Thousands of People attended funeral of renowned Sunni Scholar Dr. Mufti Sarfaraz Naeemi and four others who got martyred in Taliban’s attacks on 12th June 2009 just after Nimaz-e-Juma in Jamia Naeemia, Lahore. Funeral Prayer held in Nasir Bagh on Saturday 13th June 2009 on 5:00 PM.
Protest rallies have been taken out in big and small cities countrywide. In Karachi, different political and religious organizations announced strike and mourning. Public transport remained thin and all business centers and shops are closed in the metropolis.
On Friday two different attaks took place in which prominent religious scholar Dr. Sarfarz Naeemi, the head of Jamia Naeemia was among 8 martyred in mosque bombings in Lahore and Nowshera soon after Jumma prayers.
It is relevant to mention that Dr. Sarfarz Naeemi strongly condemned the suicide blasts and has been receiving threats over Fatwas issued on suicide blasts. The late Dr. Sarfaraz Naeemi termed Taliban a group of terrorists and dangerous to Islam.
Condemnation of Taliban Terrorists
The protesters demanded death for the Taliban and their leader, Baitullah Mehsud. "We have no doubts that Taliban have killed our leader," said Mohammad Arif, 35, a former Naeemi student who now works as a prayer leader in a mosque in a middle-class neighborhood.
Muhammad Shaban, a student of Dars-e-Nizami at the Jamia, told, Naeemi had been an open critic of Taliban and had denounced suicide attacks. He said his former tutor had obviously been targeted by Taliban. He said none of the Jamia’s pupils could ever consider suicide attacks as justified. Shaban had tears in his eyes as he said, “My martyred teacher always taught us against suicide attacks.”
Another student, Muhammad Afzal, said Taliban had targeted Naeemi for revealing their true identity and mission. He said the late scholar always sided with the truth and that was why he had opposed Taliban. He said he had no doubt in blaming Taliban for the blast
"Our demand to the government is that they should kill each and every Taliban. We demand that their chief Baitullah Mehsud should be arrested and hanged in public. This is the only option to save this country."
The protest carried a distinct anti-American flavor, with some demonstrators carrying placards claiming the Taliban are U.S. agents aiming to disrupt Pakistan — a claim that Naeemi had made.
President Asif Ali Zaradari Said in his address on Saturday 13th June 2009: "These people (Taliban) murdered thousands of innocent people. By spreading terror in Pakistan and by scaring people, they want to take over the institutions of Pakistan. They do everything in the name of Islam, but they do not have anything to do with Islam. They are terrorists."
Taliban Claimed Responsibility
Taliban commander Saeed Hafiz claimed responsibility for a series of suicide attacks in Pakistan, including Suicide attack in Jamia Naeemia Lahore, Mosque attack in Nowshehra and Pearl Continental Hotel Peshawar on behalf of Tehrik-e-Taliban headed by Baitullah Mehsud.
Taliban’s Attacks on Mosques Is Not New
Taliban always violated the name of Islam, they have promoted terrorism in Pakistan. They are working since 30 years with different names. Several dozens of Shia-Sunni mosques imambargahs and religious gatherings like Majalises, Friday Prayer, Eid-Milad-un-Nabi Celebrations, Funeral Processions, hijacking school vans for ransom and attacks on Unity Weeks on the occasion of the birth day of Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) have been targeted by these Taliban monsters
Taliban is not just a name of group but it is ideology. It’s ideology of extremism. That’s working in our beloved county Pakistan since 1980s. They are imported in Pakistan from foreign countries. They appear with various names like Lashka-e-Jhangvi, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Sipah-e-Sahaba, Al-Qaeda, Taliban e.t.c they are terrorists and Sipah-e-Yazeed. They destroy and demolish each and every thing which is not according to their faith. They damaged Islamic image and teaching very much. In earlier years Taliban were promoted as heroes. In spite of that they were doing bloodshed of Shia Muslims openly in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has acknowledged that the United States had a share in creating terrorist groups such as the Taliban.
Clinton in a congressional hearing explained how the militancy in Pakistan was linked to the US-backed proxy war against the Soviets in Afghanistan.
"Let’s remember here… the people we are fighting today we funded them twenty years ago… and we did it because we were locked in a struggle with the Soviet Union," she said.
The US along with Saudi Arabia, UAE and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) created the Taliban in 1980’s to counter then Soviets’ influence in the volatile region.
"And great, let them come from Saudi Arabia and other countries, importing their Wahabi brand of Islam so that we can go beat the Soviet Union," Clinton said.
"… and it was President Reagan in partnership with Congress led by Democrats who said you know what it sounds like a pretty good idea… let’s deal with the ISI and the Pakistan military and let’s go recruit these mujahideen," she added.
Moderate Sunni and Shia Muslims believe that the Wahabi order has nothing to do with Islam and was created by the global powers to fuel extremism…
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“Between 1994-96 the U.S. supported the Taliban politically through its allies Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, essentially because Washington viewed the Taliban as anti-Iranian, anti-Shia, and pro-Western.” From 1995 to 1997, Rashid says, “U.S. support was driven by the UNOCAL oil/gas pipeline project.” Private companies conducted the actual negotiating, but their actions were “encouraged by the U.S. government.”
In May 1997 the New York Times wrote: “The Clinton Administration has taken the view that a Taliban victory … would act as a counterweight to Iran … and would offer the possibility of new trade routes that could weaken Russian and Iranian influence in the region.
“The primers, which were filled with talk of jihad and featured drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines, have served since then [ i.e., since the violent destruction of the Afghan secular government in the early 1990s] as the Afghan school system’s core curriculum. Even the Taliban used the American-produced books…” — Washington Post, 23 March 2002
Under the pretext that the Afghan government was a Soviet puppet, which was false