Toll mounts to 17 as Quran protests turn violent

Toll mounts to 17 as Quran protests turn violent

by Pajhwok Report

KABUL (PAN): At least 17 people, including two US soldiers, have been killed in clashes between security forces and demonstrators during violent nationwide protests against the alleged desecration of the Quran by US troops, officials and witnesses said on Thursday.

Two US soldiers and as many Afghan civilians were killed when a protest turned violent in eastern Nangarhar province on Thursday, officials said. Elsewhere, a civilian was shot dead and three others were wounded during a similar protest in neighbouring Laghman.

A day earlier, at least eight people were killed in a string of demonstrations across the country. The widespread protests continued for a third consecutive day against the torching of four copies of the holy book.

In the latest protests, furious residents clashed with US troops in the Khogyani district of Nangarhar and as a result two protestors and as many soldiers were killed, local official Ghulam-ud-Din Munib told Pajhwok Afghan News. The clash broke out after protestors were stopped from entering a US military base in the area.

But district chief Haji Muhammad Hassan said only one protester was killed and nine others, including two US soldiers, were injured in the incident.

Elsewhere in the province, two people, including a 12-year-old boy, were injured when Afghan forces fire into the air to disperse them in Batikot district.  Haji Zalmay, the district chief, said Afghan forces opened fire in retaliation for rock throwing by the protestors.  The Torkham-Jalalabad highway was reopened at 12pm after being closed for two hours.

The protestors in Laghman wanted to storm a base of Afghan soldiers, who fired into the air after the angry mob started pelting stones at them, said Ahmad Zia, a participant.

Public Health Director Dr Abdul Latif Qayumi confirmed two injured people had been brought to the Jalalabad Civil Hospital. However, he would not comment on their health condition.

In Dehrawud district of central Uruzgan province, officials said militants who penetrated the protest opened fired at police. Three protestors were killed and another 12 people, including five ANA soldiers and two policemen, were injured in the crossfire, said police spokesman Farid Ayal.

Meanwhile, one policeman was killed and four protestors were wounded during an anti-US protest in the Baghlan-i-Markazi district of northern Baghlan province. A dead body and four injured people, including two policemen, were brought to the district clinic, Director Dr. Qahir Qanit told Pajhwok Afghan News.

“People were marching from the old city to the new when police opened fire on them,” witness Ahmad alleged. In response, the demonstrators hurled stones at police and hit them with sticks, killing one policeman and injuring two others. The Kunduz-Baghlan highway remained blocked for quite some time.


Enlightening Interview With Tajik Patriot Dodojon Atovulloyev

“His family owned today by all major enterprises of the republic, therefore, as explained Dodojon Atovulloyev, “in the country, no thieves, no racket – their function is completely monopolized the family. Tajikistan is nearly divided between the offspring of Rahmon .”

Emomali Rahmon warned explosions

Last weekend in Dushanbe explosions. One of them came late in the evening of July 25 near the Capital Airport, the second – after five hours at the presidential palace next to the hotel “Tajikistan”.There were no injuries – a tree fell and was damaged standing beside the car. Dushanbe explosions rang out loud after the events in eastern Tajikistan, in Tavildara. There, during a special operation by Tajik authorities against anti-government forces had killed a Tajik former minister and several gunmen, who were Russian citizens. That is happening in Tajikistan, the browser “News Time” said Arkady Dubnov famous Tajik politician and journalist, leader of the socio-political movement “Vatandor” Dodojon Atovulloyev. 

– In Dushanbe, explosions are heard again, who is behind them?

– This beginning of the disaster Emomali Rakhmonov regime. This is a warning that if he does not resign voluntarily, it will be forced to do so by force. The opposition lost the hope to change it by democratic means, in response to the violence of the regime rahmonovskogo their own people to him, too, can be applied violence.Unfortunately, the peace talks with Rahmon no one believes – every time they finish a trap for his opponents. Another evidence that the recent murder by government forces in Tavildara ex-Minister of Emergency Situations, the former commander of the armed forces of the opposition Mirzo Ziyoyev, acts as an intermediary between the authorities and the opposition. – According to one of the official versions, the explosions – the handiwork of militants’ Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan “( IMU) … – This is an absolute lie. The main enemy of the IMU are the Uzbek authorities. And even if we assume that IMU fighters still remain in Tajikistan, all of them have long been working on the Tajik security services. These militants, as well as many other issues of relations between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, in charge of the First Deputy Minister of National Security Abdullo Nazarov, former field commander of the Tajik opposition. – Then who gave those explosions? – I am more than confident that they were themselves Tajiks – – those who are dissatisfied with the current situation in the country. And they give to know that they are willing to take decisive action. – You think it was the rebels stationed in Tavildara? – if not they themselves, those who sympathized with them. They tend to confusion in the power structures, to distract the government forces of Tavildara. I think that in the near future, such “warning” will be made in other parts of the country. – It is said that the explosions were timed to a forthcoming visit to Dushanbe, the presidents of Russia, Afghanistan and Pakistan – to show them the weakness of the current Tajik regime. .. – This is not true. The Tajiks have long come to believe that their problems do not care about anyone, and only they can change the power in the country and change their lives. In Tajikistan, a new resistance. And I will not hide the fact that we maintain relationships with many of those who are now in Tavildara. I know exactly what they are not against Russia or America, or Uzbekistan or any other country. They only have one enemy – it’s Rahmon and his regime. – It’s a coincidence that as a result of Sunday’s blasts were no injuries? – Maybe it blasphemous to say so, but it talks about humanity explosives. Can you imagine what would happen if the explosions were heard in public places during the day … – Who can guarantee that this “humanism” will remain in force? – None. However, I can say that we created a couple of years ago, the movement “Vatandor” (“The Patriot”) is today as a dam holding back an avalanche of more military pressure on the regime rahmonovsky. – At one time it was considered a pillar of Kulyab clan, because he was born Emomali Rahmon Kulyab region of … – This is not so long ago. Rather, it was possible to talk about Dangara clan (Dangara Kulyab region – home town of Rahmon. – Ed. ), but it is not. Support mode – Rahmon’s family, literally. The Tajik economy is today – the president is a family business, so there is no no thieves, no racket, their function is completely monopolized by his family. Tajikistan is nearly divided between the offspring of Rahmon. They had nine – two sons and seven daughters. As soon as one of the daughters is getting married (for four of these), the father of her husband, if you do not receive the ministerial, the other major public office or a good business. And the husbands themselves – responsible government officials and diplomats, one representing the country at the UN, the other – the IMF, the third – the deputy minister … Previously best-known businessman in the country was the brother of the president’s wife Sadulloev Hassan, which controls more than two hundred enterprises of the republic, including Central Asia’s largest aluminum smelter. Influential businesswoman is the eldest daughter Tahmina, which owns the bank, distillery, beauty. Not long ago, she married another daughter, she also gets the business. Now, he married the eldest son, 24-year-old Rustam, he studied at many universities, not finishing any of them – Germany, Tajikistan, Russia at Moscow State University. But his father called him recently from Moscow, Rustam too often leave a lot of money in a casino, “Corston.” At home, he immediately got a high position in the Foreign Ministry, and now many believe that Rahmon always takes it with him to travel abroad. – Prepares his successor? – There is a version. But while Rustam became interested in the other – in an instant, he became a famous Tajik football player, captain and top scorer of the Premier League team “Istiqlol.” When he goes on the field, his opponents are afraid to take the ball. A couple of weeks ago, Rustam married. Ministers and businessmen gave him a car, he loves to collect them.Everyone was wondering how the wedding will take place, because Rahmon has recently issued a decree banning lavish celebrations. On television, even announced that his son, “his majesty” marries … – President of the so-jokingly referred to as? – No, no, “dzhanobi oli”, so in Tajik is almost officially as it sounds, and on television too … And he is sometimes at a government meeting about himself in third person says, ministers scolded: “You told me that all will do, Your Majesty, and that …” For it is in a different turn: “Yes, my king “-” Shoham “in Tajik. – Presidential Decree complied with at the wedding? – Of course, even on television showed a report as to the relatives of “KamAZ” bringing up the gifts with products – butter, rice for the residents. It was emphasized that all of the personal funds of the president’s family. In this case the current poverty of Tajiks – a direct result of a consistent policy of the authorities. Rahmon said that Tajikistan should not be rich, otherwise then they start to grow, and political ambitions. He is afraid of free and independent people. In Emomali Sharipovich two mania, one – the persecution, the other – of greatness. – Is it true that once you have held a long conversation in private? – Yes, in 1999, he invited me to come back to Dushanbe, and we talked to his office at the presidential palace about four hours. I remember the awkward details of the conversation. I can only say that it was very uncomfortable to listen to the president, who was trying to portray himself as a well-read man. Rahmon, is constantly recalled Tajik poetry classics and philosophers, but is constantly confused their names. He reproached me that I wrote, though he lives in the palace, saying that the house had no heating and he wrapped himself in a coat out there … – But what if the president so you have a newspaper, where you can find criticism address of the authority? – This is not the merit of Rahmon, is the merit of journalists. I know that many of them often cause a state committee of national security, prosecutor’s office and threatened them, putting pressure on their relatives.Tajikistan – a unique country. On the one hand, executions, imprisonment and cruel persecution of dissent and hunt for enemies of the regime, amounting to psychosis.On the other hand, you can barely hear the phrase “it’s not a phone conversation.” I admire the courage of politicians such as Rahmatullo Zoirov, Kabiri, Shodi Shabdolov, Hoji Akbar Turajonzoda, Yusuf Ahmed, Shokirjon Khakimov Amniyat Abdunazarov, Mirhusayn Nazriev, Kuwwat Sulton, and many others who, despite the pressure of the authorities, have the courage to speak openly the country’s problems. – All of them are members of the “Vatandor?” – The authorities in Dushanbe make everyone more or less meaningful policies to make a statement that he is not a member of the “Vatandor.” – You can call these people? – Please – Turajonzoda One of the commanders of the National Guard Sukhrob Kasymov, the late Mirzo Ziyoyev … The merit of “Vatandor” that in Tavildara near the former opposition fighters today are members of the former “Popular Front of Tajikistan,” 17 years ago led to the power of the current president. – But the main thing, then supported him in Moscow and Tashkent. What is the future today at the Russian-Tajik relations? – Do Rahmon Psychology gypsy. Gave him the money – so good, did not give – bad. Russia, he always used, primarily as a cash cow. In this case there was a moment in 1993 when, trying to keep their power, Rakhmonov was chairman of the Supreme Council of Tajikistan, Russia was ready to give everything. He then appealed to Yeltsin proposed the occurrence of Tajikistan in Russia. In another appeal to President Karimov, he offered to give Uzbekistan Leninabad region. I mention this because today Rahmon calls himself the savior of the Aryan Nation last, almost the last Aryan. – There is evidence of these appeals? – This is a known fact, the Tajik press then wrote about it. Rahmon was convinced that the Soviet Union to resume its existence, and it becomes something of a first secretary of the Central Committee of the Republic.

Attempted Murder of Uzbek Cleric In Sweden

Well-known Uzbek cleric, Obid-kori Nazarov, shot in Sweden

Обид-кори Назаров


The well-known Muslim cleric from Uzbekistan, Obid-kori Nazarov, has been attacked in the Swedish town of Stromsund – he is said to be in a stable condition after being shot several times by an attacker who then escaped.

The attack on Nazarov is believed to have taken place at around 12 noon today as the imam was returning home from mid-day prayers.

According to one of the injured man’s close associates, his as-yet unidentified attacker had been lying in wait for Nazarov near the entrance to his home in Stromsund and began shooting at him as he approached the building.

The injured Nazarov began shouting loudly for help, and as his grandson ran to his aid, the attacker reportedly ran away. Later, police found the silencer from a gun near the scene of the shooting which could have been thrown away by the man who shot Nazarov.

The imam was taken to hospital, where he underwent an operation. His associate says that his condition is serious but stable.

The same associate declined to conjecture as to who Nazarov’s assailant may have been. Other followers of the cleric say that they know nothing of Nazarov’s current condition and that the Swedish police advised them not to pass on any information about what had happened.

Obid-kori Nazarov, who has lived in Sweden since 2006, is viewed by the Uzbek authorities as one of the most outspoken critics of President Islam Karimov and his regime.

Tashkent has accused the imam of setting up and running an extremist religious organisation, guilty of plotting terrorist acts and other crimes within Uzbekistan including murders and attacks on people over a period of more than ten years.

Nazarov himself has always refuted these accusations, saying that he became a victim of Karimov’s dictatorial regime after he refused to organise his religious activity according to Presidential demands.

“We, like journalists, suffer because of our freedom of speech,” Nazarov said in an interview with in 2007.

Until he was granted political asylum in Sweden in 2006 Nazarov had been in hiding for several years in Kazakhstan.

He was forced to escape from there in autumn 2005 when Kazakhstan’s special security forces arrested several of his associates and handed them over to Uzbekistan. Among those captured was the eminent cleric Rukhiddin Fahruddinov.

But Nazarov never felt safe even when he was living in Sweden. His associates chose not to tell other followers where he lived, and in the last five years he has moved towns a number of times.

Fearing for his life, Nazarov rarely went out alone and was always accompanied by a small group of his relatives and followers. On the day he was shot, he was returning home on his own, which is a very rare occurrence, one of his associates says.

Attempted Murder of Tajik Opposition Leader In Moscow

[It is open hunting season on Tajik opposition leaders, no matter where in the world they try to hide.  The same principle is at play against refugee Uzbek leaders (SEE:  Well-known Uzbek cleric, Obid-kori Nazarov, shot in Sweden).  Somebody wants to see Emomali Rahmon and Islam Karimov reelected in the coming shady elections in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, just as Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov was reelected in Turkmenistan and Nursultan Nazarbayev stayed in office in Kazakhstan.  Even though the West likes to preach “democracy” to the masses, there are times like now, when dictators are needed to make far-reaching, snap decisions.  Western corporations are nervously waiting to jam huge pipelines up everybody’s asses over there and strong men are needed to ensure that the people stand still and take it.]

Dodojon Atovulloyev: “I lost my vigilance”



The leader of the Tajik opposition movement “Vatandor” Dodojon Atovulloyev

Recall that in last Thursday in downtown Moscow at the Komsomolsk Avenue was attacked by the famous Tajik journalist and opposition leader Dodojon Atovulloyev. The unidentified man struck him two stab wounds, aiming at his heart. Four days Dodojon spent in intensive care, and only on Monday evening he was transferred to a general ward. Now a direct threat to his life there, but the state Atovulloyev remains difficult.

Dodojon told the ” New “about the circumstances and causes of the attempt:

– That day I had several meetings with foreign diplomats. In the evening I had another meeting scheduled with the fellow. Around 21:00, I left the house, he passed a dark archway, and saw stranger. I immediately realized that this was a Tajik, thought that he just wanted to say hello to me. But he silently walked up to me, struck two blows with a knife and hid in the yard. As I learned later, one of the blows was a centimeter away from the heart. I was saved only by the fact that a fight has attracted the attention of people walking down the street. Then I got to the nearest lighted door (it was a restaurant) and asked to call the “first aid”.

– You said that at the time of the attack came to a meeting with one of the Tajik refugees. Can he be involved in the assassination?

– No way. This person I know and trust him. I was just too careless and lose vigilance. Over twenty years of exile I’m used to receiving threats to his address and had long ceased to pay attention to them. And the last few days felt being watched, but even that I was not alarmed, and that’s paid.

– Do you think the attempt on you – it is a political order?

– Without a doubt.

– Why now?

– The set of reasons. After a year in Tajikistan will be held next presidential elections, and the authorities are trying to do everything possible to neutralize the opposition. In February last year, prosecutors Tajikistan has got me a regular criminal case accusing me of complicity in terrorism, and Russia demanded that my issue. It did not work. In September 2011 I met with the closest associates of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, persuaded me to reconcile with the president. Offered to attend the 20th anniversary of independence (September 8.IG) and the public to conclude a truce. I refused.

Soon strained Russian-Tajik relations: the detention in Tajikistan, Russian and Estonian pilots and the harsh sentence imposed by the court (eight and a half years in prison.IG). For me it was obvious that this kind of “operation” to free the son-in-the president, who served time in a Russian prison for drug trafficking, as I openly said.

– Why did you refuse the offer to make peace with President Rahmon?

– I’m like anyone else familiar with the arithmetic operations of the current government and I know what happens to people who rely on the words of President Rahmon. The well-known journalist Ottohon Latifi returned to Dushanbe – killed at his home, MP Habib Sanginov after long negotiations returned to his homeland – was killed, the closest ally of Rakhmonov Abduldzhalil khukum believe in guarantees, came to the funeral of Sister – thrown into prison and there killed. They all believed Rahmon and were killed, dozens of such cases. But even this is not stopped me, and especially the fate of hundreds of my colleagues that the Tajik overcrowded prisons. So I have no moral right to go to any negotiations with President Rahmon.

– Will attempt to further your business?

– After the attack I am even more convinced of the correctness of the chosen path. Now I have no choice. We will work to expand my movement “Vatandor” and to seek a peaceful retirement, Emomali Rahmon.

From the Editor. Investigation attempted Atovulloyev leads a group of investigators of ATS ‘Khamovniki. “ Relatives and close friends Atovulloyev unhappy course of the investigation. As soon as the investigation began – and already there was a change of the investigator, now headed by Olga Malyarchuk consequence that neither the Dodojon nor his relatives have not yet seen.

Novaya Gazeta

Tajik Govt. Campaign of Religious Harassment Continues Against Beloved Turajonzoda Brothers

[Tajikistan is roiling with discontent, NOT due to outside interference, but because of the government crackdown on religious activity not sanctioned by the State.  At the center of that state repression of Islamic faith is the highly respected Turajonzoda family, led by the elder brothers, who are beloved Imams at a mosque near Dushanbe, which draws worshipers by the thousands for nearly every service. 

Drawing ofTajikistan mosque

The mosque will hold 150,000 worshippers when completed

The government campaign to control all religious worship in the country is a sneaky plan to fill the new gigantic mosque being built by the meddling Qataris for the Tajik State (capacity 150,000) , and to strike a blow against the remnants of the IRP, the Islamic Renaissance Party (formerly led by Akbar Turajonzoda). 

(SEE THE FOLLOWING:  State Islam, Outsiders Compete For Influence In Central Asia  ;  Where did bombers in Tajikistan?  ;  A strange car accident. Leader of the Islamic Party of Tajikistan, M. Kabiri tried to kill?  ;  Operation “Mukanna”  ;  US unhappy with “anti-Islamization in Tajikistan”  ;  Tajik Muslims bristle over anti-fundamentalism efforts  ;  Religious differences did not lead to unity

(In particular, the following article on Turajonzoda is a MUST READ:  Tajik Mufti Who Sees Through Anti-Islamist Western Subversion, Targeted By Tajik Court).  In keeping with American plans to introduce its fake “Islamists” into Tajikistan (SEE: America’s “Islamists” Go Where Oilmen Fear to Tread), the real Islamists are first being neutralized and sequestered.  By harassing, jailing, intimidating, even killing Tajikistan’s true religious leaders, the religious masses are being agitated and deprived of leadership at a time of great religious testing.  Shaitan has big plans for Tajikistan and spiritual leaders like the Turajonzoda brothers are all that stands in the way.]

     Hoji Akbar Turajonzoda

  Nuriddin Turajonzoda

Tajikistan mosque raided, worshippers detained, imams removed

Over fifty officials from the police, NSC secret police, Prosecutor’s Office and the state Religious Affairs Committee raided a high-profile mosque near Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe during Friday prayers on December 9. They accused the mosque leaders, who are Sunni, of marking a Shia Muslim commemoration, insisting that only Hanafi Sunni rituals should be observed.

Two brothers from the prominent Turajonzoda family which ran the mosque were fined, while nine other mosque members were held for ten days with no court hearing, mosque members complained to Forum 18 News Service.

The Religious Affairs Committee also removed the mosque’s imams and downgraded its status.

Police imposed a cordon on Fridays during successive weeks’ prayers. But Deputy Chief of Vahdat Town Police, Alisher Abdurasulov, denied to Forum 18 that anyone was detained without trial or that the village was cordoned off to prevent worshippers reaching the mosque. Asked why he and other officials raided the mosque, Chair of the Religious Affairs Committee, Abdurahim Kholikov, told Forum 18: “I have the right not to answer you.”

The Muhammadiyya Mosque is located in Vahdatobod (formerly Turkobod), a village of about 200 people in Vahdat District, 11 miles from Dushanbe. It is run by Haji Turajonzoda and his brother Imam Nuriddin Turajonzoda.

Nearly two months after officials restricted the activity of a leading mosque only hundreds rather than thousands of worshippers can now attend Friday prayers.

No sermons are allowed and the mosque’s imams cannot return to lead the community.

A Dushanbe-based journalist told Forum 18 that thousands of people from Dushanbe and even from the city of Kulyab, 200 kms (125 miles) south-east of Dushanbe, used to travel to the mosque for Friday worship. “Imam Nuriddin is a very well known Muslim preacher in Tajikistan, and Tajik Muslims love his sermons.”

Akbar Turajonzoda was an independent Senator in Tajikistan’s Parliament between 2005 and 2010. He served as Tajikistan’s Mufti from 1988 to 1991, and as the second-in-command of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan and the United Tajik Opposition from 1993, until his expulsion from the party in 1999. He also served as Tajikistan’s Deputy Prime Minister after the civil war ended in 1996.

Trouble began for the mosque on December 6 when the state-backed Council of Ulems issued a fatwa (religious ruling) against the Muhamadiyya Mosque and its leaders which was distributed to all mosques across Tajikistan.

The fatwa stated that the Council of Ulems “is not against observing the rite of Ashura by the Shia” but said “it is surprising to see that the Turajonzoda family, well-known in religious circles and who consider themselves Hanafi Muslims, observed it in the Turkobod Mosque on 2 December.” This “may lead to schism between Muslims”, it warned, adding that the Tajik people, “which adheres to the Hanafi movement, never in its history observed the rite of Ashura, and thereupon this deed of the Turajonzoda family fully contradicts Hanafi teachings.”

The Council of Ulems’ decision also called on the authorities to inspect the religious activity of the Turajonzoda family to see whether it “fits in the frames of the Religion Law.”