Taliban in Pakistan go Boko Haram

“Massacres are not new to Pakistan, or its military. In the last few years Pakistan’s army intelligence wing has reportedly abducted and killed hundreds of students in the Baloch Students Organization (BSO) in Balochistan who support an indigenous independence movement.”

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Muslims must save Islam from Islamists

Injured studentDecember 17, 2014

Tarek Fatah
The Toronto Sun

It seems there is no respite for the ordinary Muslim.

Barely a day goes by when news of fresh atrocities by our co-religionists isn’t in the headlines.

Most of the world’s billion-plus Muslims wouldn’t dream of killing in the name of Islam, but enough do to form a critical mass that has put us on a collision course with the rest of humanity.

The Sydney siege by an ISIS-inspired jihadist had barely ended when the horrific news of a Taliban massacre killing 140 children at a Pakistani school shocked the world.

It took place at an “Army Public School”, inside a Pakistan cantonment on the edges of Peshawar.

Many of the students who attended this elite school were the sons and daughters of Pakistan army officers.

Ironically, the Taliban barbarians who killed these children were a creation of the Pakistan military, aimed at controlling neighbouring Afghanistan as a satellite state.

Why did the Taliban strike at a military school?

Could it be retaliation for the recent Pakistan army campaign to expel the Taliban out of Pakistan and into Afghanistan?

That may be one reason.

But knowing the workings of the worldwide jihadist terror movement and the Islamists who sow its seeds in Islamic countries and the West, there is another:

That is, the Islamist’s rejection of Western-style education systems.

The school attacked had boys and girls attending classes in what is referred to as a co-educational “English-medium” school.

The boys, smartly dressed in green blazers, white shorts and green neckties, reflect everything the Islamists despise.

And to be in the company of teenaged girls being educated at the same school would be seen as the worst of sins by those who promote Islamism, not just in Islamic countries but in Canada.

I suggest this is the “Boko Haramization” of the Pakistani jihadist movement that proclaims “western education is ‘Haraam’ (sinful)”.

Not that the Taliban have any tolerance for educating girls —Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai being one their early victims — but this attack appears to have been aimed largely at teenaged boys.

Last month, Zahid Askani, an American-educated Baloch who ran a co-educational school, where boys and girls studied English and wore western-style jackets and neckties, was assassinated by suspected jihadist death squads with the reported backing of the military.

Massacres are not new to Pakistan, or its military.

In the last few years Pakistan’s army intelligence wing has reportedly abducted and killed hundreds of students in the Baloch Students Organization (BSO) in Balochistan who support an indigenous independence movement.

Muslims who claim the actions of the Taliban or ISIS are not Islamic must match this rhetoric by coming together and calling for a strict separation between Islam and politics. They must renounce armed jihad as unfit for our age.

Just a day after an ISIS-sympathizer took hostages in Sydney, Australia, leading to his own death and that of two innocent civilians, the tragedy of Peshawar provides another opportunity for Muslims to recognize we have a serious problem that only we can correct.

Muslims who claim the actions of the Taliban or ISIS are not Islamic must match this rhetoric by coming together and calling for a strict separation between Islam and politics.

They must renounce armed jihad as unfit for our age. If they don’t, we will all be tarred by the actions of those who kill in the name of Islam and Allah.

The hashtag on Twitter by an Australian woman expressing solidarity with Muslims, #Illridewithyou, may please us, but it will not save us from the proverbial Dante’s Inferno.

Only we can do that, no one else.

5 comments for “Taliban in Pakistan go Boko Haram

  1. Rashid Latif Ansari
    December 17, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    Dear Tarek,

    The jihad, the killings etc are very much part of Islam. One cannot claim to be a Muslim and say “armed Jihad is unfit for our age.” Muslims must be honest and declare that Islam and Quran are outdated.” In fact all organised religions are nothing but the politics of yesteryears. That politics has no place in today’s world. All that is outdated and must be discarded. Islam cannot be de-politicised. The day you take out politics from Islam, that religion is dead and gone.

    Rashid Latif

    • Hridya
      December 17, 2014 at 11:16 PM

      Would it not be in the interest of the humanity to let this violent religion die or reformed by rejecting Jihad and other silly outdated edicts?
      Islam was spread by sword and violence . It must reject violence for the good of humanity and women in particular. I do agree all religions are nothing but ways devised by the society or some smart people to control the people and bring some order in a community.
      Now the democracy is the new religion where any one can practice any religion but must obey the laws of the country made by elected people to accommodate every one’s welfare with no discrimination.
      The outdated religious laws have no place in 21st century.

      • Rashid Latif Ansari
        December 18, 2014 at 12:20 AM

        Entirely in agreement with you, Hridya.

  2. Sunshine
    December 18, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    My most respected Mr. Fatah: I read the comments in Toronto Sun. More and more people are now realizing the problem of Islam is Mohamed.

    I’ve asked you a few times about what you planned to do with Mohamed. One can’t reform Islam without eliminating Mohamed. And since Mohamed is the one that gave the verses as the word of Allah, there’s only one way to do this.

    Change Mohamed’s biography. His life in Medina must be scratched out. Thus, all violent verses will disappear.

    Although your intentions are honorable, you are going around in circles. I feel bad for you. You are fighting a no-win battle. May God inspire you. Peace.

  3. imtiaz baloch
    December 18, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    By any merit, the Pakistani people are not intellectually and politically wise enough to draw a clear demarcation line between decency and indecency, sense and non sense, the stone age religious fanaticism and Modern democracy. These politically bankrupt people have historical text book problem. They want to remain in a shell of Dark Ages which stop them to even see on feet ahead of their toes.

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