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Red Mosque Cleric Wants Islamic Revolution

From those defenders of the faith at Reuters:

Arrested Pakistani religious students from the Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, arrive at a sports complex from Adiala jail to be handed over to their families in Islamabad July 8, 2007.

Pakistani rebel cleric urges Islamic revolution

By Faisal Aziz

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – A rebel cleric said he and his fighters hoped their deaths would spark an Islamic revolution in Pakistan, as commandos blew holes in the walls of their besieged mosque compound to help women and children inside escape.

Troops have surrounded the Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, in Islamabad since Tuesday when clashes between armed student radicals and government forces erupted after months of tension.

The death toll from the conflict rose to at least 21 after a lieutenant-colonel died when commandos came under fire from the compound that houses a girls’ madrasa (Islamic religious school) as well as the mosque.

Government and military officials say rebel cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi has between 50-60 hard core militants — some from al Qaeda-linked Pakistani groups — leading the fighting.

President Pervez Musharraf on Saturday gave the militants a ‘surrender-or-die’ ultimatum.

Ghazi has said he preferred “martyrdom.” In a statement carried by Sunday newspapers the cleric said he and his followers hoped their deaths would spark an Islamic revolution.

“We have firm belief in God that our blood will lead to a revolution,” wrote Ghazi. “God willing, Islamic revolution will be the destiny of this nation.”

His Taliban-style movement is symptomatic of the militancy and extremism seeping into Pakistani cities from tribal areas near the Afghan border.

As intermittent gunfire continued to echo around Lal Masjid, Religious Affairs Minister Mohammad Ejaz-ul-Haq told a news conference Lal Masjid’s defenders included “terrorists, militants, who are wanted within, and outside, the country.”

Ghazi has said he has close to 2,000, mostly female, followers with him. The minister put the number at between 200 to 500

While some women and children may been coerced into staying, there are women who have been among the most fervent supporters of Ghazi and his elder brother Abdul Aziz, who was caught on Wednesday trying to escape.

Ghazi denied children were being used as human shields.

He told Pakistani television channels that more than 300 followers, mostly female students, were killed in overnight gunbattles. Information Minister Mohammad Ali Durrani said Ghazi was lying…

Isn’t it funny how all of these murderous maniacs always seem to have the same goal — the caliphate.

Which would give us a worldwide paradise that looks just like Gaza. 

And we are called “Islamophobic” for not wanting it.

As intermittent gunfire continued to echo around Lal Masjid, Religious Affairs Minister Mohammad Ejaz-ul-Haq told a news conference Lal Masjid’s defenders included “terrorists, militants, who are wanted within, and outside, the country.”

And of course our watchdog media.

Also notice how the arrested “students” are just being handed over to their families.

That will teach them to break the law and kill people.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, July 8th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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