Contaminated Blood: Gross double standards in relation to two poisoning cases

Poison: Any substance that can cause severe organ damage or death if ingested, breathed in, injected into the body or absorbed through the skin. Many substances that normally cause no problems, including water and most vitamins, can be poisonous if taken in excessive quantity. Poison treatment depends on the ‘substance.

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In 2010 it was reported in the media that a number of police officers that had eaten contaminated chicken and tuna sandwiches ordered from a café in Birmingham, England became very ill with food poisoning. There was a criminal investigation immediately though the poisoning is described as being “inadvertent”.

Some officers end up in hospital though “none was admitted overnight” according to the Express newspaper. The police were described as “mentally scarred and even feared they would die” through this incident which was judged to have been “avoidable”. Fortunately, no-one does die, HOWEVER the pensioner who made the sandwiches which the police ate, faced 4 charges of breaching food hygiene regulations and received a 4 month suspended sentence, a fine (which she could not pay) so instead was electronically tagged with an overnight curfew. The woman was also ordered to pay costs. The point being, this incident was taken seriously, was investigated by the police and there were consequences for the woman’s actions! (See following link)

Police were ‘poisoned’ by food from filthy café (Express, Dec 8th 2010)

“A CAFE owner inadvertently poisoned 47 police”

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/216110/Police-were-poisoned-by-food-from-filthy-cafe

In an incident years earlier, around 4,500 UK haemophiliacs were given contaminated blood in the 1970s and 80s in the form of factor concentrates made from pooled plasma to treat a condition where their blood does not clot properly. This so called “miracle” treatment allegedly violated all kinds of safety rules, breached by both governments and pharmaceutical companies. The blood of haemophiliacs became poisoned with HIV and hepatitis viruses plus they were later exposed to new variant CJD.

Over 3,000 haemophiliacs died in the most horrific way, the rest survive but remain extremely traumatized and in very poor health which affects them not only for a few days but for the rest of their lives and has a long-term impact on their families also. HOWEVER with this incident, unlike the later police poisoning case, despite haemophiliacs and their families going to the police to report an alleged crime, there are no proper criminal investigations, no prosecutions of any kind and not even suspended sentences!

The UK Contaminated Blood scandal was initially seen as an “inadvertent” infection by government HOWEVER Health Minister, Anne Milton, later removed this word admitting it was incorrect and agreed it could no longer be used. In fact, Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt had to apologize to the widow of a haemophiliac for using the word in a letter to her written on this tragedy.

The question is….Did the first incident only get investigated because it affected the police? Don’t the lives of disabled persons matter? The complacency over what happened to the haemophilia community is deeply disturbing. How can two cases be treated so differently? It smacks of gross double standards and a complete lack of accountability regarding the devastation inflicted upon a vulnerable population through a case of mass poisoning which affected a large percentage of a distinct and now severely depleted patient group. Ironically this could have been largely prevented had the plasma companies and governments here and abroad adhered to strict safety measures regarding the collection of blood and held off introducing factor concentrates onto the market until a way could be found to virally inactivate hepatitis!

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 was a 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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Invaluable speech by the Deputy leader of the Islamic Emirate, Khalifa Sahib Sirajuddin Haqqani (HA), at a great assembly of Mujahidin

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Dear respected Mujahidin brothers,

Honorable Mashaikh and esteemed scholars,

Assalam-u-alaikum,

May Allah Almighty accept all your sacrifices, difficulties and hardships.

I congratulate you on your Jihadi victories and successes in the path of freedom of our country.

Yes! In this way, many of our dear friends have been martyred, I wish all of them a high place in Paradise from Allah the Almighty and patience and blessings for their families. Believe me! Whenever I speak in front of scholars and elders, I find myself weak.

However, due to the need of the hour and our related work, I consider it a great pleasure for myself to meet you. Believe me, I had this wish since a long time that the Almighty grant me a chance to participate in gatherings with my colleagues, so that I may share with them both joys and sorrows.

Praise be to Allah, this meeting today (although not in the most assuring circumstances), is because of the sacrifices of friends which has provided an atmosphere and opportunity in which we and you can meet and sit together with confidence, which itself is a great achievement.

Brothers!  The leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is proud of how diligently you are carrying out the responsibilities that we and you are responsible for and may Allah bless you with the acceptance of all your sacrifices and efforts. We are satisfied with your performance, may Allah be pleased with you.

Dear brothers! You are well aware that the responsibilities of jihadi affairs are very delicate and sensitive. The damage is visible. If a person commits disobedience, laziness and unlawful acts against it than he will be disgraced by Allah Almighty after a while, may Allah protect all of us from such situations.

I believe that you will be aware that today the entire world recognizes the political, jihadi and cultural unity, relentless sacrifices and iron clad perseverance of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Friends and foes alike acknowledge it, so we must not lose our unity and courage. Look!  Do not let the fear of Allah, both overt and covert, leave your heart and follow and obey Allah and His Messenger, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, and all his commands, because with the passage of time as the workload and service lengthens, man naturally develops a tendency towards materialism. Beware!  If you show such inclination, success will turn into failure and degradation.

Praise be to Allah.  Now you are at the forefront of conquests, rewards and progress.  Twenty years ago today, when the jihad began, we were faced with extreme poverty, hardships and difficulties. No Mujahid ever thought that one day we would face such an improved state? Or that we will crush the arrogance of the rebellious emperors of the world and force them to admit their defeat at our hands? Fortunately, today we and you are experiencing better circumstances. It is the result of your sacrifices and the gratitude of those, and no one gave it as a grant to us.

Friends! As you know, the beginning of the ongoing jihad was done with sincerity and pure intentions because at that time there were no material incentives, responsibilities or positions of power.  There was no province, there was no district, there was no faction, there was no position, no state and no management. Everyone considered jihad a divine responsibility regardless of what would happen next, success or failure. There was only a wave of passion that we would do our Islamic duty (jihad) before considering anything else. On the other hand, friends and foes alike were saying that you are facing mountains and fires, it is impossible, don’t get yourselves tired and don’t waste your lives unnecessarily. There is no power in the world who will support you and do not think that you will win again because such is not possible. But Allah’s promise of victory to Muslims is predestined, our faith is firm in the word of Allah and in the guidance of the Holy Prophet (SAW), and it was and is our belief whether we are present or not. In both cases, we are satisfied with Allah’s judgments and decisions, and we will strive for the supremacy of Allah’s religion, although we will not show our weakness.

So, it is important that we not forget the situation or time in which the aim was not for position, for material gains or fame, but all deeds were done due to sympathy for the oppressed and suffering Muslims and Afghans. Therefore, at that time no one even imagined ideological differences and issues. Of course, after the expansion of responsibilities and positions, some issues naturally came to forefront. These issues arose because I think there was a difference in intentions.

So, we need to read and revisit the belief, the jihad and the passion that we had at the beginning of the jihad, never attribute the jihadi service to responsibility, never consider it to be materialistic, but I observe it sometimes.  They are good, strong and sincere Mujahideen, but they do not consider themselves obligated until they are given responsibility. However, jihad is a great act of worship, which is obligatory on both men and women.

Brothers!  We will take part in jihad with the intention of worship, and we must keep in mind that we will be held by Allah Almighty accountable for our Jihadi tools and equipment.

As time went on and our structures expanded, more commissions were formed, institutions were created.  Initially there were several commissions, all the work would be concentrated in them, later when more commissions were formed according to needs, naturally, regulations and procedures were made for each and every commission, all of which were passed and evaluated by the sheikhs and scholars.  And after consensus was reached, it was handed over to the concerned department for implementation.

But unfortunately, I have to say that sometimes I feel that the spirit of coordination and mutual understanding between our commissions is fading, or in other words, sometimes one commission considers itself against another commission as one state against another, or as one party is at a distance from the other. All our commissions should work together in coordination, unity and cooperation and lend a helping hand to each other. Every responsible person should consider it his responsibility to coordinate between the commissions because all commissions have one house, one entity, one honor and one dignity.  Allah Almighty forbid, if a defect is found in a branch, it will hurt our honor and dignity, and our status it will be like betrayal. If we see harm anywhere, instead of promoting it, airing it, spreading it, confusing people’s minds and turning it into a point of discord, we need to research and find answers.

If you do not agree with and understanding something, we shall send it to the responsible authority to find out if it is compliant with Shariah? If yes, it will convince you and if not, we will thank you and will correct the mistake for future. “Instead of propagating against each other and conspiring.”  We must keep all the departments of the Emirate united and support them in every possible way as we consider ourselves servants in the service of the colleagues of each department. The service rendered to us must be performed in accordance with the procedural rules in such a way that not a single collision occurs and we are supported.

Another point of obedience:

Do not consider yourself unaware of things apart from affairs of your own group, faction, district, province, constituency, military commission and beyond. Officials should try to get the regulations of other commissions, study them carefully and familiarize themselves with them so that they do not clash with other departments.

Whenever a problem arose and we investigated, the fault was in violation of the rules.  If we follow the rules and regulations of all institutions, there will be no problems or conflicts. Certainly, with the passage of time, there will be changes in a person during jihad, from a nobody to a man, from an anonymous figure to a famous individual, from an unarmed peasant to a chief, from a poor man to a rich man, from a person without position a person of power.

If we avoid self-gratification and indulgence and only aim for the pleasure of Allah and to raise the word of Allah, then Allah will be pleased with us and we will be on the path of Jihad. But if we go the other way, the end will be like some of the former jihadi leaders who are now standing by the side of the disbelievers, destroying both this world and the Hereafter.

Dear brothers, be extremely careful for the greater the benefits of jihad, the greater the promises and dangers associated with it.

Brothers! There are many great men but they do not accept responsibilities and do not hope for positions because they are afraid that they will commit a mistake and Allah will punish them, putting their end in jeopardy. May Allah grant us and all of you steadfastness and perseverance in following Shariah.

The source of success and defeat has been made known to us by the Holy Prophet who ordered the his companions in the battle of Uhud to hold their position on Mount Al-Rama, and to not leave whether victory or failure. However, some of the companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) disobeyed these instructions which caused great hardship and pain to all Muslims, especially the army of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

This was the case in the superior times of past, but in this age of ours, when we look at our actions, we will see how many violations are being committed. Then, on the basis of these violations, the entire army and system of jihad experiences harm.

Yes!  Martyrdom is a great blessing and honor. We all ask for martyrdom but we must also pay attention to our deeds. In Mujahideen, when differences of opinion increase, their sincerity will decrease and their malice will increase, resulting in an increase of inefficacious martyrdoms that boost the morale of the enemy and negatively impact that of the Mujahideen.

Yes!  The only reason for this misfortune is pessimism, discord and verbal disputes. Allah the Exalted says:

‎«وَأَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَلَا تَنَازَعُوا فَتَفْشَلُوا وَتَذْهَبَ رِيحُكُمْ». الآية.

You should try — even if the leader of the group, the district governor, the head of the governor’s commission is not palatable to your nature — to obey Allah and His Messenger for the sake of elevating the religion of Allah. Each one of you should think that I am doing this service in obedience to this leader for the sake of Allah and His Messenger, regardless if the status of the leader increases with it, even if not liked by us. Everyone shall think that I will not diminish my sincerity but will give strength and honor to the divine religion and the Islamic Emirate.

The Islamic Emirate is the home of our faith and our religion, in which we are all united in a sacred bond.

The Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate do not have salaries, wages and privileges as opposed to world governments that operate in a way where everyone seeks privileges and rewards in return for every service. But we will consider this as a hadith of blessing, like the Prophets (peace and blessings of Allah be upon them) who were sent as messengers and when they began preaching among their people, they would exclaim that they do not seek any reward from them, rather it is Allah that rewards them.

It show my salutation to the faith and honor of all our Mujahideen who have spent five-six months in military service and that they did not tell us that there is a problem and need in my house therefore I cannot do this service. Even though I am aware that you have driven rickshaws in the bazaar for domestic necessities, you have done manual labor, but you have not reached out to others and you have not refused to do jihad, may Allah bless you and bestow upon you happiness and success in this world and in the hereafter. Satisfied with your sincerity, I would also like to urge you to be sincerer and cooperate with your elders in matters of Shariah. This sincerity and selflessness is the secret of your success.

As you know, the Americans themselves declared that not a single American has been killed in a year, which means that they are surprised that the Taliban are so obedient to their leaders that when ordered, they implemented in unison under one command and under one leadership, from Badakhshan to Kunduz, Kandahar, Paktia, Nangarhar and everywhere.

Always try to lend a helping hand to each other and keep yourself away from each other’s frustrations. Many of our colleagues are upset with others when they are alive, but when they are martyred, all begin praising and shedding tears. Respect each other in life, be patient with each other, and be merciful with each other. The elders should have compassion upon those younger, and the younger should respect their elders.  Whoever respects the other, Allah willing, our ranks will become stronger.

We have defeated the enemy with the help of Allah not with physical tools, but broken the enemies with our unity and harmony. The blessing of this alliance is that the enemy has now failed and knows that they have employed all kinds of machinations against the Mujahideen, yet they have not defeated their determination, their intentions, and they have not backed down from their thinking and position. Now the only tactic they continually use again and again is how to create rifts between them, and how to create discord?

They are trying to do so because they have thwarted countless Islamic movements with this tactic and that is through creating discord and disunity in their ranks.

If you look and see that a person doing wrong, and although you are not responsible for it, you should thorough investigate the matter and then tell them privately that such actions are for bad yourself and for the entire system. There are losses and they shall focus on self-improvement. And if you are aware that they are insisting upon it on purpose, then you are obliged to take the complaint to a person of authority.

Always try to be ones whom enjoin good and forbid evil among themselves because those who genuinly possesses this attribute, no one can sow hypocrisy and division among them.

The rights of the oppressed and the weak:

There are many widows and orphans among you, and all of you are aware of the situation. When I meet you, it is mostly either the second or third leader of the group, or first or second brother has been martyred, his second or third brother has joined the jihad, or other family members.

But look!  No house and group is free from martyrs, … we have thousands of martyrs in every province, so look after their widows and orphans!  Allah’s help depends on the cries and pleas of the weak, so try not to lose their rights, because Allah Almighty helps those who are oppressed, the widows, orphans, the disabled, prisoners and refugees.  If we take care of them and consider ourselves below them, then Allah will help us all circumstances.

The Islamic Emirate has established a very small order for this purpose but it is necessary to constantly inquire about such people and cooperate with them, and this should be done by the leader of the group, the head of the group and the family. Do not leave their pleas for someone else. So far every petition that has come to us by families of martyrs, and all praise belong to Allah, we have not sent them empty handed. But you must pay more attention to it because if someone has seen it for himself, then they will look at this in the same as their own.

In our own home, there are orphans. When we enter the house, we cannot open our arms to our sons. The orphans are there and we feel ashamed of it. No matter how well we take care of them, we see signs of sadness on their faces and because of them, we have seemingly also orphaned our children, so that there will be no grief in their hearts. And may Allah not count it in hypocrisy, we have provided them with every convenience of life, but rest assured that I have not seen any joy in their faces even in the occassion of Eid.

And every one of you will be left with an orphan, but because the fathers of these orphans have made great sacrifices and shed so much pure blood, we need to respect and honor them. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came into a dream of someone and he saw that his blessed clothes was completely stained with blood. Someone asked him: What is this blood? The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) replied: This is the blood of the martyrs of Afghanistan. This is very honorable and precious blood that shall not fall to the ground.

I am saying that we have defeated an arrogant power at the cost and blessing of the blood of these martyrs. We are walking with our heads high because of the sacrifices of the blood of these martyrs. Thanks to the blood of these martyrs, we have wealth and opportunities. So you have to tread carefully and take great care of these oppressed people!  Even though begging is in not allowed, I will do it but I will stand firm with you in it, Allah willing, and not upset the families of the martyrs, the widows, the orphans and the disabled brothers.

I often receive information about the situation of widows. The condition in which some of the widows are living is very bad. With due respect as they are the widows of our Mujahideen, I want to say that some of them have been treated badly by their relatives. We have heard that the widow of the martyr has been kicked out of the house by the brother of the martyr and she is forced to beg in the bazaar, and they also send messages to us that the situation is bad but they still pray for us in their messages, that May Allah Almighty protect our leadership despite the hardships we face. Not one or two, dozens of widows have reported this situation and you are responsible, my friends and you shall be concerned.

Attention! My friends.

Widows are such a part of our nation whose prayers bring Allah’s help, but with its sighs of sorrow, we all will be harmed.

About the current political situation:

Most of the comrades have concerns about the political situation. I would like to clarify a little bit about it, even if it is not related to this assembly, but because the fruits of jihad also depend on our political office as well and we look forward to it. Praise be to Allah, as you have given a steady and positive momentum in the military arena and have succeeded in your goals, now the burden and pressure on our shoulders is all on the political office. Our colleugues are working hard, so do not fall into misunderstandings, do not be influenced by the biased propaganda of the enemy.

Brothers!  During the signing of the agreement, the esteemed Sheikh Sahib Amir al-Mu’minin was very careful. I swear by Allah, I have never him so busy in military affairs as in political affairs. In a simple detail, which is superficial, he refers it to the leadership council and after the leadership council he refers it to the sheikhs, and after complete satisfaction, he sends it the office in Qatar. Praise be to Allah, the agreement went well, and in the first phase, 5,000 prisoners were released.

It was written that they would withdraw and end the occupation completely. Praise be to Allah, in all resolutions, the Islamic Emirate successfully reached its goal in the first round. Now the question arises as to what mistakes are being made by the Americans, NATO allies who are violating the agreement, for example with a raid in one place, bombing in another place … This is not acceptable for the pride of our Mujahideen. But the esteemed Sheikh Sahib (may Allah protect him) says: We have adhered to Shari’a, we have the sacred religion of Islam. In the history of Islam, the Muslims have not broken a treaty, rather it has been the infidels who have violated it. Even if we are going to abrogate the treaty, it will not be based on treachery and deceit.

Our leader instructs Mujahiddin not commit any violations. If the agreement is going to be abrogated, we will clearly inform the international community regarding any development. However, despite these violations by the other side, our honorable Sheikh instructs and commands all officials and commanders to take full care of the agreement. If we deceitfully conquer ten provinces, it is not a victory for us which  displeases Allah and tarnishes the glorious history of Islam and Muslims.

We have never broken any agreement in history, but the enemy has always committed treachery. Despite violations, our agreement will not be based on deception. The pride and honor of our Mujahidin cannot tolerate continued violations of the agreement by the other side. Since the US administration has changed, NATO & US are bluffing. Don’t be affected by these bluffs. 15 years ago,we fought them with faith & with weaker military strength. Today we have both. We have the technology to use drones, we have our own missiles. This time if the Mujahideen resume fighting, it would be something they have never seen before. They will wish the battlefield was like in the past.

I was guiding the Mujahideen so that the agreement is not violated by us. The Mujahideen were hit by eight drones that day. They had prepared to retaliate, but I told them to be patient. In the Hudaybiyyah treaty that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) signed, the Companions drew their swords, but they were patient. Then it was the blessing of the peace agreement that the disbelievers were compelled to send a message to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) to call back his companions. Abu Jandal and Abu Baseer (may Allah be pleased with them). Allah willing, another empire of the world will be defeated thanks to your sacrifices, and we will be witness that day when it happens. Keeping the treaty is not our degradation and weakness, but we record it in the history of compliance with the Shariah.

If we have waged jihad, we have continued it according to Shari’ah, and if we have continued the talks, we have continued it according to Shari’ah. We have submitted ourselves to Sharia, and not to our innerdesires. You see how many movements were there? But they aren’t there today, why? Because they didn’t follow Shariah. If we hold fast to faith and Shariah, I assure you of success in this world and the hereafter.

Mujahideen brothers!  I do not even consider myself equal to the dust of your feet. I, who has gone out with the Mujahideen, felt that I can’t carry a single bag with me. Sometimes my shawl would be wrapped around me and it would be a burden for me. I was surprised and would say to myself : Subhan Allah, how can the Mujahideen walk for 12 hours. They carry Rockets, bullets and be with them, they go hungry and thirsty, they fight and fight in such situations, they take martyrs and take the wounded with them …

When our brother Nasiruddin was martyred, and especially after the demise of the late Mullah Sahib, I used to sit in meetings a lot. There I saw the position of the Sheikh and of the Leadership Council, who were so steadfast and firm on Shari’a, my belief became so strong that even if everyone else changed their position, personalities in the leadership council will not sell Islam and the homeland.

The late Mullah Sahib did not leave us a legacy on which someone can put us to shame and give us bad name. The only reason that Allah Almighty has given such a high position to the Emirate is because the scholars of truth are at the forefront of it.

Today you are sitting in the form of disciples to these sheikhs, this is your success and perfection. As long as we value scholars and leaders in our hearts, Allah will keep you successful. These sheikhs gave you precious time, and you gave your precious time to them, may Allah reward you all. Do not limit yourself to these lessons, but apply them to yourself.

This year, twice I visited different provinces of the country and I noticed two things. One was that our nation has given unspeakable sacrifices with us, yet this nation is in fear of us. Because the propaganda of the world that the Taliban kill people, spreads extremism and terror, the people also keep this in mind and then not a single good word can be given to you for good and wellbeing because of the suspicion on their mind.

Treat this nation in a way that exalts itself! This nation has gone through unprecented pain and suffering with us, and is continues enduring it! So take this step and humble yourselves in front of this afflicted nation. Don’t drive your car in way that frightens the people or hurts this nation, don’t do things that make you look unaccountable. Make a solemn promise not to hurt the people!

If it there are land disputes and other legal issues … the Islamic Emirate has set up its own organs for everything. There are courts, there is a military commission, there is invitation, there is intelligence, there are civilian casualties and there are complaints … everything is there.  But keep and respect the people’s opinion on every issue.

One evening, I saw Mujahideen vehicles speeding so fast that people would avoid them. There is a place for strength. Allah says:

‎«مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ وَالَّذِينَ مَعَهُ أَشِدَّاءُ عَلَي الْكُفَّارِ رُحَمَاءُ بَيْنَهُمْ». الآية

And Allah says:

‎«أَذِلَّةٍ عَلَي المُؤمِنينَ أَعِزَّةٍ عَلَي الكافِرينَ». الآية

Pride shall be directed towards the invaders, do not practice arrogance over these Muslims, the poor and the needy. Although the situation is not normal and we are facing extraordinary challenges, do not make the people feel that the Taliban are oppressing them. Encourage, respect and protect the people everywhere.

The second thing I noticed: you have become weak in your routines and worships. Your five daily prayers are not in congregation. The prayer timings are known. For the importance of prayers in congregation considers this that even in times of war, the Shari’ah has shown us the method of congregational prayers in the form of prayer of fear. We have been told by the people that the Mujahideen sleep in the mosques at night, and are not getting up for morning prayers, and they shout at us and get angry when we ask them to pray. With this, you should follow the recitation of the holy Qur’an after prayers, and do not forget its importance. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) continued to pray until dawn, despite the news of victory came for him.

If our spiritual connection with Allah is broken and the importance of remembrance, prayer and recitation is not a matter of concern, then dear brothers, where shall victory come from? Whoever prays to Allah, remembers, worships and does good deeds, the angels also know the voice in the heavens, but whoever does not recite the prayers and worships, the angels do not know the voice of who it is. So keep in touch with Allah Almighty, seek His pleasure, make your morals, nature, soul, yourself the character in adherence to Shariah.  Don’t think that I am the leader of the group, the district governor, the governor, the head of the commission … Don’t be misguided by having responsibility.

In the time of the Prophets and Companions, when they were relieved of their responsibilities, they would give thanks to Allah and would ask Allah that I don’t want to be rewarded for this service and responsibility, rather don’t hold me accountable. Nowadays, when we are relieved of our responsibilities, we start imploring for the responsibilities on our own, we are directly and indirectly proposing one way or another that so-and-so deserves and so-and-so deserves.

Yes!  I will respect you, I will give you responsibility and position, but will it be in the true sense of the word? Will it be fully fulfilling of your responsibility? We don’t want anything else, we have given you a guideline, just follow that.

No matter how many officials have changed, in my time it has not come into my notice that someone has been removed because of treachery, but we have removed them for incompetence and carelessness, and If we find that a person does not abide by the procedural rules, we compare it with another, and say that he is not fit for the job because he doesn’t have the tolerance to implement the principles of the Islamic Emirate.

If your leaders are not to your liking, do not like or dislike them because of your favoritism and choice, but consider Shari’ah and the fact that this system will be harmed If I object. Just say to yourself, that I will keep my mouth shut, I will continue this service with courage and sincerity. I will give and I will obey. So if you obey, others will do the same. In this regard, Allah will bless you.

I would like to make a note: we are aware of the weaknesses and mistakes of many colleuges, but we still do not decide to dismiss them because we respect your personality and status, we know that you have sacrificed in Jihad.  Along the way you have endure fatigue and are exposed to the enemy, but you must also correct yourself.

We have set up a Da’wah Guidance Commission for reforms, so do not expel people from Jihad and do not rebuke them so much that Muslims become suspicious of them. Give them an opportunity to wage jihad and provide service, create an atmosphere of love and brotherhood with it. Look!  If you do not take these people among yourself, the door of enemy is always open for them.

We are a handful of Mujahideen, when someone gets upset with a Mujahid, they do not let him go until they deviate him from this path. Try to correct whatever it is, do not cut someone off, but show compassion and mercy. Why do we call people to Islam and then expel them from Jihad?! Look! The days and nights of jihad are limited, then we will hope and wish that we can find the sweetness and pleasure of this worship.

Now, for example, in Nangarhar, we need Mujahideen formations to come to us from Wardak, Ghazni, other provinces, so when we say to the Mujahideen that they are needed there then sometimes they say: We have passed our turn, it is winter, we will go in the spring … So what if it is winter or if it is spring, isn’t the duty obligatory, because you have pledged that we will obey in both hardships and ease.  You knew that people would come to you for help from anywhere, you try, when you are finished from your job here, don’t spend extra time, go to them, help them, Allah will reward you.

You know the story of the time of the Companions. You know the story of the battle of Tabuk in the books of hadith. The three Companions whom failed go our to jihad and how much they suffered and how much trials and tribulations were faced by them. One of the companions said, “I will offer the Friday prayer in congregation after the Messenger of Allah, may Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him and then I will join him.” The Messenger of Allah, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him said to him: Why did you stay? He replied:”I had these virtues in mind,”. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

‎«لَغَدْوَةٌ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ أَوْ رَوْحَةٌ خَيْرٌ مِنَ الدُّنْيَا وَمَا فِيهَا».

A day in the path of Allah is better than the world and all that it contains.

Nowadays we have forgotten this concept of Jihad!  So we should go to the aid of our comrades wherever they are in need, whether in Kunduz or in Badakhshan … Now the enemy is trying to divide the Mujahideen on basis of ethnicity, region and language. But to prevent this, we will go to the aid of our brethern everywhere.

Brothers! Man is very neglectful, and maybe we have violated each others rights, so forgive me, and we forgive you. And may Allah be pleased with you.  The Commander of the Faithful is very kind to you and prays for you. May Allah bring better times in the future.

I entrust the rest to Allah, may Allah bless you with happiness in this world and in the Hereafter

‎و آخر دعوانا أَن الْحَمْد للَّه رَب الْعالَمِين

5th Rajab ul Murajab 1442 Hijri

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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 was a 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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Statement of Islamic Emirate on first anniversary of Doha Agreement

Doha Qatar 29th February 2020
(Post via Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan)

On the 5th of Rajab 1441 Hijri Lunar corresponding with 10th Hoot 1338 Hijri Solar, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and the United States of America signed a historic deal in the presence of international observers along with the foreign ministers and representatives of multiple countries.

This agreement is a historic accord between the people of Afghanistan and the people of America because it is aimed at ending the twenty-year imposed war.

We congratulate everyone specifically our beloved compatriots and valiant Mujahideen on the first anniversary of this momentous agreement.

The United States of America has committed itself in the agreement that in fourteen months following this date, they will withdraw all their military personnel along with those of their allies and coalition as well as all non-diplomatic civilian personnel, private contractors, trainers, advisors and service providers.

On the other side, the Islamic Emirate committed itself to not allow anyone to use the soil of Afghanistan to threaten the security of the United States of America and its allies.

On the basis of this historic agreement, five thousand prisoners of the Islamic Emirate and one thousand of the other side were released and the intra-Afghan talks subsequently launched. Even though this process was unfortunately delayed for six months, this delay was not on part of the Islamic Emirate.

But in spite of this, the release of prisoners and launch of intra-Afghan dialogue served as positive momentum towards finding a resolution to the Afghan issue and for bringing peace and prosperity to the people.

The release of six thousand prisoners was in reality a cause for joy and celebration for six thousand Afghan families.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan would like to communicate its stance on the first anniversary of this agreement as following:

1 – The Islamic Emirate is committed on its part to all contents of the agreement and views its implementation the sole effective tool for resolving the Afghan issue and establishing peace, that shall be realized under the shade of an Islamic system.

2 – The Islamic Emirate also calls on the other party to the agreement (United States of America) to honor its own commitments towards security and stability in Afghanistan by implementing all parts of the agreement.

3 – The release of remaining prisoners and end of blacklists are part of the agreement that have yet to be implemented. Practical steps must by undertaken to expedite the ongoing intra-Afghan dialogue process. The implementation of the agreement must be utilized to improve the situation and pushing it in the wrong direction must be avoided.

4 – The Doha agreement has created a practical framework for bringing peace and security to Afghanistan. If any other pathway is pursued as a replacement, then it is already doomed to failure.

5 – The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has significantly reduced the level of operations in line with the Doha agreement. No operations have targeted major military and intelligence centers, martyrdom operations have seized, provinces have not been overrun, provincial capitals have not been attacked, district centers have not been targeted, and this is known and clear to everyone.

However, the other side has not fulfilled its obligations in this regard as bombardments, drone strikes, raids and offensive operations that were all prohibit on the basis of the agreement are still continuing, which is mostly causing civilian harm and increasing the levels of violence.

Moreover, some circles with their interests tied to foreign actors have recently launched a wave of targeted attacks especially against civilians with the aim of showing the situation as teetering on the brink of a crisis, and to create excuses for the continuation of occupation and war.

6 – But despite these shortcomings, the agreement is still moving in a positive direction, the results of which shall be beneficial for all parties. In line with this agreement, a large part of foreign forces specifically American forces have withdrawn from our country, while the rest must also withdraw within the specified date. Similarly, the Islamic Emirate has also shown complete adherence to its commitments and continues to honor them.

7 – The State of Qatar, Security Council along with all other countries and international observers that participated in the signing ceremony have an obligation in the complete implementation of the agreement that must be fulfilled.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

16/07/1442 Hijri Lunar

10/12/1399 Hijri Solar                  28/02/2021 Gregorian

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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 was a 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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Former Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan pens letter to PM Imran Khan asking for rights of detained family members to be respected

Twitter profile photo of Ehsanullah Ehsan former Pakistan Taliban spokesperson

(real name Liaqat Ali) 

Ehsanullah Ehsan, a former spokesperson for the insurgent group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and later breakaway group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (TTP JA) has written to Prime Minister Imran Khan calling for the rights of his family members to be respected after they were allegedly abducted and detained by the Pakistan military.

TTP, the country’s largest and deadliest militant organization was formed under Baitullah Mehsud in 2007 (later killed in a US drone strike) and has carried out a string of attacks against Pakistan security forces. Whilst acting as spokesman for TTP, Ehsan claimed responsibilty on behalf of the group for the heavily criticised attack on schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai. Express Tribune quoted a Taliban statement sent to media shortly afterwards which read,

“We targeted her because she would speak against the Taliban while sitting with shameless strangers and idealized the biggest enemy of Islam, Barack Obama.”

“We did not attack her for raising voice for education. We targeted her for opposing mujahideen and their war,” 

Ehsan left TTP to help form TTP JA and condemned the TTP attack on the Army School Peshawar (APS) where many schoolchildren were killed, an operation carried out after he left the organization. He made himself available to media and human rights activists and took notice of concerns over the killing of health workers involved in polio vaccination. (Problems arose when CIA used a vaccination programme involving a Pakistani doctor as cover when staking out Osama bin Laden prior to his assassination in Abottabad. This led to many health workers not implicated being viewed as spies). The killings became a lot less in the years that followed though other insurgent groups still carry out attacks on occasion.

Ehsan later defected from TTP JA citing differences with the group and gave himself up to Pakistan security forces, stating his desire to lead a peaceful life. Ehsan claims he was given legal immunity and financial support for his new life where he, his wife and children resided under house arrest… see following article from Al Jazeera,

Pakistan Taliban Ehsanullah Ehsan “surrenders”

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/pakistani-taliban-leader-ehsanullah-ehsan-surrenders-170417131146226.html

Ehsan became dissatisfied with what he describes as the military going back on their word and took the decision to escape leaving Pakistan for a new location. Interior Minister Ijaz Shah confirmed the escape to journalists in February 2020. Ehsan was recently interviewed by Asad Hashim for Al Jazeera where he made comment on his former group TTP,

Ehsan said the killing of Pakistani Taliban leaders such as then-chief Maulana Fazlullah in a 2018 US drone attack, and senior leaders Khalid Haqqani and Shahryar Mehsud two months ago have affected the organisation, but not decimated it.

“Their ability to launch attacks has definitely decreased, but they are not yet finished,” Ehsan said. “They will continue to try to prove their presence.”

Full interview can be read here,

Exclusive: Pakistani Taliban down but not out, says ex-spokesperson

Ehsanullah Ehsan speaks out for the first time after escaping from Pakistani military custody in January.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/04/exclusive-ehsanullah-ehsan-pakistan-taliban-spokesman-200403075526508.html

In the following letter penned by Ehsan (real name Liaqat Ali) he highlights the abduction and detention of relatives and requests help from Khan.

Whatever Ehsanullah Ehsan may or may not have done, the rights of his family members need to be protected. They must either be charged or set free. They cannot be subjected to collective punishment and they cannot be detained indefinately where no offence has taken place. Imran Khan has in the past spoken out regarding enforced disappearances which are common in Pakistan. In March 2019, Amnesty International reported,

The new government of Prime Minister Imran Khan has committed to criminalizing enforced disappearances. In January 2019, Pakistan’s Ministry of Human Rights submitted a draft bill to the Ministry of Law and Justice to criminalize enforced disappearances,[4] through an amendment in the Pakistan Penal Code. Shireen Mazari, the Minister of Human Rights has also stated that the government wants to sign[5] the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. While criminalization of enforced disappearance is an important and positive first step in ending these ongoing human rights violations, the process has not included consultations with civil society groups and victims’ families.

Full statement can be read here…

Pakistan: Enduring Enforced Disappearances

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/research/2019/03/pakistan-enduring-enforced-disappearances/

Human Rights are not selective and Prime Minister Khan now has an opportunity to demonstrate he is a man of integrity by ordering an investigation into the disappearance of Ehsan’s family members and friend. The letter of appeal has been sent to Khan’s office and a response is awaited.

Links

Conversation with Taliban on polio, education, non-harbis and a dominant narrative (Oct 28th, 2013) 

https://activist1.blog/2013/10/28/conversation-with-taliban-on-polio-education-non-harbis-and-a-dominant-narrative/

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 was a 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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UK govt should pay haemophiliacs given Contaminated Blood £100 a day per virus from date of infection to match pay of Coronavirus volunteers

Decades of campaigning by haemophiliacs and families and still no compensation for victims

(Haemophilia Campaign Archives)

Letter to Cabinet Office sent March 10th 2020

Dear Sir/Madam, (Haemophiliacs, Contaminated Blood and Compensation)

 

I note with great interest the following article,

 

“Coronavirus: Volunteers offered £100 a day to be infected with virus in race to find vaccine” (Independent, 10th March 2020)

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/coronavirus-vaccine-quarantined-volunteers-test-virus-uk-a9389231.html

 

This is with “informed consent”.

 

Haemophiliacs were used in research experimentation infected with multiple deadly viruses WITHOUT informed consent and have been used as a study group for 30 to 40 years. I have research papers showing evidence of this.

 

Lord Archer stated haemophiliacs must be paid compensation PER VIRUS. So if we take this infection figure of £100 a day over an average of 35 years (some may be more, some less) in the case of factor concentrates it is recognized that haemophiliacs were infected with hepatitis viruses from their first shot of imported factor concentrate often 1970s and from 1980s onwards with HIV  this comes to….

 

£3, 832,500 that a haemophiliac with HIV, hepatitis B and C would be owed in compensation according to the calculations of my fellow campaigner Sean Cavens.

 

£1,277,500 for hepatitis C alone.

 

The rate of £100 a day over the period of infection (as independently assessed with Coronavirus) would seem to be a good baseline on which to base compensation and in the case of deceased haemophiliacs as already established in US litigation, the next of kin inherits the claim. In fact haemophiliacs should be paid extra due to lack of informed consent and being given treatment which led to considerable damage and in many cases death.

 

1)What plans are being made by the Cabinet Office to compensate haemophiliacs and their families

 

2) What consideration will be made to compensate haemophiliacs at the infection rate of £100 a day from the date of infection per virus?

 

This does not even include exposure to v CJD which would also need to be taken into account.

 

Haemophiliacs and their families have received no compensation to date and going by this £100 a day figure, the ex-gratia payments are clearly woefully inadequate for the level of damage caused!

 

I look forward to your prompt response.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Carol Grayson (widow)

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 was a 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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Termination of Occupation Agreement and Mujahidin dealings with Kabul

Post via Islamic Emirate March 7th 2020

On the 10th of Hoot, the Lord Almighty (SWT) fulfilled the hope of the Afghans for which they have presented monumental sacrifices and which has rarely ever been witnessed in human history.

After this agreement, some people have raised the question of whether the obligation of Jihad has come to an end in the current circumstances? And what is the Shariah-based ruling regarding it from now onwards?

The reality of the situation remains that prior to the American invasion, we had a lawful Emir who was declared the Leader of an Emirate by 1500 scholars and with whom millions had pledged their fealty. Later, the Americans attacked our homeland and the Emirate collapsed but this collapse did not nullify the status of the lawful Emir as the books of jurisprudence state that if an Emir is detained and imprisoned yet there remains a chance of his release, his Imamate (office) is not nullified. Rather when he does get released, his rule resumes and appointing another leader has no legality.

Because the rule of non-believers cannot be implemented upon the Muslims as Allah (SWT) says:

{وَلَنْ يَجْعَلَ اللَّهُ لِلْكَافِرِينَ عَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ سَبِيلًا} [النساء: 141]

The nullification of the Imam’s rule has been defined by Hanafi jurisprudence as: If the Imam (leader) is imprisoned as such that there remains no hope for his release, then his Imamate is nullified. Meaning if he is imprisoned yet there does remain hope for his release, then his Imamate is not considered nullified.

« قال في شرح المقاصد: ينحل عقد الإمامة بما يزول به مقصود الإمامة كالردة والجنون المطبق، وصيرورته أسيرا لا يرجى خلاصه. رد المحتار: 4/264.»

Therefore, the lawful Amir remained on his post after the invasion and the Emirate systematically continued until today.

Ruling concerning transgressive disbelievers and their supporters:

Some Muslims allied with and supported the invasion of the disbelieving invaders. Shariah law labels such an action ‘Supporting the Disbelievers’ which some scholars have labeled apostasy like Allamah Ibn Tammiyah, Abul Hassan al-Tasuli and Sheikh Ahmad Shakir (may Allah have mercy on them all).

However, our Hanafi scholars do not label such people apostates. Allamah Tahawi (may Allah have mercy on him) reasons with the story of Hatib ibn Abi Balta’a and does not consider it apostasy.

As Allah (SWT) says: مَنْ يَفْعَلْهُ مِنْكُمْ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ سَوَاءَ السَّبِيلِ [الممتحنة:1]

They are only classified as astray, however, such people are the highest-ranking immorals and criminals because it is an obligation upon all Muslims to strictly refrain from such alliance and support. Allamah Baydawi (RA) in his commentary of verse 51, Surah Maidah says:

 ومن والاهم منكم فإنه من جملتهم، وهذا التشديد في وجوب مجانبتهم. تفسير البيضاوي: 2/130

Allamah Jassas (RA) says: This verse implies that Muslims and disbelievers cannot have a friendship – neither in possession nor help and support – and that disavowment and enmity towards them is an obligation. [أحكام القرآن للجصاص: 4/99]

The ruling of [described in verse 51 of Surah Maidah] fighting against them is the same as that of the disbelievers.

Goals of Jihad:

The goal of the Jihad of the Afghans who have fought for nineteen years are:

1 – Rid our homeland of invaders

2 – Establish an Islamic Government

All praise belongs solely to Allah, the believing Afghan nation has come closer to attaining their first goal and with the Help of Allah (SWT) their sacrifices shall bear fruit. But this in no way shape or form implies that after the Mujahidn expel the invaders, they should return back to their homes and hand over the reins of the government to those corrupt elements that supported the invaders with their lives and possessions.

God forbid, if such a scenario were to unfold then the goals of Jihad and fruits of the monumental sacrifices of the Afghan nation would be squandered akin to what happened in the previous Jihad where the Soviet was beaten but our nation continues to reel from the ensuing disasters.

Responsibility of the Islamic Emirate after the Agreement:

The principle responsibility of an Islamic government and its Emir is the establishment of Shariah law. Allamah Mawardi (RA) says:

“مهام الخليفة ومسئولياته”: أحدها: حفظ الدين على أصوله المستقرة، وما أجمع عليه سلف الأمة. الأحكام السلطانية للماوردي (ص: 40).

As this 19-year Jihad against the occupation was waged under the command of a legal Emir, the Termination of Occupation Agreement does not mean that his rule is absolved hence it is not allowed for anyone to appoint another ruler in the presence of an already legal Emir. The establishment of Shariah is an obligation upon the Emir and anyone standing in opposition to its establishment must be fought against just as Abu Bakr Siddique (may Allah be pleased with him) declared Jihad against those who opposed the ruling of Shariah following the passing away of the Benevolent Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him).

It is reported in Sahih Bukhari: When the Prophet (PBUH) passed away and Abu Bakr (RAA) became his successor and some of the Arabs reverted to disbelief, ‘Umar (RAA) said, “O Abu Bakr! How can you fight these people although Allah’s Apostle said, ‘I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah, ‘and whoever said, ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah’, Allah will save his property and his life from me, unless (he does something for which he receives legal punishment) justly, and his account will be with Allah?’ “Abu Bakr said, “By Allah! I will fight whoever differentiates between prayers and Zakat as Zakat is the right to be taken from property (according to Allah’s Orders). By Allah! If they refused to pay me even a kid they used to pay to Allah’s Apostle, I would fight with them for withholding it.” ‘Umar said, “By Allah: It was nothing, but I noticed that Allah opened Abu Bakr’s chest towards the decision to fight, therefore I realized that his decision was right.”

Here Abu Bakr (RAA) talks about Jihad not because of apostasy but of fighting them for refusal of Zakat.

أو توهم عمر أن القتال للكفر, فأجاب بأنه لمنع الزكاة لا للكفر. عون المعبود وحاشية ابن القيم (4/ 291).

Now, if America faces defeat and they terminate their occupation but leave elements trained and equipped by them whom pursue their interests, then what would be the benefit of Jihad and these sacrifices?

Until the occupation is completely severed from its roots and an Islamic government formed, the Mujahidin shall continue waging armed Jihad and exerting efforts for the implementation of Islamic rule.

Nevertheless, the best course of action remains that the Islamic Emirate and all the other Afghan sides sit at the negotiation table and conclude an agreement which shall become binding upon all the Mujahidin and must be honored and implemented by all.

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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 was a 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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Transcript of speech by Political Deputy of Islamic Emirate to participants at ceremony of Termination of Occupation Agreement between the Islamic Emirate and US

Via Islamic Emirate March 2nd 2020

In the name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful

We praise Him and send blessings upon His benevolent Messenger

I welcome and thank all the honorable dignitaries and guests who are participating in this historical event related to our country.

The successful negotiations and an agreement between the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan and the United States of America is a positive step in the interest of the Afghan Mujahid nation and the world and I congratulate everyone upon it.

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is committed to honoring the agreement reached with the United States, and as a strong military and political force, seeks positive relations with its neighbors, regional countries and the world while playing a constructive regional and international role.

The people of Afghanistan have suffered tremendously over the past four decades. I am hopeful that following the exit of all foreign forces from Afghanistan, the Afghan nation will breath a sigh of relief and begin a prosperous life under the shade of an Islamic government as everyone focuses on the national unity and development of our homeland. Therefore, I call upon all Afghan sides to come to the negotiation table in good faith for a sovereign and strong Islamic government and to collectively gather around our Islamic values and national interests.

To end, I thank the honorable Emir of the state of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, its Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Mohammad bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani alongside other Qatari officials who aided, facilitated and exerted efforts in the lengthy negotiation procedure of the peace process. I also thank the state of Pakistan for their undertakings and efforts regarding peace alongside help provided towards the peace process by China, Uzbekistan, Iran, Russia, Indonesia, Norway and the numerous other countries. I hope that all will partake in the rehabilitation of Afghanistan.

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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 was a 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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Message of Esteemed Amir ul Mumineen, Sheikh-ul-Hadith Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada (HA), regarding Termination of Occupation Agreement with the United States

Post via Islamic Emirate 29th February 2020

In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate

Allah is the Greatest, praise be to Allah in abundance, and glory be to Allah at the beginning and end of day.

Praise be to Allah, He fulfilled His promise, Helped His slave, Strengthened His forces and He alone defeated the Ahzab (confederates). And peace and blessings be upon the one whom has no prophet after him and, on his descendants and companions who spread his religion:

On the 7th of October 2001 after the allied forces led by America transgressed against our homeland, the Islamic Emirate representing the Afghan nation, with the Divine Help of Allah (SwT), finally reached an agreement about the termination of occupation of Afghanistan following nearly nineteen years of Jihad and struggle.

This victory is the collective victory of the entire Muslim and Mujahid nation – of our fellow brothers and sisters who presented monumental and extraordinary sacrifices of life and wealth for nearly two decades.
The accord about the complete withdrawal of all foreign forces from Afghanistan and never intervening in its affairs in the future is undoubtedly a great achievement.

The Islamic Emirate extends its heartfelt felicitation to all strata of society specifically to the Mujahideen, the families of martyrs, the imprisoned, wounded, maimed, displaced and the nation as a whole on the occasion of this tremendous accomplishment and considers this great victory a product of Divine Help of Allah, the heroics of Mujahideen and the sincerity, efforts, struggles and sacrifices of its nation.

Following this great achievement, I wish to turn the attention of Mujahideen and the entire nation to these points concerning the forthcoming state of affairs:

– This accord with the United States about the termination of occupation that shall deliver our people from subjugation is a significant milestone and a special Beneficence, Help and Reward from Allah (SwT). Therefore, we must not label this accomplishment the work of a particular individual or group but consider it a Reward from Allah and the product of the sacrifices of the entire Mujahid nation.

– The agreement between the Islamic Emirate and United States drafted in compliance with Islamic principles and conforming with International standards is a pledge that must be honored by all Mujahideen and Afghans. No official or individual of the Islamic Emirate nor anyone from the general public must violate these terms and everyone must deem it an obligation because Islam does not have any room for treachery and deceit and classifies such an act a great sin. However, if the other party does oppose or violate the agreement then the entire nation must maintain robust defense capabilities.

– The believing Afghan nation specifically the Mujahideen must thank Allah (SwT) for the achievements gained and must commit themselves even further to Taqwa (fear of Allah), truthfulness and sincerity while strictly refraining from arrogance, pride, superiority and meritorious behavior because such things are in conflict with the spirit of Jihad and victory.

– Successful negotiations with the United States prove that solutions can be found for all seemingly complex issues. The success of these negotiations relays a message from the Islamic Emirate to all internal actors that we are ready for a rational and just solution. Come, let us find a solution to our problems in light of the religious and national values of our people and let the Kabul administration end its opposition towards this nation.

– The Islamic Emirate believes in maintaining positive bilateral relations with the world and especially with the regional countries and is committed to the principle of good neighborly relations with its neighbors.

– We assure our oppressed people that all male and female compatriots shall be given their due rights under the shade of a just and true Islamic government.

– Anyone who partook in hostilities against the Islamic Emirate or anyone with reservations about the Islamic Emirate is forgiven and pardoned for all past actions and we seek for them Islamic brotherhood, national unity and a prosperous life.

– The Islamic Emirate shall work towards providing quality (religious and scientific) education, employment, trade opportunities, development and growth in all public sectors because this is the basic right of all Afghans and a fundamental need for our national progress, prosperity and wellbeing.

– The Mujahideen of Islamic Emirate must further solidify, organize and bolster their ranks so that they can attain their objective of establishing an Islamic government and bringing prosperity to their fellow brethren following the end of occupation while simultaneously preventing future unfortunate events, protecting Islamic government, maintaining combat readiness against all potential threats to peace and security and being at the service of people.

– The Islamic Emirate calls on the all strata of our faithful nation – the noble scholars, tribal elders, spiritual leaders, intellectuals, teachers, students and the general public to preserve their unity and cooperation in finding solutions to our domestic issues just as they worked diligently with their Mujahideen brothers in ending the occupation so that this phase also attains success and Afghanistan is blessed with peace and a just Islamic government.

– To end, I express my gratitude to the state of Qatar and its honorable Emir – Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani – for facilitating these negotiations and earnestly aiding this process. I also thank and extend best wishes to the states of Pakistan, Uzbekistan, China, Iran, Russia, Indonesia, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, United Arab Emirates and all others that helped in this process.

Leader of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

Amir-ul-Mumineen Sheikh-ul-Hadith Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada

05/07/1441 Hijri Lunar

10/12/1398 Hijri Solar               29/02/2020 Gregorian

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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 was a 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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Taliban truly are a tough people…

Post via Islamic Emirate February 25th 2020

At last, the head of the international American super power, Donald J. Trump, admitted that Taliban are a though people whom the United States has been fighting for nineteen years. Trump used the term ‘tough’ which is synonymous with strong, durable, resilient, determined, unbreakable, rugged and resolute. All these words are used for things that are indestructible, are able to resist and remain under all pressure and comes out victorious in every battle of survival.

The Taliban managed to fight-off one of the greatest storms in human history. NATO backed with regional and international countries used all military, intelligence and media tools at their disposal to attack Taliban, launched kill or capture rewards programs and paid billions to armies of writers, journalists and intellectuals to defame them but the saying of the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) proved truthful in favor of the Taliban:

وَلَوْ اجْتَمَعُوا عَلَى أَنْ يَضُرُّوكَ بِشَيْءٍ لَمْ يَضُرُّوكَ إِلَّا بِشَيْءٍ قَدْ كَتَبَهُ اللَّهُ عَلَيْكَ رُفِعَتْ الْأَقْلَامُ وَجَفَّتْ الصُّحُفُ

If the entire world was to gather in order to cause you harm, they shall only touch you with harm that is preordained for you by Almighty Allah. The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried…

It seems that the elimination of Taliban was not ordained by Almighty Allah hence the world was exhausted yet the Taliban remained and all people of the world ultimately accepted the approach of dialogue over conflict.

But the question arises about the secret of Taliban power and determination? How can a group armed with very basic weaponry force the world to accept their resilience and toughness?? Everyone could give a possible answer based on their philosophical inclination but I believe there are only two factors that played a major role.

Almighty Allah says in verse 62 of Chapter Anfal:

هُوَ الَّذِي أَيَّدَكَ بِنَصْرِهِ وَبِالْمُؤْمِنِينَ

It is He who supported you (Muhammad) with His help and with the believers.

This blessed verse specifies the secret behind the success and triumph of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) as the Help of Allah and support of the believers… without a doubt the true followers of the Prophet (PBUH) and his Prophetic methodology will be aided by Allah with these same means.

In light of the above analysis, one can confidently say that the secret to the perseverance and strength of the Taliban lies in those two factors – Help of Allah Almighty and support of the believing nation. The Taliban neither fought the American with modern missiles and weapons of another country nor did they have the political backing of a powerful bloc. Rather they relied solely on the Divine Help of Allah which fortified their spirits and blessed their weapons with incredible effectiveness all the while the believing Afghan nation supported them with all their meager means, absolute sincerity and display of valor and transformed them into an impregnable fortress in the face of an international onslaught.

If the Taliban want to continue to ride the waves of success and triumph in the future stages, they must maintain the Help of Allah and support of its people in order to remain though and unbreakable.

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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 was a 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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War crimes of the foreign occupying forces and their internal mercenaries (January 2020)

Post via Islamic Emirate 5th February 2020

On Friday 3rd January, two innocent children were martyred in addition to the financial losses inflicted on the local people in the indiscriminate bombing of the brutal foreign occupying forces in ‘Dara-i-Takht’ of ‘Sargazak’ area in ‘Shahrak’ district of Ghor province.

On Saturday 4th January, a camp of the nomadic people was raided by the 01 brigade forces in ‘Dagg’ area in the outskirts of ‘Mehtarlam’ city, the center of Laghman province, in which a white-bearded aged man was ruthlessly martyred while three innocent people were taken away as prisoners.

On Wednesday 8th January, a religious educational institute was raided by the foreign occupying forces and their internal mercenaries in ‘Chiqor Quchlaq’ area near the center of Kunduz province, in which six students of this institute were ruthlessly martyred; some more students and their teachers were badly beaten; while four students including one of the teacher were incarcerated.

On Wednesday 8th January, a mosque and several adjacent civilian houses were destroyed during a brutal raid of the savage foreign occupying forces and their internal mercenaries in ‘Gor-Gundi’ area of ‘Alingar’ district in Laghman province, in which six innocent civilian people were martyred, and several others were severely beaten, while heavy financial losses were inflicted on the local people.

On Wednesday 8th January, ‘Badr Aab’ and ‘Seh Padar’ areas in ‘Tagab’ district of Kapisa province were raided by the foreign occupying forces in collaboration with internal mercenaries, in which main gates of several houses were broken, and an innocent civilian (named Samiullah) including two women of his family were ruthlessly martyred.

On Thursday 9th January, two civilian countrymen while repairing a local road were targeted and ruthlessly martyred in an indiscriminate drone strike of the foreign occupying forces near the center of ‘Pusht-i-Koh’ district in Farah province.

On Friday 10th January, a farmworker while watering his land was brutally martyred in a blind drone strike of the foreign occupying forces in ‘Parchawi’ area of Hazara people region in ‘Nad Ali’ district of Helmand province.

On Friday 10th January, two innocent civilian people were martyred in the indiscriminate heavy shelling of the mercenary forces in ‘Shaid Abad’ village of ‘Warduj’ district in Badakhshan province.

On Friday 10th January, civilian houses in ‘Qara Tapa’ area of ‘Darqad’ district in Takhar province were indiscriminately bombed by the joint enemy forces, in which three houses were demolished, six children and women were martyred while five people were seriously wounded.

On Monday 13th January, a civilian person was ruthlessly martyred in an indiscriminate drone strike of the foreign occupying forces in ‘Shahr-i-Kuhna’ area of ‘Pusht-i-Raud’ district in Farah province.

On Tuesday 14th January, three civilian people were martyred by the foreign occupying forces and their internal mercenaries in the outskirts ‘Pusht-i-Koh’ district of Farah province.

On Wednesday 15th January, two innocent civilian people were martyred while another one was incarcerated by the mercenary forces in ‘Qailagho’ area of ‘Khogyani’ district in Nangarhar province.

On Wednesday 15th January, ‘Kulalan’ village in ‘Guda’ area of ‘Chak’ district in ‘Maidan Wardak’ province was raided by the mercenary forces, in which several innocent people were agonized, the village Mulla Imam (the one who leads congregational prayers) was ruthlessly martyred, while two innocent people were taken away as prisoners.

On Wednesday 15th January, a civilian person while offering his prayers was martyred in the indiscriminate bombing of the foreign occupying forces in ‘Dasht’ area of ‘Grishk’ district in Helmand province.

On Friday 17th January, two houses of civilian people were damaged during a raid of the internal mercenary forces in ‘Baitano’ area of ‘Tor Ghar’ region in ‘Khogyani’ district of Nangarhar provinces. In this brutal raid, one innocent civilian was martyred while another was detained and taken away as prisoner.

On Friday 17th January, a woman was martyred while significant financial losses were inflicted on the local people in the indiscriminate heavy shelling of the internal mercenary forces in ‘Alizi’ village of ‘Noshar’ area in ‘Chamtal’ district of Balkh province.

On Friday 17th January, a civilian transport vehicle was indiscriminately bombed by the brutal foreign occupying forces in ‘Shawal Manda’ area of ‘Nad Ali’ district in Helmand province, in which a civilian man and a child were ruthlessly martyred.

On Sunday 19th January, a white-bearded aged man was martyred in a blind drone strike of the foreign occupying forces in ‘Shagi’ area of ‘Dilaram’ district in Nimroz province.

On Thursday 23rd January, a mosque was damaged in the indiscriminate artillery shelling of the joint enemy forces in ‘Bakhshak’ area of ‘Sangin’ district in Helmand province, in which six civilian people were martyred and wounded.

On Thursday 23rd January, ‘Hewad Bazaar’ area in ‘Nad Ali’ district in Helmand province was raided by the foreign occupying forces and their internal mercenaries, in which several civilian houses were thoroughly searched out, people were badly beaten, and eventually a local health clinic was blasted.

On Thursday 23rd January, an innocent civilian person was martyred in the blind drone strike of the foreign occupying forces in ‘Lar’ area of ‘Dawashir’ district in Helmand province.

On Thursday 23rd January, two houses of civilian people and a local mosque were destroyed by the internal mercenary forces in ‘Dara Takht’ area of ‘Chasht’ district in Herat province.

On Friday 24th January, main gates of several civilian houses were blasted in bombs, while two innocent local villagers were ruthlessly martyred by the internal mercenary forces in ‘Alo Khail’ area in the outskirts of ‘Noorlam’ region in ‘Alishing’ district of Laghman province.

On Friday 24th January, a number of civilian houses were raided by the foreign occupying forces in collaboration with their internal mercenaries in ‘Aishantub Mehfali’ area in ‘Khan Abad’ district of Kunduz province, in which local people were severely beaten, doors and windows of a local mosque were broken while its mats were put on blaze.

On Saturday 25th January, ‘Marko’ area in ‘Ghani Khail’ district of Nangarhar province was raided by the joint enemy forces, in which main gates of three civilian houses and a madrassa were blasted in bombs; significant financial losses were inflicted on the local people, while three innocent villagers were arrested and taken away as prisoners.

On Saturday 25th January, three women and four children were martyred, while several houses of local civilian people were damaged in the blind bombing of the internal mercenary forces in ‘Buka’ village of ‘Balkh’ district in Balkh province. It is reported that the affected people have been facing severe problems in finding shelters to protect themselves from the chilly cold weather conditions.

On Wednesday 29th January, a civilian transport vehicle was hit in an indiscriminate drone strike of the foreign occupying forces in ‘Sewri’ district of Zabul province, in which five civilian people including two girls were ruthlessly martyred.

On Wednesday 29th January, a herdsman was relentlessly martyred in a blind drone strike of the foreign occupying forces in the upper ‘Nozad’ area of ‘Nowzad’ district in Helmand province.

On Wednesday 29th January, an innocent civilian was martyred in the blind drone strike of the brutal foreign occupying forces in ‘Sijoi’ area of ‘Bala-Buluk’ district in Farah province.

On Wednesday 29th January, a civilian person was martyred in a blind drone strike of the foreign occupying forces in ‘Zig Zig’ area of ‘Chahar Bolak’ district in Balkh province.

On Thursday 30th January, a white-bearded aged man was martyred in an indiscriminate drone strike of the foreign occupying forces in ‘Shoraki Dasht’ area of ‘Grishk’ district in Helmand province.

On Thursday 30th January, a local civilian vehicles’ mechanic (named Irshad) was martyred by the internal mercenary forces in the main bazaar of ‘Tagab’ district in Kapisa province.

On Thursday 30th January, three innocent civilian countrymen were martyred in an indiscriminate drone strike of the foreign occupying forces in ‘Deh-i-Adam Khan’ area of ‘Grishk’ district in Helmand province.

On Thursday 30th January, two civilian people were martyred while two more were incarcerated by the joint enemy forces in ‘Muslim Bazaar’ and ‘Shawal Manda’ areas of ‘Nad Ali’ district in Helmand province.

On Thursday 30th January, a five-year-old child was ruthlessly martyred in a blind drone strike of the foreign occupying forces in ‘Shoraki Dasht’ area of ‘Grishk’ district in Helmand province.

On Friday 31st January, a local mosque was demolished and two civilian people were arrested by the internal mercenary forces in ‘Kolak’ village of ‘Khawat’ valley in ‘Chak’ district of ‘Maidan Wardak’ province.

On Friday 31st January, a civilian transport vehicle was targeted in a blind drone strike of the foreign occupying forces in the outskirts of ‘Dasht-i-Archi’ district in Kunduz province, in which, seven innocent people members of one and the same family were ruthlessly martyred.

On Friday 31st January, a woman including two of her children were relentlessly martyred in the indiscriminate bombing of the brutal foreign occupying forces in ‘No-Abad’ village of ‘Maquar’ district in Badghis province.

Sources: (BBC, Radio Liberty, The Afghan Islamic News Agency, Pazwak, Khabaryal, Larawbar, Nunn.Asia and Benawa websites.)

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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 was a 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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