Why does he condemn suicide attacks in Pakistan? Because it’s wrong, and forbidden in Islam, to kill innocent people. So far so good — but then it turns out that he seems to think that such attacks in Afghanistan, against American forces, are just fine. They aren’t innocent, you see. And it is upon this — what is meant by the word “innocent” — that so much depends. We constantly hear from Muslim spokesmen in the West that Islam condemns the killing of innocent people. But they do not take the time to explain whether or not they consider American office workers in the Twin Towers on beautiful September morning to have been innocent at all — or American civilians in general.
“Suicide attacks in Pakistan unjustified,” by Naveed Miraj in the Post (Pakistan), August 30:
ISALAMABAD: One can somehow justify the Taliban actions in Afghanistan on the grounds that they are engaged in fighting against the US-led forces and their local collaborators to liberate their homeland but how can suicide attacks in Pakistan could be justified, let alone to accept it as jihad.
The target of these attacks, which have done huge loss of life and property, is the government and people of an Islamic country who always stood by the Afghan people in their difficult times.
The US dictated policies of the former president Pervez Musharraf presented a fragile justification of the attacks against his regime, but on what grounds they are still engaged in the terrorist activities inside Pakistan even after the departure of the man.
Now there is democratic government in place that is inclined to resolve the issue through dialogue but it is receiving disastrous results from the tribal areas and this “˜jihad” has been extended to agencies other than North and South Waziristan and hundreds of thousands of local people have been displaced and have become refugees in their own homeland.
But the rising incidents of suicide attacks in various cities of Pakistan and claims by Taliban spokesman that they are ready to take over even country’s economic hub Karachi raises serious questions about the designs of those who are operating in the country and there is need to give serious thought to cope with the situation and have a clue to reach to the true culprits and the people behind theses activities to control these activities and overcome this mafia which is out to destabilise the country, posing serious challenges to government.
The government would have to pay special attention to reach the real master minds of these activities as no Muslim can think to kill innocent people as Islam abhors all kinds of violence and promotes peace and brotherhood but these elements are killing their fellows brutally and after every suicide attack a so-called spokesman for Taliban, Mullah Umer, makes a telephone call and accepts the responsibility of the attack terming it jihad….