In Onward Muslim Soldiers I outline the political and religious philosophy of Syed Abul Ala Maududi, founder of the Pakistani political party Jamaat-e-Islami. I demonstrate that his views of jihad and the hegemony of Sharia are virtually identical to those of Sayyid Qutb of the Muslim Brotherhood, and that both are deeply rooted in traditional Islamic theology and law. In light of all that, this story is hardly surprising. Note also Durrani’s reaction; he is, of course, a member of one of the groups Hayat was talking about. From the Big News Network:
A government official in Pakistan Saturday accused the country’s religious parties of having links to the al-Qaida terror network.
Interior Minister Faisal Saleh Hayat told journalists in Islamabad that some recent arrests of al-Qaida suspects of some workers of the country’s religious parties had allegedly sheltered al-Qaida suspects and had links to the network.
He did not say what actions the government would take against such parties, reported news agency PPI.
Reacting to Hayat’s comments, Chief Minister Akram Khan Durrani of the northwest frontier province urged the federal government to fire the interior minister.