Hafsa students still speak of suicide attacks
PESHAWAR, July 6(Dawn): Perturbed by the arrest of Lal Masjid's khateeb Maulana
Abdul Aziz, Jamia Hafsa students from the Upper Dir district who were brought
back home by parents said they felt they had betrayed their teachers and friends
who were still there.
They even expressed their willingness to launch
'suicide attacks' if they got an opportunity to go back to
They said they took part in the 'anti-vice' campaign launched
by the 'Jamia Hafsa brigade' on their own whenever they received
They claimed responsibility for all of their acts, including
the kidnapping of policemen, 'aunty Shamim' and her family members and Chinese
men and women in different raids.
"Our school administration and the
principal never stopped or directed us to take such steps to stop vice," they
said. "The female students used to hire vans and take up sticks to curb vice
whenever somebody came with a complaint to us.
"Maulana sahib or our
principal never directed us to take such steps, neither did they stop us," said
"I feel sad that I had to leave the seminary and come home
under family pressure and leave my fellows in the lurch," said Bint-i-Mohammad
Zada, a resident of Gandigar area in Upper Dir.
Bint-i-Mohammad Zada - a
worried student of Jamia Hafsa who was brought back by her parents - said
students left their seminary for homes unwillingly. She said she would go back
to Islamabad whenever possible to launch attacks against the
"At homes no one can stop the Mujahideen. The government has
targeted our seminary and disrupted our religious education," remarked an
18-year-old student of Jamia Hafsa.
Another dedicated student who seemed
in a state of trance could not believe that the Maulana had been arrested. She
said that she would not have left the seminary but for her mother's repeated
calls and pleas to come back.
"I have not been able to eat or do anything
else. I am sad and concerned about the well-being of my teachers and other
fellows who were at the seminary," a tense and concerned student who studied in
Jamia Hafsa for the last two years said on phone from her home in Upper
The situation inside the seminary was tense, as students were
desperately praying and offering Tahajjud to seek God's help in the crisis, she
She said that students aged between 5 and 18 years from various
districts of the country and Afghanistan studied at the seminary. They were
going through a lot of tension in the last five months when the stand-off with
the government materialised, she said.
"I would have never left the
seminary because the Maulana told us not to be afraid of martyrdom and we were
all mentally ready for that," she said. "He is like a 'wali of Allah'," she
"Our seminary was like a paradise for us. We had every facility.
Above all, the Maulana sahib's speeches inspired us."
She was of the
opinion that the seminary students or the 'Mujahideen' had waged a jihad against
the vice in the capital and their only demand was implementation of the Sharia.
"It is futile to live in this world full of vice. And I don't feel like living
this life anymore," she added sadly.
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