Urdunama: Hafiz Mian

Roznama Ummat carried this uniquely interesting narration by Jamaat ud-Dawwa’s amir, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed on the birth of his organization, its association with the Lashkar-e-Taiba and his thoughts on Kashmir.  Excerpts follow (اردو):

Jamaat ud-Dawwa (JuD) was formed in 1985 by five or six of us friends.  The initial group included the likes of Zafar Iqbal, who was at university with me, and Yahya Mujahid.  Our goal was to write “tableeghi” literature and circulate it to the public.  Later, we founded a magazine called the “ud-Dawwa,” which eventually gained popularity.  When a ban on the magazine was enforced during the Musharraf regime, our circulation was about 150,000 per month.

Very soon, the JuD was being supported by leading scholars in the land, including my uncle Hafiz Abdullah Bahawalpuri.  Other early supporters included Sheikh Badiuddin Rashidi, Hafiz Abdul Mannan Noorpuri, and Hafiz Abdul Islam bin Muhammad.

We have always supported the rights of the Kashmiris to self-determination, and have labeled India an occupying force.  1990-91 saw the birth of organized “armed resistance” against India’s occupation.  Among the organizations fighting India’s occupation was a group called Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).  This organization and its setup was based exclusively in Kashmir.  There was never any relationship between the JuD and the LeT, nor was any leader of the JuD ever the head of the LeT.  But a section of India’s media has consistently spread propaganda alleging that I am the leader of the LeT.

When Musharraf banned the LeT, it was alleged that the Jamaat ud-Dawwa was created as a cover organization for the LeT. However, the JuD was created decades ago in 1985.  There is no doubt that the JuD, like the LeT, supports the achievement of “azaadi” in Kashmir via jihad; but we are not associated with the LeT. [روزنامہ امّت]

Hafiz Saeed is back in the news, leading a rag-tag outfit of far-right groups and former heads the ISI, under the banner of Difa-e-Pakistan Council (Defense of Pakistan Council).  News reports also suggest that Mr. Saeed is considering joining mainstream politics and transforming the identity of the JuD from being a “charitable organization” to a political party.  Mr. Saeed also recently shared a dais with SM Qureshi, former Pakistani foreign minister and now a member of Imran Khan’s Tehrik-e-Insaf party, which has a conveniently vague association with the Difa-e-Pakistan Council.

Renouncing the LeT, which many in India, the U.S. and perhaps even in Pakistan, associate with the horrors of 26/11, may be the first of many steps in the transformation of a mass murderer into mainstream politician.  Or perhaps it is meant to disassociate himself from any future acts of terror imposed on the people of India.  Clearly, for all its demagoguery,  the Difa-e-Pakistan Council is yet to demonstrate proof of concept.  None of this augurs very well for India.

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27 Responses to Urdunama: Hafiz Mian

  1. Rohan Joshi (@filter_c) March 6, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    On my blog: Urdunama: Hafiz Mian. What to make of Hafiz Saeed’s unique narration on JuD in the Daily Ummat. http://t.co/0FXicTCt

  2. HitchBitch (@HitchSlapped) March 6, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    Good blog post by @filter_c – http://t.co/bnmaRDw8

  3. Nitin Pai (@Acorn) (@acorn) (@acorn) March 6, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    Via my colleague @filter_c comes this report that Hafiz Saeed denies that there was ever any link between JuD and LeT http://t.co/slUcwfY5

  4. Nitin Pai (@Acorn) (@acorn) March 6, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

    Hafiz Saeed’s deep reflections on the nature of reality show that he’s a vastly under-rated philosopher. http://t.co/Jd5FVhbc

  5. RT @acorn: Hafiz Saeed’s deep reflections on the nature of reality show that he’s a vastly under-rated philosopher. http://t.co/Jd5FVhbc

  6. @Rezhasan March 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    RT @acorn: Hafiz Saeed’s deep reflections on the nature of reality show that he’s a vastly under-rated philosopher. http://t.co/Jd5FVhbc

  7. @inBreak March 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    @acorn: Via my colleague @filter_c #FamousDesiLies Hafiz Saeed denies that there was ever any link between JuD and LeT http://t.co/58jUwFkz

  8. @alex_gilchrist March 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    RT @acorn: Hafiz Saeed’s deep reflections on the nature of reality show that he’s a vastly under-rated philosopher. http://t.co/Jd5FVhbc

  9. @Susheel84 March 6, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    RT @acorn: Hafiz Saeed’s deep reflections on the nature of reality show that he’s a vastly under-rated philosopher. http://t.co/Jd5FVhbc

  10. @ZohaWaseem March 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm #

    ‘Renouncing the LeT may be the first of many steps in the transformation of a mass murderer into mainstream politician’ http://t.co/r5Rr2OIY

  11. @ZohaWaseem March 6, 2012 at 7:08 pm #

    ‘There was never any relationship between the JuD and LeT nor was any leader of JuD ever the head of LeT’ – Hafiz Saeed http://t.co/r5Rr2OIY

  12. @Vikram_Sood March 6, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    From @filter_c Hafz Saeed and the JUD/LeT. Nothing looks good. http://t.co/oyIs9hud

  13. @TahaSSiddiqui March 6, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    RT @acorn: Hafiz Saeed’s deep reflections on the nature of reality show that he’s a vastly under-rated philosopher. http://t.co/Jd5FVhbc

  14. @Mrityunjoykjha March 6, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    RT @Vikram_Sood: From @filter_c Hafz Saeed and the JUD/LeT. Nothing looks good. http://t.co/oyIs9hud

  15. @SensibleIndian March 6, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    RT @acorn: Hafiz Saeed’s deep reflections on the nature of reality show that he’s a vastly under-rated philosopher. http://t.co/Jd5FVhbc

  16. Kiran Nazish (@kirannazish) March 6, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

    RT @acorn: Hafiz Saeed’s deep reflections on the nature of reality show that he’s a vastly under-rated philosopher. http://t.co/Jd5FVhbc

  17. Shashank Joshi (@shashj) (@shashj) March 6, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    Bizarre and terrifying: “[Hafez] Saeed also recently shared a dais with SM Qureshi, former Pakistani foreign minister” http://t.co/sVDazzpL

  18. Shashank Joshi (@shashj) March 6, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    “Renouncing LeT … may be the first of many steps in the transformation of a mass murderer into mainstream politician” http://t.co/sVDazzpL

  19. @Rao_V March 7, 2012 at 12:41 am #

    And SMQ was in India 26-11 “@smitaprakash: MT @shashj terrifying: Hafez Saeed shared a dais with SM Qureshi http://t.co/J6wxrgOw @filter_c”

  20. @aj_sahota March 7, 2012 at 2:33 am #

    RT @acorn: Hafiz Saeed’s deep reflections on the nature of reality show that he’s a vastly under-rated philosopher. http://t.co/Jd5FVhbc

  21. @filter_c April 3, 2012 at 3:20 am #

    The Hafiz Saeed bounty may or may not be India-focused. But our media ignores the Pakistani political angle. http://t.co/0FXicTCt

  22. Emanin (@emanin) April 3, 2012 at 3:37 am #

    RT @filter_c: The Hafiz Saeed bounty may or may not be India-focused. But our media ignores the Pak political angle. http://t.co/vmToQRHW

  23. @filter_c July 15, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    Hafiz Saeed’s apparent entry into politics. http://t.co/HwF0gvMf | I called it out in a blogpost in March. http://t.co/0FXdFjBz

  24. @deepak_minhas July 15, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    RT @filter_c: Hafiz Saeed’s apparent entry into politics. http://t.co/HwF0gvMf | I called it out in a blogpost in March. http://t.co/0FXdFjBz

  25. Srikanth R. (@_R_Srikanth) (@_R_Srikanth) July 15, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    RT @filter_c: Hafiz Saeed’s apparent entry into politics. http://t.co/HwF0gvMf | I called it out in a blogpost in March. http://t.co/0FXdFjBz

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