Jihadis seeking safer Sufi monasteries khanqahs to under attack madrassas in PakMarch 17th, 2008 - 1:53 pm ICT by admin
Lahore, Mar 17 (ANI): In the wake of frequent attacks on madarassas by security forces, the jihadis in Pakistan are increasingly turning to khanqahs (Sufi monasteries) for setting up sanctuaries, while shunning the madrassas.
A close ally of Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar and head of Harkatul Jihad Al Islami Pakistan revealed thus during interrogation. He reportedly told the interrogators that since madrassas were regularly being raided in connection with the war on terror, and that this had forced jihadis to prefer khanqahs as resting stops.
He said the deputation of permanent surveillance at every madrassa further facilitated this move.
According to the Daily Times, Qari Saifullah Akhtar revealed during interrogation that he had been staying at a khanqah during the time he was hiding from law-enforcement agencies.
Saifullah said that he had been living in ‘Khanqah Syed Ahmad Shaheed’ near Sagian Bridge for the past few months. He also revealed that he was building a new khanqah in Ferozewala when he was arrested.
Saifullah was arrested in connection with the October 18 blasts in Karachi, as he had been accused in Benazir Bhutto’s book of plotting to kill her.
Saifullah had initially been arrested in Dubai in August 2004, after which he was repatriated to Pakistan. He was released after his family submitted an appeal before then chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in connection with the “missing persons case”. He, however, disappeared in Bahawalpur after his release.
Saifullah was shifted to Karachi for further investigation, and that investigators were hopeful that he would provide more information about the actions of the jihadis.
Qari Saifullah tried to kill President Pervez Musharraf on behalf of Al Qaeda. He was also an adviser to Mullah Omar in the Taliban government of Afghanistan. His fighters were called the “Punjabi Taliban” and were offered employment - something other outfits could not get out of Mullah Omar. (ANI)
- Mullah Omar has not been arrested: Taliban - Jul 06, 2010
- Freed militant commander wanted to target Pak nukes - Dec 30, 2010
- Everyone knows Taliban leader Mullah Omar is in Pakistan: France - Sep 15, 2010
- Taliban denies Mullah Omar is dead (Night Lead) - May 23, 2011
- Pakistan denies arrest of Mullah Omar - Jul 08, 2010
- Taliban co-founder tipped off US on Osama hideout: Report - May 30, 2011
- Afghan Taliban chief's close aide arrested - Mar 25, 2010
- Two more top Taliban operatives arrested in Karachi - Mar 01, 2010
- Kashmiri jihadis won't run out of money: Osama bin Laden - Dec 17, 2010
- Mullah Omar dead? Taliban denies it (Fourth Lead) - May 23, 2011
- Karachi CID building attack underscores Pak jihadi groups' capability to "strike at will" - Nov 12, 2010
- Al-Qaeda planning to engage US in Afghanistan beyond 2011 through 'guerrilla war' - Jul 05, 2010
- ISI sheltering Afghan Taliban leadership in Karachi under secret programme: Report - Jan 20, 2011
- Taliban demands removal of leaders names from US, UN terror blacklist - Oct 30, 2010
- Mullah Omar dead? No, says Taliban (Third Lead) - May 23, 2011
Tags: bahawalpur, benazir bhutto, chief justice of pakistan, deputation, frequent attacks, government of afghanistan, iftikhar muhammad chaudhry, interrogators, khanqah, law enforcement agencies, madrassa, madrassas, monasteries, mullah omar, persons case, pervez musharraf, president pervez musharraf, shaheed, supreme leader, taliban government