During Friday prayers… Maulana Mohammad Abdul Aziz, the head cleric of Lal Mosque who is known for his extreme and anti-American views, called on his followers to start up a suicide bombing campaign in one month if Pakistan does not enact Sharia Law.
Then the believers went and burned a heap of filthy Western CD’s and DVD’s including “Free Willy” and “Home Alone 4.”
Islamic students gathers around a pile of burning CDs and DVDs outside Lal Masjid or Red Mosque after Friday prayers in Islamabad April 6, 2007. The chief cleric of the radical mosque in Pakistan’s capital trumpeted plans on Friday to set up vigilante Islamic courts and exhorted followers to become suicide bombers if their Taliban-style movement was forcibly suppressed. (REUTERS/Mian Khursheed)
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The Twin Cities Press reported this today:
A hard-line cleric said Friday that he was setting up a religious court in Pakistan’s capital and threatened suicide attacks if the government did not enact Islamic law and close brothels and video stores within a month.
The announcement was made during Friday prayers by Maulana Mohammad Abdul Aziz, the head cleric of Lal Mosque who is known for his extreme and anti-American views. Aziz and his allies have stirred a national debate with their drive to impose Taliban-style rule in the capital, prompting protests by human rights advocates and political parties.
Aziz’s remarks were the latest in a series of challenges by hard-line clerics to the authority of the president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who is considered an ally of the United States and who has vowed to put Pakistan on the path to what he has called “enlightened moderation.”
“Pakistan was created for an Islamic system,” Aziz said. “But the government, instead of implementing an Islamic system, is threatening us with a police operation,” referring to the government’s warnings of a raid if the clerics took the law into their own hands.
“Rulers, listen! Our last option will be suicide attacks,” Aziz said.
Pakistani Muslims offer Friday prayers at The Lal Mosque in Islamabad. A Pakistani mullah said Friday he had set up a Taliban-style Islamic court at his mosque in the capital and pledged “tens of thousands” of suicide attacks if the government tries to shut it down.(AFP/Farooq Naeem)
The imam announced he had set up an Islamic court to enforce a Taliban-style vice campaign in the Pakistani capital.
And, you better not mess with him…
An Islamic seminary masked student stands guard at the rooftop of Lal or Red Mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan on Friday, April 6, 2007. Pakistani cleric leading a Taliban-style drive against vice in the capital threatened suicide attacks if the government raided his mosque and demanded the closure of brothels and video shops within a month. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
AllahPundit has more and I agree with him except where he appears to be falling in line with the liberal press in attacking Gen. Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan.
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It’s probably not so wise to be attacking President Musharraf at this very critical time… Especially since some consider Pakistan to be the most important ally to the US in the War on Terror.
Here are a few less widely circulated items on Musharraf.
President Musharraf has:
– passed women’s rights laws
– helped pass new rape laws
– shook hands with Ariel Sharon!
– promoted women’s emancipation
– improved the economy
– spoke to the American Jewish Congress in NYC
– talked about establishing relations with Israel
– continued dialogue on IndoPak relations and a Kashmir Resolution
– has continued to fight the Taliban and Al Qaeda groups in an impossible environment.
Are there really that many attractive leadership options for Pakistan right now?