Statement of Islamic Emirate concerning creation of ethnic militias by the Kabul administration

Post via Islamic Emirate November 15th 2018

During his most recent travels to some provinces, the head of the Kabul administration (Ashraf Ghani) tried to push idea to locals that the Mujahideen are waging a discriminatory war against a particular race or sect and there is an imminent threat against their lives and property. And under this same justification, he approved the creation of ethnic militias and military battalions and authorized the creation of a 500-man local militia in Bamiyan.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan considers such foreign and anti-national actions of the Kabul administration as repeat of the last gasp efforts of the former communist regime that founded Gelum Jum, Kehan, Jabbar and other militias, created military regiments based on race and paved the way for great atrocities, chaos, barbarity and slaughter. But despite birthing all this savagery, it harmed the communist regime more than assisting it or healing any of her wounds.

As the stooge Kabul regime finds itself at the end of its rope and is misleading the public in an attempt to salvage itself, it should understand that such anti-national moves that violate all accepted norms will not be of any benefit.

The Islamic Emirate once again makes it unequivocally clear that our operations around the country including in Malistan, Jaghuri and Khas Uruzgan are solely against enemy military formations. The local civilians are our fellow countrymen, the protection of their lives and wealth is the responsibility of every Mujahid of the Islamic Emirate. No harm has been inflicted on any civilian, home or area in these operations and neither are Mujahideen permitted to do such acts.

However, the circles that are trying to deceive the locals by stoking ethnic, sectarian or other discriminatory tensions, are promoting processes of raising racially-charged armies for the survival of the crumbling Kabul administration or are portraying Mujahideen operations and actions as targeting civilians, then we sternly warn them that the intelligence officials of the Islamic Emirate will monitor them closely for their treason and will answer them at an opportune time.

Through this statement, we want to assure our Hazara countrymen that no harm shall touch their lives, property and honor during these operations. If anyone has sons or relatives working in the military of the Kabul administration, their lives will be secured once taken out of the enemy ranks.

If any individual or institution tries to sow seeds of hatred among Afghans following the publication of this warning, then they will have no right of complaint.

The Islamic Emirate has ordered its Mujahideen to monitor all violators of this notification, detain them wherever found and hand them over to the courts of Islamic Emirate.

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a former Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development (Distinction). Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

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Islamic Emirate: Transcript of speech delivered by delegation of Islamic Emirate at Moscow Conference

Post via Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (November 9th 2018)

In the name of Allah, most Gracious, most Merciful

Praise be to Allah, and may peace and blessings of Allah be upon his messenger, his family and all his companions. And thereafter:
First of all, I thank all participants, the ladies and gentlemen, who have gathered here for discussing and sharing their views regarding the solution of the problems of our beloved country, Afghanistan, and oppressed Afghan nation. I especially thank the Russian Federation for facilitating this important meeting in the country.

Now I would like to share information and position of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, with the participants, regarding the current situation of my beloved country.

The causes of the ongoing miseries and conflicts in Afghanistan in the past four decades:

Our beloved country, Muslim and Mujahid nation have been burning in the flames of fire for the past four decades. Their spiritual and material assets have been robbed and looted; they have been prevented from progress and hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced. Poverty and destitution are another main misfortune that the Afghan people are faced with due to war. The fundamental cause of all these disasters is interferences and invasions of foreigners.

It is worth mentioning that throughout the history Afghan Mujahid Nation has resorted to its legitimate right of defense against each invasion, which is still going on under the leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan against the current invasion for the last 17 years.
Unfortunately, when the United States of America invaded the Afghan oppressed nation by lame excuses to topple an Islamic system, this turned the peaceful life and security of the Afghans into disorder; occupied the country; martyred hundreds of thousands of Afghans; displaced similar number and destroyed their villages and houses. They fomented geographical, ethnical, racial, religious and linguistic prejudices among the nation.

By eliminating Islamic and National values, they paved the way for corruption of morality and other administrative, social and intellectual corruption. By using prohibited chemical weapons, they not only threatened the life of humans, but by polluting the environment they threatened the life of animals as well. They polluted the country’s clean air and made its fertile land barren. They, once again, turned the country into the drug center, which unfortunately left more than 10 % of the population addicted to it, while the number of addicts during the reign of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan was only few thousands country wide.

Not only this, rather they changed the country into the nest of international intelligence agencies. They created mistrust and unreliability among the people. These are just a few examples, otherwise the problems and miseries that have resulted from the invasion which the Afghan nation is facing are many more.

Now we would come to see how to take out the oppressed people of Afghanistan from this disaster.

Peace:

• Need for Peace:

Peace is the first need of every society; especially it is the most important demand of all oppressed Afghans. Without peace, restful life, economical, educational, cultural, social and political progress is impossible. Only in peace, countries and nations have developed. However, peace comes not only by words and slogans, as in the past 15 years it has been used as a project; rather it needs strong will and clear action. Wherever the right to freedom is taken from nations, it is obvious that peace will be eliminated there and replaced by conflicts and wars.
War has been imposed on the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and the Afghan nation, because their country has been occupied and the occupiers have removed an independent Islamic System. Thus, before everything, all those factors should be removed that have caused elimination of peace and continuation of war.

• Preliminary steps for Peace:

Before the beginning of the peace talks, some preliminary steps must be taken that are essential for peace and are parts of confidence building measures. Such as:

1 – Removal of Sanctions List:

Peace negotiations and sanctions list are two contradictory concepts and can’t go side by side. It is therefore required that these baseless sanctions and reward lists, that are used as a pressure tool for their interests, should be finished; so that representatives of the Islamic Emirate are able to participate in peace talks in different places without any hurdle.
It is also necessary that both sides should, as is their natural right, and without any pressure and in free atmosphere take forward the peace process. Not that one side is in the sanctions list and other side has freedom. This imbalanced process can neither go forward nor can give desired outcome.

2 – Release of Detainees:

Arrest and detention of Mujahidin and innocent Afghans are actions that are against peace. America and its protectorate regime have detained tens of thousands of Afghans and Mujahidin in their secret and open prisons and are ill treating them against all the laws. How is it possible that from one side one raises slogans of peace and from other side commits these malicious and illegal actions? This in itself is an obstacle to peace. For bringing real peace and reducing distance, other side must release all Mujahidin and ordinary innocent Afghans who are in prisons on mere accusations of having links with Mujahidin.

3 – Formally opening of the Office:

Venue for negotiations and a communication site in the shape of an office is necessary for peace. At present, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has no open and formal address as a venue for negotiations which is a preliminary requirement. It may be said that regular peace meetings could only be held in a state of availability of an office. The office is also required to issue peace related press releases, respond to questions of people as a responsible entity and remove national and international concerns. Likewise, anti peace elements could not use this pretext that the official address of the Islamic Emirate is not known.

4 – Stopping poisonous propaganda against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan:

It is clear to all that with the support of the occupiers, wide poisonous propaganda is carried out against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Utterly unfounded accusations are leveled against Islamic Emirate which in itself becomes hurdle towards progress for peace. Some intelligence circles resort to some terrible incidents, such as: blowing bridges, spraying acid on school students, making explosions on road side civilian vehicles, abducting people and committing other crimes and then blindly use these incidents against the Islamic Emirate as raw material for propaganda, and then when investigated, the results of those investigations are also not disclosed. This proves that these abuses are not work of the Mujahidin of the Islamic Emirate but rather of intelligence circles. It is because they think that by doing this, they would isolate the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan from its nation and the world. Thus, for the sake of peace, this poisonous and baseless propaganda should be stopped, because truth and peace both are sacrificed at the altar of this negative propaganda.

Obstacles to Peace:

• Occupation:

For real peace, the will of the people should be adhered to; occupation should be ended, because history has proved that Afghan nation has never surrendered to occupation. Occupation is mother of all the miseries. Peace in Afghanistan and withdrawal of foreign troops are tied with each other, because withdrawal of foreign troops practically paves the way for peace. But unfortunately, until now, peace has been used as a tactic in Afghanistan, and this is tantamount to throwing dust in the eyes of the people.

We see that the United States and some of its friends, instead of real peace, try to compel the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to surrender. They think that at first they would weaken the Islamic Emirate in the battle field and then will compel them to peace by having upper hand. But this is self-deception which is not in conformity with ground realities. Afghan Mujahid nation firmly stand behind the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. The invaders and their friends should know that no aggressive power of the world can eliminate national power. Likewise, the problem could not be solved by irresponsible actions and unrealistic strategies. The main thing is that strong intention and strategy based on realities are needed for peace in which end of occupation is a crucial part.

• Lack of an independent Islamic System:

For peace and stability in Afghanistan, there should be agreement on the establishment of an Afghan inclusive independent Islamic System that is acceptable to Afghans and reflects Islamic and Afghan values, as Islam is the religion of the Afghan people and guarantor of the country’s economic prosperity, social justice and national unity.

• Lack of guarantee for peace agreements:

Peace process needs guarantees, as without this, the provisions of the peace agreements could not be properly implemented. Therefore, the United Nations, major powers, members of the Islamic Conference and facilitating countries must guarantee implementations of the agreements.

• The Current Constitution:

Constitution is a dire need for every state; since development of the country and the nation without it faces many problems and disorders. Through the constitution, personnel, civil, and political rights of every citizen of Afghanistan is organized. It explains the relationship between the government and the people; puts light on checks and balances among the three branches of the government; structures and determines the power and generally determines the strategy regarding Afghanistan’s domestic and foreign politics.

The current constitution of Kabul Administration is not reliable, because it has been copied from the West and has been imposed on Afghanistan’s Muslim society under the shadow of occupation. It can neither respond to the desires of the Afghans nor can be implemented, as its provisions are vague and contradictory with each other. It is constantly being violated by the high ranking officials of the Kabul Administration; rather the current administration itself is contrary to the constitution. So, the current constitution in its present version is a major obstacle to peace.

Therefore, for the development of the beloved country and honor-loving people, their prosperous life and welfare, Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan considers it necessary that constitution must be based on principles of Islamic religion, national interests, historical achievements and social justice. It should be committed to human dignity, national values and human rights, and could guarantee territorial integrity of the country and all rights of all the citizens. The draft of such constitution should be prepared by Afghan scholars and intellectuals in an atmosphere of freedom.

• Continuation of War policy instead of Peace from the American side:

Peace talks and peace are those words that are repeated often by the occupiers. But practically, and constantly instead of peace negotiations hundreds of aerial and ground attacks are carried out. And for this, the latest policy of Americans is good and clear evidence. Instead of taking practical steps for peace, submitting to the will of the Afghan nation and ending the occupation, contrarily, they deployed more soldiers and gave them unrestricted abusive power of all kind of harassments and killings of the Afghan people. They resumed night raids on the houses of the people and increased airstrikes which resulted in the augmentation of civilian casualties. By creating and implementing other new projects, they further made the situation of Afghanistan and the region deteriorating and heightened the worries and concerns of regional and world countries. It all shows that they do not have intention for peace; rather they seek their interests in killing the Afghan people and destroying the country. Unfortunately, they do all these with the support of the Kabul Administration.

It is in a time that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has quite explicitly stated from time to time that the problem of Afghanistan could not be solved with wars, conflicts, force and money; the only way that could overcome the problems is ending the occupation and letting the Afghan people to determine their fate.

It is worth mentioning that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has said it before and now once again explicitly announces to the entire world that in order to end the occupation, we are ready for face to face negotiations with the Americans and to discuss relevant issues with them. We want them that instead of conflicts and use of force they should turn to wisdom and logic and refrain from further destroying our country, killing our citizens, and likewise from meaninglessly killing their own sons. They should respect the will of the Afghan people and allow them to determine their fate.

The Islamic Emirate has left the doors of understanding and negotiations open. the Political Office of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is the only venue of the Emirate to reach peaceful settlement of the issue of Afghanistan.

Status of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan regarding some key issues:

• Three days Ceasefire on the occasion of Eid ul Fitr of this year:

The three days ceasefire by the Islamic Emirate on the occasion of Eid ul Fitr revealed that there is a unified power in the shape of the Islamic Emirate against the invasion across Afghanistan, and there is complete discipline in its military and civil ranks. They are all under one command and strongly obey orders of their leaders. Existence of 20 groups in Afghanistan was a mere propaganda.

Likewise, it was also proved, against the claim of the enemies of peace, that the ongoing war is not a war between Afghans but is military resistance of Afghan nation against the invasion. Afghans do not have problem among themselves. Foreign occupation is the main problem. This war will continue until and unless foreign soldiers exist in Afghanistan. Hence, withdrawal of foreign soldiers is necessary for peace in Afghanistan.

• No interference in the internal affairs of other countries:

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan makes legitimate efforts for independence of its country which is natural and human right of Afghan Muslim nation. Seeking independence of one’s country and establishing an Islamic system in conformity with the faith of its people cannot be considered terrorism. We would like to say that we don’t have agenda of destructive actions in other countries. In the past 17 years we have practically proved that we have not interfered in any way in other countries. Similarly, we do not allow anyone to use the soil of Afghanistan against other countries including neighboring countries. Our priority is to resolve the issue of Afghanistan through peaceful means. The United States must end the occupation and submit to the legitimate rights of the Afghans, including forming their government in conformity with their faith. After independence, we want to have positive and constructive relations with other countries including neighbors, and we welcome their assistance in reconstruction and development of the country. Similarly, we want to have positive role in peace and stability of the region and the world.

• Prevention of drug trafficking and cultivation:

During the overt reign of the Islamic Emirate, poppy cultivation had been reduced to zero and the number of heroin addicts among the Afghans was absolutely equal to none. However, after the US invasion in Afghanistan, poppy cultivated land area has reached 328 thousand hectares, and now under the shadow of 17 years of the occupation, the number of addicts has increased to three million people.

According to the UN Counter-Narcotics Organization report, the production of narcotics has increased by 87% and its cultivation by 63% in 2017, by which the scale of produced narcotics has reached 9000 metric tons. The policy of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is to prevent poppy cultivation and drug trafficking. If the war ends in Afghanistan, then the Islamic Emirate is determined to reduce poppy cultivation and drug trafficking to zero throughout the country, and in this regard it is ready to provide support and to coordinate with the neighboring countries and international organizations.

• Prevention of Civilian Casualties:

We see that the scale of civilian casualties is increasing lately due to the ongoing imposed war. This state of our people not only hurts us but every Afghan with free conscious feels the pain. Afghan nation is our own soul and body and by its damage our own self is harmed.

Even our Esteemed leader, Amir-ul-Momineen Sheikh Hibatullah Akhondzada (May Allah protect him) has made strong instructions in his Eid messages to the Mujahidin to refrain from operations in places where there is risk of civilian casualties. Moreover, the Islamic Emirate has embedded an independent Commission in its structure by the name of prevention of civilian casualties that works for the prevention of civilian casualties and has representatives in every province who closely and precisely investigates incidents. It publishes credible reports about civilian casualties several times throughout the year.

Often, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has postponed its military operations due to the risk of civilian causalities, but the Americans and their friends carry out night raids on civilian houses, make blind bombardments and use heavy weapons in civilian places, even they arrest people from cities on the basis of suspicion and then kill them under punishment and torture. Now, with the new American policy, bombardment and night raids have further increased which in turn has increased the graph of civilian casualties as well; albeit most of the media do not publish these reports and these incidents remain nonregistered. Some media outlets and some directions attempt to hide the original perpetrators of civilian casualties which further embolden the perpetrators to continue their crimes.

The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction or SIGAR says that their investigations have found that in 2018, American forces’ bombardments in Afghanistan have exceptionally increased, and they have dropped 1200 bombs only in the first three months of this year. On the second day of April 2018, as a result of a brutal aerial attack on a Madrasa in Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province, they martyred 100 young memorizers of the Holy Quran and injured another 100. It is an iceberg of gruesome incidents. During the past 17 years, hundreds of similar incidents have taken place in which houses and educational institutions have been targeted.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has taken the following practical measures for the prevention of civilian casualties:

1. In order to prevent civilian casualties, Mujahidin are provided with guidelines by scholars on regular basis and independent seminars are held in this regard.

2. Delegations pay visit to Mujahidin circles from time to time in order to investigate incidents of civilian casualties and prosecute the perpetrators.

It must also be said that for the sake of the country and prosperous life of our people, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan considers building and maintaining of places of public utility as a dire need. It considers bridges, tunnels, dams, electric power stations, electric supply centers, mineral extraction and oil refining centers and its equipments, educational institutions, Madrasas, mosques, schools, universities, health centers, clinics, hospitals, and other public utility places as national asset and public property of the Afghan nation and considers their safety its responsibility. We consider religious and modern education necessary for the success of all Afghans and Afghan society.

Humanitarian Assistance:

On one hand, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is engaged in fighting for the independence of the country; on the other hand has taken drastic steps for the security, safety and prosperity of the citizens in the areas under its control.

With a view to the current situation, Afghan nation is in need of humanitarian assistance more than ever. For completing this need, the Islamic Emirate not only considers itself committed to the security of entities from humanitarian assistance providing countries, the United Nations, International Organizations, national businessmen and other humanitarian NGOs to deliver humanitarian assistance, meanwhile calls on them to provide, on the basis of humanitarian sympathy, humanitarian assistance to those needy people living in areas under the control of the Islamic Emirate.

The Islamic Emirate has provided ground for their humanitarian activities in the areas under its control. The best proof in this regard is that the esteemed leader of the Islamic Emirate urged the NGO’s in its last year’s Eid message to come to areas under the control of the Emirate, and we guarantee your security.

Women Rights:

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan considers woman as the builders of a Muslim society and is committed to all rights of women that have been given to them by the sacred religion of Islam.

Islam has given women all fundamental rights, such as business and ownership, inheritance, education, work, choosing one’s husband, security, health, and right to good life. Likewise, the Holy prophet (peace be upon him) advised good attitude with women in the last moment of his life. These are all those instances that took the woman out of the horrific pits of traditions of ignorance to the highest levels of knowledge, morality and dignity.

There is no doubt that in Afghanistan, due to occupation, there are many challenges against women rights. Women are faced with a lot of disasters. The so called women rights activists stayed in Afghanistan for 17 years, in this period billions of dollars came to Afghanistan, but still Afghanistan is at the top of the countries where many women die during delivery due to lack of health facilities. Still deformed and disabled children are begotten in our country more than any other place (in the world) due to the use of chemical weapons. Afghanistan is still among the top countries of the world where the average life expectancy rate of women is only 45. It is among the top countries of the world where there are more than one million widows. Due to corruption, the expenses brought and spent under the title of women rights have gone to the pockets of those who raise slogans of women rights.

Under the name of women rights, there has been work for immorality, indecency and circulation of non-Islamic cultures. Dissemination of western and non-Afghan and non-Islamic drama serials, paving way for immoral crimes, and encouraging women for violating Afghan customs are other instances that have been imposed on Afghan society under the name of women rights.

From the beginning, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has a very comprehensive and clear approach towards the rights of women. As Islam and then Afghan tradition is two major values of the Afghan Mujahid nation, so Islamic Emirate is also committed to all rights of women within this framework. The policy of the Islamic Emirate is to protect the rights of women in a way that neither their legitimate rights are violated nor their human dignity and Afghan values are threatened. Similarly, the Islamic Emirate is committed to eliminate all those evil customs and traditions that violate women rights and do not comply with Islamic principles, and provide them safe environment.

• Health:

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has a distinctive health commission functioning all over the country. This commission has its representatives in every province and every district, who from one side conduct internal health affairs of the Emirate and on the other side cooperate with and provide security to healthcare-providing associations and organizations.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has conveyed this message to the world during face to face meetings and through media outlets that it considers health personnel as being neutral. Injured persons of the parties to the conflict as well as injured civilians should be brought to hospitals and treated without any discrimination. In this regard the Islamic Emirate has agreements with international health organizations, such as ICRC, Emergency and Doctors without Borders. The Islamic Emirate Afghanistan has always urged the humanitarian assistance organizations and human rights organizations to make Kabul Administration and foreign forces to treat the wounded and detainees in the same way as the Islamic Emirate does.

The Islamic Emirate has made vast efforts to build clinics and hospitals in its areas and prepare and train health personnel for it, but unfortunately the occupiers consider it a legitimate target for themselves and always resort to bombing it. Due to this, several times our hospitals have been raided and bombed, even the clinics and hospitals that were running by the support of other NGOs in our areas have also been bombed. The bombing carried out against the hospital of Doctors without Borders (MSF) in Kunduz and the raid on a hospital in Wardak province are clear examples.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has published statements regarding security of health and education personnel of all sides and has advised Mujahidin not to target these people, but ensure their security so that they could do their work in the best way they can.

Unfortunately, the occupiers target our hospitals and ambulances; take out our wounded persons being transported in ambulances of other health organizations, arrest those wounded persons who are under treatment in hospitals and despite applying different methods of torture on our members, they do not even treat their common diseases.

The Islamic Emirate, once again, announce from this forum that in health sector the Emirate always considers itself committed to all the rights of the citizens and tries its best to deliver them all health services in the best way it can. It calls on human rights organizations to urge Kabul Administration and occupiers to respect human rights and not target hospitals that are in areas under the control of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. We expect foreign organizations to consider all Afghans as equal and as such deliver their services, particularly we expect them to pay attention to the areas that are under the control of the Islamic Emirate, because compared to urban areas, needs of people in rural areas are dire and greater.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has full cooperation with the United Nations, World Health Organization and other health organizations and this cooperation has provided ground for them to carry on their works in the best way in all parts of Afghanistan. In this regard, Polio and other vaccinations programs in many parts of the country that are carried out by relevant organizations by direct support of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan are worth mentioning.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, once again, fully assures health related organizations about its cooperation.

Thanks to all participants for listening attentively to our position and views regarding the current miseries of Afghanistan. Thank you.

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a former Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development (Distinction). Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

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David Lidington “compensation” cock-up insults Contaminated Blood victims

David Lidington confused over “compensation”

(Image via Scottish Infected Blood Forum)

David Lidington (Minister of State, Cabinet Office) insulted contaminated blood victims this week (November 14th 2018) by using the word “compensation” in an answer to a question from Jeff Smith (Opposition Whip) when the reality is haemophiliacs have NEVER been compensated.

Jeff Smith asked the following question,

Last month, the chair of the inquiry, Sir Brian Langstaff, said that many victims of the infected blood scandal are still living on the breadline today. The inquiry is not due to look at financial support until 2020, so what more now can the Government do to help the people affected?

David Lidington replied,

As the hon. Gentleman knows, different compensation packages have been agreed by the Department of Health and Social Care in the different parts of the United Kingdom. Sir Brian did ask the Government to look at the case for some additional measures, which are being considered by the Secretary of State for Health and his ministerial team, and the Minister responsible for mental health, my hon. Friend Jackie Doyle-Price, is very willing to talk to the inquiry team about that.

https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2018-11-14a.296.10#g296.11

Lidington repeated the word “compensation” again in a reply to Diana Johnson MP (Labour).

This statement by Lidington is incorrect and distressing to haemophiliacs and their families who have been waiting over 3 decades for the government to compensate victims. To date government has paid out only miserly “ex-gratia” payments and victims must go cap in hand to the English Infected Blood Support Scheme (EIBSS) or their counterparts in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to apply for monthly allowances and grants. The amount varies considerably depending where a person is located with Scottish payments much higher than in other parts of the UK.

Payments received by infected persons in England are linked to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), however this is not the case for affected bereaved partners who become worse off year by year and are means tested with state benefits taken into account. Since the financial changes to the Scottish scheme, I am informed by Haemophilia Scotland that the payments of infected there are no longer linked to CPI. This seems to have been dropped with the movement away from Trusts that previously administered payments and the transfer over to the current system.

Jeremy Hunt former Secretary of State for Health previously made the same mistake as Lidington wrongly referring to financial payments for haemophilics and their partners as “compensation” and provided a written apology after this author pulled him up on the matter. In a letter dated, December 15th 2016, Hunt wrote,

“Legal liability (on behalf of government and its suppliers) has not been established in the majority of cases of infection with HIV or hepatitis C following the use of NHS supplied blood or blood products and our position remains that it is not appropriate to refer to the system of ex-gratia payments as “compensation”. I apologise for any confusion this has caused.”

Lidington is once again adding insult to injury. The British government has always denied haemophiliacs compensation unlike Eire. The Eire government, lawyers for haemophiliacs and the Irish Haemophilia Society wrote 3 letters to Colette Wintle and I in 2004 confirming that Eire had taken a very different approach and compensated years ago.

We obtained these letters to quash the false narrative of Lord Warner who wrongly and repeatedly said Eire had paid out due to accepting legal liability. This was challenged in a Judicial Review in 2010 which was won against the then Secretary of State for Health Alan Johnson by haemophiliac Andrew March and his lawyers using our documents. The Labour government had refused to follow the recommendation of Lord Archer of Sandwell who wrote in his 2009 report that haemophiliacs should be compensated “on a parity with Eire”. I first initiated this arguement in 1996 and Lord Archer echoed my recommendation after studying the evidence. Justice Holman ruled that the government’s thinking was infected with error and they were told to relook at their decision not to compensate. Labour then moved the goalposts and decided not to compensate because Eire was a different country so they didn’t have to follow their example!

Eire paid out compensation for “extraordinary suffering” on the grounds of “loss and need” at the same levels as if the case had gone to court but WITHOUT putting victims through the stress of actually going to court and WITHOUT admitting legal liability.

Some persons in the UK receiving infected whole blood transfusions were able to take cases under the Consumer Protection Act (if they were infected since 1988) looking at Product Liability and did receive compensation but that did not include haemophiliacs who have always had an entirely separate legal case and arguement.

To date despite recent calls for haemophiliacs to be compensated including my own letter of October 11th 2018 to Matt Hancock (Secretary of State for Health), there is no sign to think that this current Tory government has changed its chance regarding compensation for UK haemophiliacs. The reply I received from the DOH on the 25th October once again showed confusion over the Irish compensation scheme. The person who replied (not Hancock) sent me what appeared to be a cut n paste job from old government answers which was done so badly it seemed to stop in mid-sentence!

Many haemophiliacs have already died due to their infections since the start of the Infected Blood Inquiry. Those who remain and their loved ones live a hand to mouth existance, with government’s lack of empathy, muddled thinking and tight-fisted approach to their suffering, those infected and affected could well be be waiting yet another thirty years for compensation!

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a former Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development (Distinction). Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

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Contaminated Blood: Compensation to haemophiliacs was rejected using a false government narrative and a now disgraced Department of Health report

Haemophiliac Peter Longstaff shows blood records traced back to Arkansas State Penitentiary, Peter died in 2005 without ever having received compensation from the government

Today the Infected Blood Inquiry which is investigating how patients including Peter Longstaff and his younger brother Stephen both haemophiliacs with an inherited bleeding isorder came to be given contaminated blood on the NHS, has released the following letter,

Sir Brian Langstaff calls on government to take “decisive action” over financial support for infected and affected

Letter from Chair of the Inquiry asks for prompt action to address concerns about financial support

The Chair of the Infected Blood Inquiry, Sir Brian Langstaff, has written to the Cabinet Office drawing attention to the current financial support schemes that see infected and affected people across the UK paid widely varying amounts of financial assistance or having difficulty in accessing funds.

In his letter to the Minister for the Cabinet Office, David Lidington MP, Sir Brian acknowledges the level of sentiment and anger expressed to him at the preliminary hearings in September from those infected and affected.

In his letter Sir Brian says:

“Throughout the hearings there were repeated calls for financial assistance that fully recompenses individuals and families for the losses they have suffered…decisive action should be taken at the earliest opportunity.”

The letter also notes the lack of desire among core participants for the Minister to appoint panel members alongside the Chair and asks the Cabinet Office to confirm that he does not intend to appoint them. It reiterates the Inquiry’s intention that the Inquiry’s expert groups will provide transparent and open advice to Sir Brian across a range of expert opinion.

The full text of the letter can be found on the following link,

https://www.infectedbloodinquiry.org.uk/news/sir-brian-langstaff-calls-government-take-decisive-action-over-financial-support-infected-and

Here is my response as the widow of Peter Longstaff and his brother Stephen both now dead after receiving contaminated blood

I welcome the fact that Sir Brian Langstaff recognizes the suffering of haemophiliacs infected and affected families through NHS Contaminated Blood products and the need for government to compensate now and not wait until the end of the Inquiry. (Note haemophiliacs have always been viewed as a separate legal case to whole blood victims that have their own support network)

The government has NEVER compensated haemophiliacs and their families.

Government has however repeatedly DENIED compensation to the haemophilia community using 3 key statements,

1) For decades government stated they didn’t need to compensate haemophiliacs as “all the information is in the public domain”. This is FALSE, I myself discovered many key government documents that weren’t in the public domain which I included in my awarded dissertation (2006) and returned to government in batches over the years from the 1990s via my MP, jointly with the Newcastle Journal and via my lawyers including documents in 2006 which are now in the National Archives at Kew for the public to access.

2) A FALSE narrative was created by government to deny paying “compensation on a parity with Eire” (a phrase I coined in 1996 and which I requested over 2 decades ago). This false narrative was proven during a Judicial Review won in 2010 by haemophiliac Andrew March whose lawyers used my evidence from 2004, key letters from the Irish government, Irish lawyers and Irish haemophilia Society.

The documents showed that Eire paid out on the grounds of “loss and need” without accepting legal liability on the grounds of “extraordinary suffering” at court levels of compensation payment but without forcing sick and dying people to go to court which would further impact on their physical and mental health.

British government falsely stated that the situation was different in Eire and that Eire accepted liability. Letters sent to me in 2004 from the Irish Haemophilia Society, Irish lawyers and Irish government backed me in writing.

The British government were WRONG… Eire DID NOT accept legal liability.

3) Government used their so called “definitive report” to reject “compensation on a parity with Eire” as recommended by (the late) Lord Archer of Sandwell, former Solicitor General in the Archer Inquiry report (2009) into how haemophiliacs came to be contaminated with HIV/hepatitis C through blood products. The Dept of Health Self Sufficiency Report in Blood Products in England and Wales: 1973 to 1991 published in 2006 was critiqued by me for which my research was awarded the ESRC Michael Young award.

The DOH report was finally disgraced and withdrawn in December 2017 using evidence from my dissertation which was blocked for a decade. I showed what was important wasn’t so much as to what was included in the report… but what was left out! This included documents showing alleged liability.

This is the link to the DOH Self-Sufficiency in blood products in England and Wales (report): A chronology from 1973 to 1991

https://haemophilia.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Self-sufficiency-in-blood-products-in-England-and-Wales-A-chronology-from-1973-to-1991.pdf

and an article from BBC on this report being quietly withdrawn in December 2017

“Contaminated Blood report full of lies”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42410301

This charade from the British government denying compensation which has gone on for 30 years must now stop and proper compensation must be awarded as a matter of urgency. Many have died since the Inquiry began and many others are in such poor health, they do not have the time to wait any longer!

The following is a letter I sent to Matt Hancock Secretary of State for Health on October 11th 2018

Dear Mr Hancock,

Contaminated blood compensation rejected using DOH report now withdrawn

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock if he will now award haemophiliacs infected with HIV and hepatitis B, C and exposed to v CJD and their families proper compensation on a parity with Eire as recommended by Lord Archer in his Inquiry report?

I ask on the following 2 grounds…

1) A Judicial Review in 2010- WON against the then Secretary of State for Health highlighted a false narrative on Eire. As written documents sent to me in 2004 from the Eire government, Irish lawyers and Irish Haemophilia Society and used to argue the legal case for haemophiliacs and their families proved, Eire paid out on “loss and need” on the grounds of “extraordinary suffering”. Eire DID NOT accept legal liability and paid out IN ADVANCE of a public inquiry.

Eire government confirmed they did not want to cause further distress to the Haemophilia Community by forcing a court case as this would be immoral under the circumstances. UK haemophiliacs have had an additional 20 years of “extraordinary suffering” and financial hardship since Eire paid out.

The British government has still not officially apologised specifically for putting out a false narrative on Eire used to deny compensation nor put the record straight in writing on the Eire settlement paid out at court levels, without accepting liability and without the need to go to court.

2) The DOH 2006 “Self Sufficiency in Blood Products in England and Wales: A chronology from 1973 to 1991” has now been disgraced and withdrawn from use in 2017 using evidence from my ESRC Michael Young awarded 2006 dissertation. This is several years after the 2010 JR so the withdrawal was NOT part of that legal case.

My research which critiqued this report used key government documents obtained by myself as government claimed to have destroyed their own copies showing alleged liability which were OMMITTED from the report. This whitewash of a report was also used as a tool in writing to deny haemophiliacs and their families the compensation on a parity with Eire recommended by Lord Archer.

This terrible injustice could be rectified now for the haemophilia community which have always been treated as a separate legal case to whole blood. Archer, former Solicitor-General recognized the Special Case of Haemophiliacs accepted by Virginia Bottomley on which the 1991 ex-gratia payment was paid out as highlighted in legal letters, Hansard and written responses from government.

Haemophiliacs with hepatitis C also fit the Special Status criteria which is not applicable to whole blood victims. The Archer Inquiry was specifically for haemophilia victims and their families due to recognition of the Special Status .I worked very closely to assist Lord Archer who used many of my documents and names me in the report as I submitted documents on Eire and many other issues and he echoed my own recommendations once he had independently looked at the evidence.

I should add Lord Archer did not have it in his remit to find liability so I know from my own submissions to the Inquiry where I testified twice as both widow and researcher that documents showing alleged liability could not be included and were returned to me.

In case you are not aware the Self Sufficiency report was written as a DIRECT RESPONSE to a dossier of documents submitted by the Newcastle Journal and my late husband Peter and I. We set up the Bad Blood campaign jointly with the Journal in 2000 which received awards and broke many of the key stories on what we allege a long -standing cover-up. With the help of US lawyers I was able to trace infected plasma treatment batch numbers given to my husband directly back to Arkansas State Penitentiary, the first in the UK to do so. His brother also a haemophiliac died of AIDS in 1987.

Since the Inquiry was announced many more haemophiliacs have died and bereaved families have been shackled through reliance on Trusts and now EIBBS unable to move on with their lives. Also those not under the Scottish scheme suffer alleged discrimination as they do not have the yearly “pension” as it is referred to in Scottish documents confirmed in writing to me  by Haemophilia Scotland  which gives haemophiliacs and their families freedom of movement to live outside the UK as it is paid IN ADDITION to benefits wherever they reside.

This freedom of movement which all haemophiliacs and their families should be entitled to under the Human Rights Act is prevented in other parts of the UK as haemophiliacs and families are entirely reliant on EIBBS and the benefit system if too ill to work and would lose benefits if they moved outside the EU. This in itself could present a further legal challenge.

I ask you to also financially match the annual “pension” paid out in Scotland and pay this to all other haemophiliacs and their bereaved partners across the UK in addition to state benefits.

How can 2 people one in Edinburgh, one in Newcastle that signed up to the same HIV legal agreement in 1991 under Justice Ognal for example now receive such shockingly different financial payments. It is grossly unfair and causes friction within haemophilia families living in different parts of the UK. This is divisive and extremely cruel.

Sick and dying people have been waiting for justice for 30 years so please don’t fob me off by saying wait another few years for recommendations of the Infected Blood Inquiry. As in Eire this can be settled right now in advance of waiting for the Inquiry to produce a report and is the right and just action to take.

All the government would have to do is accept a compensation submission by a person’s legal representative based on loss and need and supported by a health professional with solicitor’s costs as Tribunals have caused unnecessary delays in Eire.

If the governments puts right this terrible wrong now using Archer’s recommendations already set up, this would allow more time to seek solutions to helping whole blood victims that did not come under Archer Inquiry as they were not part of the Special Case. This would go a long way to establishing goodwill and would be viewed in the spirit of truth and reconciliation, so all could move forward.

I look forward to your prompt response.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Carol Anne Grayson

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a former Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development (Distinction). Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

 

 

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Statement of the Islamic Emirate Commission for Prevention of Civilian Casualties and Inquiry of Complaints

Report full of grief was received that last Wednesday (10/10/2018) about an air and ground operations carried out by the American invaders and their internal mercenaries in Shawal area (Gul Agha Bazaar) of Nad-Ali district in Helmand province. As is now become the norm, the brutal and savage enemy inflicted heavy casualties on the innocent and defenseless civilian people. In this tragic incident, 19 civilians including women and children were martyred and 30 more were injured while four civilian houses were completely demolished and some of their vehicles were also destroyed.

 

Names of the martyred ones:

  • Abdul Baqi and his wife, his three daughters and five sons whose names are as following:
  • Saeed-ur-Rahman
  • Noorullah
  • Rahmatullah
  • Rafiullah
  • Hikmatullah

In this way, ten members of one and the same family were martyred.

  • Qutratullah’s wife who was married just two months ago.
  • Four civilian way-farers were targeted and martyred by the enemy’s helicopters.
  • Two civilians going to the bazaar were martyred by the enemy from inside their tanks.
  • Two civilians travelling in their mini-van type vehicle to Lashkar-Gah city (the center of Helmand province) were martyred in the indiscriminate bombing of the enemy’s jets.

Names of the injured people:

  • Abdul Ghaffar
  • Abdul Malik
  • Gul Agha
  • Zuhurullah
  • Saifullah
  • Khan Agha
  • Jamil Ahmad (just one month aged child)
  • Sharifullah
  • Abdul Salam
  • Said Ahmad
  • Twelve civilians including women and children who were travelling to Lashkar-Gah city in their mini-van type vehicle.
  • Five civilians who were going to the bazaar on their motorbikes.
  • Three daughters of Abdul Ghaffar

In this way, a total of nineteen civilians were martyred while thirty people were injured.

 

Houses and vehicles destroyed in bombing and mortar shelling:

Houses of Abdul Baqi, Karimullah, Sharifullah and Abdul Salam comprising 45 rooms were demolished.

In these houses, 9 animals, 45 kharwar (nearly 25200 kg) wheat, 4 solar panels, 4 water pumps, and 1 tractor belonging to Abdul Baqi were completely destroyed.

 

The Islamic Emirate Commission for the Prevention of Civilian Casualties and Inquiry of Complaints condemns this terrible war crime as well as crime against humanity in the strongest terms on behalf of its honorable leadership, by extending condolences to the bereaved families of the above martyred and injured civilians. We pray to Almighty Allah that the pious spirits of the martyred are bestowed with Jannah and the injured are recovered as soon as possible. We fully share their griefs and sorrows suffered by them in this tragic incident.

 

Commission of the Islamic Emirate for the prevention of civilian casualties and inquiry of complaints.

05/01/1440 Hijri Lunar

23/07/1387 Hijri Solar                    15/10/2018 Gregorian

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a former Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development (Distinction). Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

 

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Islamic Emirate: Its still not too late

Post via Islamic Emirate October 15th 2018

Following a seventeen-year military intervention and occupation, the officials of the United States of America have seemingly reached a conclusion of talking to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan about bringing an end to a quagmire through dialogue and understanding after seventeen years of bombings, military operations and a plethora of strategies failed at achieving that aim.

This conclusion by the White House officials from the experiences gained over the course of seventeen years is a rational decision and a lesson learnt. The meeting and talks between representatives of the Political Office of Islamic Emirate and representative of the State Department (Zalmay Khalilzad) is a pivotal path to reaching an understanding and attaining peace that has absorbed the attention of everyone.

At the same time this initiative is a positive response to the call of peace and understanding by the Islamic Emirate – as a representative of the Afghan people – that was presented to the American leadership twenty years earlier. That being that the objective of the Islamic Emirate is to bring an end to the long war and crisis plaguing Afghanistan and to safeguard the Afghan nation from more suffering and problems arising from confrontation with any regional or global power.

The Islamic Emirate was always of the belief that whatever point of contention the American officials have with Afghanistan, they can present and solve it through dialogue. After the American invasion and through the seventeen-year war, the Islamic Emirate, alongside its armed Jihad, has maintained the doors of dialogue open to the transgressors and has always emphasized on meaningful negotiations with the foreign interventionists.

It would have been much better if the American officials had responded positively to the peaceful solution presented by the Islamic Emirate years earlier in order to have prevented the indiscriminate slaughter and loss of life that has occurred during this war. But as the American officials have made their intentions clear about peace now, it’s still not too late. The Islamic Emirate welcomes every development that results in ending the occupation and military catastrophe unfolding in Afghanistan and safeguards the greatest aspiration of the Afghans (Islamic government) alongside their lives, wealth and honor.

The Afghan nation is hopeful that dialogue and direct Afghan-American negotiations will resolve the Afghan quandary and end the war birthed by occupation. And our suffering nation will finally be able to reach the dream of a peaceful and sovereign life for which they have accepted so many hardships and presented great sacrifices over the past several decades.

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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a former Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development (Distinction). Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

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Adnan Rasheed surfaces to share his personal views in Al Haqiqah magazine interview

Adnan Rasheed (image via Al Haqiqah magazine)

Adnan Rasheed the former Pakistan Air Force Technician linked to an assassination attempt on President Pervez Musharraf in 2003 has appeared in an exclusive interview in the latest edition of Al Haqiqah (The Truth) magazine, a publication of the mujahideen in Syria. The publication is not affiliated to any one group.

Rasheed now in his late 30s makes it clear that in answering questions these are his own personal views and not those of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) the militant group that he joined after being sprung from Bannu Central Jail in Southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on 15th April 2012 along with 400 other prisoners. The attack was carried out by TTP assisted by Uzbek insurgents and was filmed in real time at it happened.

Rasheed once labelled Pakistan’s most wanted man is an ethnic Pashtun who originates from Swabi. There were rumours of his arrest back in 2014 during the time Pakistan military launched operation Zarb-e-Asb in a major clampdown on insurgency but these claims turned out to be false. He told Al Haqiqah,

“Allah is the best protector. HE is the best planner and HE is the one who govern universe alone.

Yes, in 2014 these a big army invasion in north Waziristan and yes media was speaking about my arrest but that was a rumor indeed. Alhamdulillah I was safe and sound with friends and fellows. Yes, that was a tough time, but in Jihad you have to face such situations. Jihad is not a bed of roses. You have to expect the unexpected.”

In some respects as Rasheed has matured, the answers given to the interviewer reflect a man whose replies appear to diverge from the actions of his rescuers who shocked Pakistan when they shot schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai in 2012 who they alleged in a statement had maligned Islam and Shariah. Most western media misreported that she was shot “for going to school”. Rasheed who was in jail at the time having been given a death sentence for the failed attempt on Musharraf wrote an open letter published globally revealing his shock at the attack on Malala who belonged to the same tribe as his family. Expressing his personal views brought criticism from some insurgents. TTP militants also carried out an attack on APS, Army School Peshawar in December 2016 (again Rasheed claims no involvement) which led to the brutal killing of many schoolchildren and was condemned globally.

Rasheed expressed gratitude to Allah and those who had freed him from prison. However, he was also keen to express recently through a source who did not want to be named, “I am a warrior not a robber or killer.” He emphasised, ”I am against all that is done wrong in the name of Islam and Jihad” but went on to say, “neither technology nor business can take out the Muslim ummah from the quagmire of slavery, the only solution is Jihad against the puppets of capitalism.”

Rasheed begins his interview for Al Haqiqah by stating, “first of all, I want to make it clear to all brothers and sisters who have sent the question that my answers are my personal view and context (he declined to respond to all 28 questions). My answers may not be considered as policy or official statement of any Jihad group or faction.”

He refers to his time in prison as both a “great test” and a “blessing” saying, “I don’t want to be imprisoned again but I miss my routine of worship. I just want Allah to accept my imprisonment and forgive my sins and award me with His pleasure.” Rasheed was known to be a prayer leader in Haripur and Bannu jails teaching prisoners about Islam, ethics and good manners, and said, “about 10 hardcore criminals repented from bad life (at Haripur) and adopted Islamic life”. He appeared to gain some authority during his incarceration with both inmates and staff as “head of reconciliation and disputes committee”.

The following quotes are taken directly from Rasheed’s answers to Al Haqiqah (The Truth) magazine

On history of Pakistan and western influence

“To understand what Pakistan is, we must go into its history then we can conclude the influence of foreign nations on the country.

In 1947, the British ruled united India was partitioned and two new nation states, India and Pakistan were founded by British House of Commons.

The nation state strategy had worked successfully after the fall of Ottoman Islamic empire, dividing one Muslim ummah into dozens of small countries under the flag of nationalism.

India was ruled by Muslim conquerors more than 800 years such as Islamic Spain. In 1858 India went into British hands from Muslims. British Empire exploited Indian manpower, its economy and all natural resources for its imperialistic goals in two world wars.

After the 2nd world war, British Raj decided to quit India and leave the exhausted and bankrupt country to its people, although the freedom movements were started earlier but that were raised by the British Raj itself to line up the people of India into the chain of democracy, to change the attitude of freedom fighters from warrior to political activist, from armed struggle to peaceful democratic protests on the roads.

The British knew, that they would quit India eventually, but they didn’t want to give it back to Muslims, so they did the same as they had done with the Ottoman Islamic empire.

They divided India and placed their puppets as the rulers of the Muslim lands. From 1947 until now Pakistan is in the hands of western powers. They have their puppets whom they inflict on us, these puppet rulers seek pleasure of western powers, the Pakistani nation is a Muslim nation, most of the nation want Islam as their commercial, legal and political system, but rulers are full of lies and deceits.

On conflict and tensions in Pakistan

“I come from Pakistan and I would like to talk about the situation in Pakistan. Pakistan came into being as plan of New World Order, under the policy of “divide and rule”. The war against Islam is not new, it has been going on for 1400 years. The Slogans were different in different times but their aim was to destroy Islam and Muslims.

The creation of Pakistan was an illusion; the Muslims of the sub-continent were promised an Islamic homeland, but since its creation, Pakistan is serving the interests of the west. The Muslims of Pakistan are in clash with the puppet rulers and its secular army. The Muslim of Pakistan want Sharia, the reason Pakistan was created and the rulers and its secular army wants to westernize the country.

The war in Pakistan started when Pakistan army started offensives against mujahideen in south Waziristan near Afghan border in 2003. The local tribesmen of Mehsood and Wazir Clan stood in protection of their foreign Muslim brothers and started fighting against the army and soon it became the Tehreek Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which took the most strength after Operation of Red Mosque in Islamabad in 2007.

Muslims of Pakistan has a long history of peaceful struggle for Sharia, from Objective resolution 1948 to Red Mosque 2007, but every time rulers betrayed them. Every voice for Sharia was suppressed by tyranny and deception.

Now Pakistan will reap what it has sown, soon Pakistan will turn into a Syria like situation, Mujahideen are already in a war against the regime, Pakistan has lost more than 30 thousand of its troops, economy is bankrupt, political system is at the brink of collapse, judiciary and media is biased, bureaucracy has failed to manage the country, protest and voices from every corner. World power says Pakistan is nothing but lies and deceit.

World powers have a plan to take control of Pakistan’s Nuclear arsenals into international custody via a pre-planned UN Security Council Resolution, in case India, Iran and Afghanistan attack Pakistan jointly from East, West and South on the behest of world powers.

US can withdraw from Afghanistan but it will never leave Pakistan. Pakistan is equipped with Nuclear arsenals, Russia, China and UK also has their eyes on nuclear bomb. As the world powers have their real or proxy presence in war torn Syria, they will have their presence in Pakistan in reality or with their proxy militias.

And if we suppose that US will soon leave Afghanistan and Pakistan, we have giant China ready at our gates, ready to engulf us.

To wind up my answer, Pakistan is a failed and corrupt state with its rental army. The future of Pakistan is horrible, but devastation and destruction are our only concern.”

On FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas)

“FATA is one of the volatile regions in the world, it has a history in Afghan and Pakistani Jihad. FATA has very strategic location, from Alexander to British Empire all failed to subjugate these tribes, Alexander was badly injured in war with these tribes and the British Empire’s only fear was these tribes.

FATA has been using as a buffer zone since Pakistan came into being in 1947, in the beginning against Soviet Union to stop the advance of Communism, then in Afghan Jihad, then against the Northern Alliance, then as theater in War on Terror and now Pakistan is thinking of using it as a shield against Afghan National Army and against Indian influence in expected India-Pakistan war.

Pakistan will continue to interfere in FATA, because this is an integral part of the country and has pivotal role in the US led war against Islam. Now government is looking for some options how to merge FATA into national stream, these are to make it an independent province, or merge it with Peshawar or keep it as it is just replacing the FCR law with constitution.”

Referring to full implementation of sharia law in Pakistan

“No one can give the exact time frame of when it can happen, but there are hopes, we are heading towards it. We don’t know whether we will see the spring of the Sharia in our country in our lives or not but we are hope full that if not we then our next generations will Insha’Allah. One should clear this in his mind that what Sharia is? Some brothers assume that Sharia is the name of Islamic courts. Some are of the view that Sharia means Beards and Hijabs and others think lashings and chopping off hands.

All I mentioned is not total Sharia but some parts of Sharia and it is not our ultimate goal. Sharia means the Islamic political system that is Khilafah, the Islamic commercial system that is Interest and tax Free economic system, the Islamic judicial system, the Islamic education system and the Jihadi army instead of defense force.”

On Pakistan Air Force

“Before 9-11, The hypocrisy of Pakistan was in Islamic veil. We were taught in school that Pakistan came into being in the name of Islam, Pakistan means not literally but spiritually LA ILAHA ILULALLAH, Pakistan is a citadel of Islam and Pakistan is land for Muslims to live freely according to teachings of Islam.

We were taught in schools that Jihad is going on in Indian Kashmir, so the zeal of serving an Islamic country took me to Pakistan air force.

After joining the Air Force, what I found there was that Islam is not ruling or running this institution but Islam is being used as a tool to pervert the sentiments of Muslim soldiers for nationalistic cause.  I found their British norms were strictly observed and preferred over Islamic life style.

I deserted PAF many times, but the brothers in Jihad made my mind up to join back and prepare men in the military. I came back and my Commanding Officer put me in military jail, after that I started data, and I found a clandestine Jihad organization named IDARA tul Pakistan led by a Junior Commissioned Officer Doctor Khalid (May Allah grant him Jannah).

I joined that organization, we were about 200 soldiers within army, navy and air force. We all were loyal to the then Ameer ul Momineen Mullah Muhammad Umar and took the oath of his allegiance.

The we turned against our own regime, and we planned to assassinate Pervez Musharraf. The attempt failed and we all were arrested, punished by military courts and sent to jails.”

On joining TTP

“I was in death cell when TTP came into being, our Idara tul Pakistan mujahideen were all in jails. TTP announced their allegiance to Mullah Umar too, so I felt no issue working with TTP being in death cell. The TTP leadership was concerned about our detentions. Then finally TTP broke the Bannu prison and proved their promise of releasing the Muslim captives.

After Jail Break I was given an option by Commander Sajna Shaheed of TTP, the master mind of Bannu prison break that you are free to join any Jihadi group in Khorasan. We freed you for sake of Allah, now it’s your choice to work with any organization you like.

The I decided to join TTP as a foot soldier, because TTP is the biggest and strongest Jihadi organization in the Jihad against Pakistani regime.

Believers from around the world are welcome to Khorasan but they should keep in mind that our Jihadi front is Pakistan. We are fighting Pakistani forces and our concentration is upon Jihad in Pakistan. I also want to mention that our war is against the regime not against the people of Pakistan, our mission is to bring Islamic revolution not the destruction of infrastructure and we want to make it front line state for Jihad not against Jihad.

The Muslims of Pakistan support Tehreek Taliban Pakistan and the existence of jihad in Pakistan is the strong proof to it. No movement can sustain its existence without the support of masses.

We are still thousands in number, in the North from Gilgit to Chaman in the south we have our presence on 2500 km long AfPak border and daily we are inflicting the pain to Pakistan army on borders and in side cities.

We manage our finances and man power from Pakistan and this is impossible without public support. And if someone says that media in not speaking good about you and you have no public support then my answer to them is that contemporary media is not our standard nor our friend or sympathizer but tool of our enemies, playing a 5th generation war against us.

On skills needed to be a good mujahid and who to support

“There is a difference between a mujahid and a fighter. Not every soldier or fighter is a mujahid.

There are two type of qualities a mujahid must have. These are spiritual and physical, a mujahid is more spiritual than physical.

The foremost combat is with your own nafs, with yourself. Because nafs will always seduce you to follow desires, lust and comfort. It will malign your intention in one way or another, you are always in a full scale war with your own nafs. So a mujahid must quell his own nafs before anything. A mujahid must abstain himself from every type of sin and doubtful things.

The other qualities are physical, the stronger and fittest mujahid is better than weak and lazy one. The survival techniques and strategic knowledge can make you a conqueror. The political wisdom will help you in winning the hearts of masses. The arts of war will help you in defending your land and people.

I support the mujahideen of Ahle Sunnah Wal Jammah all over the world. I don’t support people of Takfir or mujahideen fighting under the banner of nationalism or taghut.

Muslims in the east and west living in dar ul kufr or else where are our brothers and sister, their blood, wealth and honor is sacred to us. As a Muslim brother I would like to advise them that they should remember the history of Al Andalus, Spain, the catastrophe which fell upon the Muslims living in Balkans after the Fall of Ottoman empire, the plight of Muslims after the Khanate of Bukhara in central Asia and the Fall of Muslim rule in India and history repeats itself.

On TTP and Al Qaeda

“There is no strategic or operational coordination and relationship between Al Qaida and TTP but both factions respect each other on the basis of Islamic brotherhood.

My personal opinion about Al Qaida tul Jihad is that Al Qaida is an ideology more than an organization, which gave a renaissance to Jihad in this century, when there was no Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan there was Al Qaeda. Al- Qaeda also laid the foundation of giving allegiance to one emir. If you find out the roots of any Jihadi movement in this century there is Al Qaeda ideology behind it completely or partially.

My personal view about Jihad is that Jihad is the only way out for the Muslims of the world. Nothing but Jihad can break the status Quo of the world powers. Jihad is the only solution of all problems and conflicts of the Muslim world. Neither Science nor technology, business or economy, roads or industries can take out us from the quagmire of subjugation but only and only Jihad can.  Without any sort of offence and defense capability Muslims are like sheep easy prey for the predators.”

On Afghanistan

“The cause of war in Afghanistan was “Sheikh Osama Bin Laden Rahimahullah”, western Powers wanted to capture him. Islamic Emirate declared him their Muslim brother and guest, so the war between Eman and Kufr began, losing all the kingdom for protection of a Muslim brother is unprecedented in world history.

There is a saying that it is easy to get into Afghanistan but it is hard to get out. Afghanistan is called the “grave yard of empires”. This country has always proved a quagmire for foreign invaders, nobody knows the time frame of this US-Afghan war but everyone believes that Afghans will prevail.

Mujahideen are fighting the world, with simple modest means for justice, defense of their lands and protections of their families against their imperialistic goals.

In Khorasan, all the mujahideen are under the Ba’yah of one Ameer, Mullah Hibatullah Akhund, for the time being as per policy of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, all mujahideen are free to adopt appropriate strategy for their Jihadi fronts. So principally we are under one emir.

It is a wise saying that you can start a war but you cannot end it, now we see western powers started war in Afghanistan but now they cannot end it unless Taliban let them go.”

On Syria

“I do feel connected to the struggle in Syria. All Muslims are brothers, like one body, and if a part of body is in pain, the whole body is in pain. We must understand the difference between victory and success, and between defeat and failure. We should not connect victory and success together.

The people who were burnt in ditches had lost the battle against the king but they were successful and the victorious king who killed all the faithful failed.

When I see myself and brothers in Syria, I feel myself inferior as they are fighting the world. And being here we are unable to help them. We just hear the news of calamities befall them day and night.

I don’t think I can advise Syrian mujahideen or Leaders but I have some humble suggestions and requests for them.”

No 1: “Unity is strength, here in Khorasan we see Islamic Emirate, one Jihadi organization versus US led and UN backed NATO coalition. US and UN is calling for peace talks; they want to end the war but Taliban are reluctant to give up their conditions.

So this is Quranic principle, Afghan Taliban are acting upon this golden rule and world powers are helpless to bring Taliban to negotiating table.

Taliban are the living example, if Syrian mujahideen follow the golden rule of unity, they can bring world to their feet.”

No 2:  “Free and Fear Jihad: Mujahideen in Syria must protect their Jihad from foreign influence, they must not allow their Jihad to be hijacked or controlled by foreign stakeholders.

The hijacked Jihad would never bring you freedom but more chaos and in-fights. The history of Afghan- Soviet Jihad tells us that mujahideen made mistakes, they followed the foreign hands in return for weapons and ammunition. After the defeat of USSR, we saw mujahideen became warlords, some of them became pro Iran, some pro Pakistan, some pro Saudi, and some pro India. The era of 1989 to 1996 was full of anarchy and civil war. So Syrian mujahideen must learn lessons for history.”

No 3: “Avoid Idealism: idealism is something which cannot be real. Sometimes we think beyond the ground realities. We forget that our jihad is still in its infant period, it needs nourishment, we forget that we are still not capable of leading the ummah, we forget that it will take a long time to break status quo of world powers.

We are in too much hurry to see an Islamic state form Indonesia to Spain.  This is all idealism.

We must think real, the reality is this, that we have to fight, we have to wage Jihad, the reality is this, that our ranks must be united, the reality is that we must be ready for more and more war until the fitnah ends and the Rule of Allah is implemented.”

No.4: Be Careful about General Public: “Public living inside or outside Mujahideen controlled area should be our concern, our Jihad is for change not for destruction, our Jihad is against corrupt rulers not against public, if we do not care about the lives and properties of public then we will lose the war at our own grounds, the public is like a sea and Mujahideen are like fish, the public is like trees and Mujahideen are like birds, how can a fish survive without water? And how birds can survive without trees?

This is one of the strategies of the enemy to isolate Mujahideen from general public, then it is easy for them to target Mujahideen. So Mujahideen must put an effort in to win the hearts and minds of general masses with Islamic virtues, tolerance, respect, good code of conduct and welfare projects.

Harassing them with weapons, humiliating them for not fighting with you side by side, labelling them as munafiq or spies without the decision of a court of law would bring you defeat on your own soil.”

No.5: Reprisal: “We must keep in mind that our every action good or bad would have influence on our brothers and sisters around the world. We must think wisely before taking such steps which reaction can befall if not upon us but on our brothers and sisters in faith somewhere in the world. Actions, which if we avoid would bring no harm to our Jihad or Islam.

For example, if we destroy or convert the church or synagogue in our conquered land then what should we expect for our mosques in our enemy controlled area?

If we make the women of our enemy concubines, then what o we deserve for our women in their territory?

If we burn their sacred books, we may see Quran burning in reprisal and if we abuse their deities, and they Speak against our true Lord, then who is giving them a chance.

One should object that our enemies are already doing such actions, yes off course they are doing these things but my point being, what they do, we should not be one who triggers it.”

End

So what is the future for Rasheed? His initial role in TTP was to head up a Taliban unit Ansar Al-Aseer tasked with freeing prisoners. He is currently involved in the charitable support of widows and children and has expressed an interest in developing his own media. Whether he continues with TTP or branches out alone to pursue other interests remains to be seen.

Links

Pakistan: Adnan Rasheed appears in new TTP training video and is set to launch new video link

https://activist1.blog/2018/01/15/pakistan-adnan-rasheed-appears-in-new-ttp-training-video-and-is-set-to-launch-new-media-link/

“Taliban commander Adnan Rasheed advises Pakistan’s armed forces to repent, revise and revolt”

https://activist1.blog/2015/01/05/taliban-commander-adnan-rasheed-advises-pakistans-armed-forces-to-repent-revise-and-revolt/

 

“Taliban commander Adnan Rasheed narrates in new video exploring independence day and the horrific history of Pakistan”

https://activist1.blog/2015/09/05/taliban-commander-adnan-rasheed-narrates-in-new-video-exploring-independence-day-and-the-horrific-history-of-pakistan/

 

“Taliban: Five year old daughter of Adnan Rasheed recites an audio message to Malala”

https://activist1.blog/2016/11/23/afpak-taliban-commander-adnan-rasheeds-daughter-age-5-recites-an-audio-speech-to-malala/

 

“Letter to Malala from TTP militant Adnan Rasheed”

https://activist1.blog/2013/07/17/letter-to-malala-from-ttp-militant-adnan-rasheed-3/

 

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a former Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.

 

 

 

 

 

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