MILF: No BIAF, Gov’t. Troops Joint Combat Operations in Maguindanao

By: UNYPAD ComTeam

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COTABATO CITY/September 13, 2017 – In a press release issued on Sunday by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Committee on Information, Central committee, clarified the issue of joint combat operations in Maguindanao by the Bangsamoro Armed Forces (BIAF) and the government forces.

Mohagher Iqbal, Chair of the MILF Committee on Information, said that there are no joint operations between the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) and the government troops in Marawi and Maguindanao.

The clarification of chair Iqbal is in response to the ongoing operation of BIAF elements in Maguindanao in flushing-out the terror group Jamaatul Muhajiren Wal-Ansarof headed by Esmail Abdulmalik aka Abu Toraife.

“Officially and formally, there is no such thing as joint operation conducted by the MILF forces and government forces in Maguindanao”, Iqbal  commented.

Abu Toraife, leader of the Jamaatul Muhajiren Wal-Ansar, declined to talk with the emissary sent by the MILF on August 2 and opened fire at them instead, in Barangay Pusaw, Shariff Saidona Mustapha, Maguindanao.

These violent actions of a local ISIS-inspired group in Maguindanao brought havoc to villages prompting the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to defend its communities against violent extremism.

Mohagher Iqbal, also the chairman of MILF Peace Implementing Panel, stressed on Friday that violent extremism is not accepted in Islam.

He emphasized that it is necessary for the MILF to protect its identified areas and communities from groups or individuals that pose any threats.

The Dar-ul Iftah chaired by Sheikh Abu Huraira Odasan  issued a religious ruling on violent extremism.

“The stand of the MILF was further affirmed by the issuance of the religious edict from the Dar-ul Iftah that, under the guidance of Islam and teachings of Prophet Muhammad, every Muslim has the responsibility to defend and protect his people once an individual or group intrudes his village to cause damage and pain,” Iqbal said in vernacular.

Iqbal clarified that an armed approach is not the only solution to combat violent extremism.

“There is a need to find other peaceful solutions to the problem of violent extremism facing the Bangsamoro nowadays,” Iqbal said.

He added that the youth being enticed into violent and extremist ideologies and joining local ISIS-inspired groups is a result of existing global and domestic injustices.

“The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law and the implementation of the signed peace agreements are examples of concrete steps that can provide long-term solutions against violent extremism,” Iqbal concluded.

The Jamaatul Muhajiren Wal-Ansar is a breakaway group of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) that became violent because of their frustrations in the seemingly unending peace process between the government and moro revolutionary fronts.

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