“We Want To Make… [Pakistan] A Frontline State For Jihad, Not Against Jihad”; “Contemporary
Media Is Not Our Standard Nor Our Friend Or Sympathizer, But A Tool Of Our Enemies, Playing A Fifth Generation War Against Us”
Question: “Can mujahideen from Syria join your group?”
Rasheed: “Yes, believers from around the world are welcome to Khorasan, but they should keep in mind that our [TTP’s] jihadi front is Pakistan. We are fighting the Pakistani forces and our concentration is upon jihad in Pakistan. I also want to
mention that our war is against the regime, not against the people of Pakistan; our mission is to bring Islamic revolution, not the destruction of infrastructure; and we want to make it [i.e., the state of Pakistan] a frontline state for jihad, not against
Question: “How can the Muslim community in Pakistan best support you?”
Adnan Rasheed: “The Muslims of Pakistan support the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and the existence of jihad in Pakistan
is the strong proof to it. No movement can sustain its existence without the support of the masses. Nowadays, people are on the roads against the Pakistan Army, chanting slogans against them, calling them thieves, thugs, and killers. People want them to leave
their areas. On the other hand, when we were in control of the [Federally Administered Tribal Areas, now absorbed into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province], people were happily living and loving us. I come across some local Christians who were living happily under
Taliban rule in North Waziristan.
“We are still thousands in number; in the North from Gilgit to
Chaman in the south we have our presence on the 2500-kilometers-long Afghanistan-Pakistan border and daily we are inflicting pain upon the Pakistan army on these
borders and inside the cities. The Muslims of Pakistan understand that our war is not ‘terrorism’ but it’s a struggle. They understand that we are not terrorists but mujahideen. We manage our finances and manpower from Pakistan and this would
be impossible without public support. And if someone says, ‘the media is not speaking well about you and you have no public support,’ then my answer to them is that contemporary media is not our standard nor our friend or sympathizer, but a tool
of our enemies, playing a fifth generation war against us.”
“Shari’a Means The
Islamic Political System That Is Khilafah; The Islamic Financial System That Is An Interest… Free Economic System; The Islamic Judicial System…”
Question: “When will Pakistan be ready to implement shari’a law?”
Adnan Rasheed: “No one can give the exact time frame of when it can happen, but there are hopes, we are heading toward it. We do not know whether we will see the spring of the shari’a in our country
in our lives or not, but we are hopeful that if not, then our next generations will, InshaAllah [God willing]. One should clarify this in his mind what shari’a is.
“Some brothers assume that shari’a is the name of Islamic courts. Some are of the view that shari’a means beards and hijabs, and others think lashings and chopping off hands. All
I mentioned is not total shari’a but some parts of shari’a, and it is not our ultimate goal. Shari’a means the Islamic political system that is Khilafah [Caliphate]; the Islamic financial system that is an interest- and
tax-free economic system; the Islamic judicial system; the Islamic education system; and the jihadi offensive army just defense forces [i.e., no private armies].”
Question: “What will motivate the Pakistani government not to interfere in FATA [Federally Administered Tribal Areas, now absorbed into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province]?”
Adnan Rasheed: “FATA is one of the volatile regions in the world. It has a history in the Afghan and Pakistani jihad.
FATA is a very strategic location; from Alexander to the British Empire, all failed to subjugate these tribes. Alexander was badly injured in a war with these tribes and the British Empire’s only fear was these tribes. FATA has been used as a buffer
zone since Pakistan came into being in 1947, at the beginning against the Soviet Union to stop the advance of Communism, then in Afghan jihad, then against the Northern Alliance [the main opposition against the Afghan Taliban when they were in power in the
mid-1990s onwards], then a theatre in the War on Terror; and now Pakistan is thinking of using it as a shield against the Afghan National Army and against Indian influence in an expected India-Pakistan war.
“The Pakistani constitution is not applicable in FATA; no basic rights are available to tribesmen, this area is open for war crimes, blood games, and military
tests. FATA proved to be the best money-making place for the Pakistan army by capturing, killing, and selling mujahideen to respective countries [e.g., transferring them to the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay] and taxing narcotics. FATA is the biggest place
for extraordinary rendition [program of the CIA].
“Pakistan will continue to interfere in FATA because
this is an integral part of the country and has a pivotal role in the U.S.-led war against Islam. Now, the government is looking for some options for how to merge FATA into the national stream; these are to make it an independent province, or merge it with
Peshawar or keep it as it is just replacing the FCR law with the constitution.”
The Hypocrisy Of Pakistan Was In An Islamic Veil”; “We Were Taught In Schools That Jihad Is Going On In Indian Kashmir, So The Zeal Of Serving An Islamic Country Took Me To The Pakistani Air Force”
Question: “How should mujahideen treat the non-combatant Muslims who reside in Dar-ul-Kufr [the abode of unbelief]?”
Adnan Rasheed: “Muslims in the East and the West living in Dar-ul-Kufr or elsewhere are our brothers and sisters;
their blood, wealth, and honor is sacred to us. As a Muslim brother, I would like to advise them that they should remember the history of Al-Andalus (Spain), the catastrophe which fell upon the Muslims living in the Balkans after the Fall of the Ottoman Empire,
the plight of Muslims after the Khanate of Bukhara in central Asia and the Fall of Muslim rule in India; and history repeats itself.”
Question: “How did you end up in Pakistan Air Force?”
Rasheed: “Before 9-11, the hypocrisy of Pakistan was in an Islamic veil. We were taught in school that Pakistan came into being in the name of Islam, that Pakistan means not literally [i.e., as the land of the pious] but spiritually as La Ilaha
Illallah [there is no deity, but Allah], that Pakistan is a citadel of Islam and Pakistan is a land for Muslims to live freely according to teachings of Islam. We were taught in schools that jihad is going on in Indian Kashmir, so the zeal of serving
an Islamic country took me to Pakistan Air Force.”
“I Deserted PAF [Pakistan Air Force] Many
Times, But The Brothers In Jihad Made My Mind Up To Join Back And Prepare Men In The Military [For Jihad]”
Question: “Why did you leave the Pakistan Air Force?”
“After joining the air force, what I found there was that Islam is not ruling or running this institution but Islam is being used as a tool to pervert the sentiments of Muslim soldiers for a nationalistic cause. I found their British norms were strictly
observed and preferred over Islamic lifestyle. The more Western and secular you are the more respect and appointments you would have. PAF’s environment was discouraging for an Islamic lifestyle. We were free to practice Islam or not. I came across an
airman who converted from Islam to Christianity, and he was writing an application, requesting the air force record office to change his religion in documents as well. When I asked an officer who was processing his request for change of religion, he replied
that religion is a person’s personal matter.
“I fear my answer will become long. I have many examples
and incidents but in short, when Pakistan decided to join the U.S.-led war against Islam, I decided to defend my Muslim brothers and sisters in Afghanistan. I deserted PAF many times, but the brothers in jihad made my mind up to join back and prepare men in
the military [for jihad]. I came back and my Commanding Officer put me in military jail.
“After that, I
started da’wa [preaching], and I found a clandestine jihadi organization named Idara-tul-Pakistan [the Institution of Pakistan, formed inside PAF] led by a Junior Commissioned Officer Doctor Khalid (May Allah grant
him Jannah [paradise]). I joined that organization; we were about 200 soldiers within the army, navy, and air force. We all were loyal to the then [Afghan Taliban’s] Emir-ul-Momineen Mullah Muhammad Omar and took the oath of allegiance to him. Then we
turned against our own regime, and we planned to assassinate [Pakistan’s military ruler] Pervez Musharraf in December 2003. The attempt failed and we were all arrested, punished by military courts, and sent to jails.”
Question: “How/Why did you end up joining TTP [Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan]?”
Adnan Rasheed: “I was in death cell when TTP came into being [in 2007]. Our Idara-tul-Pakistan mujahideen were all in jails. The TTP announced
their allegiance to Mullah Omar too. So, I felt no issue working with TTP being in the death cell. The TTP leadership was concerned about our detentions. Then finally, the TTP broke into the Bannu prison [in April 2012] and proved their promise of releasing
the Muslim captives. After our jailbreak, I was given an option by Commander Sajna Shaheed of TTP, the mastermind of the Bannu prison break: I was free to join any jihadi group in Khorasan. He told me that he had freed us for sake of Allah… and now
he gave me the choice to work with any organization of my liking. Then I decided to join TTP as a foot soldier because TTP is the biggest and strongest jihadi organization in the jihad against the Pakistani regime.”
“A Prophetic Jihad Is A Key To Success In This World And Hereafter”; “The Ideal For A Mujahid Should Be Prophet Muhammad…
And His Companions, Not Sun Tzu, Napoleon Or Hitler”
Question: “What skills do
you need to be a good mujahid?”
Adnan Rasheed: “There is a difference between a mujahid
and a fighter. Not every soldier or fighter is a mujahid. There are two types of qualities a mujahid must have: these are spiritual and physical. A mujahid is more spiritual than physical. The foremost combat is with your own nafs [self],
with yourself. Because nafs will always seduce you to follow desires, lust, and comfort. It will malign your intention in one way or another; you are always in a full-scale war with your own nafs. So, a mujahid must quell his own nafs before anything. A mujahid
must abstain himself from every type of sin and doubtful things. The other qualities are physical. A stronger and healthier mujahid is better than weak and lazy one. The survival techniques and strategic knowledge can make you a conqueror.
“The political wisdom will help you in winning the hearts of the masses. The arts of war will help you in defending your land and people.
A mujahid must keep in his mind that jihad is the commandment of Allah… It must be done according to the Prophetic Sunnah[traditions of Prophet Muhammad]. A prophetic jihad is a key to success in this world and hereafter. The ideal for
a mujahid should be Prophet Muhammad… and his companions, not Sun Tzu, Napoleon, or Hitler.”
“In 2014, there was a big [Pakistan] army invasion in FATA. Reports say you were arrested? What happened to you in that period? Was that a tough time?”
Adnan Rasheed: “Yes, in 2014 there was a big army invasion in North Waziristan and yes
media was speaking about my arrest, but that was a rumor indeed. Alhamdulillah, I was safe and sound with friends and fellows. Yes, that was a tough time, but in jihad, you have to face such situations. Jihad is not a bed of roses. You have to expect the unexpected.”
“Pakistan Came Into Being As A Plan Of New World Order”; “The Muslims Of Pakistan Want Shari’a,
And The Rulers And Their Secular Army Want To Westernize The Country”
do you think about the situation in Pakistan/Afghanistan?”
Adnan Rasheed: “The
situation in Afghanistan is clear to friends and foes. The future of Afghanistan is the Islamic state sooner or later. Afghan Taliban can better comment on the future of Afghanistan. I come from Pakistan and I would like to talk about the situation in Pakistan.
Pakistan came into being as a plan of New World Order, under the policy of ‘divide and rule.’ The war against Islam is not new; it has been going on for 1,400 years. The slogans were different in different times, but their aim was to destroy Islam and Muslims. The creation of Pakistan was an illusion; the Muslims of the Subcontinent
were promised an Islamic homeland. But since its creation, Pakistan is serving the interests of the West.
Muslims of Pakistan are clashing with the puppet rulers and their secular army. The Muslims of Pakistan want shari’a, and the rulers and their secular army want to westernize the country. Muslims of Pakistan have a long history of the peaceful struggle
for shari’a, from the Objectives Resolution 1949 [which laid down the tenets of Islam in the state institutions of Pakistan] to the Red Mosque 2007 [military operation in Islamabad]. But every time rulers betrayed them. Every voice for shari’a was suppressed by tyranny and deception.
“Now Pakistan will reap what it has sown; soon Pakistan will turn into a Syria-like situation. Mujahideen are already in a war against
the regime. Pakistan has lost more than 30,000 of its troops, the economy is bankrupt, the political system is at the brink of collapse, judiciary and media are
biased, the bureaucracy has failed to manage the country, protests, and voices from every corner. World powers say Pakistan is nothing but lies and deceit. To wrap up my answer, Pakistan is a failed and corrupt state with its rental army. The future of Pakistan
is horrible devastation and destruction.”