The Government of Balochistan in Exile

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Pakistan: Funeral Prayers for terrorist al Zarqawi


KALAT, Balochistan – Pakistani military dictator, General Pervez Musharraf’s favorite jihadi outfit, Jamaat ud Dawa and every mosque in Pakistan offered funeral prayers throughout Pakistan in absentia for the Al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi who was killed in Iraq last week, and vowed revenge against the Americans. This hard-line Islamic group publicly condemned the statement by Pakistan’s Foreign Office that “the death of Zarqawi was an important milestone in the war against terrorism”.

The chief of Dawa and founder leader of Lashkar-e-Toyaba, Hafiz Saeed, led the prayer. According to the editorial of a local paper, “the congregation cried their heart out for the dead man and vowed revenge”.

Although Jamaat ud Dawa is declared as a terrorist organization by the United States, the Pakistani military regime considers it an Islamic Non-governmental Organization (NGO) involved in social welfare activities. In defiance of U.S. concerns, Pakistan has officially refused to take any action against Dawa unless the United Nations initiates any action to ban the outfit.

General Musharraf issued firm directives last Friday during a high level meeting with the Information Ministry officials to boost Pakistan’s image at home and abroad, and rid the image of Pakistan being viewed as a Warehouse of Islamic Jihadi Militancy. But, Dawa’s decision to hold a well-publicized funeral prayer for Zarqawi put a damper on the military regime’s deceptive propaganda plans.

Amidst the ‘soft image’ propaganda campaign launched by General Musharraf to portray Pakistan as a moderate country, the Pakistani Interior Ministry has kept the Dawa under its so-called ‘watch list’. But, the Pakistani authorities conveniently permitted the outfit to carry out relief and reconstruction activities in last year’s earthquake-hit areas of Pakistani occupied Kashmir and NWFP province.

Members of the powerful Islamist alliance party, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) insisted on offering prayers for Zarqawi in Pakistan’s National Assembly. To avert the ‘embarrassing situation’, the National Assembly Speaker Amir Hussain imposed the rules of the Assembly, which stipulated that prayers could only be offered on the demise of a present or former member of the parliament or their relatives.

To expose the true nature of the Pakistani state policy, the High Court in Karachi recently acquitted two doctors of helping Zarqawi on grounds that “the police failed to make a good case against them”. Dr. Akmal Waheed and Dr. Arshad Waheed allowed Zarqawi to stay in their house in Karachi and looked after him, and later facilitated his journey to Afghanistan via South Waziristan.

Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile condemns military dictatorship of General Pervez Musharraf for providing refuge to the friends of Bin Laden, Al Zawahri, Mullah Omar, and Zarqawi in the sanctum-sanctorum of Pakistan’s National Assembly. Pakistan government has mastered camouflaging the involvement of state institutions in global terrorism. The Pakistani mullah-military alliance openly supports Islamic victory over the so-called ‘crusader’ Americans and Europeans, and ‘infidel’ Indians and Israelis; but they portray a false image to the rest of the world (especially the western countries) that they are a secural, moderate and democratic government, and they are “an ally against Islamic terrorism”.

Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
General Secretary
The Government of Balochistan in Exile


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