Is hidden hands made disappointed by PTI ?

Whatever might be results of Local Bodies elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and reaction or justification on the part of Imran Khan and his aides but it could be considered “writing on the wall” for almost of Pakistan Tehrik Insaaf circles as it has not only disheartened common men but its poor performances has also made disappointed the civil-military establishment.  LB polls results couldn’t be considered different from 2001 LB and 2002 General elections results, which through a systematic ways declared the “Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pushtoons dominated areas of Baluchistan and border areas (FATA now called merged Tribal Areas) a serious threat to US lead allies in the region.

Unlike of predictions, assessments and claims on the part of different political parties, politicians and analysts, opposition’s Jamiat Ul Ulema Islam of Maulana Fazal Ur Rahman is emerged as a strong force in Local Bodies Elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. So far JUI(F) grabbed 21 in top 64 positions where as the ruling Pakistan Tehrik Insaaf is on second position with 14, Independents on third position with 9 and opposition Awami National Party on  fourth position with seven positions. Oppositions Pakistan Muslim League grabbed only three, Jamaat Islami two and Pakistan People’s Party got only one. In fact, the JUI F was helped by Pakistan Muslim League(N) on main important office of Peshawar City Mayer, whereas no any other  political alliance was witnessed in any part of the province. In 2002 general elections, almost main democratic and progressive political parties through a “well planned ways” had made scattered thus enabling terrorists of making hard the days for US lead allies across the border in Afghanistan.

Now when the situation across the border in Afghanistan turning to another direction, therefore, world’s spy masters are in dire need of “artificial sponsored terrorism and extremism trends” in the region. And for the purpose, JUI F like religious political force made enabled of emerging as a strong party in LB polls at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa level. Even the major nationalist Awami National Party crying for peace and stability not only in Afghanistan but throughout the region was also defeated at hands of JUI(F) in its strong hold Peshawar, Charsada, Mardan.

Earlier in 80’s and 90’s, the JUI F of Maulana Fazal Ur Rahman didn’t made visible involvement in affairs across the border in Afghanistan. Though Maulana Fazal Ur Rahman despite ideological links with Mujahideen and Taliban, had never backed armed hostilities amongst the warring Afghan factions. At that time, Pakistan’s military establishment had focused all of attentions on Jamiat Ul Ulema Islam of Maulana Sami Ul Haq and other hard liners like Lashkar Tayyaba, Lashkar Janghavi, Sepah Sahaba and others. Whereas little before 9/11 tragedy through a mysterious ways, Pakistan’s spy masters always called as Military Establishment had made united the religious groups including JUI F and Jamaat Islami. And in October 2002 six of these religious parties converted into an alliance called Mutahida Majlis Amal, was mysteriously  enabled to sweep in Pushtoons dominated areas throughout the country. And the MMA was empowered in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa thus strengthening the hardliners during this period.

Now when the US lead allies gave another shifts to its strategies in the region especially Afghanistan, therefore, spy masters of US led allies also requires “sponsored artificial trends of extremism” in the region. And for the purpose, the mysterious spy masters like of 2001-2002, once again initiated steps of strengthening, encouraging and imposing the hard liner religious forces in the region. No one can deny the fact that JUI(F) is continuation of Jamiat Ul Ulema Hind-a moderate reformist religious movement but now the situation especially in Pakistan is changed. Seminaries in the line of Deoband in Pakistan converted into hub of extremism. Almost leaders and office holders through one or the other ways are also under influence of powerful military establishment of Pakistan.

Analysts and politico-strategic experts throughout the region are of firm opinion that “war or terrorism couldn’t ended with pulling of US led troops from Afghanistan. But it takes another turn.” Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has again portrayed the Pushtoons as terrorists and extremists. Earlier he had declared the Haqqani Network a Pushtoon tribe, later he had confined the Taliban terrorists to Pushtoons and now he declared the Islamic States (IS) also called Daaesh to Afghanistan. And like of Americans and Britains, Prime Minister Imran Khan had declared the “ Daaesh in Afghanistan” a serious threat to Pakistan. And no other than these “sponsored, patronized and dictated” hard liner religious forces like JUI F would play a role in further “fuelling” the trends of terrorism and extremism after getting occupation of important administrative offices in different areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 

Shamim Shahid

Shahmim Shahid is Peshawar-based senior political and security analyst. He can be reached at

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