Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Pakistan: Islamist Mobs demolish Hindu Temple

(Karak district) 25 miles from the Afghan border in the Pakistani village of Teri. A violent Islamist mob descended on a 101 year old Hindu temple and proceeded to demolish it after a rally by the  Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F party which promoted the view that the construction of an unrelated building next door to the temple was actually the expansion of the Hindu temple and after the usual suspects wound up the crowd as only the faithful can be riled up across the world, they descended on the Temple in which to raise it to the ground.

The interesting thing about all this, is that the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F party is the political arm of the Deobandi Islamist movement and as such has set up shop in the UK where they control approximately  600 of the 1500 mosques there. Now I stated interesting and the reason for that is the Deobandi movement  seeks to return to the basics of Islam as practised in the time of Mohamed (The founder of Islam) , wishing to purify it from amoral and materialistic Westernizing influences, The version of Islam it teaches is in many ways similar to Wahhabism – both movements are Sunni, puritanical and highly intolerant of people who disagree with them – but there are also important differences: the two groups follow different schools of Islamic jurisprudence, to take one example, and while the Wahhabis have the money, the Deobandis have the numbers.

The Afghan and Pakistani Taliban movements originated in Deobandi madrasas and a study of Pakistani police data on 2344 people convicted on terrorism charges between 1990 and 2009 found that 90.5 per cent of them were Deobandis. The would-be shoe bomber Richard Reid had Deobandi connections, as did the 2006 transatlantic airline bomb plotters and two of the 7/7 attackers.

Funny enough the loudest voices across the Uk when a mosque is denied retrospective planning permission belongs to the same people who have no problem knocking down churches, Hindu temples and Shia mosques in Paksitan..

If you can access BBC sounds here is a most interesting radio report: