» 07/27/2007, 00.00
Fresh clashes between police and fundamentalists in the Red Mosque
Police have intervened to quash fundamentalists who took control of the mosque this morning chasing out the government-appointed imam and expelling journalists. A suicide bomber blew himself up in an Islamabad hotel killing at least 12 people.
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.
‘Red Mosque’ chief urges students to surrender
Maulana Abdul Aziz, spiritual head of the Lal Masjid, was arrested trying to escape dressed in a burqa among a group of women. Total number of dead is still uncertain but government continues talking to Islamic terrorists holed up in the mosque.
Government does nothing to stop violence against Pakistan’s minorities
This is the conclusion reached by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom in its 2009 report. Taliban leader promises total war against the government, an “enemy of Muslims”. Catholic cabinet minister stresses his government’s commitment in favour of minorities and reiterates that religious freedom is protected under the constitution. A petition campaign is undertaken in Karachi against Swat extremists.
Operation against ‘Red Mosque’ ends, 83 ‘officially’ dead
According to the government, the two-day operation against the Lal Masjid left 10 soldiers and 73 Islamic extremists dead, including ‘many’ terrorists. Independent sources claim a much higher number of casualties. Al-Qaeda threatens a blood bath to avenge the attack.
Suicide attack against Red Mosque targets policemen
Blast comes at the end of a conference by Islamic radicals. Suicide bomber kills 15 policemen, injuring 40 more, including passers-by, some seriously. Radical Muslims condemn Musharraf, pledge holy war against US and NATO in Afghanistan, and want to impose Sharia in Pakistan.
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