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    Pakistan Police hired Maulvis to control demonstrations

    During the pro-Taliban demonstrations by various religious parties and groups following US strikes against Afghanistan, the law enforcement agencies in Karachi used hundreds of bearded “maulvis” to ensure that the right-wing mobs could be controlled “from the inside if they resorted to violence”.

    Sources say the demonstrations were also monitored by undercover officers of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), moving under the protection of Pakistani law enforcement personnel, including rangers, police and intelligence officials.

    “We realised early on that the Pak-Afghan Defence Council [the umbrella organisation for over 20 religious parties and groups] was not prepared for massive street demonstrations and embarked on the strategy of penetrating their cadres with hired men,” says a top official in the Karachi administration. He also mentioned using bearded policemen and intelligence officials to monitor the protest marches from the inside.

    Recently, Some 150 activists of Afghan Defence Council held an anti-US demonstration outside the Karachi Zoo. At least 40 of the “bearded” participants were policemen in civvies. This became more obvious when the law enforcement personnel made a bid to arrest Ilyas Zubair, president of the Karachi chapter of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan (SSP), a Deobandi sectarian organisation. Zubair, who managed to dodge the police was also followed by some “protestors”, who suddenly broke away from the protesting crowd and went after him. Interestingly, while they failed to nab Zubair, they arrested fie or six other SSP activists before vanishing from the scene.

    “Without such inside information, we would have been exposed to surprises. Our informers provided us a clearer picture of what we were required to do,” he said. Another officer TFT spoke with also confirmed that the law enforcement agencies used this tactic to remain informed. “This is not a new technique and has been used with political parties before. But this time we decided to use it at a much larger scale. We ‘hired’ hundreds of them for this purpose.”

    Independent sources say the movement was a nonstarter from the word go. “See the difference between some earlier demonstrations and the current ones. It is a sudden drop from thousands [20,000 to 30,000] to barely a couple of hundreds. There is reason to believe that some of the earlier demonstrations were sponsored by the government,” says one observer.

    Given the totally flop show on the first Friday of Ramadan, this does sound plausible. “Some controlled violence has been part of the strategy, which on some occasions went out of control,” an intelligence official conceded.

    Sources say it is the job of intelligence agencies and even the police to penetrate into various parties and groups and have their “men on the inside” but this time it was done more extensively. “The strategy has been successful and you can see that the movement have now fizzled out,” says a senior police officer. He admitted that the police hired “maulvis” and young Afghan and Pashtun boys looking for daily wages. “We briefed them on what to do and after the demonstrations, paid them,” says this officer.

    The police even told them the slogans they had to chant. The small groups were then placed among the activists and their charge was given to some elders of the Afghan/Pashtun community. “The policemen in civvies were then asked to keep an eye on them,” says a source.

    Independent observers owed this to a realisation among the religious leaders that such efforts while putting them in grave personal danger would not result in any mass uprising against the government. “A case in point is the arrest of Sufi Mohammad, chief of Tehreek-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM). The Malakand division has remained calm even though this man actually pushed some 5,000 volunteers into Afghanistan,” argues an analyst.

    Interestingly, some ideologues of the religious right, especially former DG-ISI, Lt-Gen (retd) Hameed Gul, remained scrupulously away from the street demonstrations. Sources say the religious right and its lack of real political strength has never before been exposed this way.

    “This has to do with two major factors. One is the fall of the Taliban; the other is the cleansing of the Inter-services Intelligence. Both have served in a major way to demoralize the religious parties and groups,” says an official.

    This news gives credibility to the allegations of many politicians that ISI hired moulvis to do sectrian killings in karachi.

    This is how ISI has ruled over troubled regions in Pakistan, and over Afghanistan.


      Are not they already on the army payroll?


        In response to Freemind:

        Sectarian killings in pakistan i think has only been a problem recently in maybe last 10 years. I know people in pakistan saying to me that they had shia and sunni in same classrooms and lived together no problem whatsoever.

        They told me it is planned killings to cause the chaos that we see in places like karachi and lahore. I do give that credibility that it is planed because i look at this musharraf government and say if they can arrest all the high profile people of the PML of nawaz sharif and do a militray coup in 24 hours change the government and basiclaly take over, then why on earth can they not stop sectarian violence. i.e aresst the leaders of these sectarian groups causing the killings etc.

        I see this as instigated by outside the country and groups within the pakistan government.

        [This message has been edited by Saif1924 (edited December 03, 2001).]


          The policy of the kaffir in muslim lands has always been to divide and conqour the muslims, We have seen since the abolishment of Khilafah in 1924 , we saw many muslim states established on the basis of nationalism, countries whose people have the same belief, but are divided on the basis of nationalism.


            There we go...
            Its good that we stop biting the wrong bones. The religious scholars in Pakistan coupled with the deep religious root in Pakistan is what has given this country its namesake stability, adhesiveness and hope to the people. Its about time that we stopped flailing our fingers on uncooncerned factors and start tackling real ass problems.
            Too much hyppocrisy and name calling has occured to people and groups that have least bit to do with present political turmoil in the Islamic Republic Of Pakistan.