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KP govt abetting terrorists, alleges Zardari

Asif-Zardari

KARACHI: Former President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday expressed concern over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s allocation of Rs300 million to Darul Uloom Haqqania, a religious seminary located in Akora Khattak, Nowshera, ARY News reported.

“This is nothing but legitimization of militancy that will undermine the nation’s resolve to fight militants to the finish,” he said in a statement issued by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) media cell.

The former president said the seminary was known for promoting private jihad project and aid to the seminary would mean aid to terrorists.

The grant by the provincial government has been provided at a time when a group of the militant, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, reportedly claimed responsibility for the target killing of famed qawwal Amjad Sabri in Karachi. It makes it more poignant, he said.

He said that the head of the Darul Uloom Haqqania in Nowshera was an acknowledged sympathizer and undeclared spokesperson of the Taliban.

During the government-TTP talks in 2014 the Taliban actually named the head of the seminary to negotiate on their behalf, he said. It is also widely known that a number of militant Taliban leaders have been students of this seminary.

He said that in the wake of killing of Mullah Mansoor Akhtar in Balochistan recently it appeared that some elements were reviving the jehadi project.

Although the National Action Plan calls for disallowing banned outfits from resurrecting yet they have resurrected and openly promoting their militant agenda with impunity, he said and asked “is the revival of the jihadi project by design or by default?”

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