Mosque used by Taliban reopened after 10 years


By Ashrafuddin Pirzada
LANDIKOTAL: Masjid-e-Quba in Landikotal,used to run asTaliban preaching centre a decade ago was reopned after 10 years of its closure on Thursday.

District Khyber Siyasi Itehad Chairman and Jameat Ulema-e- Islam(Fazl) deputy ameer for esrtwhile Fata Mufti Muhammad Ejaz formally reopened the Quba mosque in Landikotal.

Quba mosque was closed down 10 years ago after militancy reached to its peak at that time. Masid Quba was in control of a local cleric Maulana Hazrat Nabi,alias Tamanchy Mula. He was an Arbic teacher in a state-run school and was from Panjpeer school of thought who was famous for his speeches and preeching styles.
Hazrat Nabi had also installed a FM Radio at Quba mosque in Landikotal,situation near to Landikotal bazaar.He used to motivate residents for holly war((Jihad). The mosque was closed ten years ago when Taliban and other fighers were pulled out of Landikotal and security forces launched military operations.

Speaking to this scribe siyasi Itihad chairman Mufti Muhammad Ejaz said that they were in contact with the government for the last several months to reopen the mosque. He said they had decided to open the mosque for general public on Thursday while on the mean time Peshawar High court also gave verdict of reopening on the same day.
He said a large number of residents gathered at the front of the mosque to enter into it and offer their prayers after long time. He said they will appoint a neutral prayer leader(Imam) for Quba mosque who would be accceptable for all. He said it was a happy day for him and for his fellow political workers who struggled with him to open the God Home for the people.
He said Jumma congregation would be offerex after ten years today.