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Radical anti government pro fundementalist Cleric captured in pakistan.

By MUNIR AHMED, Associated Press Writer

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Security forces besieging a radical mosque in the Pakistani capital captured its top cleric Wednesday as he tried to sneak out of the complex in a woman’s burqa, and more than 1,000 of his followers surrendered.
Pakistani female religious students surrender before a soldier of the paramilitary force, and female police officers Wednesday, July 4, 2007 in Islamabad, Pakistan. Armed militants holed up at a radical mosque in the Pakistani capital must surrender or face punitive action from security forces, a government minister warned, a day after gun battles left at least nine people dead. (Photo/Anjum Naveed)
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf deployed the army to subdue the remaining militants holed up in Islamabad’s Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, whose clerics have boldly challenged the government for months with a drive to impose a Taliban-style version of Islamic law in the city.

The peaceful arrest of the mosque’s prayer leader, Maulana Abdul Aziz, was a coup for the government. The firebrand Aziz has been a vociferous opponent of Musharraf and has threatened suicide attacks to defend the mosque. His thousands of male students have been at the forefront of anti-government and anti-U.S. rallies in Islamabad.

However, with heavy gunfire continuing into the night, it was unclear whether his capture will end the violent showdown at the mosque or if militant hard-liners will fight on without him.

The tensions between the government and the mosque exploded into a daylong battle Tuesday between security forces and students — some of whom were heavily armed and masked. Sixteen people were killed, officials said.

The government ordered the militants to lay down their arms and surrender by Wednesday morning, as it positioned armored vehicles and helicopters around the mosque in a show of strength.

A security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media, said authorities captured the mosque’s top cleric, Maulana Abdul Aziz, after a female police officer tried to search his body, which was concealed by a full-length black burqa.

The officer began shouting “This is not a woman,” the official said, prompting male officers to seize him. “The suspect later turned out to be the mosque’s chief cleric,” the official said.

An AP Television News cameraman saw plainclothes police bundling the gray-bearded cleric into the back of a car, which sped away.

Javed Iqbal Cheeman, an Interior Ministry official, said Aziz’s wife, the principal of the madrassa, was also arrested.

“The entire operation will end in further success, and we will be able to give you and the nation more good news,” Deputy Interior Minister Zafar Iqbal Warriach said.

He said the whereabouts of the mosque’s deputy leader, Abdul Rashid Ghazi, who is Aziz’s brother, were unclear. Ghazi said earlier Wednesday that “we will continue to defend ourselves.”

Cheema said at least 1,100 people had surrendered during the day, with some of the women in tears. All women and children will be granted amnesty, but males involved in killings as well as top mosque leaders will face legal action, said Deputy Information Minister Tariq Azim.

Cheema claimed that “not many more” people were left inside the mosque complex. However, it was unclear how many of those were militants.

One who decided to give up, 15-year-old Maryam Qayyeum, said those who stayed in the seminary “only want martyrdom.”

“They are happy,” she said. “They don’t want to go home.”

Qayyeum said mosque leaders were not trying to stop students from giving up. But her mother, who had come to take her home said, “They are making speeches. They want to incite them.”

The violence started Tuesday when male and female student followers of the mosque — some of them masked and armed — rushed toward a police checkpoint. Gunfire broke out among the students and security forces, sparking a daylong series of clashes.

A senior government spokesman, Anwar Mahmood, said 16 people were killed Tuesday, though he declined to give a breakdown of the victims. Earlier, the government said they had included militants, innocent bystanders, a journalist and members of the security forces.

Ghazi told The Associated Press that 20 of his students had been killed by security forces, including two young men climbing to the top of the mosque for morning prayers Wednesday.

A young woman was also shot and wounded on the roof of the women’s seminary, he said. “She was shot by sniper fire. They are shooting directly at us,” he said in a telephone interview.

After a meeting of top officials that included Musharraf, Warriach said the government imposed an immediate curfew on the area. He said authorities had run out of patience after a six-month standoff with the hard-line clerics at the mosque.

“The government has decided that those people from the madrassa who are defaming Pakistan and Islam will face an operation,” Warriach said.

In the past six months, the clerics have challenged the government by sending students from the mosque to kidnap alleged prostitutes and police in an anti-vice campaign.

The bloodshed has added to a sense of crisis in Pakistan, where Musharraf — a major ally of President Bush — already faces emboldened militants near the Afghan border and a pro-democracy movement triggered by his botched attempt to fire the country’s chief justice.

The mosque siege sparked street protests Tuesday in the cities of Lahore and Quetta organized by radical religious parties.

On Wednesday, officials said a suicide car bomber rammed a vehicle into a Pakistan army convoy near the Afghan border, killing five soldiers and five civilians. In northwestern Pakistan, unidentified assailants fired a rocket at a police station, killing one officer and wounding four, and an explosive killed four people and injured two district officials.

It was not known if the incidents were linked to the mosque crisis.

About Ian Bach

Independent Online Terrorist Hunter I teach people how to hunt down and shut down the Bad guys web sites. I also teach about the various countries and cultures. Like most cases it is a small group of bsd eggs that in this case call themselves Muslims but in actual fact they are more like how KKK call themselves ",True Christisians". But in both cases / groups they preach a perverted and twisted view a religion. In the case of ISIS, all Qaeda, al Nusra, and the rest of the terrorists who claim to be true Muslims most of these groups follow the Wahhabi teachings. They are almost all Sunni and their goal is global domination. Yet they must be very bad at math and history. Since most Muslims prefer a separation of church and state and also mist are against Shari's Law. Esp the twisted and overly exaggerated form of Sharia Law that the Wahhabi and other bad guys use. I have studied terrorism, insurgencies, and the best tried and proven methods that work to fight terrorism. My Blogs have many links and articles that can show you who are the best and most knowledgeable people in the fields or counterinsurgency and counter terrorism. When I find great practitioner's I always listen to them to find out who they learned from and who they respect and admire. Thus I am always learning new stuff from the best and most successful in their fields of knoeledge. I strive to be an open and ethical source of information, I have met many awesome, kind, caring, and loving wonderful people many who I am close friends with now from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Iran, and many from S.E. Asia which also has a high percent of their populations that are Muslim.We must always strive to be aware people are not any one particular religion via that's what they chose to be, instead most people are a particular religion because that's what their parents and/or county is. I was raised Catholic but because I became Interested in magic ,(illusion - smoke n mirrors) and science which lead me to study many religions, and I would call myself an atheist. Yet sometimes when I lose my keys ZI find myself praying "Hail Marys" and a few "Our Fathers" which most always aides me in finding my keys. My belief is that if I just frantically look around for my krys, good luck it takes me for ever. But by saying these prayers it is like s sort of meditation and my mind becomes more calm, which is why it helps my find my keys.

4 comments on “Radical anti government pro fundementalist Cleric captured in pakistan.

  1. Kat ♥
    July 6, 2007

    Ahhh, the Pashtuns are gonna move in now to reclaim their land.


  2. Ian Bach
    July 7, 2007

    The major ethnic group in islamabad is Punjabi. Tensions exist between shia and sunni.

    The exact point at which the Punjabis formed a distinct ethnic group remains speculative. The region having been the site of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization centered at Harappa became a center of early civilization from around 3300 BCE. Numerous invaders including the Indo-Aryans, Persians, Greeks, various Central Asians, Arabs, Afghans, and the British have all invaded and ruled the region, giving the Punjab a unique culture as the gateway to South Asia. An early Indo-Aryan-speaking people conquered the region and imparted their language and merged with the local population that some speculate as having been either an Indic language (a hypothesized parent family) or Aryan-speaking group, but this also remains speculative since the Indus script remains undeciphered. The Indo-Aryans are believed to have arrived in the region between 2000 and 1250 BCE and eventually disseminated their languages throughout South Asia. An early Vedic civilization is believed to have emerged in the region and helped shape many aspects of northern Indian culture. Over time, the Greater Punjab region fragmented as various Eurasian invaders conquered sections of the region with the west (Pakistan) bearing the brunt of most invasions.

    Various religious influences shaped the region and people as Buddhism emerged as an important faith in the region, due to the efforts of Ashoka, along with early Hinduism. Ultimately, two later religions largely supplanted both of these earlier faiths, Sikhism in Punjab (India) and Islam in Pakistan. In the case of the Punjab, the only entirely indigenous Punjabi faith has been Sikhism founded in the 15th century CE. After arrival of Muslims many people converted in western regions to Islam following the invasion of Arabs in 711 CE (see Muhammad bin Qasim) and Turkic tribes in the 11th century and much of the population converted through the spread of Sufism, poetic Islamic mysticism, which had the greatest role in conversion of local people. For example, Memons are Sunni Hanafi Muslims, and they originated when a group of Hindus from Sindh belonging to the Kshatriya Lohana caste converted to Islam by Sufi missionaries of the Qadiri order.

    Following the partition of British India into the states of India and Pakistan, a process of population exchange and ethnic cleansing took place in 1947 as significant minorities of Muslims either left or were forced out of East Punjab and Hindus and Sikhs either left or were driven out of West Punjab[13] As a result of these population exchanges, both parts are now religiously homogenous


  3. Ian Bach
    July 7, 2007

    It looks more like a political war of sunni, shia, and christians in the province islamabad is in.

    This is all because the media shows these cleric and followers evil deeds. So we get people who wish to be famous even if it means an early death. It is to bad it took so long for Pakistan to realize it has a problem and ignoring it won’t make it go away. The ISI and pakistan government keeps out of the tribal Pashtun areas (for the most part) that cross the pakistan and afghanistan boarders. But not all Pashtuns are terrorists. Most just want to have family and normal life. The Pashtun areas and pakistan to lessor extent has been infected with the Taliban and al-qaeda who cross the boarders and also a lot of refugees over past 20 years moved from Afghanistan and live in Pakistan Pashtun tribal areas.


  4. Ian Bach
    July 7, 2007

    Pakistan issues mosque ultimatum update sunday july 7 07

    Fresh gunfire erupted at the Red Mosque after a seven-hour lull
    Pakistan’s president has issued an ultimatum to radical Islamists barricaded inside an Islamabad mosque, the country’s interior minister says.
    President Pervez Musharraf reportedly told mosque leaders to free women and children “or face the consequences”.

    He spoke as troops on the streets stopped a delegation of Islamist politicians from entering the mosque.

    Hundreds of people have been holding out inside the mosque, now surrounded by troops and armoured vehicles.

    The delegates wanted to convince the mosque’s leader, Abdul Rashid Ghazi, to allow women and children to leave.

    Heavy bursts of gunfire and explosions rocked the Red Mosque overnight after armoured vehicles moved in and heavy exchanges of fire erupted at the complex early on Saturday.

    Big chunks of debris, believed to be part of the mosque’s perimeter wall, were blown high above the surrounding treetops.

    Water and power to the mosque have been cut off and food is said to be getting scarce.

    ‘Mass grave’

    The BBC’s Syed Shoiab Hasan, in Islamabad, says the area around the mosque is silent, except for the intermittent sound of gunfire and the boom of heavy weapons.

    An increased military presence on the streets, combined with the refusal to let the political delegation through to the mosque, suggests that the government is now closing the door to negotiation, our correspondent adds.

    In pictures: Siege scenes
    Press welcomes tactics
    Profile: Red Mosque

    Police have also seized control of a madrassa, or religious school, several kilometres away, which is also run by clerics from the mosque.

    They described the Jamia Faridia as a “powerhouse” for the mosque and several of its students were involved in the stand-off.

    On Friday an attempt by a group of students to break out sparked a co-ordinated assault on three sides by armoured personnel carriers and rangers.

    At least 19 people have been killed since the start of the stand-off.

    Abdul Rashid Ghazi has said he and his followers are willing to lay down their guns but would rather die than surrender.

    He told the BBC on Saturday that as many as 1,800 followers remain in the mosque, and claimed to have buried 30 female students in a mass grave in the compound

    More than 1,000 supporters left earlier this week under mounting pressure from security forces.

    About 60 of those remaining are said to be hard-liners campaigning for the imposition of strict Islamic law (Sharia) in Islamabad.

    They have led a morality campaign which included the abduction of police officers and people accused of running brothels, as well as raids on music and DVD shops.


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