Skip to comments.2,000 Islamic Radicals Rally in Pakistan
Posted on 07/22/2005 2:34:08 PM PDT by jeepgal
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- More than 2,000 supporters of a coalition of radical Muslim groups rallied Friday in the Pakistani capital to condemn a crackdown on Islamic militants that has netted more than 200 suspects.
Chanting "God is great," and "Down with America," the protesters - mostly Islamic students and members of a coalition known as Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal, or United Action Forum - marched on a main road in Islamabad, briefly clashed with police, and demanded the release of all detainees.
There were no reports of violence at rallies elsewhere in the country, where hundreds of Islamic radicals also protested the crackdown on mosques and offices of outlawed groups that followed the July 7 suicide bombings in London.
Authorities say their aim is to purge the country of extremism.
Earlier, Hafiz Hussain Ahmad, a senior leader of the coalition, said the government has arrested a large number of innocent people to appease Western countries. He said no terrorists were arrested in the raids on Islamic schools, or madrassas, and mosques, and demanded the release of all detainees.
On Thursday, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf appealed to the nation in a televised address to "rise up and wage jihad against extremist elements," which he vowed to crush. He also condemned those who carried out the London suicide attacks, which killed 56 people, including the four bombers.
A diplomatic official said Friday that Pakistani intelligence, acting on a tip from British authorities, have been looking for a man named Haroon Rashid Aswat, 31, who reportedly was in close contact with the alleged bombers.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he isn't authorized to talk to the media, said investigations were continuing and attempts to locate a record of his arrival in Pakistan were unsuccessful. A diplomat in Islamabad, who also declined to be identified, said Aswat was not in Pakistan.
Aswat reportedly was once an associate of Abu Hamza al-Masri, a radical imam who is awaiting trial in Britain on charges of incitement to murder. Al-Masri also is wanted in the United States on charges of trying to establish a terrorist training camp in Oregon.
The diplomat in Islamabad disputed reports by Pakistani immigration authorities that one of the suspects in the July 7 bombings, Hasib Hussain, visited Pakistan last year. The diplomat said Pakistani authorities had confused Hussain with a man of the same name.
Two other bombing suspects, Shahzad Tanweer and Mohammed Sidique Khan, traveled to Pakistan in November 2004 and left for London in February. The diplomat said Tanweer also visited Pakistan for two weeks in 2003.
Fire at will!
Big whoop..Any idea what percentage of the population that is? Nothing. In the meantime tens of thousands of Iraqis stood in 130 degree heat to protest terrorism and the msm hasn't reported that. powerlineblog.com
Well how convenient. Paging President Bush...paging President Bush....
All together now... "A Target of Opportunity!"
My thoughts exactly.
This would have been a perfect time for Musharraff to use some of his dictatorial powers.
I'm still waiting for those...
Another target rich environment goes unexploited :)
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Sounds like a target rich enviroment!
Whoops. At first glance I thought that "Mutahida Majlis-e-Amal" was "Mutahida Majlis-e-Anal".
We, the United States, should be (J-DAM) aiming "to purge the country of extremism" also !!!!.
Quick. What are the coordinates?
...and innnnnnn the red corner.....weighing in at an incredible 21,000 pounds........introducing the biggest, baddest bomb in the theater......
Boys.....say hello to Missssstteerrrrrrrrrr MOAB!.
One word: MOAB
Shouldn't it be ISLAM-IS-BAD, Pakistan? (My apologies to all of you peace-loving muslisms out there. I truly hope that I didn't offend either of you.)
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