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Dawat-e-Islami comes under military’s radar
By Kamran Yousaf
Published: September 12, 2011
ISLAMABAD: In an unprecedented move, military authorities in Pakistan have decided to curtail the activities of a proselytising organisation in their ranks after reports by intelligence agencies warned that its growing influence in the armed forces will have serious implications.
Dawat-e-Islami, an ostensibly apolitical Barelvi proselytising organisation, had never been under the strict watch of security agencies until now, primarily because of its non-violent religious views.
That appears to have changed after the assassination of former Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer in January this year by one of the elite police guards in his security detail, who was believed to be a follower of Dawat-e-Islami.
Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the self-confessed assassin of the late governor, is thought to be the first person affiliated with the organisation to publicly use violent means in the name of religion.
(Read: ‘Osama and Obama bad, Qadri good’)
“That incident has changed our opinion about the organisation,” said a source in the intelligence agency which recently compiled a report about the growing activities and influence of Dawat-e-Islami in the armed forces.
“We do understand it was an isolated event but we cannot be complacent now,” the source added, justifying the decision to put Dawat-e-Islami under the radar in military.
According to the intelligence report, the contents of which have been shared with The Express Tribune, not only is the influence of Dawat-e-Islami increasing in the armed forces, its followers in the military have become the organisation’s key source of funding.
“Over Rs20 million were collected from the Pakistan Air Force for the organization, during the month of Ramazan,” said a security official who requested to remain anonymous.
Founded by Ilyas Qadri in 1980 in Karachi, Dawat-e-Islami has hundreds of thousands of followers in Pakistan and abroad. The organisation has its own website and a TV channel called ‘Madani TV’.
Downplaying the move
A military official, when approached, tried to downplay the move by authorities to stop the growing influence of Dawat-e-Islami in the armed forces.
“It is nothing new. We have zero-tolerance for all such organisations within the military,” the official insisted. He acknowledged that Dawat-e-Islami has a following in the armed forces but it is not unusual.
“You can’t stop individuals practicing their own religious beliefs, if they are not violating the military discipline,” he argued.
Pakistan armed forces personnel are often accused by the west of having links with religious extremists.
In June, the army confirmed that it had detained one of its senior officers, along with four other military personnel, for links with the banned Hizbut Tahrir.
Brigadier Ali Khan and four unnamed majors have been in the military’s custody since then.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 12th, 2011.
 

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Dawat-e-Islami comes under military’s radar
By Kamran Yousaf
Published: September 12, 2011
ISLAMABAD: In an unprecedented move, military authorities in Pakistan have decided to curtail the activities of a proselytising organisation in their ranks after reports by intelligence agencies warned that its growing influence in the armed forces will have serious implications.
Dawat-e-Islami, an ostensibly apolitical Barelvi proselytising organisation, had never been under the strict watch of security agencies until now, primarily because of its non-violent religious views.
That appears to have changed after the assassination of former Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer in January this year by one of the elite police guards in his security detail, who was believed to be a follower of Dawat-e-Islami.
Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the self-confessed assassin of the late governor, is thought to be the first person affiliated with the organisation to publicly use violent means in the name of religion.
(Read: ‘Osama and Obama bad, Qadri good’)
“That incident has changed our opinion about the organisation,” said a source in the intelligence agency which recently compiled a report about the growing activities and influence of Dawat-e-Islami in the armed forces.
“We do understand it was an isolated event but we cannot be complacent now,” the source added, justifying the decision to put Dawat-e-Islami under the radar in military.
According to the intelligence report, the contents of which have been shared with The Express Tribune, not only is the influence of Dawat-e-Islami increasing in the armed forces, its followers in the military have become the organisation’s key source of funding.
“Over Rs20 million were collected from the Pakistan Air Force for the organization, during the month of Ramazan,” said a security official who requested to remain anonymous.
Founded by Ilyas Qadri in 1980 in Karachi, Dawat-e-Islami has hundreds of thousands of followers in Pakistan and abroad. The organisation has its own website and a TV channel called ‘Madani TV’.
Downplaying the move
A military official, when approached, tried to downplay the move by authorities to stop the growing influence of Dawat-e-Islami in the armed forces.
“It is nothing new. We have zero-tolerance for all such organisations within the military,” the official insisted. He acknowledged that Dawat-e-Islami has a following in the armed forces but it is not unusual.
“You can’t stop individuals practicing their own religious beliefs, if they are not violating the military discipline,” he argued.
Pakistan armed forces personnel are often accused by the west of having links with religious extremists.
In June, the army confirmed that it had detained one of its senior officers, along with four other military personnel, for links with the banned Hizbut Tahrir.
Brigadier Ali Khan and four unnamed majors have been in the military’s custody since then.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 12th, 2011.
Pakistan Army should be careful about taking actions against Religious Organisations because it can backfire and increase hatred against Army which will be disastrous for Pakistan and its Army
 

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Pakistan Army should be careful about taking actions against Religious Organisations because it can backfire and increase hatred against Army which will be disastrous for Pakistan and its Army
Yes, careful but at the same time dont trust these religiouos parties, keep a close eye on them. They are brainwashing the kids, they will influence the army as well.
 

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Okay interesting news about dawate-Islami its another form of Tableeghi Jamaat....ummm....:what:
 

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Dawat-E-Islami is probably the last organization which would endorse violence. One man acting on his own cannot be used as a pretext to blame an organization which has a following of dozens of millions.

Its an organization with no political ambitions and i am sure salman taseer's murderer acted on his own , but on that note , there would be bad apples in all organizations and should be weeded out.
 

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Yes, careful but at the same time dont trust these religiouos parties, keep a close eye on them. They are brainwashing the kids, they will influence the army as well.
Sir if you think teaching Islam is brainwashing than we are proud to be brain washed and we will take on all the traitors of Islam
 

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Sir if you think teaching Islam is brainwashing than we are proud to be brain washed and we will take on all the traitors of Islam
nobody is against that, but many groups have been tested many times for thier ill behaviour, nothing should be taken lightly.
 

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What people need to do is follow Islam completely and stop being hypocrite
A child is entitled to a proper well being and education, they need to be looked after, if my son goes to a mosque or madrasah in Turkey, i will hav the least concern about him, becasue i know it is safe in madrasahs there, but i will never let him near any mullah in my and your country. Tell me something, do you want your child to be exposed to rogue mullahs and turned to a terrorist?
 

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A child is entitled to a proper well being and education, they need to be looked after, if my son goes to a mosque or madrasah in Turkey, i will hav the least concern about him, becasue i know it is safe in madrasahs there, but i will never let him near any mullah in my and your country. Tell me something, do you want your child to be exposed to rogue mullahs and turned to a terrorist?
Sir I want my children to follow complete Islam which Includes fighting against Kufr with weapons and INSHALLAH when ever I will have kids I will teach about Jihad and fighting in the way of ALLAH and sacrificing every thing for ALLAH from the day now if you want to call that brainwashing call it but I take it as Islam

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Does this advice of yours apply to you as well?
Yes to me and each and every Muslim on the face of the earth
 

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Sir I want my children to follow complete Islam which Includes fighting against Kufr with weapons and INSHALLAH when ever I will have kids I will teach about Jihad and fighting in the way of ALLAH and sacrificing every thing for ALLAH from the day now if you want to call that brainwashing call it but I take it as Islam

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Yes to me and each and every Muslim on the face of the earth
@ Ahmad, you have got his answer.
 

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we are proud to be brain washed and we will take on all the traitors of Islam
More power to you - it is my heart felt wish that you and all motivated as you are get the chance to "take on all traitors" - I only hope you look forward to this eventuality with the same degree of eagerness as those "traitors".
 

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More power to you - it is my heart felt wish that you and all motivated as you are get the chance to "take on all traitors" - I only hope you look forward to this eventuality with the same degree of eagerness as those "traitors".
INSHALLAH Sir don't worry Sir I know what I am doing Islam and True Muslims will rise and Traitors will run away
 

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