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Sufi Mohammed "hates democracy” and calls for global Islamic rule

صوفی محمد جمہوریت کو سخت ناپسند کرتے ہیں، اور عالمی سطح پر  اسلامی ضابطہ حیات قائم کرنا چاہتے ہیں۔

The Long War Journal: Written by Bill Roggio on February 18, 2009 9:14 PM to The Long War Journal

Sufi Mohammed, the leader of the pro-Taliban group behind the peace

Sufi Mohammad as he was freed from a Pakistani prison in November 2007. Photo from Dawn.
Sufi Mohammad as he was freed from a Pakistani prison in November 2007. Photo from Dawn.

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between the government and the Taliban, has advocated Islamic rule throughout the world and said his followers would work with the government to eliminate Indian intelligence agents operating in the region

 

The statements were made while Sufi was addressing a rally supporting his peace agreement in Swat, according to a report in an Urdu-language Pakistani newspaper. Sufi arrived in Swat yesterday after conducting a "peace march” from neighboring Dir.

‘‘We hate democracy,” Sufi told the crowd of thousands of followers in Mingora. "We want the occupation of Islam in the entire world. Islam does not permit democracy or election.’’

Sufi originally made his anti-democracy comments to a foreign news outlet prior to the signing of the Malakand Accord. During the interview, he lauded brutal Taliban government that ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001.

“From the very beginning, I have viewed democracy as a system imposed on us by the infidels. Islam does not allow democracy or elections,” Sufi told Deutsche Presse-Agentur just days before the Malakand Accord was signed. “I believe the Taliban government formed a complete Islamic state, which was an ideal example for other Muslim countries.”

Sufi also agreed to work with the government of the Northwest Frontier Province to "immediately take steps to clear the [NWFP’s] Malakand Division of RAW elements and criminals because the government has enough evidence of India’s involvement in the current lawlessness in Swat,’’ according to a Pakistani news report. RAW is the Research and Analysis Wing, the intelligence agency that operates outside of India.

Pakistani government officials and military officers occasionally blame India’s intelligence service for the Taliban insurgency in the Northwest Frontier Province. But Pakistan’s Inter Service Intelligence agency has backed various Taliban groups, including the Haqqani family in North Waziristan and Mullah Nazir in South Waziristan.

Sufi Mohammed is the spiritual leader of the outlawed Movement for the Implementation of Mohammad’s Sharia Law. He claimed to have eschewed violence after being released from prison in November 2007 as a condition of a similar failed peace agreement in Swat. Sufi led more than 10,000 Pakistanis into Afghanistan after the US invasion in 2001. Mullah Fazlullah, the radical anti-government cleric behind the insurgency and terror attacks in Swat, is his son-in-law.

Sufi and the Swat Taliban maintained very close links to the radical administration of the Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, the pro-Taliban mosque in the heart of Islamabad whose followers enforced sharia and kidnapped policemen just one mile from the seat of government. The Pakistani military stormed the Lal Masjid in July 2007 after a several month standoff. more than a hundred followers and more than a dozen soldiers were killed in the battle.

The Pakistani government agreed to its third peace agreement with the Swat Taliban after nearly two years of fighting. The agreement allows for the implementation of the sharia, or Islamic law throughout the Malakand division, a region that encompasses nearly 1/3 of the Northwest Frontier Province and is made up of the districts of Malakand, Swat, Shangla, Buner, Dir, and Chitral. The agreement also calls for the end of military operations. The Taliban
have instituted a 10-day cease fire, while the military has ended offensive operations.

The agreement is viewed as a defeat for the Paksitani government as it has failed to dislodge the Taliban and ceded the writ of the government in the region. Past pacts with the Taliban have allowed the Taliban to consolidate control in the northwest and expand into neighboring regions.

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