By: Imtiaz Ali
Maulana Sami ul-Haq is the director and chancellor of Pakistan’s famous madrassa, Darul uloom Haqqania, Akora Khattak. He has served in this post since the death of his father, Maulana Abdul ul-Haq, the founder of the madrassa, in 1988. Darul uloom Haqqania is where many of the top Taliban leaders, including its fugitive chief, Mullah Omar, attended. It is widely believed that the madrassa was the launching pad for the Taliban movement in the early 1990s, which is why Sami ul-Haq is also called the “Father of the Taliban.” Besides running his madrassa, Maulana Sami has a long political history as a religious politician. He was among the founders of Pakistan’s Muttahida Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) coalition of six Islamic religious parties. He recently spoke with Jamestown analyst Imtiaz Ali.
Imtiaz Ali: During the Russian invasion, the students from your madrassa were traveling to Afghanistan to fight, after which most of them were eventually inducted as governors and administrators in the Taliban government. Is the same thing continuing today? Are you still sending people to Afghanistan for jihad?
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– Analysis » By Khaled Ahmed
The planned committee that will ensure that the APC statement is acted upon will have a tough time bringing the Haqqanis under control because in this instance the tail is wagging the dog
During the APC against America on 29 September 2011 in Islamabad, Maulana Samiul Haq said that the Haqqani network was ‘indigenous to Pakistan’. How could he say that except on the basis of the fact that both the founder of the Network, Jalaluddin Haqqani and his son the current commander Siraj, are graduates of his Madrassa Haqqania in Akora Khattak, Nowshehra, near Peshawar?
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The Pakistan Military Academy, Akora Khatak
By: Hakim Hazik
The Pakistan Military Academy Akora Khatak has produced outstanding officers of international repute. Many of them have seen action in fighting the imperialist forces in Afghanistan and have met their martyrdom in North Waziristan, where our valiant army shall move according to its own schedule, when it no longer thinly stretched.
On the other hand, the Darul Ulum Haqqania in Kakool has issued a fatwa that according to our divine teachings, those who kill with a view to protecting the Blasphemy Law are national heroes of and should all be given Nihsan e Haider. Those who arrest them, hold them in custody, try them and sentence them, should all be killed and buried without a funeral prayer, or still better, burned when petrol is still cheap due to the N League ultimatum and IMF dollars. ….
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