Sunday, April 01, 2007

Imam to government: enforce Sharia law within seven days or we will do it ourselves

The situation in Pakistan has been underreported. The government is in the fight of their life with the Taliban in the border regions and emboldened hardline Islamocrazies are increasingly exerting their muscle throughout much of the country. The question of whether Musharraf can hold it all together is far from certain at this point.

Islamabad (AsiaNews/Dt) – It is an ultimatum not a request: if within a week Sharia law is not enforced throughout the country than true Muslims “will islamify society on their own”. Maulana Abdul Aziz, Imam of the Lal Masjid Mosque and director of Jamia Hafsa Madrassah has said.

Speaking after Friday prayers to thousands of faithful, Aziz clarified: “If the government ignores our requests than we will have to enforce them ourselves”. The man then asked for the closure of “all brothels and gaming houses as soon as possible”, also adding in this case that “that aim may only be achieved thanks to the help of the Madrassah students”.

The Imam’s threats must not be ignored, because just days ago female students from the Madrassah directed by Aziz attacked a suspected brothel taking the women who lived within the house hostage.

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