Clowns they are not. And certainly no time for comedy
There are jihadis right in the middle of the Pakistani capital, helping with the relief work at Margalla Towers. Musharraf even visited the place while they were there. All this is treated in a matter-of-fact manner in Mohammed Shehzad’s report.
Around 9:30 am, I received a call from Abdur Rehman Makki, the Number Two man at Jamat ud Dawa (the former Lashkar-e-Tayiba), which is waging a jihad, or holy war, in Kashmir. He told me that Margalla Towers, an apartment complex in Islamabad, had collapsed. Apparently, police and the administration were not cooperating with his outfit. He was there with ambulances to try and manage relief work…
I saw jihadi outfits actively involved in rescue work. Jamat ud Dawa was the most active. Dawa workers didn’t have good equipment, but were using a heavy hammer to rescue people from the debris.
The Number Two man Makki believed the earthquake was a punishment from Allah. “We have drifted away from the teachings of Islam and abandoned jihad. The people of Islamabad are corrupt to the bones. God has taught them a lesson.” [Rediff]
Wasn’t that an Urdu proverb about the cat that set off on a pilgrimage?