LAHORE: The dreaded terror outfit Taliban has caught a knot of belonging. Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-S (JUI-S) Chief Maulana Sami ul Haq on Sunday proclaimed Taliban as his offspring and said they were fighting a war for freedom of their country.
Maulana Sami ul Haq reportedly said,“Taliban are my children. We are proud of Taliban. They are fighting for freedom of their country.”
The JUI chief and Difa-e-Pakistan Council leader also said when people shunned and rejected Taliban, he owned them. Haq claimed that his “children” had earlier been the precursor to the dismantling of Soviet Union and then gave the United States a tough time.
This surprising statement has come at a time when the Supreme Court (SC) has issued charge sheet against Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan saying that his ministry was working without a clear leadership and vision.
The commission report on August 8 carnage in Quetta incident has questioned Nisar’s meeting with leader of a banned outfit.
Many Islamic scholars, over the years have pointed to the fact that the extremist ideology stemmed from the Deoband school of Islamic thought.
The Deoband brand of madrassas, which has mushroomed all over Asia and beyond, preaching an orthodox version of Islam and radicalizing Muslim youth, is one of India’s most popular exports.