» 05/04/2007, 00.00
Female Muslim students want fatwa against moderate Islam, cause of obscenities
In a letter to the Religious Affairs minister, female students from the capital’s notorious Jamia Hafsa or ‘red’ madrassa want a fatwa against the ‘enlightened moderation’ of some Muslims. In North-West Frontier Province bombs target music stores.
Terrorism on the offensive as the debate over a new president heats up
At least 50 people are killed and dozens are hurt in a double suicide bomb attack against the country’s main defence industry complex. At the same time the country is starting to vet the candidacy of Asif Ali Zardari, the husband of the late Benazir Bhutto, to the presidency. Political parties are however split over the issue.
Top Islamabad police officials suspended after anti-Musharraf protesters beaten
Police charged beating hundreds of lawyers and journalists protesting against Musharraf. Top police officials are suspended in response to Supreme Court’s demand. Bomb on Afghan border kills 15 people.
Women arrested for protesting against Muslim extremism
The police of Lahore arrested 24 activists of the Women's Action Forum as they were protesting peacefully against the “talebanisation” of the country. The group slammed the government for failing to take its people’s basic rights into account.
“Daily war against terrorism is the Pakistani people's war”
A Christian lawmaker, who heads a Pakistani minority group, talks to AsiaNews about the atmosphere of terror that is gripping the country. He explains that the war on terrorism has become a fight to free Pakistan from extremism for security.
Lal Masjid: the mosque that wants to talebanise the country (overview)
It abducts and intimidates; it has even set up its own Sharia court independent of the country’s judiciary; since January Islamabad’s ‘Red Mosque’ is tying down General Musharraf’s government.
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