By Alan Simons
TORONTO July 1, 2008- It isn’t very often that I have the opportunity to share with you editorial content from Pakistan’s mass-circulation Urdu-language newspaper Roznama Jang. To be honest, the paper isn’t something I particularly jump out of bed in the morning to read, and especially not today. You see, today is Canada Day, a time for goodwill, a bit of fun and relaxation.
Today, well I’m thinking more about the Canadians in Afghanistan, our military, the young women and men who are not waiting this evening in anticipation of enjoying the splendour of a fireworks display- at least not the kind of fireworks we are used to seeing in Canada. I wish them well.
Today, there are also those who I don’t extend my enthusiastic greetings to. One of them being the Emir of Jamatud Dawa, Pakistan Professor Hafiz Saeed. You know, sometimes we are so fixated with news from western-based sources, that we tend to forget about Pakistan’s role in the schooling of young male terrorists, as well as the ideology of some of their media. For me, the Emir of Jamatud Dawa fits into a category that I find quite distasteful, one who incites religious hate.
Here’s what he recently said in the Roznama Jasarat:
Militant Leader: Hindus, Jews, Crusaders United Against Islam
Emir of Jamatud Dawa Pakistan Professor Hafiz Saeed has said that Hindus, Jews, and Crusaders are united in their campaign against Islam. Jamatud Dawa is the new name of the outlawed Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba. The Urdu-language newspaper Roznama Jasarat quoted Hafiz Saeed as saying that Hindus, Jews and Crusaders are out to achieve their objectives under the pretext of the war on terror. He said that Pakistan is under mounting pressure to hand over its nuclear program and Kashmir to the enemies. According to the report, Hafiz Saeed said that the purpose of the reprinting of the Muhammad cartoons in Denmark was to stop the spread of Islam. He said, “The kuffar of Europe are worried over the spread of Islam. The kuffar are more worried over it than over Afghanistan and Iraq.”
The Roznama Jasarat, through its editorial columns, also has a way of inciting religious hate. In the following article it is of course Israel- surprise surprise!- and India who have now been invited to send in their agents to Afghanistan. And if we are to believe it, thousands of them at that!
Pakistani Daily: 2,000 RAW, Mossad Agents In Afghanistan, Spreading Web In Pakistan
Pakistan’s mass-circulation Urdu-language newspaper Roznama Jang reports that some 2,000 intelligence agents from India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Israel’s Mossad are working in Afghanistan. The paper said it learned through its own defense sources that the Pentagon had asked Israel and India to deploy these agents to help NATO and U.S. troops in Afghanistan. According to the report, the RAW and Mossad agents are also tasked with spreading their web inside Pakistan, and the Mossad agents will work for free but about 1,300 RAW agents will be paid 1.5 billion Indian Rupees per month.
So, Indian agents will be paid and Mossad’s agents will work for free? Oh yea?
Happy July 1, Canada Day!
-The articles mentioned above can be read in English on the MEMRI Urdu-Pashtu web site: www.thememriblog.org/urdupashtu
(Photo credit: Coalition for World Peace)