Tajik Imam, Former Deputy Prime Min. Tajikistan, Warns of Govt. Sponsorship of Salafi “Islamists”

Turajonzoda could topple Rahmon

 

Arianna news Tajik.

S.Arsentev

 

ANOTHER EMERGING IN TAJIKISTAN “Arab spring”?

Today, the focus of Tajik society is the conflict between the former first deputy prime minister in the government of Emomali Rahmon, the famous religious leader Hoja Akbar Turajonzoda and current head of the Ulema Council Tajik Opposition Saidmukarramom Abdulkodirzoda becoming increasingly crucial, while in the process were involved not only Tajik representatives of the clergy, and faithful part of the country that constitutes the vast majority of citizens. This factor gives every reason to anticipate the approaching split in the society, since we are talking about the charges against the current mufti of Tajikistan Turajonzoda family, which is Sunni, they belong to the Shia branch of Islam.
Interest in this confrontation heats up more, and the fact that the conflict is fueled by all the forces from the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rakhmonov, who personally approved the practice in high office Saidmukarrama Abdulkodirzoda.
At the same time, experts and specialists, as well as people close to the Tajik government circles, they say that this “dispute” was initiated in order to finally shift the position of the family Turajonzoda, whose representatives have great weight in the eyes of Muslims.
This factor, of course, makes them dangerous to the current mufti, whose actions have been criticized by Hoji Akbar Turajonzoda, radeyuschego of traditional Islam. One of the accusations against the current mufti were repeated statements Khoja Akbar Turajonzoda that Saidmukarram Abdulkodirzoda is a proponent of building an Islamic caliphate in Tajikistan Salafi persuasion.
These accusations are not unfounded, as backed by the trust completely retired clergy, almost always abides in alcoholic intoxication and debauchery, Emomali Rahmon new mufti promoted above all people suspected of non-traditional profession of Islam.
Under his auspices in the country is actively growing number of imams who adhere to the ideology of “Salafis.” At the same intelligence, law enforcement and official clergy look the other way and pave the way for rampant in the country of extremism. Thus, the newly appointed imams Abdulkodirzoda g.Tursunzade MAbdurahimov and human settlements “Karatog” and “Seshanba” I.Sharipov A.Idiev and adhere to the ideology of “Salafis”, organized in mosques “hujra” for minor children, send them to study in Saudi Arabia.
Another initiative Saidmukarrama Abdulkodirzoda – polygamy – and often criticized. And while his personal example Mufti virtually legalized such relationships, the popularity of this initiative is not received. Partly because the Mufti had married well-known singer in Tajikistan Gulru Tabarova and Bunafsha Rachabovoy, acclaimed not only his vocal abilities as depraved and riotous behavior.
All this paved the way for a “crackdown” Hoji Akbar Turajonzoda of the official clergy, acting under the direct leadership of the chairman of the Ulema Council and the head of Tajikistan.
In the media hounding fellow Sunnis in Turajonzoda held in December 2011 in the mosque, “Muhammadiyah” Shiite rite “Ashura” (memories of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Imam Hussein and curse the name of his killer Yazeed). In view of this decision of the head of the Committee on Religious Affairs Abdurahim Kholikov brothers and Nuriddin Turajonzoda Mahmudjon were removed from office imam – khatibs and suspended the activities of mosques “Muhammad.”
Trouble struck on the family business. There is every reason to believe that it is a tip-off was set on fire ginning Abdulkodirzoda Salafists, belonging to the famous family. Farmers of the republic forbade his family to sell cotton (up to 2010 gins Turajonzoda bought from farms 14-15 thousand tons of raw cotton, but in 2011 they were able to buy only 2.3 tons).
As he says Haji Akbar Turajonzoda to ascertain the reasons for this apparent pressure from the official clergy and the political power he would personally meet with the president, but the leader of the nation not only accepted, but his family called “agents” of the Russian Federal Security Service, which was exacerbated by “attention “to them by the SCNS. In response to a “misunderstanding,” former teammate Turajonzoda hinted that if the insane today, the president “does not hold the horses,” he will face problems similar to those faced by leaders of the countries in which thundered “Arab spring”. At the same time Turajonzoda meant his friends from the local influential Islamist, with more than two thousand combat murids Rasht Valley to implement any protest actions.
But Rahmon did not go to the concessions. Moreover, the recently completed trial, which rendered a verdict against the illegal action of Khodja Akbar, which were not considered given the facts disprove the innocence of his family. After that Turajonzoda laid down his trump card, telling the public about the plans of the Tajik leader of the Kirghiz, who has long been brewing in the corridors of the National Security Committee and the Council of Ulema.
It is known that in Tajikistan was formed “a group of death” from the number of UTO fighters and the IMU, which have been sent to Kyrgyzstan to destabilize the political situation and the incitement of ethnic conflict in Kyrgyzstan. In addition, the country’s border service charged at every opportunity to provoke conflicts with the border of Kyrgyzstan.
As it turns more difficult to predict. Of course, in the hands of Rahmon is the so-called administrative resources, but, as we have repeatedly observed, this resource is a little help leaders of other countries. He was always opposed to the resource and the public at least, but definitely manageable. And who today can guarantee that in the case of Tajikistan manage themselves will not take the same Turajonzoda has already proved its determination and ability to conduct active operations during the civil war in 1992-1997, when he was one of the leaders of the United Tajik Opposition, who headed its Islamic wing?
Sergei Arsentiev
Source – CentrAsia

Hakeemullah’s Bandits/Cutthroats Murder 12 More Shiites

Hakeemullah-Waliur-Rehman

Pakistan Taliban claim sectarian bombing that killed 12

Reuters

7:57 a.m. CDT, July 18, 2012

PARACHINAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – A faction of the Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility on Wednesday for a bomb attack in northwest Pakistan that killed 12 people, a spokesman for the group said.
The roadside bomb exploded next to a passenger vehicle in the Sipaye area of the Orakzai tribal region, killing a dozen people in a sectarian attack targeting the Shi’ite community.e targeted them because they were Shi’ites, and they are enemies of Islam," Mohammed Afridi, spokesman for the Darra Adam Khel faction of the Pakistan Taliban told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.
Sunni Muslim militants loyal to al Qaeda and the Taliban have carried out high-profile attacks on members of Pakistan’s Shi’ite minority in the past.
"This appears to be part of a series of attacks by militants against one particular sect," said Khushal Khan, a senior government official in Orakzai.
(Reporting by Ali Afzaal in PARACHINAR and Saud Mehsud in DERA ISMAIL KHAN; Editing by Ed Lane)

100,000 Paez Indians Demand FARC and Colombian Army Take Their Spat Elsewhere

[SEE:  Colombia fighting drives nearly 3,000 from their homes]

Clashes between Indians and security forces: 26 affected

On Tuesday the Indigenous Guard came to Berlin where Hill struggled with the soldiers stationed at the site.

William Fernando Martinez / AP This Tuesday the Indigenous Guard came to Berlin where Hill struggled with the soldiers stationed at the site.

NATION The Esmad and the army evicted the group of natives who had taken the hill Berlin. 26 people are reported injured and captured.

‘Ultimatum’ to the Armed Forces withdraw from Indian territory due today

Alvaro Sierra

PUBLIC ORDER spokesman Indians of Northern Cauca, Feliciano Valencia, said that at twelve o’clock on Monday, both the military and the FARC, should leave its territory. Meanwhile, Defense Minister affirmed the permanence of the military authorities in the area.

Monday July 16, 2012

"Tonight at midnight is the deadline for both the FARC and the security forces leave our territory," he told Semana.com political advisor of the Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca, ACIN, Feliciano Valencia. We already Miranda shares are ahead for the FARC to withdraw because we will not continue to endure this situation. And is the same as the Indigenous Guard wants to do with law enforcement, "said Valencia. Indian spokesman also clarified that it is not attacking anyone and that there is a misconception because they do not seek the demilitarization of the area, or is a disobedience, or "independent republic", but all illegal actors, both as illegal armed stop fighting among civilians. Valencia statements occur in a day when the temperature department has risen even more. First was the spokeswoman for the Multicultural Organization of Indigenous Peoples of Colombia, OPIC, Ana Silvia Secue, who sparked controversy by declaring that these communities had a deal with FARC to drive the local military . On these allegations, Valencia said they are very serious and false and that they are driving the same way to the guerrillas in their area. The territories over which the Indians did not call for military groups are eight municipalities: Corinth, Miranda, Caloto Toribio, Jambaló, Santander de Quilichao, Suarez and Caldono.

Tajikistan’s Rogun Dam Still On Hold, As World Bank Awaits Completion of Dam’s Impact/Threat Assessment

Tajikistan – Energy Loss Reduction Project : restructuring (Vol. 1 of 2) : Main report (English)

ABSTRACT

The development objectives of the Energy Loss Reduction Project are: (i) to assist in reducing the commercial losses in the electricity and gas sectors, and to lay the foundation for the improvement of the financial viability of the electricity and gas utilities in a socially responsible manner; and (ii) to assist in the viability assessment of the proposed Rogun HEP (Rogun Hydroelectric Project) in Tajikistan. The closing date for the Project will be extended from June 30, 2012 until August 31, 2012. The Project was approved by the Board on June 30, 2005, and became effective on December 7, 2005. At the time of approval the Project was aimed to assist in reducing the commercial losses in the electricity and gas systems, and to lay the foundation for the improvement of the financial viability of the electricity and gas utilities in a socially responsible manner. The main areas where significant works remain to be completed are the Financial Management Improvement Program (FMIP), billing system, fixed assets audits in both the entities. The assessment studies for the Rogun HEP are in progress although completion has been delayed. An additional Financing Grant in the amount of $18.0 million was signed on March 16, 2012. Once effective, the Grant will cover the financing gap for the Assessment Studies, scale up electricity metering and strategic studies and provide advisory Support. An action plan for completion of the remaining activities has been prepared by the Government. The Project team will closely monitor the progress to ensure that the established time schedule milestones will be met by the end of the extension period. This will be the first extension of the project closing date.

Document of The World Bank

Report No: 68664-TJ

RESTRUCTURING PAPER
ON A
PROPOSED PROJECT RESTRUCTURING
OF
TAJIKISTAN ENERGY LOSS REDUCTION PROJECT

EXTENSION OF CLOSING DATE

ENERGY LOSS REDUCTION PROJECT
PROJECT NUMBER- P089244
CREDIT NO: 4093-TJ
GRANT NO: H1780
GRANT NO: TF096573
1. The closing date for the Tajikistan, Energy Loss Reduction Project Grant IDA H1780 and
Grant TF096573 will be extended from June 30, 2012 until August 31, 2012. The Credit 4093 is
fully disbursed so the extension will only apply to the two Grants. In case of the TF096573, the
4-months grace period stipulated under the Disbursement Letter is to be reduced by 2 months.
2. The Energy Loss Reduction Project was approved by the Board on June 30, 2005, and
became effective on December 7, 2005. At the time of approval the Project was aimed to assist
in reducing the commercial losses in the electricity and gas systems, and to lay the foundation for
the improvement of the financial viability of the electricity and gas utilities in a socially
responsible manner. The project components are: (i) Electricity Component, (ii) Gas component
and (iii) Technical Assistance to the Government. The project was restructured in February 2011,
to support financing of the Assessment Studies for the proposed Rogun Hydroelectric project
(Rogun HEP). The project development objectives were expanded to include “viability
assessment of the proposed Rogun HEP”.
3. The main components of the project are substantially complete and have positively
contributed to the electricity and gas sectors in the country. Results from the metering
component for the electricity sector show a reduction of commercial losses and increased billed
sales for Barki Tajik, the electricity utility company. Results from the metering component for
the gas sector show a reduction in commercial losses. Barki Tajik and Tajiktransgas (gas utility)
have made significant progress in conversion of their accounts to International Financing
Reporting Standards (IFRS) and the financial statements for the year 2010 were prepared for the
first time as per IFRS requirements. As of today the project is current on audits – all project audit
reports up to the last quarter were found satisfactory. Entity audit reports for FY ended
December 2010 were received, and found to be satisfactory to the Bank.
4. The main areas where significant works remain to be completed are the Financial
Management Improvement Program (FMIP), billing system, fixed assets audits in both the
entities. The assessment studies for the Rogun HEP are in progress although completion has been
delayed. An additional Financing Grant in the amount of $18.0 million was signed on March 16,
2012. Once effective, the Grant would cover the financing gap for the Assessment Studies, scale
up electricity metering and strategic studies and provide advisory support.
5. An action plan for completion of the remaining activities has been prepared by the
Government. The project team will closely monitor the progress to ensure that the established
time schedule milestones will be met by the end of the extension period.
6. This will be the first extension of the project Closing Date.

The Hidden Saudi War Against Shia Rights

Shooting the sheikhs

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Violence against Shia clerics troubles Saudi Arabia and Bahrain

ANGER is rising in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province after security forces arrested and wounded one of the government’s harshest critics, a Shia cleric called Nimr al-Nimr (pictured). Two young men were shot dead in the protests that followed. This takes the total number of Saudis killed since the start of the Arab spring a year and a half ago to ten, all from the Shia minority that makes up about a tenth of the country’s 27m-odd people.

Sheikh Nimr has long been a thorn in the side of the ruling family. A warrant for his arrest was first issued in 2009 after he said that if Saudi Shias were not allowed to “live with dignity”, the eastern provinces should secede from the kingdom. Such talk is particularly inflammatory, since most of Saudi Arabia’s oilfields are in the east.

Yet he was not actually arrested. Security forces may have been mindful of the fact that some households in his town, Awamiyeh, were known to have stashes of guns smuggled in from Yemen and Iraq. Recently, however, the sheikh had again irked the ruling Al Saud family with a speech marking the death of the long-standing interior minister, Prince Nayef, who had also recently become the crown prince, as well as having been in charge of the religious police since 1975. The prince was hardly beloved by Saudi Arabia’s Shias, who saw him as more hostile towards them than his gentler half-brother, King Abdullah.

Saudi Shias feel they are treated as second-class citizens in a state that embodies a puritanical Sunni version of Islam. But the interior ministry dismisses unrest in the Eastern Province as “foreign meddling”, a charge invariably laid against Iran, though Saudi Shias tend to revere Saudi or Iraqi clerics rather than Iranian ones. Prince Nayef was also a driving force behind last year’s Saudi-led military intervention in neighbouring Bahrain, where protesters mainly from the Shia majority had been massing on the streets to demand more rights.

The late prince’s long-standing deputy and half-brother, Prince Ahmed bin Abdel Aziz, who has replaced him, is not generally seen as a bringer of change. But some Shia leaders look more hopefully to Prince Nayef’s son, Muhammad, the deputy interior minister, who is admired in Western government circles for pioneering a rehabilitation programme for captured or surrendering jihadists.

Sheikh Nimr told his followers in a posting on YouTube to celebrate Prince Nayef’s death. Some young Shias even held parties. The sheikh said he was not afraid of being arrested and would even be willing to die if it helped his people to earn some dignity. The police soon responded, injuring him during his arrest. As pictures of his bloodied white robes circulated on social networking sites, young Saudi Shias took to the streets to shout for him and clashed with the police.

Some Shia elders wish the sheikh had held his tongue. After all, it was too soon for changes at the interior ministry in the wake of Prince Nayef’s death to have taken effect. And some Sunni dissidents sigh that the government thrives on the sort of provocative statements issued by Mr Nimr, whom the Sunni majority in Saudi Arabia already finds easy to demonise.

The arrest of the Saudi sheikh came two weeks after Bahrain’s Saudi-backed security forces wounded another popular Shia cleric, Ali Salman, who was raked with birdshot as he addressed a clutch of flower-holding protesters outside his home. This peaceful gathering was unlicensed, so it was technically a crime. But the sheikh’s shooting was likewise a response to a speech he had made a few days earlier, when he said that Bahrain’s Shias had yet to display half of their power and could bring thousands onto the streets, dressed for death, at the drop of a fatwa.

Mr Salman’s political group, Wefaq, won 45% of the vote in parliamentary elections in 2010, enjoying roughly the same level of support as Egypt’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood or the Islamists that won a general election in Tunisia. Yet Bahrain’s government routinely dismisses it as a group of traitors in thrall to Iran. The Saudis say much the same of their eastern Shias. Pointing a finger at foreign plots is easier than accepting the need for reform at home.

Afghan Taliban Celebrate Pakistan Route Re-Opening with Ceremonial Burning of 22 NATO Tankers

22 NATO supply trucks and tankers destroyed in Afghanistan

Khaama

By SAJAD

 

According to local authorities in northern Samangan province of Afghanistan, a convoy of oil tankers and other NATO supplies were burnt at Rabatak area in this province.

Provincial security chief Gen. Khalilullah Andarabi confirming the report said the convoy included 18 oil tankers and 4 other trucks of NATO supplies.

Gen. Andarabi further added the incident took place early Wednesday morning around 3:00 am local time.

He also said at least two drivers of the oil tankers and the trucks were injured following the incident.

According to Gen. Khalilullah Andarabi the main reason behind the incident is still unclear however a tanker driver said the incident took place following an explosion.

No group including the Taliban militants have so far claimed responsibility behind the incident.