularly the dangers for the
new generation are the problems, which need attention. Thousands of
children are begging in the suburban areas of Punjab and Sindh. Society
has given them nothing but poverty and destitution.
Lahore’s 14 year old Babar is a professional beggar, but his eyes see an
image of a better future and he is sustaining on the hope that some day
good days will come. Thousands of children like Babar are seen begging in
Lahore who belong to different tribes. They move from one city to another
like ‘banjaras’. Some children happen to join schools as a result of
efforts by voluntary organizations but soon they are compelled to leave
their schools because of some reason or the other. Babar says that he
wants to lead a good life but he is helpless and cannot do any thing.
The story of 13-year-old Zarina is also the same as that of Babar but she
is proud that she goes to school. Her father and elder brother sell
handkerchiefs. Zarina dreams of living in a house, not in a cottage. She
is living in this city for two years and is leading her life under the
open sky and on God’s land. Being a Pakistani citizen also, she does not
possess an identity card for the last fifty years.
Thirty year-old Dilawar says that he is a Muslim but no one listens to us
here. People come to us to ask for votes and after that we are ignored.
Government does not pay any attention to our problems, therefore we have
became professional beggars.
In Pakistan, percentage of literacy is 26 including those who can sign.
According to a recent survey, poverty has increased 100 percent. During
the past eleven years the poverty level has increased at a surprisingly
fast rate. Presently, 4.39 crores of people are living below poverty line.
There has been 146 percent increase in poverty. The director of
Pakistan’s Human Rights commission, I.A. Rahman said, while expressing
concern at increasing crimes and religious extremism that he fails to
understand in which direction they are going and also there appears to be
no way to get rid of it. The self-styled ‘jehadi’ organizations do not
refrain from spreading hatred as a result of which women, minorities and
children are being adversely affected. The military government is a mute
spectator and ‘jehadi’ organizations are raising their heads. Crimes
against women are continuously increasing. Last year 315 cases of death
for honour were registered in Punjab alone although most of such cases are
not registered. It has been stated in the report that 33 lakh children
work as daily workers. Big landlords of West Punjab are keeping lakhs of
children as bonded labourers. Moreover, kiln owners also employ child
labour. Military government has failed to prevent crimes. In addition to
violence against women, 109 cases of bomb blast were noted in different
cities. Illegal arms are in abundance.
When the military government tried to impose restrictions on display of
arms, the self-styled ‘jehadi’ organizations declared it un-Islamic.
The chief of Lashkar-e-Taiyba, Hafiz Mohammad Sayeed said that ‘jehad’
is a holy duty and collection of funds for ‘jehad’ forms a part of
Islamic duty. We are waging a jehad against Indian forces in Kashmir.
Hence whosoever opposes this jehad, God’s anger will befall upon him.
Chief of Al Badr Mujahideen, Punjab, Ahmad Hamza, said that Pakistan came
into existence for Islam and ‘jehad’. Jehad is a pillar of Islam
against the performance of which no one can be stopped unless peace is
The government should impose restrictions on the so-called jehadi
organizations, which only collect funds in the name of ‘jehad’.
Government should supply cards for ‘jehadi’ commanders. On the other
hand the arrogance of ‘jehadi’ organizations is such that they are
claiming to hoist Islamic flags not only on Red Fort but also on White
House. According to a rough estimate, there are at present about 5 lakhs
religious madrasas in Pakistan where training in martyrdom is imparted.
Even Pakistani forces dare not enter these madrasas which are equipped
with modern weapons. Punjabis, Sindhis, Bloch and Pathans are all afraid
of this Talibanization. People of Sindh have gone the extent of saying to
Moinuddin Haider that ‘we have given land and subscription for setting
up religious madrasas but they have made it extremely difficult for us
even to enter the mosques. When the students of these madrasas come out
after completing their education, they do not have tolerance left in them.
When Moinuddin Haider talked to them, they started bargaining. The result
was that Haider had to accept their conditions that government should
provide, as much financial assistance to them as possible and that
restriction should be imposed on non-governmental institutions imparting
education to girls.
According to Dr Inayat of Karachi civil hospital, the feeling of
deprivation and failure among youth is increasing at national level as a
result of which 20 to 30 cases of suicide are taking place daily between
the ages of 15 to 30. Most of these youth belong to girls of high families
and young men of middle class sections. Dr Inayat threw light on their
terrible conditions who are brought here from religious madrasas for
treatment. These students are brought to the hospital in a state of
psychological diseases during the training period. The military government
on the whole is helpless against these alleged jehadi organizations. In
spite of all his tall claims and efforts, Gen Parvez Musharraf has not
succeeded in controlling them. Sectarian violence is gradually increasing
as a result of these organizations. Just see the headline of a Pakistani
newspaper: ‘46 Shias killed in 30 days’.
An estimate can be made from this headline about the condition of
sectarian violence. Last month the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh
Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah al Sheikh declared a ‘fatwa’ that hijacking
and suicide bomb is not jehad but un-Islamic activities. It may be noted
that in Kashmir, Lashkar-e-Taiyeba is engaged in terrorist activities
under the name of ‘Fedayeen’ and the chief of Jaish-e Mohammad,
Maulana Masood Azhar was got released from jail after hijacking of the
plane. These organizations want to capture Kashmir in the name of ‘jehad’.
Lashkar-e-Taiyeba and Jaish-e-Mohammad are preparing ‘Fedayeen’ i.e.
religious madrasas where even army is afraid of stepping in. According to
latest news, these jehadi organizations have now started preparing the
students of government schools for ‘jehad’ as a result of which their
parents are very much worried. The terrified public was already worried
about the activities of religious madrasas. Now they are all the more
worried about schools. Obviously, children of poor people receive
education in these schools because children and sons of army officers,
bureaucrats etc are receiving education in USA and other western countries
or reading in English medium schools. Poor children after all go to
government schools (By Atiqur Rahman, Rashtriya Sahara,