Saturday, September 26, 2009

Five killed in suicide attack on murtadeen in Bannu

Five killed in suicide attack in Bannu

Saturday, 26 Sep, 2009

BANNU: At least five people were killed and 50 wounded in a suicide attack at a police station in Bannu, police and witnesses said, DawnNews reports.

The bomber detonated an explosives-laden truck in front of the police station on the outskirts of Bannu, destroying the building and several nearby houses.

‘I myself have seen five dead bodies,’ Mohammad Zahid, a witness at the scene, told Reuters.

Mohammad Fareed, a deputy superintendent, said 24 policemen and 17 civilians, including women and children, were wounded.

Bannu is gateway to North Waziristan, a volatile tribal region on the Afghan border and a major sanctuary for Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants fighting both in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Twelve Afghan militants were killed in a missile strike by a US drone aircraft near the house of an Afghan Taliban commander allied to Al-Qaeda in North Waziristan late on Thursday night.

Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a similar missile strike in neighbouring South Waziristan tribal region last month.

Pakistani forces have also made significant gains against the militants after they launched an offensive in northwestern Swat valley in late April, which helped allay international fears about the stability of the nuclear-armed US ally after militants made advances towards the capital, Islamabad.

Militant attacks have tapered off after Mehsud’s death but security officials say militants loyal to Al-Qaeda still pose a serious threat.

Thirty-three people were killed in a car-bomb suicide attack near the garrison town of Kohat this month.


Shaykh Bin Laden (may Allah protect him) warns of retaliation against Europe

Saturday, 26 Sep, 2009

CAIRO, Egypt: Osama bin Laden demanded European countries pull their troops out of Afghanistan and warned in a new audiotape of ‘retaliation’ against them for their alliance with the United States in the war.

The al-Qaeda leader denounced NATO airstrikes in Afghanistan that have killed civilians and said in the new message released Friday that European countries would be held accountable alongside the Americans unless they withdraw from the country.

‘A wise person would not waste his sons and money for a gang of criminals in Washington ... In summary, we are not asking too much or an invalid demand, but it would be fair that you lift your oppression and withdraw your troops,’ bin Laden said, addressing the Europeans.

The audiotape, just under five minutes long, was posted Friday on Islamic militant Web sites. It comes after a series of al-Qaeda videos this week that directly addressed Germany, and threatened attacks over Berlin's military mission in Afghanistan. Those videos featured a little-known German-Algerian militant and have raised concerns among German authorities ahead of parliamentary elections.

Bin Laden's tape came as a voice-over on a video that had English and German subtitles translating his speech, along with a still photo of bin Laden in front of a map of Europe.

The al-Qaeda leader predicted that American forces would soon pull out of Afghanistan, abandoning their NATO allies, and warned that al-Qaeda would then retaliate against the Europeans. It was not clear whether his threat was aimed at European troops in Afghanistan or against European countries themselves.

‘It won't be long before the war's dust in Afghanistan clears out, and you will not find a trace of an American (soldier) ... and it will be only us and you left,’ he said, addressing Europeans.

‘How do think you will fare after America pulls out – Allah permitting – allowing us to retaliate from the oppressor on behalf of the oppressed?’ he said.

The authenticity of the tape could not be immediately verified, though the voice resembled that on previous recordings confirmed to be by bin Laden. The video carried the logo of al-Qaeda's media arm, Al-Sahab.

‘It is a shameful thing for a person to be in a coalition whose supreme commander has no regard for human blood and intentionally bombs villagers from the air,’ said bin Laden, referring to a recent German-ordered US airstrike in Kunduz, Afghanistan that killed dozens and have pushed Berlin's Afghan mission to the forefront of Germany's parliamentary election campaign.

The German Commander of NATO forces in Kunduz has said he ordered the bombing because he thought there were no civilians nearby and feared the hijacked trucks would be used to carry out suicide bombings.

Al-Qaeda has released three messages over the past week addressed to Germany that included threats linked to the country's presence in Afghanistan and parliamentary elections on Sunday.

Bin Laden did not mention Germany by name, but he did refer to the airstrike in Kunduz, and officials in Berlin said they were analyzing the al-Qaeda leader's message.

‘We are taking this video seriously. It is another step in the propaganda of al Qaeda,’ Interior Ministry spokesman Stefan Paris said. ‘We don't let the terrorists and their announcements put us in a state of agitation.’

Bin Laden and other top al-Qaeda leaders are believed to be hiding in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan. –AP

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Heresy in the non-Islamic Republic of Pakistan

From lashes to strokes

Posted by Nadeem F. Paracha, 09 24th, 2009

The lingering Islamisation milieu put together by the Ziaul Haq dictatorship got a beating recently. In May this year, in an unprecedented move, the Federal Shariat Court declared that the consumption of alcohol in Islam was a (comparatively) lesser crime. The court duly overturned the punishment of applying 80 lashes to the seller and consumer of alcohol (with a whip) and replaced it with light ’strokes from a stick made from a palm tree leave.’

In her book, Islam, Its Laws & Society, Islamic law expert Jamila Hussain states that though the Quran ‘advises’ Muslims to stay away from wine (khamr), it does not outright forbid it like it does carrion meat, blood, pork, and idolatry. She also states that neither does the Holy Book prescribe any punishment for consuming alcohol.

In ‘Alcohol and Temperance in Modern History’, author Jack S. Blocker informs that the punishment of flogging for drunkenness was derived from the writings of ulema who constructed the four leading schools of jurisprudence in Sunni Islam - Hanafi, Shafi, Maliki and Hanabali - in the eighth and ninth centuries. The source of this punishment is not the Quran, but an hadith attributed to the first caliph of Islam, Abu Baker.

There are five verses in the Quran dealing with the subject of intoxicants:

Verse 67 of Surah 16 (The Bee) states: ‘And of the fruits of the date-palm, and grapes, from which you derive strong drink and good nourishment. Lo! therein is indeed a portent for people who have sense.’ (Marmaduke Pickthall translation). In this verse, the Quran recognises man’s custom of deriving intoxicating drinks from grapes and dates.

Verse 43 of Surah 4 (Women) states: ‘O ye who believe! Approach not prayers with a mind befogged (intoxicated)…’ (Yousuf Ali translation). In this Surah, the Quran asks Muslims not to arrive at the mosque when intoxicated.

Verse 219 of Surah 2 (The Cow) states: ‘They ask thee concerning wine and gambling. Say: In them is great sin, and some profit, for men; but the sin is greater than the profit.’ (Ahmad Ali translation). God then advises his subjects to avoid drinking and gambling, because even though there are benefits in both, the harms are more in number.

However, it is the fourth and fifth intoxicant-related verses that have created the biggest debates between conservative and liberal Islamic scholars.

Verse 90 of Surah 5 (The Table) states: ‘O believers, this wine and gambling, these idols, and these arrows you use for divination, are all acts of Satan; so keep away from them.’ Verse 91 of the same Surah adds: ‘Satan only wishes to create among you enmity and hatred through wine and gambling, and to divert you from the remembrance of God and prayer. Will you therefore not desist?’ (Ahmad Ali)

These are the verses most conservative scholars use to proclaim drinking as an ‘unpardonable sin’ (gunnah-e-kabeera), and justify the punishment of 40-to-80 lashes for its sale and usage, even though, clearly, there is no such punishment proscribed in these verses.

Most liberal Hanifi and secular Islamic scholars suggest that though the Quran has explicitly ‘advised’ Muslims to avoid drinking alcohol, its consumption is in not a ‘gunnah-e-kabeera’.

They use the following verse to press their point (5:3): ‘Forbidden to you is carrion and blood, and the flesh of the swine, and whatsoever has been killed in the name of some other than God, and whatever has been strangled, or killed by a blow or a fall, or by goring, or that which has been mauled by wild beasts unless slaughtered while still alive; and that which has been slaughtered at altars is forbidden, and also dividing the meat by casting lots with arrows. All this is sinful.’ (Ahmad Ali).

These scholars maintain that this verse visibly states the items that fall into the bracket of what is strictly forbidden (as food and drink) in Islam and that alcohol is not part of this list.

This is why most regions that follow the Hanifi school of jurisprudence (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Bosnia, Albania), have traditionally been somewhat reluctant to prescribe the lashing punishment for drinking.

However, ironically, it was the secular government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (under pressure from fundamentalist opposition), that banned the sale of alcohol in Pakistan in 1977. Its consumption was then turned into a crime by Zia, punishable under his controversial Hudood Ordinances (80 lashes).

Zia’s move in this context gave birth to a thriving bootlegging mafia, also triggering the widespread usage of easily available addictive drugs such as heroin as an alternative. For example, till 1979, Pakistan literally had just a single reported case of heroin addiction, but by 1985, it had the second-largest population of heroin addicts!

Many scholars had accused Zia of corrupting Pakistan’s Hanifi tradition by adulterating it with chunks of ultra-conservative fiqh that was never part of the subcontinental Muslims’ religious landscape.

Though no Pakistani has been flogged for the offence of consuming alcohol since 1981, the Shariat Court’s verdict must have come as a serious blow to the architectural remnants of Zia’s skewed Islamisation process, and its convoluted notions of an Islamic state and pious citizens.


O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination,- of Satan's handwork: eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper.(Al-Maidah,90)

Targetting the agents of the agents of the Kuffar.

Taliban kill seven tribal elders in Bannu district

Thursday, 24 Sep, 2009

PESHAWAR: Taliban insurgents on Thursday shot dead seven pro-government tribal elders in a northwest Pakistan town troubled by militant violence, police said.

The victims of the Taliban ambush in Janikhel town included tribal chief Malik Sultan, who was active in raising a government-sponsored militia against militants in the area, local police chief Iqbal Marwat said.

'Taliban militants attacked the tribal elders who were on their way to a nearby village to mediate a dispute between local people,' Marwat told AFP.

'All seven, who were on foot, were killed on the spot while the militants fled,' he added. The attack happened in Bannu district.

Janikhel is close to the rugged tribal region of North Waziristan where Washington says Al-Qaeda and Taliban established bases after the 2001 US-led invasion ousted the Taliban regime in neighbouring Afghanistan.

Residents said Sultan helped to raise the lashkar, or tribal army, after Taliban militants abducted scores of students and teachers in June as they were being bussed home from an army-run college for summer vacation.

The students were freed to tribal elders. The abduction was claimed by Pakistan's umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban whose then leader Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a US drone attack in August.

Saddled with a traditional standing army that lacks adequate equipment and counter-insurgency specialists, one of Pakistan's answers to counter militants has been to arm and support tribesmen to protect local communities.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Al-Shabab vow allegiance to Shaykh Bin Laden.

Somali crowds vow allegiance to bin Laden

NAIROBI, Kenya – An Islamic insurgent group that controls much of this lawless nation has released a video showing its members vowing allegiance to Osama bin Laden, training in dusty camps and slamming Somalia's U.S.-backed president as a traitor.

The tape was released late Sunday by al-Shabab, an insurgent group that last week hit the African Union peacekeeping base with suicide car bombs, killing 21 people in the deadliest single attack on peacekeepers since they arrived in 2007.

Al-Shabab announced the Thursday attack at Mogadishu's airport was in retaliation for a U.S. commando raid on Sept. 14 that killed al-Qaida operative Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan in southern Somalia.

The United States has become increasingly concerned that al-Qaida insurgents are moving into anarchic Somalia, where they can mobilize recruits without interference.

The video showed the Shabab militia in training, leaping over piles of sandbags, crawling on the ground and shooting at targets. White-skinned bearded trainers could be seen moving among the Somalis. The video also showed crowds chanting: "At your service Osama!"

Sheik Hassan Ya'qub, a spokesman for al-Shabab, said the video is "aimed at showing how the youth are well-trained and ready to the defend their holy land." Shabab means "youth" in Arabic.

Bin Laden has declared his support for Somali insurgents before. The new video shows the mutual affection is strong as ever — a growing concern for U.S. and other governments. Al-Qaida bombed the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, killing more than 200 people, and one of the alleged plotters is believed to be hiding out in Somalia. Stronger ties between al-Qaida and al-Shabab could pose greater threats to Western interests in the region.

The video features periodic commentary from a voice purported to be bin Laden's, criticizing the administration of Somali President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed as un-Islamic for its ties to America. Sharif met last month with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who pledged to expand American support for Somalia's government.

The comments from the al-Qaida leader echo comments of support he made in March. It was not immediately clear if they were from the same recording.

Ahmed, a moderate Islamist, was elected president in January and hopes to unite the country's feuding factions.

"How can intelligent people believe that yesterday's enemies, on the basis of religion, can become today's friends?" the voice purported to be bin Laden's said in a voice-over as his photo was shown.

Somalia has been ravaged by violence and anarchy since warlords overthrew dictator Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991 and turned on each other. Piracy has flourished off the Somali coast, making the Gulf of Aden one of the most dangerous waterways in the world.

On Sunday, insurgents attacked a town near the border with Ethiopia, killing at least 10 people, witnesses and officials said.


A Message from Ameer-ul-Mujahideen Mullah Omar.

Taliban leader tells 'invaders' to study history

KABUL – The Taliban's reclusive leader said in a Muslim holiday message Saturday that the U.S. and NATO should study Afghanistan's long history of war, in a pointed reminder that foreign forces have had limited military success in the country.

The message from Mullah Omar comes less than a month before the eighth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan to oust the Taliban for hosting al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

This year has been the deadliest of the conflict for U.S. and NATO troops, and political support at home for the war is declining. Taliban attacks have spiked around Afghanistan in the last three years, and the militants now control wide swaths of territory.

On Saturday, bombs targeting military vehicles in the south where the Taliban are increasingly powerful, killed six people.

In his message for the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which ends the fasting month of Ramadan, Omar said the U.S. and NATO should study the history of Alexander the Great, whose forces were defeated by Pashtun tribesmen in the 4th century B.C.

"We would like to point out that we fought against the British invaders for 80 years from 1839 to 1919 and ultimately got independence by defeating" Britain, a statement attributed to Omar said.

"Today we have strong determination, military training and effective weapons. Still more, we have preparedness for a long war and the regional situation is in our favor. Therefore, we will continue to wage jihad until we gain independence and force the invaders to pull out," it said. The statement's authenticity could not be verified but it was posted on a Web site the Taliban frequently uses.

Omar is believed to be in hiding in Pakistan but hasn't been seen in years.

President Barack Obama has increased the U.S. focus on Afghanistan after what critics say were years of neglect under the Bush administration. Obama ordered 21,000 more troops to the country this year, and by year's end the U.S. will have a record 68,000 in the country.

Militant ambushes have become increasingly sophisticated and deadly, and U.S. troops say the Taliban is no longer the ragtag force the military first faced in late 2001. Civilian deaths and a corrupt Afghan government have turned many toward the militants, who have pushed into northern Afghanistan this year for the first time.

In the southern city of Kandahar, a bomb hidden on bicycle exploded as an Afghan army vehicle drove by, killing five people — four civilians and one Afghan soldier and wounding 15 people, said Mohammad Pashtun, a regional police official.

The Danish military said Saturday that one of its soldiers was also killed after militants fired on troops on patrol in the southern province of Helmand. Denmark has lost 25 soldiers in Afghanistan since it joined the U.S.-led coalition in 2002. Separately, Hungarian officials said a suicide attacker drove a vehicle into a Hungarian convoy in the northern city of Pul-e-Khumri. No troops were killed.

The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, is expected to ask Washington for thousands more troops in coming weeks, but public support for the war is waning, and political leaders are questioning the need for more forces.

Al-Qaida posted a new video this week threatening that if Germans do not push their political parties to withdraw the country's soldiers from Afghanistan, "there will be a rude awakening after the elections." Germany holds national elections Sept. 27.

Omar's message said the international community has "wrongly depicted" the Taliban as a force against education and women's rights. It did not elaborate. Taliban militants force women to wear the all-encompassing burqa and don't allow females outside the home without a male escort.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

We @ Revolution Muslim wish all the Muslims, Eid Mubarak.

May Allah accept your fasting of Ramadhan & guide you & your loved ones to the best of this duniya & akhira. In your prayers, please remember all our brothers & sisters who are still living under oppression & torture, especially our brothers in Guantanamo.