MASSIVE Rally in Pakistan Against Radical Islamists!

Hope for Pakistan…

Karachi on Sunday to show their opposition to a radical religious school which has begun a Taliban style anti-vice campaign in the capital, Islamabad. (REUTERS/Athar Hussain)

Moderate Muslims filled the streets of Karachi, Pakistan today to protest against a religious school with Taliban ties that is threatening the society:

Tens of thousands of people rallied in Pakistan’s biggest city, Karachi, on Sunday to show their opposition to a radical religious school which has begun a Taliban-style anti-vice campaign in the capital, Islamabad.

“The people of Islamabad are insecure and under threat due to the activities of these religious terrorists,” said Altaf Hussain, head of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, addressing the rally by telephone from London.

Hussain, who lives in self-exile in Britain although his party is part of the ruling coalition, said the religious radicals in Islamabad’s Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, and adjoining Jamia Hafsa madrasa were hurting the image of Islam.

“Islam is a religion of peace and it does not need Kalashnikovs and sticks,” he told the rally, while a helicopter whirled overhead to provide aerial surveillance and hundreds of police surrounded the venue — the city’s main commercial area.

Moderate Muslims in Pakistan were shocked earlier this month when a cleric announced a religious shariat court had been set up at Lal Masjid to enforce a strict Islamic code of justice, and threatened to retaliate with suicide bombers if the government tried forcibly to suppress the movement.

Lal Masjid’s compound has taken on the appearance of a rebel camp in recent weeks, with young men armed with sticks guarding the entrances.


Karachi on Sunday to show their opposition to a radical religious school which has begun a Taliban style anti-vice campaign in the capital, Islamabad. (REUTERS/Athar Hussain)

Meanwhile, across town it was the gal’s turn to guard the rooftop of the Red Mosque…

Pakistani Burqa-clad female students gather on the roof of Jamia Hafsa school during a protest by religious students of the Red Mosque. A fundamentalist mosque behind a morality campaign in the Pakistani capital has guns on the premises and will defend itself if the government attempts a crackdown, a top cleric said Wednesday.(AFP/Aamir Qureshi)

Previously:
Leading Cleric Gives Pakistan One Week to Impose Sharia Law
Pakistani Women’s Group Vows to Fight Radical Islamic Movement
Islamabad Imam Calls For Suicide Attacks at Friday Prayers

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