Dr. Ayman Al Zawahiri
(may Allah protect him)
To the People of Pakistan
On the American Attack on Pakistan Army
Rabi-ul-Awwal 1433/February 2012
بسمِ اللهِ والحمدُ للهِ والصلاةُ والسلامُ على رسولِ اللهِ وآلِه وصحبِه ومن والاه
In the name of Allah. All praise belongs to Allah and may peace and blessings be upon the Messenger of Allah, his family, his companions and those who are loyal to him.
Dear Muslim Brothers in Pakistan,
The attack on Pakistani forces by American aircrafts in Mohmand requires a pause of reflection. America, which had allied itself with the leaders of Pakistan Army and the Pakistani government, poured its wrath on its own partners, to affirm for everyone who was still in doubt that partnership with America only leads to loss in this world and the hereafter. The history of America’s dealings with the Shah of Iran, Musharraf, ZainulAbidin Bin Ali, Hosni Mubarak, and Ali Abdullah Saleh proves that America views its agents as if they are mere hunting dogs or worn out shoes used to fulfill its objectives and then thrown into the dustbin; and this indeed is the fate awaiting the generals of Pakistan Army.
The Pakistan Army permitted American air strikes in the tribal areas. It provided help and active support in these bombings and continues to do so. What did it get in return?
The Pakistan Army carried out gruesome military operations involving aerial bombings and outright murder in Swat, Waziristan, Mohmand, Orakzai and Khyber in the interest of America. What did it get in return?
Earlier, the Pakistan Army supported the Crusader attack on Afghanistan and it continues to do so. Thousands of Muslims were killedin this attack and more are still being killed. What did it get in return?
The Pakistan Army arrested thousands of Pakistani and Afghan Mujahideen, besides immigrant brothers. It tortured them, murdered some and handed over others to America. What did it get in return?
The Pakistan Army also arrested the family of Shaykh Osama, so that America may be pleased with it. What did it get in return?
The Pakistan Army, in an act of treachery to its people, joined hands with the Americans against AafiaSiddique. What then did it get in return?
By the grace of Allah, we, on our part, have captured the American Jew Warren Weinstein. He will not return to his family, by the will of Allah, until our demands are met, which include the release of AafiaSiddique, Shaykh Omar Abdul Rehman, the family of Shaykh Osama bin Laden, and every single person arrested on allegations of links with Al Qaeda and Taliban.
The leadership of the Pakistan Army, in view of its longstanding history of cooperating with America against Muslims, cannot be expected to confront the American aggression against Pakistan and Afghanistan. Senior officers of the army have been bred on American bribes. They have been trained to submit to America’s desires and transgressions. Have these generals not made a business out of the Kashmir issue for sixty years, and used it as pretext to plunder the wealth of the Pakistani people, without freeing even an inch span of Kashmir? Instead, those who struggle for the liberation of Kashmir are hunted down, arrested, tortured and killed.
The leadership of the Pakistani government is a bunch of thieves and bribe-takers who were given an amnesty by Musharraf through the National Reconciliation Ordinance to fulfill American designs in the region. They are slaves of America and live off its aid and goodwill. They are the ones who call upon America for help in their tussle with the Pakistan Army. How is it possible for a government of thieves and bribe-takers to defend the homeland and people it has sold and betrayed?
Therefore, when it comes to the defense of Pakistan, no one is left except the free and noble people of Islam; people of jihad and faith from amongst its pious sons. No one is going to defend Pakistan except its Muslim people, if they put their trust in Allah (swt), rely on Him alone and adopt the means of attaining victory.
O Muslims of Pakistan! The army from which ninety thousand soldiers surrendered in Dhaka to the Hindus and which spilled the blood of Muslims in Afghanistan and Pakistan to fill the pockets of its leadership with unlawful money will not fight in your defense.
O people of Pakistan, riseup in the face of this bribe-taking government!
Rise up in the face of these treacherous generals!
Take to the streets!
Rise and step forward to face death so that you may be given life once again!
Take a lesson from what happened in Tunisia and Egypt where millions took to the streets causing the government to collapse.About eight hundred and fifty Egyptians were killed and thousands injured. As a result the security apparatus was incapacitated and completely paralyzed, forcing Hosni Mubarak to call the army. The leaders of the army saw that Mubarak was clearly pushing them towards a sea of blood along with the revolting masses, and that killing the masses would only serve to turn the country into a furnace of fire. Therefore they chose to tread a safe path and agreed with the Americans on the necessity of removing Mubarak so that the revolution may die down. Thus Mubarak and his cronies fell and Egyptians took a leap towards victory, even though they haven’t achieved it yet completely.
Why don’t you follow in the footsteps of your brothers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria? Why don’t you come out against the generals of Pakistan Army? Why don’t you come out in the millions in front of the Parliament and the Presidency?
Follow in the footsteps of your brothers in Egypt, who take to the Tahrir Square again and again in the millions to force the Military Council to meet their demands.
Cannot a million free and noble people rise from amongst the Muslims of Pakistan to stage a protest against the Generals of Pakistan Army so as to force them to stop their treachery of the Muslim Ummah by participating with America in its war against Islam, compel them to stop drone strikes, and pressurize them to bring an end to army operations in the tribal areas and Swat and release all prisoners?
Are the Muslims of Pakistan unable to bring forth a million free and noble people who may step forward to stage a protest in front of the Parliament and the Presidency until this government of thieves falls?
O our people in Pakistan! The Arab world around you is surging in a wave of revolution. Tyrants and oppressive rulers are falling. Why are you not making any move? Why are you not deposing these tyrants? Why are you not toppling these treacherous bribe-takers?
O Muslims of Pakistan! O free and noble men of Pakistan! Join the Mujahideen who are standing up in arms against America’s Crusader attack on Afghanistan and confronting its apostate allies in Pakistan and Afghanistan. At the very least, support them. Aid them and provide them help, for they are you real defenders.
O people of Pakistan! America is strengthening India against you to turn you into her slaves. This treacherous army will not fight in your defense. This treacherous government will not protect you. Their history in Dhaka and Kargil is well-known.
If India attacks Pakistan, it is the Mujahideen who will stand up against her, with the permission of Allah, just as they stood up against America and earlier against Russia. They are the ones who will step forward for the defense of your honour, sanctity and nobility, for the sake of Muslims and Islam, and not in help of this agent army and bribe-taking government.
O our brothers in Pakistan! O our people in Pakistan! This treacherous army and bribe-taking government have plundered your wealth. They have ruined your economy and destroyed your world as well as your hereafter. What then are you waiting for? Take a lead from your brothers in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria who are standing up against oppression and oppressors with their bare chests exposed and offering sacrifices so that victory may be ordained for then; and verily victory does not come except from Allah (swt).
O our people in Pakistan! Gather around the truthful; the people of sacrifice, and reject the inhibiting exploiters.
Does not differ in words and meanings but
The Adhan of a Mullah is one and the Adhan of a Mujahid another
O free and noble people in Pakistan! Compete in sacrifice so that you may be given victory!
Step forward in the face of death so that you may be given life!
A country whose youth died so that it may live
They met their fate in defense of their nation so that it may survive
Kingdoms are not built with a mentality of victimhood
Rights are not doled out and neither does it befit
In the killed is life for generations
And in prisoners ransom for them and freedom
For the awaited freedom is a door
Hammered with every blood stained hand
Our last prayer is that all praise belongs to Allah (swt), the Lord of the Worlds, and may peace and blessings be upon our Master Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his blessed family and companions.