The leader of Laskar Jihad, Jafar Umar Thalib - IST

Christian Council: the presence of Umar Thalib in Papua is disturbing


The leader of Laskar Jihad, Jafar Umar Thalib – IST

Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman of the Indonesian Christian Council (MUKI) of Jayapura City, Dedi Patywael, said that the presence of Jafar Umar Thalib in Papua, especially in Jayapura city is very disturbing, related that the City as a barometer of religious life need to be maintained.

“We have several times asked local government together with other organizations to ban Jafar Umar Thalib,” said Dedi Tuesday (October 3).

Dedi had also asked security forces such as TNI and Polri to take immediate action. “We know how is Jafar Umar Thalib track record not only involved in Poso riots and Ambon tragedy but also some conflicts in the country,” explained Dedi.

He said the government should be selective in giving permit to Islamic religious (Pesantren) school development in Papua. “We must be absolutely clear that we are not negligent and experiencing friction between religious people,” he said.


Previously, support the call representatives of Ilalang, Papua, La Hardin also said that Jafar Umar Thalib supporters had clashed with Koya residents. But now they have moved to Keerom and build a semi-permanent pesantren. “The clashed was in 2015, they are now moving back to Keerom,” said Hardin.

According to him Pemkab Keerom has issued three warning letter related to the building permit of pesantren, burt he did not respond. “The third letter is given as an ultimatum to immediately emptying the land and the buildings constructed by Jafar Umar Thalib,” he said.( Ariane)

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