Adnan Rasheed (35) a former Pakistan Air Force (PAF) junior technician, now a senior Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) commander, delivered a strong message to the country’s security services to “Repent, Revise and Revolt” via a new 15 minute video which surfaced on 22nd December 2014. He was one of six men imprisoned for the 2003 assassination attempt on General Pervez Musharraf in Rawalpindi.
Rasheed who originates from Chota Lahor village, Swabi district was awarded a death sentence in 2005 but managed to escape after a meticulously planned break-out operation was organized by 200 heavily armed TTP militants. Uzbek mujahideen were also involved in the operation. In what was seen as a huge security lapse, the Taliban succeeded in freeing nearly 400 prisoners from Bannu Central Jail in Southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on 15th April, 2012. As TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan remarked at the time, the main focus was to free Adnan and the two later appeared in a video together.
Rasheed who has two wives and is the father of a girl and boy is believed to be currently occupied fighting against the military who launched operation Zarb -Asb in North Waziristan in June 2014 and later operations Khyber 1 and 2. The commander also heads Ansarul Aseer (Helpers of the Prisoners) set up to free imprisoned jihadis and masterminded a jailbreak operation in Dera Ismail Khan on July 29 2013 in which 275 prisoners escaped into the night. In addition he is known to provide support services to widows and their children in the form of food and other necessities.
In the latest video from Rasheed, he gives a history of the role of Pakistan’s military going back prior to the formation of the “land of the pure” in 1947 during partition, it was formerly part of India and under British colonial rule. He highlights what he sees as the shortcomings of regiments from 1759 to present day armed forces and advises that they repent and join the ranks of the TTP.
Photos of Adnan Rasheed (Facebook)
Transcript of video
And they shall say: Oh our Lord! Surely we obeyed our leaders and our great men so they led us astray from the path.
A message from TTP’S senior commander Adnan Rasheed (HA)
“Former PAF Officer”
The Security Forces of Pakistan
“All credit due to Allah and may peace and blessing be upon His messenger Muhammad, His family and His companions. Peace be upon those who follow the guidance.
To the Pakistan Armed Forces I say, do you remember the time when you were regarded as soldiers of Islam and Pakistan. You may remember when the people of Tribal Areas fought for you in the war of 1948 and liberated for you the Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Do you remember the 1965 war when the civilians of peace in West Pakistan stood by your side. I hope you remember when you lost half of the country to India and killed many of your Bengali brothers, this nation said to you “welcome home” and deliberately forgot your war crimes.
Do you remember when thousands of Pakistani youth fought your proxy war in Afghanistan and in Indian Kashmir. Do you remember the times of peace when you were roaming in the streets and towns of this country without any fear. These were all the bounties bestowed on you by the Muslim citizens of Pakistan, but what did you give in return? Let me remind you of your ungratefulness.
Your air force bombarded the Muslims of North Waziristan for two consecutive months in 1948 as a punishment for demanding Shari’ah (law). Then you massacred 600 Pashtun Muslims in Charsadda for the same crime. I remind you that these two operations happened in the governorship of Jinnah. In 1953 you implemented martial law in Lahore and killed hundreds of devout Muslims whose only demand was legislation for the protection of the honor of Rasulullah (Peace Be Upon Him).
Afterwards you tried to plant the dirty tree of democracy in this country and brought to you the fruit of Bangladesh. Then you turned your guns and bayonets to your own Bengali brothers. You killed millions who were backbone of Pakistani movement and real founders. You raped your own sisters and you disgraced your own elders and you surrendered to the most timid nation of the world, shamelessly. Rather you had learned some lessons from Bangladesh.
You launched operations in Baluchistan and killed thousands of your Baluch brothers and made them hostile forever. Then your greed led you into the dollar game and you earned millions from proxy war in Afghanistan and you deceived the nation in the name of jihad.
We Muslims have not forgot the blood game you played in Indian Kashmir exploiting youth in the name of so called freedom. When Bush declared Crusades, your very general said, “it is wise to protect heads from hurricane.” You took a U-turn and termed jihad as “terrorism” and mujahideen as “terrorists”.
In the name of War on Terror, you gave a bloodbath to Red Mosque and whole Tribal belt from Swat to South Waziristan. A non-stop series of barbaric operations, disappearances, mutilated bodies and record number of IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons). Ironically you thought that despite of your evil actions and betrayals you will never incur the wrath of Allah Almighty.
How many of you were slaughtered like a lamb? How many of you were killed worse than a mad dog? The number of you killed and handicapped by Taliban is more than what you have lost in wars with India. This is the earning of your own hands that today your name has been disgraced to such an extent that you are hiding your identity as a soldier when you are in civvies (civilian clothing). You are hiding the military number plate of vehicles in your own country.
Regretfully, regretfully, I was one of you. I joined the air force with a great zeal to serve the citizens of Islam but soon realized this military is out of ethics… What to talk about religion. I found there no Iman ( belief, faith in Allah) no taqwa (piety, being enlightened) and no jihad fisabilillah (struggle, striving in the way of Allah).
Oh persons of Pakistan armed forces let me fulfill my duty to call you to the righteous path because I know you well than any other Taliban. I know that most of you love Islam and want Sharia’ah (law) in this country. I know most of you don’t want to be the fuel of this war against Islam. I know most of you still feel sorry for the martyrs of Red Mosque.
Your officers always exploit you in the name of Pakistan and Islam. Imams you have in your mosques are not Godly but worldly men, they are just up to their pay and pensions. Don’t ever listen or believe them.
For man and woman in the Armed Forces of Pakistan, pay heed to me. let me remind you of something from your past. You can see the medals, shields, honors and names of British commanders hanging on your unit walls with great respect. The Punjab Regiment was raised in 1759 and then Baluch and Alpha Piper Regiment soon after. They fought the war of Palashi against Siraj-ud-Daulah. They martryed Tipu Sultan in Mysore and occupied Delhi and brutally suppressed the War of Independence in 1857. They fought Shaheed and they fought Anglo Afghan Wars.
Now comes the most heinous crime in the history of these regiments that is to fight for Great Britain against the Ottoman Islamic Caliphate. When Tribal people raise in favour of Ottoman Islamic Caliphate these regiments launch operation from Bajaur to South Waziristan to quell the supporters of Islamic Empire. These notorious operations were called the Waziristan and Tribal Expedition in the military history of Pakistan army.
These regiments fought in Iraq, Syria and Palestine and in World War 1. Palestine was under Islamic Caliphate but they brought it under British Control and Britain who ordered it to present day Israel. In other words these regiments fought for the creation of Israel. Can you tell me, what are the sacrifices of these regiments in the creation of Pakistan?
These regiments were used as a suppression tool to quell the Pakistan momin (one who believes in Allah) baton charging the momin workers and sending them to jails. You can find Mutiny 1857, Palestine and Waziristan generals medal in your unit as a jewel. I ask you a question, is this the history we’re proud of? The history full of crimes against Islam and Muslims? Brother, feeling embarrassed, you are proud of your traitor full past.
The truth is this army has always been used as a tool for foreign occupation of Muslim lands, in the past against Mughal and Ottoman empire and recently against Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. In present day it is serving under the new version of Imperialism, the peacekeeping force of United Nations. United Nations is backing war against Islam unanimously to what you call War Against Terrorism and Pakistan is the biggest contributor.
In the past you fought for kuffars (non -believers). In the present you are fighting for kuffars and in the future, you will be in front line armies of Dajjal (false Messiah) if you would not repent. You invoke the anger of this nation by implementing martial law many times in this country. I wish you had ever implemented Shari’ah but rather than implementing Shari’ah you proved to be the biggest hurdle.
Sufi Muhammad is still behind the bars and Abdul Rashid under the earth. All credit goes to you. I know how your commanders drive you. They drive you in the name of Islam. They turn this civil war against Islam as jihad to you. They label you as a true mujahid instead of mercenary. They call you shaheed (martyr) when you are being killed fighting for kuffars. Do their claims and terms really satisfy you?
I put you a question… Can you call a non-Muslim, a true shaheed. In your forces, there is a list of Christians and Qadiani who are officially acknowledged as shaheed. A non-Muslim cannot command a Muslim soldier but there are hundreds of Christian, Qadiani and Shia commanders over you. Equality is the foremost principle of Islam. Do you see equality in your forces?
I found here a great difference between officers and sepoys. Sepoys are the ones who suffer most in the war on peace but they and their families are treated like Shudras (lowest caste, social class in India) and officers and their families like Brahmins (highest caste, social status). The toilets of officers are luxurious than barracks of sepoys. Don’t you have two files collating in your offices, discipline of sepoys and welfare of officers?
The Pakistani sepoys are the most foolish creatures on earth who lose this war and hearafter for nothing. A sepoy, a sailor, an airman is always in inferiority complex, depressed and dejected. They suffered the most and rewarded the least. Persons of armed forces, these institutions tell you, that you are nothing without uniform. Put your trust in Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala (The Most Glorified, The Most High).
My officers used to tell me, you will be nothing without uniform. I used to say to them 93% of population is civilian, if they can survive, I would also. Now you can see, Allah has given me everything without uniform Alhamdulillah (All Praise And Thanks To God).
To the generals and air marshals of this country, I say, that the day is coming when nobody will safe you from the the wraith of Allah. There was nobody to defend Hitler, Sadam Hussein and Gaddafi, is the vengeance of Allah. And to the ISI, I say, that Gestapo, SAVAK and KGB disappeared millions in the name of state integrity but all failed and you would too.
At the end I would like to remind you the blessed Tehreek -e-Taliban Pakistan under the leadership of respected Emir, seeker of the truth, Mullah Fazlullah, may Allah preserve him. That we seek to apply the rule of Quran and Sunnah. God Willing we will strive to achieve these goals with all that we possess and we will fight to the last man against whoever stands in our way. We will win this war Insha Allah because there is a difference between us and you.
We are fighting for Allah and you are fighting for taghut (to transgress all limits). We are fighting to implement Shari’ah and you are fighting for New World Order. We are fighting for liberation of Muslim lands and you are fighting for dominance of kuffar. We are paving the way for global Caliphate and you are paving the way for global dajjalik regime. I advise the ranks JSUs and officers to repent before it is too late unless you would be standing in the armies of Dajjal.
Revise and revolt if my speech appeals to you. Let’s make this Pakistan a true citizen of Islam. Let’s make it a safe haven for Muslims. Break bones with kuffar, stop fighting for kuffar and become a true mujahid. I open my arms to you, I will love you all, if you repent, I promise you that there will be a ministry for you from TTP and we will be more than happy to see you amongst our ranks.
Surah Ya-Seen وَمَا عَلَيۡنَآ إِلَّا ٱلۡبَلَـٰغُ ٱلۡمُبِينُ our duty is but plain conveyance (of the message). (17)
Remember us in your prayers.
Rasheed came to the attention of the west after he penned a letter revealing his shock regarding schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai who was shot by the Taliban whilst he was in prison and offering advice on her future education, see,
“Letter to Malala from TTP militant Adnan Rasheed”
He has appeared in several earlier videos, one of Bannu jail break and a Taliban video with the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan focusing on welfare of prisoners and their families and a movement to free inmates. Rasheed was also filmed in a further video training militants and threatening the life of Pervez Musharraf. He was seen surrounded by his “death squad” which was comprised of “fedayeen, sniper team, special assault team, and close combat team.”
There have been numerous false reports of Rasheed’s capture but it seems he remains a free man. Niaz Mohammad (40) also a former Pakistan Air Force (PAF) junior technician and a co-conspirator in the 2003 Musharraf assault was not so fortunate and was hanged this week. He was hung as part of a sweep of “revenge” killings by the Nawaz Sharif government in retaliation for an attack by TTP on Peshawar Army School and College on 16th December 2014 which left 150 people, mostly children dead and around 100 injured. Mohammad was in jail on death row at the time of the Peshawar assault.
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Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is 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”.