Munawar Hasan through the years

“Kashmir is the lifeline of Pakistan and the mujahideen are fighting for the cause of Pakistan,” Munawar Hasan, acting chief of the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami party, told a rally of about 2,000 in Karachi.

“Nawaz Sharief is the traitor of all traitors and should be treated as such when he returns to Pakistan,” he said. “The movement against Nawaz Sharief will continue till his ouster.”

July 6 1999

”It’s a shame for the Pakistani government,” said Syed Munawar Hasan, the secretary general of the Islamic Party, the country’s most powerful religious party. ”There will be a pro-India government in Kabul, thanks to them. In fact, India now has two prime ministers, Atal Behari Vajpayee and Pervez Musharraf.”

November 14, 2001

ATol: “You reckon that there are so many contradictions between the West and the Muslim world, is there any chance of reconciliation and dialogue between the two civilizations?”

Munawar: “There is none. The basic concepts of both civilizations are in total contrast with each other. When I say this I do not address Western civilization as Christianity. I speak of a man-made system completely devoid of divine guidance. Our concepts of God, human beings, the universe, are totally in contrast with the concepts of the Western world. We cannot segregate human lives into private and public, our lives are ruled by divine guidance, not by man-made rules based on his own prejudices and specific mindset characterized by its own dilemmas and shortcomings. Our concept of the universe is not materialistic, and the result of an ‘accident’. Instead, it was a very well thought out process envisaged by the creator of the universe with a plan. So these basic concepts have made the difference between ours and Western approaches.”

Dec 4, 2003

“Taliban and al-Qaeda members are our brothers. Whether it is Osama bin Laden or Mullah Omar, we will not hand over anybody to the US without any proof.”

October 12 2008


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