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29-Nov-17 World View -- Pakistan government totally capitulates to hardline Islamist TLYRAP Barelvi sect mob

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29-Nov-17 World View -- Pakistan government totally capitulates to hardline Islamist TLYRAP Barelvi sect mob

North Korea ballistic missiles threaten 'everywhere in the world'

by John J. Xenakis

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Pakistan government totally capitulates to hardline Islamist TLYRAP Barelvi sect mob

Hardline Islamist sit-in in Islamabad last week (Pakistan Today)
Hardline Islamist sit-in in Islamabad last week (Pakistan Today)

For several weeks, cities across Pakistan were paralyzed with major roads blocked by a mob of thousands of Islamists in a sit-in, escalating into clashes with thousands of police. The sit-in and riots were triggered by a phony blasphemy charge last month against a government minister, Zahid Hamid, for supposedly being responsible for modifying the wording of a government oath, omitting the name of Mohammed.

After weeks of chaos, on Tuesday, the government totally capitulated to the demands of the mob, which was led Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah of Pakistan (TLYR or TLYRAP), a small Islamist political party coming from the hardline, dangerous Barelvi sect.

The terms of the capitulation are as follows:

The agreement has been only partially successful in ending the sit-in. The sit-in has ended in the capital city Islamabad and the adjoining city Rawalpindi. However, a TLYRAP splinter group is demanding the resignation of other ministers, and is refusing to end the sit-in in the major city of Lahore, and so parts of that city remain paralyzed. Geo TV (Pakistan) and Pakistan Today and Geo TV (Pakistan) and Dunya News (India)

Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah of Pakistan (TLYR or TLYRAP) has roots in Barelvi sect and murder of Salman Taseer

Tehreek-e-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah of Pakistan (TLYR or TLYRAP) is a small political group of hardline Islamists. It was little known until it led the recent violent sit-in and forced the government to capitulate to its demands. Media sources do not suggest that they're a terrorist group linked to the Pakistani Taliban (TTP), but they do advocate an extreme and radical "Sharia law" takeover of Pakistan's government.

In particular, they advocate the complete elimination of the persecuted Ahmadi Muslim sects in Pakistan, and possibly the Sufis as well. The phony blasphemy charge was based on an accusation that the modification of the oath would favor the Ahmadis.

TLYRAP came out of nowhere as a political group, but as Muslims they come the Barelvi Sect, an offshoot of Sufism. They would probably still be almost unknown today, but they were handed a gift last year when Mumtaz Qadri, a Barelvi, was executed for murdering Salman Taseer in 2011.

Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab province in Pakistan, was shot 28 times in broad daylight in an open marketplace on January 4, 2011. The killer was his bodyguard, Mumtaz Qadri. The motive, as described by Qadri, was to punish Taseer for objecting to Pakistan's blasphemy laws, and for calling for the release of a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, who was in jail facing execution for violating the blasphemy laws. Qadri was finally executed last year, but not before he became a national hero for killing Taseer over a phony blasphemy charge.

Qadri was not just a national hero, but he was a Barelvi hero, and it's that execution that led to the rise of TLYRAP. Since Qadri justified his murder of Taseer with a phony blasphemy charge, the TLYRAP political movement is based almost entirely on phony blasphemy charge. Any politician that TLYRAP targets can be found to have said or done some random thing that can be turned into a phony blasphemy charge, and that's how the recent sit-in came about.

Pakistan as a country is becoming increasingly radicalized by Barelvi extremism, and since some of the TLYRAP militants were armed with weapons such as stones and bats, they are now becoming militarized. Pakistan Today and Al Jazeera and Huffington Post(9-Jan) and La Voix Du Nord and Hudson Institute(19-Oct-2011)

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North Korea ballistic missiles threaten 'everywhere in the world'

North Korea on Wednesday morning fired a ballistic missile from an area north of Pyongyang. The missile was launched almost vertically, so that it would reach a high altitude, but would not travel beyond the Sea of Japan. If used in an actual attack, it would be launched closer to a 45 degree angle, which could carry it as far any part of the United States mainland, according to several analysts.

According to physicist David Wright, co-director of the Union of Concerned Scientists Global Security Program:

"If these numbers are correct, then if flown on a standard trajectory rather than this lofted trajectory, this missile would have a range of more than 13,000 km (8,100 miles). Such a missile would have more than enough range to reach Washington, DC, and in fact any part of the continental United States."

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said:

"[The tests threaten] world peace, regional peace and certainly the United States."

It went higher, frankly, than any previous shots they've taken. It's a research and development effort on their part to continue building ballistic missiles that can threaten everywhere in the world basically."

President Donald Trump made an apparent threat,

"We will take care of it.

It is a situation that we will handle."

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina said:

"If we have to go to war to stop this, we will. If there’s a war with North Korea, it’d be because North Korea brought it upon itself, and we’re headed toward a war if things don’t change."

There are some things about the ballistic test that we don't know:

There's another thing we don't know: We don't know what Trump meant when he said, "We will take care of it."

North Korea's objective for the past 25-30 years was to develop nuclear missile capability that could be used to attack the U.S. mainland, and use it as leverage to threaten South Korea and Japan, and he's now very close. Wired and Reuters and San Diego Union Tribune

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