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Explosions, Gunfire Foil Red Mosque Mediation

From the terrorist enablers at Reuters:


Shooting at Pakistani mosque foils Islamist mediators

By Kamran Haider Sat Jul 7

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Explosions and heavy gunfire stopped Islamist politicians from entering a besieged Islamabad mosque on Saturday, on a mission to persuade a radical cleric to send out children among his hundreds of militant followers.

The five-member delegation of religious conservatives blamed security forces for opening fire, when the cleric had already given them an all-clear to enter the Red Mosque, or Lal Masjid.

Hundreds of troops have besieged the fortified compound housing the mosque and a girls’ madrasa since Tuesday when months of tension erupted into clashes.

There were unconfirmed accounts of the mosque’s defenders burying more bodies on Saturday, but so far the death toll is 20.

“Security forces are not allowing us to go in and they have opened fire,” said member of parliament Samia Raheel Qazi.

“Whatever happens now, the government will be responsible.”

Ghazi said he and the followers would lay down their weapons but would never accept arrest. “I fully stand by my position, there’s no question of arrests,” Ghazi told Reuters early on Saturday, speaking over the crack of rifle fire…

Water, gas and power to the mosque have been cut and food was said to be getting scarce…

Authorities say they have blasted holes in the compound’s walls to enable people to flee. Security forces have also occupied another city madrasa affiliated with the Lal Masjid

Muslim girls schools would seem to be quite rowdy.

The five-member delegation of religious conservatives blamed security forces for opening fire, when the cleric had already given them an all-clear to enter the Red Mosque, or Lal Masjid.

Yes, they are so pious.

Water, gas and power to the mosque have been cut and food was said to be getting scarce.

And still they are somehow able to speak to the press.

Oh, that indomitable human spirit.

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