JNN 01 June 2013 Islamabad : Getting rid of its pro-Taliban and pro-sectarian image will be a formidable challenge for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), as its leader Nawaz Sharif braces to become the 18th prime minister of Pakistan. He has to give a clear statement and clear picture whether he is with the Taliban , or against the Taliban.
As per his and PML-N previous records , he has been always in close contact and connections with the Taliban , who condemn Pakistan as a State and Openly Announce to be against the Pakistan and it Ideology ,and Call Pakistan an Un Islamic State.
The PML-N victory has been accepted by the international community, but with apprehension – will it be able to fight terrorism and root out extremism in the next five years? The apprehensions are not unfounded.
The PML-N gave a National Assembly ticket to Chaudhry Abid Raza Gujjar from Gujrat’s NA-107 constituency. Gujjar is an alleged leader of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. He was given a death sentence by an anti-terrorism court, and spent five years in jail. The punishment was set aside by the Lahore High Court when the aggrieved party accepted diyat (blood money). Gujjar was released in 2003, but arrested or questioned several times, on charges including failed assassination attempts on former president Pervez Musharraf. He was also suspected of sheltering the notorious Amjad Faruqi, who tried to eliminate Musharraf.
Gujjar’s nomination papers were rejected initially, but the Lahore High Court allowed him to contest the election. He secured 94,196 votes, beating Chaudhry Mohammad Ilyas of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf, who secured 61,083 votes. Gujjar is now a legislator of PML- N.
Sardar Ebaad Dogar is another such case. He is accused of having close links with the defunct Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan. The PML-N awarded him a National Assembly ticket from the NA-178 constituency in Muzaffargarh. Dogar had announced a Rs 20 million bounty on the slain Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer. Taseer was killed days after that. Dogar was arrested and released by police after he told his interrogators that the bounty offer was only a gesture of love for the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). He lost the election on May 11 to the famous Jamshed Dasti, but managed to bag 63,228 votes against Dasti’s 79,417.
Dasti’s nomination papers had been rejected and he was sentenced for three years for forging a university degree, but the punishment and the ban were set aside by the Lahore High Court. Dasti joined the PML-N after winning the election.
The PML-N also gave tickets to two alleged patrons of the SSP – Maulana Ilyas Chinioti who ran from Chiniot’s PP-73 constituency for the Punjab Assembly, and Maulana Hafiz Abdul Kareem who ran from Dera Ghazi Khan’s NA-172 constituency of the National Assembly. Chinioti defeated PTI’s Hasan Ali Qazi, and Kareem defeated independent candidate Jamal Leghari.
Chinioti had severely criticized Nawaz Sharif when he called the minority Ahmadiyya Community “our brothers”, to express sympathy after a gun and grenade attack that killed about 100 Ahmadis. A source said Hafiz Abdul Kareem had friends in Saudi Arabia, on whose pressure the PML-N gave him a ticket.
The party has also had ties with Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) – a group linked with the banned Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP). Shahbaz Sharif became the chief minister of Punjab after winning unopposed from the PP-48 constituency in Bhakkar, after the ASWJ withdrew its candidate Maulana Abdul Hameed Khalid. PML-N leader and former Punjab home minister Rana Sanaullah won the by-election in the PP-82 constituency in Jhang in 2010, with Ludhianvi’s support. The two were photographed together in a vehicle while running the campaign.
Sources in the party said talks for a seat adjustment deal between the ASWJ and the PML-N before this year’s elections broke down after Sheikh Waqas Akram – a rival of Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi – joined the PML-N. The ASWJ then vowed to oppose the PML-N. The group is not registered as a political party, and contested the elections using the platform of the religious alliance Muttahida Deeni Mahaz.
The PML-N had offered to make Ludhianvi the religious affairs minister in exchange for ASWJ’s support to PML-N candidate from NA-48 (Islamabad) Anjum Aqeel Khan, according to a source. Both Anjum Aqeel Khan and Ahmed Ludhainvi lost the elections.
As a matter of policy, PML-N president Nawaz Sharif is in favor of talks with the Taliban. He is among the three guarantors the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had named when it offered to talk to the state of Pakistan. But there are more than 40 armed groups operating in the tribal areas, including Uzbeks and Al Qaeda-linked Arabs. It is not clear which of these groups his government will talk to.
The TTP has said in several statements that democracy and the Pakistani constitution are against Islam, and that Pakistan must impose its version of the Sharia law and end all ties with the US. The state may not be able to make a compromise on any of these points.
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